Southeast Energy News

South Carolina regulators reverse course on solar rates

SOLAR: South Carolina regulators reconsider an earlier decision and unanimously agree Dominion Energy should pay solar developers more for the power they produce. (The State)

ALSO: Critics of a new Kentucky law that will determine new rates for customers who install solar warn that it will likely lead to fewer savings for businesses at a time when many in Eastern Kentucky are struggling. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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UTILITIES: The NAACP is working to stop local and state branches in Florida and across the nation from accepting money from utilities that promote fossil fuels. (New York Times)

PIPELINES:
• Federal agencies would not have to consider climate change when assessing environmental impacts of pipelines and major infrastructure projects under a new rule proposed by the Trump administration. (New York Times)
• Weeks after resigning as U.S. energy secretary, Rick Perry rejoins the board of directors of Texas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners. (Houston Chronicle)

BIOMASS: Enviva, which has four plants in North Carolina that turn trees into wood pellets for the biomass industry, finds support and opposition to its expansion in the state. (News & Observer)

COAL: Coal miners in Eastern Kentucky say they were laid off just before the new year without any notice from the company, Perry County Coal. (WYMT)

COAL ASH:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public input through February on its plans for coal ash storage at a power plant in Tennessee. (WATE)
• A petition against Duke Energy’s proposed coal ash landfill in western North Carolina has grown to more than 2,000 signatures. (WLOS) 

OIL & GAS:
• Leaders of coal, oil and gas industry groups in West Virginia say they will be closely following the state’s upcoming legislative session. (WV News)
• A second train at a liquefied natural gas facility at a facility on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast is now producing natural gas for future export. (Power Engineering)

NUCLEAR: JEA plans to keep responsibility for the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant agreement if Jacksonville, Florida, sells the rest of the utility to a private buyer, documents show. (Florida Times-Union)

CLIMATE CHANGE: A new high school in New Orleans prepares students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, including engineering and clean energy. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Texas regulators may need to slow oil and gas production to preserve natural resources and the health of the oil industry, a law professor writes. (Dallas Morning News)
• The stakes are high in the Supreme Court case of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which may be determined by small legal details, an attorney writes. (Daily Progress) 

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