Southeast Energy News

South Carolina Senate passes ‘groundbreaking’ solar bill

SOLAR: South Carolina’s state Senate overwhelmingly approves a bill that supporters say will keep the rooftop solar industry in business in the state and help homeowners save money. (Charlotte Observer)

RENEWABLES: In Texas, renewable energy proponents brace for last-minute legislation targeting wind and solar tax breaks. (Texas Tribune)

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EMISSIONS: Walmart says its suppliers have avoided more than 102 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the past two years. (Democrat Gazette)

PIPELINES: An environmental group files a formal ethics complaint against a North Carolina state senator whose law firm was hired by Duke Energy for work related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (The State)

COAL ASH: A Tennessee county and two cities file a lawsuit accusing against the Tennessee Valley Authority and a contractor of hiding and destroying evidence related to the nation’s largest coal ash spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OIL & GAS: The oil and gas boom in West Texas is producing unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to an environmental group’s report. (Associated Press)

GRID: Texas grid operators may need to ask customers to conserver power to avoid rolling blackouts this summer amid projected record demand. (Associated Press)

COAL: Dozens of retired coal miners visit lawmakers in Washington to ask for legislation to rescue a pension fund at risk from mining company bankruptcies. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power starts up the first of two additional nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle as it prepares for testing. (Atlanta Business Journal)

UTILITIES:
• Tennessee lawmakers, including Gov. Bill Lee, want the Tennessee Valley Authority to make all of its meetings open to the public. (Memphis Flyer)
• Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander issues a statement in support of a President Trump’s nominee to serve on TVA’s board of directors. (The Chatanoogan)
• South Carolina regulators approve part of a proposed rate increase for Duke Energy Progress in the northeastern part of the state. (SC Now)
• South Carolina’s attorney general asks a judge to reduce a $63 million fee attorneys requested for representing SCE&G ratepayers. (Associated Press)
• Most Dominion customers in Virginia will receive a one-time $33 bill credit to return savings from federal corporate income tax reform. (WTVR)

TECH: A San Antonio startup incubator hopes to become an innovation hub for the energy industry. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)

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