Southeast Energy News

South Carolina utility plans further retreat from coal

POWER PLANTS: Santee Cooper plans to shut down one of its two coal-fired power plants within the next decade and cut about 200 jobs as the company moves away from coal and toward renewables. (Charlotte Observer)

RENEWABLES: A Florida lawmaker reintroduces a bill to get 40% of Florida’s electricity from renewables by 2030 and 100% by 2050. (Orlando Weekly)

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• Solar met 2.7% of U.S. electricity demand in the first half of 2019, according to the Energy Information Administration, and solar markets are booming in Texas, Florida and the South. (PV Magazine)
• Albany, Georgia, officials are deadlocked on a solar farm proposal, with country club state residents voicing their opposition against the project. (WALB)

• A blaze caused by a wind turbine in Texas catching fire is now halfway contained, officials say. (KTAB/KRAC)
• A federal judge caps a Texas utility’s liability at $60 million for its decision to stop buying power from a wind farm. (Law 360, subscription)

COAL ASH: The backlash against TVA grows as more coal ash cleanup workers fall sick and demand help from the utility. (Associated Press) 

• The U.S. is about to flood the already-oversupplied global market with oil from Texas. (CNBC) 
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s claim at a recent Texas event for conservatives that the U.S. is a leading producer of oil and gas is true, but his claim that the U.S. is reducing emissions needs context. (Austin American-Statesman)

• FERC approves Mountain Valley Pipeline’s request to change crossing methods for nine water bodies, while environmental groups allege developers are trying its certificate while circumventing standard review processes. (S&P Global)
• Mexico’s president says he has reached a deal for contracts for five natural gas pipelines that cross the border. (Houston Chronicle)

POLITICS: Today, Florida’s Supreme Court will weigh approval of ballot language for a proposed amendment to deregulate investor-owned utilities. (WFSU)

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UTILITIES: A Western Kentucky utility is deciding whether to join an electric cooperative or contract with TVA. (Bowling Green Daily News) 

COMMENTARY: Natural gas is producing more problems for Texas and climate change, not solving them, two employees from an environmental group write. (Houston Chronicle)

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