Southeast Energy News

South Carolina lawmakers vote to temporarily slash utility’s rates

NUCLEAR: The South Carolina legislature votes to temporarily cut SCE&G’s electric rates by nearly 15 percent and delays a decision on who should pay for the utility’s failed nuclear project. (The State)

SOLAR:
• LG Electronics plans to build a $28 million solar panel assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama, the first solar production facility in the state. (Al.com)
• A solar microgrid designed and built in Texas is deployed in West Africa. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)
• Augusta County, Virginia officials approve an ordinance that allows the leasing of county land for solar energy use, though some residents worry it’s too restrictive. (News Virginian)

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WIND: A Canadian renewable energy company cancels two wind farm projects in north Texas after an Air Force base said the project would interfere with pilot training and radar systems. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• While the Trump administration doubles down on coal, West Virginia lawmakers introduce legislation to ramp up the state’s natural gas industry. (Virginian-Pilot)
• The finance chairmen in West Virginia’s House and Senate say raising the natural gas severance tax is not the way to increase funding for the state’s Public Employees Insurance Agency. (West Virginia MetroNews)
• A Texas steel pipe manufacturer that makes pipes for Texas’ oil and gas refineries says the steel tariffs will cost the company up to $35 million a year and kill its plans to expand and hire more workers. (CNN Money)

PIPELINES:
• Bayou Bridge Pipeline developers say they plan to complete the Louisiana pipeline by October if a federal appeals court doesn’t order another halt to construction. (Associated Press)
• Developers complete the second phase of a 700-mile natural gas pipeline from the Permian Basin to Corpus Christi, Texas. (Oil & Gas Journal)
• Texas energy regulators urge pipeline and power plant operators to help ensure there’s enough natural gas available this summer. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: A coal train derails in West Virginia, throwing about 18 cars off the tracks, but no injuries have been reported. (West Virginia MetroNews)

UTILITIES: Entergy Mississippi says customers will see more than $300 million in benefits from corporate tax savings under a plan approved by state regulators. (Star-Telegram)

CLIMATE: More research needs to be done to understand how Gulf Coast communities and the petrochemical industry will be affected by rapidly rising sea levels, a new report shows. (Times-Picayune)

COMMENTARY:
• A Florida representative says there’s no reason to put the state at risk of oil spills with offshore drilling. (Pensacola News Journal)
• The Solar Energy Industries Association says South Carolina missed an opportunity to grow its solar industry by failing to pass solar-friendly policies in the legislature. (Solar Power World)

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