Southeast Energy News

Southeast states divided over how to address carbon emissions

EMISSIONS:
• Officials from Kentucky, Alabama and other states discuss how they view the Trump administration’s new emissions rule. (E&E News)
• Kentucky environmental regulators and coal industry leaders praise the rule while many others call its effectiveness into question. (WFPL, WKYT)
• Energy experts and politicians in North Carolina debate how quickly the state can address climate change. (NPR)

SOLAR:
• Facing stagnating wages, growing utility bills, and rising housing costs, residents in rural coal country turn to energy efficiency and solar power for an economic boost. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• A Florida utility watchdog organization says regulators have not had enough time to adequately review Florida Power & Light’s solar energy plan. (KPVI)
• Kentucky’s changes to net metering laws that change how homeowners are compensated for excess energy they sell back to the grid could limit solar’s growth in the state. (WDRB)
• New solar projects in several Arkansas cities mark a surge in solar energy across the state. (Arkansas Business)
• Albany, Georgia leaders reject plans to build a solar farm near a residential neighborhood. (Associated Press)

WIND: Construction on Dominion Energy’s offshore wind farm is expected to begin today. (13 News Now)

COAL: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin promises to give 100% of the state’s coal severance dollars to coal counties in the 2020-21 state budget if elected this fall. (Appalachian News-Express)

COAL ASH: Chapel Hill, North Carolina police look for a new location for their station because of coal ash contamination concerns. (WNCN)

PIPELINES: Police remove a Mountain Valley Pipeline protester from atop construction equipment in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia counties and natural gas companies wait to see how the state Supreme Court’s ruling on changes to tax calculations for natural gas will affect them. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Energy activity in Texas was slowed in the second quarter after three years of growth, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. (Victoria Advocate)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy customers in Texas will receive a $16 million refund related to lower costs for natural gas, with more savings expected from wind energy projects. (KVII)

COMMENTARY:
• Many of west Texas’s wide open spaces are threatened by energy sprawl from oil, gas and renewables, two scientists write. (Houston Chronicle)
• Duke Energy would rather fight than claim responsibility for coal ash contamination in North Carolina, writes a Southern Environmental Law Center lawyer. (News & Record)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority fails to deliver on energy efficiency, renewables and transparency in its long-term plan, clean energy advocates say. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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