Southeast Energy News

South Carolina tells utility to clean up coal tar from river

COAL: South Carolina environmental regulators want utility SCE&G to remove nearly 40,000 tons of coal tar from the Congaree River. (The State)

GRID: Texas regulators say the state faces record energy consumption this summer and will need more resources to meet demand because of coal plant closures. (Natural Gas Intel, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• A solar panel company that recently began shipping from its Georgia plant sues three rival manufacturers, claiming patent infringement. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Analysts say a large solar-plus-storage project in West Texas will boost the value of solar power in the state. (Houston Chronicle)
• Florida Power & Light announces plans to build four solar projects in 2019 for a total of 300 MW of new capacity. (Power Engineering)
• Gulf Power is expected to ask Jackson County, Florida for permission to build a solar project on 700 acres of unused farmland. (WTVY)
• Two Kentucky utilities say they started building a solar project for a solar share program. (Daily Energy Insider)
• The battle over a potential large solar project in Spotsylvania County, Virginia will be decided soon. (WUSA)

WIND: Three Texas wind farms secure ‘risk mitigation deals’ for their repowering projects. (Windpower Monthly)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina utility SCANA deliberately lied to investors about the failed nuclear project, a lawyer for shareholders says in court. (Greenville News)

OIL & GAS:
• A Canadian drone company that specializes in oil and gas inspections sets up shop in Houston, Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
• Federal officials authorize the export of natural gas at a Louisiana plant. (Maritime Executive)  
• Exxon boosts its projected demand of oil and gas production in the Permian Basin. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• An oil company extends the open season for bidding on crude oil pipeline shipments from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction likely won’t start up again until September, a Dominion spokesperson says. (My Buckhannon)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Florida’s governor did not mention climate change or offshore drilling in his address on water quality. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH:
• Coal ash contamination is widespread in the Ohio Valley, a national environmental group’s study shows. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Duke Energy disputes the findings of the coal ash contamination, accusing environmental group of cherry-picking data. (Charlotte Observer)

COMMENTARY: Reducing West Virginia’s coal severance tax won’t help the state’s economy or coal industry, an editorial board writes. (Herald-Dispatch)

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