Southeast Energy News

Southeast states lag in adopting renewables, reducing emissions

CLIMATE: The Southeast is facing major impacts from climate change, but utilities and cities have been slow to adopt clean energy or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration has goals to reduce emissions, regulate monopoly utilities and boost electric vehicles, but it faces roadblocks from Duke Energy and a Republican-controlled legislature. (WFAE)

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PIPELINES: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases a draft $13.4 million plan designed to protect the endangered rusty patched bumblebee, which has habitat along the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL & GAS:
A facility for a Houston machining company that makes parts for the oil and gas industry explodes, killing two people and destroying a neighborhood. (Houston Chronicle)
Students studying petroleum and natural gas engineering at West Virginia University discuss their optimism about the industry’s future in the region. (WVPB)

EMISSIONS:
Miami, Florida, recommits to being carbon neutral by 2050 and will soon release a climate action plan. (6 South Florida)
The Elba Island liquefied natural gas export plant near Savannah, Georgia, will be the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the state, according to a report by an environmental group. (Savannah Morning News)

COAL:
Kentucky mine regulators close four mines owned by the same company, citing permit violations. (Appalachian News-Express)
A coal technology company says it plans to open a research facility in Charleston, West Virginia, within the next month. (WV News)

COAL ASH: President Trump’s rollback of protections for streams and wetlands could have dire consequences for North Carolina waterways threatened by coal ash and other pollutants. (NC Policy Watch) 

SOLAR:
South Carolina Rep. Joe Cunningham hosts a roundtable discussion with local constituents and solar groups about solar in Charleston. (WCBD)
Arkansas regulators reach an agreement with regional utility SWEPCO and Walmart to buy power from three wind farms in Oklahoma. (Talk Business & Politics)
Terrapin Brewery in Georgia adds 720 rooftop solar panels that it expects will power 30% of its operations. (Athens Banner-Herald)

STORAGE: NextEra Energy says it wants to add battery storage to existing solar projects across the country like it has in Florida and plans to in Oklahoma. (Greentech Media)

WIND: Wind energy has grown rapidly because of federal tax credits, but as the government phases them out, states like Texas could see a drop in projects. (PBS Newshour)

NUCLEAR: A class action lawsuit against Santee Cooper over the failed V.C. Summer nuclear plant is sent back to state court. (The State)

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