Southeast Energy News

Southeast utilities unveil plan for regional energy market

GRID: Southeastern utilities including Duke Energy, Dominion and Southern Company unveil plans to create a regional grid-balancing market, which could help integrate renewables and reduce wholesale energy costs. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES:
• President Trump travels to Atlanta today where he is expected to announce a new federal rule to speed up environmental review for pipelines and other infrastructure. (Associated Press)
• Critics call the move a cynical attempt to dismantle a 50-year-old environmental law signed by Richard Nixon to make sure poor and minority communities have a voice in projects that threaten to pollute their neighborhood. (Washington Post)

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OVERSIGHT: Only one Black person has ever served on the Georgia Public Service Commission, and a lawsuit from a conservation group seeks to change that by reforming how members are elected. (11Alive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signs a pact with 14 other states to collaborate on a goal of making sure 100% of medium- and heavy-duty trucks are zero-emission vehicles by 2050. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• A group of West Virginia senators ask Berkshire Hathaway to consider investing in natural gas projects in the state. (MetroNews)
• A new wind farm south of Lubbock, Texas, is powering pumps and other equipment in Exxon Mobil’s Permian Basin oil field, part of a surprising trend of using renewable energy to extract fossil fuels. (E&E News, subscription required)
• As polls show a tight race in Texas, President Trump claims that he “saved the oil industry” and won’t lose the state. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Oklahoma officials approve a former oil and gas company CEO to head the state’s land office despite his company having shorted the state on royalty payments. (Oklahoman)

COAL: A new report says 27 coal-dependent counties could lose an average of 20% of their revenue because of the fuel’s decline. (E&E News, subscription required)

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SOLAR: A northern Virginia car wash cuts the ribbon on a new 71-kilowatt, roof-mounted solar array, the largest in the county. (Winchester Star)

COMMENTARY:
• The Southern Environmental Law Center calls for transparency after utilities announce a plan “hatched in secret” to form a regional grid-balancing market.
• Dominion Energy’s pivot to clean energy will be successful “only if it’s equitable and cost-effective, and therefore truly sustainable for the long-haul,” a clean energy group’s state policy director writes. (NRDC Expert Blog)
• A southwest Florida conservation group claims victory after a company withdraws plans for an “extremely destructive oil project.” (Naples Daily News)

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