Southeast Energy News

Solar industry to double down on policy in Southern states

SOLAR: Solar industry groups plan to focus more on state policy in the South after South Carolina passes a bill that overhauls net metering and utility planning. (PV Magazine)

ALSO: Georgia Power plans a solar demonstration on a Georgia university campus to engage students. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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UTILITIES: Duke Energy’s CEO says she is “disappointed” that South Carolina utility regulators are restricting its plans to raise monthly bills and clamp down on profit margins. (Post and Courier)

WIND: The Oklahoma wind farm that supplies power to Budweiser provides multiple benefits to the area and is an example of corporations spurring renewable energy growth. (New York Times)

RENEWABLES: The South Miami city commission unanimously passes a resolution to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2040. (Solar Industry)

PIPELINES:
• Environmental groups argue in court that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could endanger four threatened species. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Dominion Energy says a ruling on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline isn’t expected until August. (WV News)
• A Texas pipeline company will sell for $6.5 billion to an Australian investment firm. (Houston Chronicle)
• Some Native Americans protest the Texas legislature over a bill that would criminalize pipeline protestors. (Indian Country Today)

COAL:
• The West Virginia coal industry has influenced the Trump administration’s decision to advance its economic interests over the objections of the agency that protects endangered wildlife. (Washington Post)
• An energy company plans to open a metallurgical coal mine in West Virginia in 2021. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH:
• Public comments on changes to coal ash storage at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant in Tennessee are due today. (Daily Herald)
• Tennessee and TVA officials await soil sampling results for a sports complex near a coal ash storage facility. (WVLT)

OIL & GAS:
Ship and barge traffic resumes in the Houston Ship Channel after an oil tanker and a tug carrying two barges collided, spilling thousands of barrels of gasoline. (CNN)
• A Texas company completes construction of a new petrochemical complex in Louisiana. (Oil and Gas Journal)
Businesses are flourishing along a dangerous highway in Texas because of the natural gas boom. (Quartz)

COMMENTARY:
• The Louisiana legislature shouldn’t give the energy industry such large tax breaks, an editorial board writes. (The Advocate)
• Texas lawmakers need to support the state’s renewable energy future, an editorial board says. (Houston Chronicle)

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