Southeast Energy News

Southeast states among most active on solar policy

FOSSIL FUELS: A Virginia House bill that sought to wean the state’s electricity sector off fossil fuels by 2050 fails on a partisan vote. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• South Carolina and Virginia were among the most active states for solar policy in 2018, according to a new report. (Solar Industry)
• Florida Power & Light completes solar projects in St. Lucie and Volusia counties. (WPBF, WFTV)
• Solar developer Cypress Creek’s layoffs will affect its Carolina operations. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• The first sustainable house in Oklahoma, which will run on solar power, is being built in Tulsa. (News on 6)

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WIND: Oklahoma added 576 MW of wind energy in 2018, according to a new report. (Oklahoman)

RENEWABLES: Cleco Power in Louisiana announces plans to reduce coal burning and increase investment in solar and wind. (Solar Industry)

NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will meet with Dominion Energy, which recently bought state utility SCANA and plans to continue charging customers for a failed nuclear project. (The State)
• The Army prepares to carefully break up and haul away a nuclear plant in Virginia that was the first to supply power to the grid. (Washington Post)

GRID:
• Texas temperatures are likely to be hotter than usual this summer, and the buffer between electricity supply and demand is at a record low. (Houston Chronicle)
• Duke agrees to pay a $10 million fine from regulators to settle 127 violations of security standards that were meant to protect the grid. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Sunoco must pay $5.4 million to settle claims for oil spills in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. (Reuters)
• A Louisiana appeals court rules Bayou Bridge Pipeline developers gave “significant consideration” to environmental damage and properly issued a permit for construction through wetlands. (Courthouse News Service)
• Pipeline construction helped add $432 million in property owned by West Virginia public utilities, officials say. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL & GAS:
• Chevron buys a Houston refinery that connects to major pipelines and can hold 5.1 million barrels of crude oil. (UPI)
• A Florida company looks to secure financing for the Reidsville Energy Center in North Carolina, which will run on natural gas. (Triad Business Journal, subscription)
• Two rival projects to build offshore oil export terminals near Houston move forward since the government shutdown ended. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• Murray Energy cuts ties with its longtime lobbying firm after President Trump nominated Andrew Wheeler, the coal company’s former lobbyist, as head of EPA. (Huffington Post)
• Georgia Power wants to remove 1 GW of coal from its fleet because the units are uneconomical. (E&E News, subscription)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Offshore drilling opponents in South Carolina await a federal decision on plans to drill on the Outer Continental Shelf. (Coastal Observer)

COMMENTARY:
• Florida is headed in the right direction by powering more with sun and wind, an editorial board says. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
• The advanced energy market is reshaping Tennessee’s economy, an energy developer says. (Tennessean)

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