Southeast Energy News

South Carolina co-op pressures utility on coal plants

COAL: South Carolina utility Santee Cooper’s largest electric cooperative customer says its costs are too high and it may be too reliant on coal. (The State)

ALSO:
• A coalition of black lung disease clinics call for action to protect coal miners, but the top government regulator says there are no plans for new measures. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Unemployed coal miners in West Virginia train as beekeepers to help make a living. (NPR)

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RENEWABLES: Arkansas joins the U.S. shift toward renewable energy and natural gas as major utilities start to invest in them. (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

WIND:
• Major companies like Walmart and GM work to get Texas wind energy farms up and running before federal tax credits expire. (UPI)
• Xcel Energy builds out wind farms and transmission lines in Texas. (KFDA)

SOLAR: A 1 MW solar canopy will help power a South Carolina manufacturing facility. (Solar Builder, news release)

NUCLEAR:
• Santee Cooper’s board votes to cooperate with SCE&G’s efforts to give up on construction of the VC Summer nuclear plant, meaning it will likely never be finished. (Charlotte Observer)
• Georgia Power says it’s hiring hundreds of people at the Vogtle nuclear power plant. (WJBF)

PIPELINES:
• Environmental groups ask a federal court to reverse FERC’s approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers ask an appellate court to reconsider a decision to vacate permits for the project. (E&E News, subscription)
• Texas landowners scramble to keep developers from building a gas pipeline on their land. (Austin American-Statesman)
• Some Texas farmers say their biggest priority is seeking reforms to protect their land from being taken by eminent domain. (KXAN)

OIL & GAS:
• The natural gas industry is a boon to northern West Virginia’s economy, according to state business groups. (WV News)
• Exxon approves an expansion that would nearly double the size of a Texas oil refinery. (Oil & Gas Investor)
• Oil company Sinclair plans to drill new wells in Texas for the first time in 11 years. (Houston Chronicle)
• Texas launches a tool to search oil and gas inspection and enforcement information. (Houston Chronicle)

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COAL ASH:
• Residents and environmental groups raise concerns as North Carolina regulators try to figure out what to do with a coal ash facility near Lake Wylie. (Charlotte Observer)
• Duke Energy says it spent nearly $194 million with North Carolina contractors on coal ash cleanup projects from late 2017 through the third quarter of 2018. (Triad Business Journal, subscription)

UTILITIES: Kentucky regulators approve a rate increase for an electric cooperative that operates in 12 counties. (Associated Press)

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