Southeast Energy News

Southeast solar companies struggle during pandemic

SOLAR: Solar companies see a drastic drop in demand, and analysts predict the pandemic will lower expectations for residential installations by up to 40%. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: Duke Energy asks North Carolina regulators for permission to take solar rebate applications twice a year instead of once due to the surge of applications this year that overwhelmed the company. (WFAE)

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REGULATION: With hanging politics, rising rates, objections to coal ash cleanup and anger over a failed nuclear project, utility regulation reform is on the table in the Carolinas. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription) 

OIL & GAS: Record low oil prices could cause Texas’ university system to lose $300 million in funds from state oil leases. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
Kinder Morgan suspends construction on a controversial pipeline in Texas after a drilling accident allegedly sends clay and water into nearby wells. (Houston Chronicle)
Construction on a natural gas pipeline that goes through Virginia continues despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Fauquier Times)

TRANSMISSION: President Trump’s administration joins NextEra Energy in urging a federal court to reconsider a Texas ruling that gives established utilities priority in building transmission lines. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Kentucky lawmakers pass a quickly written revenue bill that offers tax breaks to coal companies, among other industries. (Lexington Herald Leader)

EMISSIONS: Arkansas environmental regulators are relaxing rules to monitor and control pollution during the pandemic. (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
Clean energy is part of economic recovery in states like Virginia and elsewhere after the pandemic, an energy analyst says. (Union of Concerned Scientists) 
Pipeline companies’ continued work threatens public health in Virginia, a resident writes. (Staunton News Leader)

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