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)

RENEWABLES:
• 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)

WIND:
• 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)

PIPELINES:
• 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)

OIL & GAS:
• 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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