Southeast Energy News

Southeast solar capacity expected to double by 2022

SOLAR: Solar capacity is expected to double in the Southeast by 2022, according to a clean energy group’s new report, but TVA is lagging most other utilities. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy will appeal North Carolina regulators’ order to excavate coal ash from six power plants across the state, saying it will “impose a financial burden” on customers. (WFAE)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Despite a bipartisan uproar over offshore drilling, coastal Republicans vote to confirm Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. (ThinkProgress)

• Texas leads the nation in corporate renewable energy offtake deals, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
• Oklahoma college students plan to use wind and solar energy to power an outdoor concert stage and market. (Fox 25)

• Duke Energy says it will build, own and operate a 200 MW wind project in Starr County, Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Texas oil and gas industry is challenging the value of subsidies the state gives to wind power companies. (Texas Standard)

POWER PLANTS: The Tennessee Valley Authority says it will not make decisions about the Bull Run Fossil Plant and coal ash site in Tennessee until after it retires the plant. (Oak Ridger)

• West Virginia senators applaud President Trump’s executive orders designed to boost the pipeline industry. (WV News)
• The Sierra Club will participate in a review of a proposed rate increase by Roanoke Gas Company because of the utility’s involvement in the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• A dearth of natural gas pipelines in the Permian Basin will hamper oil producers in the region at least until 2020, according to a report by Moody’s Investor Service. (Houston Chronicle)

• A natural gas leak caused an explosion in Durham, North Carolina, that killed one person and injured 25 others. (CBS 17)
• Other cities like Asheville are trying to figure out how to avoid similar explosions in the future. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
• State and federal officials announce initiatives to move forward with building a major natural gas liquids storage hub in Appalachia. (WVPB)
• Exxon and other oil companies say that some oil from Texas is tainted with poisonous gas. (Bloomberg)
• Growing production of super-light oil, which producers worry is lower quality, is slowing down deliveries into a U.S. storage hub in Oklahoma. (Reuters)
• Federal judges question FERC’s claim that emissions from natural gas projects it approves are too difficult to measure. (E&E News, subscription)
• Oil producers in the Permian Basin burned off more fuel than Texas residents used in 2018. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: West Virginia’s largest producer of coal for power plants is moving into the metallurgical coal market, signaling a shift in the industry, an editorial board writes. (Logan Banner)

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