Southeast Energy News

Starbucks has big solar plans in Texas

SOLAR: Spotsylvania County, Virginia officials approve the final permits for a 500 MW solar farm that would be the largest in the state, and among the largest in the U.S. (Virginia Mercury)

• Starbucks announces plans to power 360 of its Texas stores with solar energy  and to invest in six solar farms in the state. (Bloomberg)
• Developers complete a solar power installation on one of the nation’s biggest distribution centers in South Carolina. (Associated Press, news release)

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NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy fights a plan that could save SCE&G $1 billion over 20 years when paying off debt from a failed nuclear project. (Greenville News)

WIND: Republican lawmakers in several states, including Oklahoma and North Carolina, attempt to undercut wind energy growth. (ThinkProgress)

• Clean energy advocates urge Georgia Power to integrate more renewables into its long-term plan. (Saporta Report)
• Renewable energy powers a new data center in Nashville. (Nashville Business Journal, subscription)

• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis downplays the possibility of the Trump administration opening the coast up to offshore drilling. (Fox 35)
• Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tells a rally in South Carolina she would sign a moratorium on offshore drilling “on day one” of her administration. (Charleston City Paper)

Natural gas flaring in the Permian Basin continues at a high rate with no solution in sight. (Texas Standard)
• U.S. crude oil output is expected to hit a record 80,000 barrels per day in May, largely because of Permian Basin production. (Reuters)
• U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to Energy Secretary Rick Perry about boosting natural gas production in Appalachia. (WV MetroNews)
• The EPA awards $1.2 million to Kentucky to clean up petroleum leaking from underground storage tanks. (Courier Journal)

POLITICS: President Trump uses executive orders to boost the oil and gas industry as a political weapon in Texas. (E&E News, subscription)

• TVA should stop fighting legal battles and clean up its coal ash, says the director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network. (Tennessean)
• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline enables environmental injustice in low-income communities of color, an attorney writes. (NRDC)

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