Southeast Energy News

Study: Longest oil spill in history leaked much more than company claims

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A federal study finds a nearly 15-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could have leaked up to 4,500 gallons a day, less than other estimates but is much more than the energy company claims. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Even without state-level renewable energy mandates, Georgia has become a solar energy leader in the Southeast and U.S. because of market forces. (NPR)
• A solar group hosts a workshop in Fort Valley, Georgia, to help farmers, small businesses and homeowners save money by going solar. (WGXA)
• Arkansas solar developers push residents to invest in solar before federal tax incentives sunset at the end of the year. (Arkansas Business)
• An Arkansas self-storage company is the first of its kind in the state to go solar. (Arkansas Money & Politics)

UTILITIES:
• Politicians and business leaders fight a Florida ballot measure that would allow customers to choose electricity providers or to produce their own power. (Orlando Sentinel)
• The EPA’s Clean Power Plan replacement won’t change the Tennessee Valley Authority’s course on reducing emissions, the utility says. (Bowling Green Daily News)

COAL: President Trump’s nominee for United Nations ambassador, in her current role as U.S. ambassador to Canada, copied her husband, an Oklahoma coal magnate, on email exchanges with EPA officials. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Georgia could become the second state behind Oklahoma to take over federal permitting for coal ash landfills and storage. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
• North Carolina regulators have heard few cases and issued few fines about digging issues near natural gas lines despite hundreds of thousands of violations. (News & Observer)
• A Texas land trust mired in controversy over its management will consider converting into a corporation to operate more like an oil and gas firm. (Houston Chronicle)

RESEARCH: Thirty Kentucky high school science teachers will get training in energy-related research through a university grant. (WDRB)

COMMENTARY:
• A public advocate in South Carolina’s utility regulatory office offers guidelines for customers considering the switch to solar. (Times and Democrat)
• Business-friendly Virginia environmental regulators lack transparency about energy projects, a professor writes. (Virginia Mercury)

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