Southeast Energy News

Southeast utilities brace for Hurricane Dorian

HURRICANE DORIAN: Hurricane Dorian could be a test for Florida solar farms, which are required to be built to withstand 160 mph winds. (Bloomberg)

• Florida Power & Light activates an emergency response plan for the storm that includes a 16,000-person restoration workforce. (S&P Global)
• Duke Energy says it has installed new safeguards in response to previous hurricanes to keep customers’ power on. (ABC 11)
• BP evacuates some of its non-essential employees at offshore drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. (Reuters)

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SOLAR: Alabama regulators are expected to decide if there will be a public hearing on Alabama Power’s controversial fees for customers with rooftop solar panels. (Alabama Political Reporter)

OVERSIGHT: Four of seven seats on South Carolina’s utility commission are open, making way for a sea change in leadership. (Post and Courier)

• North Carolina’s Department of Transportation seeks the public’s feedback about its plan to increase electric vehicle adoption. (News & Observer)
• Dominion Energy’s electric school bus initiative seeks 50 buses operating by the end of 2020, 1,000 in 2025, and 100% electric buses by 2030. (Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION: Houston area residents pay more for electricity transmission as Texas’ population grows and corporate tax benefits that utilities shared with customers phase out. (Houston Chronicle)

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power says the $25 billion Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion remains on budget and on schedule, but the project faces challenges to meet a 2021 deadline. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, E&E News, subscription)

• Coal miners blocking a coal train for a month to protest their lack of pay have worked to keep the fight from getting too political. (Washington Post)
• Coal’s downturn has impacted the riverboat industry, where operators have made most of their money towing coal barges. (WVPB)

PIPELINES: Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents ask the Supreme Court to block a request to safeguard permits for the project to cross under the Appalachian Trail. (E&E News, subscription)

• Analysts say the oil and gas terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma, will be able to move more oil out than can be brought in by next year, as it grows in storage and pipeline capacity. (Oklahoman)
• The U.S. rig count declines for the ninth straight month to its lowest since January 2018 as most producers cut spending on new drilling. (Reuters)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: An oil company acquires some of Exxon’s drilling properties in the Gulf of Mexico in a $167 million deal. (World Oil)

COMMENTARY: The Mountain Valley Pipeline has devastated communities and land and must be stopped, a telecom industry manager writes. (News & Record)

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