Southeast Energy News

Southeast solar markets could suffer under PURPA changes

RENEWABLES: Federal energy regulators propose major changes to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), which could affect Southeast states that qualified for solar development under the act. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: Some Texas students are eager to join the state’s growing clean energy job market. (KXAN)

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SOLAR:
• South Carolina utility Santee Cooper says it will build a solar farm at Myrtle Beach’s airport. (WMBF)
• An investment group’s proposed $70 million solar project near Waco, Texas, would power nearly 14,000 households. (Waco Tribune-Herald)
• A Tampa, Florida, utility is following other utilities’ leads in the state by building solar farms as they become more affordable and efficient. (WLRN)
• Campbell County, Virginia, officials recommend approval of a second solar project to be built in the area. (News & Advance)

WIND: Dominion Energy raises many questions with its announcement that it will build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm in a state with no wind portfolio. (Virginia Mercury)  

COAL:
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has spent years propping up the coal industry, but now some miners blame him for not supporting black lung benefits, pensions, or economic development in the region. (InsideClimate News)
• The Energy Department allocates $56.5 million for clean coal technology research, including at universities in Kentucky, Texas, and West Virginia. (Power Engineering)
• Sharp downturns in coal exports and natural gas prices, plus halted gas pipelines, have pushed West Virginia into a budget deficit, says the state’s deputy revenue secretary. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

PIPELINES:
• More than 120 Louisiana residents and one Indian tribe raise concerns about a 283-mile proposed pipeline that would connect to an LNG facility, but local businesses and politicians support it. (The Advocate)
• A pipeline protest in Roanoke, Virginia, brings together environmental groups. (WHSV)

OIL & GAS:
• Three U.S. representatives from West Virginia introduce legislation that would promote the creation of the Appalachian Storage Hub. (WV News)
• Texas regulators closed 1,700 abandoned oil and gas wells over the past year, which is more than last year. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)
• Texas promotes pure, unblended crude oil from its growing supply in the Permian Basin to overseas buyers in Asia. (Oil Price)
Two earthquakes rattle Oklahoma that could be linked to fracking in the state. (KAKE)

TRANSMISSION: Florida regulators will consider proposed rules to expand underground power lines, but it could raise power bills. (Orlando Weekly)

CLIMATE: Restoring Kentucky’s forests damaged by coal mining could help combat climate change. (WFPL)

COMMENTARY: Nuclear is key to future energy development, and a Florida utility missed out by recklessly managing a nuclear plant and shutting it down, a columnist writes. (Tampa Bay Times)

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