Southeast Energy News

South Carolina Senate sues governor over utility board appointment

UTILITIES: The South Carolina Senate sues Gov. Henry McMaster, arguing he illegally appointed a former attorney general to lead the board that oversees state-owned utility Santee Cooper. (Post and Courier)

The Southern Environmental Law Center calls on federal regulators to stop work on the entire Atlantic Coast Pipeline after two key permits were thrown out. (Washington Post)
Dominion Energy says it doesn’t expect a court order that vacated two permits to hold up construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Reuters)
Less than 4 miles on federal land became the center of legal battles over the Mountain Valley Pipeline, throwing construction off course. (E&E News)

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BIOFUELS: The U.S. Department of Agriculture issues an environmental assessment saying there would be no significant impact from a new biofuels refinery in Natchez, Mississippi. (Biodiesel Magazine)

WIND: Despite the cancellation of a major wind energy project in Oklahoma and Texas, experts say the U.S. industry shows no signs of slowing down. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: A Florida solar cooperative holds its final information session for Sarasota residents after the first two were at capacity. (WWSB)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Walmart opens two new electric vehicle charging stations in Arkansas. (Talk Business & Politics)

EFFICIENCY: Duke Energy customers in Florida will be charged a monthly fee of $15.60 if they don’t transition to smart meters. (Tampa Bay Times)

GRID: Strong wind energy generation helped Texas’ grid reliability in July, but it’s unlikely to be available if another heat wave strikes. (S&P Global)

NATURAL GAS: The president of Chevron Appalachia urges oil and gas industry leaders to take advantage of West Virginia’s natural gas resources. (WV News)

COAL: The Energy Information Administration forecasts U.S. coal production to decline by 1.1 percent in 2018 and more in 2019, despite an increase in exports. (ThinkProgress)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: North Carolina’s attorney general submits comments to federal regulators to fight plans for offshore drilling off the state’s coast. (WECT)

COMMENTARY: As its wind moratorium nears its end, North Carolina should pursue onshore and offshore wind energy opportunities, says an environmental group. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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