Southeast Energy News

Southeast states again push for bailouts as more coal plants close

COAL: Six coal states pressure federal regulators to finish an inquiry into whether coal and nuclear plant retirements are threatening the electric grid, even though FERC already rejected a bid to bail out the plants. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Solar and natural gas are accelerating the coal industry’s decline in the Southeast, according to new research from a clean energy think tank. (IEEFA, news release)
• Duke Energy says it will close three coal units at power plants in North Carolina sooner than expected. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

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GRID: Dominion Energy files a plan in Virginia to spend $594 million over the next three years modernizing the state’s electric grid, after a similar plan was denied earlier this year. (Washington Post)

UTILITIES:
• Duke Energy seeks a 6% rate increase in North Carolina to convert existing coal plants to gas, clean up coal ash, and invest in new technologies. (WFAE)
• Georgia Power’s top executive testifies before state regulators about the utility’s plan to add $200 a year to the average residential customer’s bill. (WSB-TV)

PIPELINES: The Supreme Court is expected to decide soon if it will weigh in on permitting, eminent domain and state laws around pipeline construction. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• The natural gas pipeline construction boom last year could lead to a surge in property tax collection for towns and counties in West Virginia, according to state officials. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• An energy company applies for a permit to build a deepwater port in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana and onshore facilities to export natural gas. (Natural Gas Intelligence, subscription)
• FERC authorizes construction of an $8.5 billion liquified natural gas facility and export terminal along the Mississippi River in south Louisiana. (WAFB)
• The Oklahoma Corporation Commission appears at an oil and gas institute and offers information to nearly 300 attendees about the industries it regulates. (Oklahoman)

SOLAR:
• Decades ago, oil companies like Exxon Mobil invested in technology that laid the foundation for solar energy. (NPR)
• A Georgia solar company sues North Carolina, alleging customers were denied tax credits. (News & Observer)
• Upcoming solar tours in Polk County, Florida, give residents an opportunity to ask questions about installing solar energy. (The Ledger)
• Solar energy advocates in Oklahoma make the case for more investment in solar in the state. (Journal Record)

RENEWABLES: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, passes a resolution that establishes a goal of powering the city with 100% renewable energy by 2050. (Solar Industry)

EMISSIONS: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper supports a clean energy plan to make the state carbon neutral by 2050. (E&E News, subscription)

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