Southeast Energy News

Study: Wind, solar could replace coal in Texas

RENEWABLES: Texas could phase out coal by better coordinating wind energy production in West Texas and the Gulf Coast and solar projects across the state, according to Rice University researchers. (Houston Chronicle, Science Daily)

BIOGAS: Wood pellet critics say Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order on climate change gives them new leverage to push back against the industry in North Carolina. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• The city of Coral Gables, Florida says it’s friendly to solar, but a homeowner  whose permit for rooftop panels was denied says otherwise. (Miami Herald)
• Solar energy will power a visitor center at Everglades National Park. (Florida Weekly)

WIND: BP sells three Texas wind farms to affiliates of a California company. (Houston Chronicle)

NUCLEAR:
South Carolina’s utility watchdog asks state regulators to find that SCE&G moved ahead with construction of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station despite warnings that the project was doomed. (The State)
Santee Cooper sues SCE&G over the project, saying it committed fraud and misconduct that caused billions of dollars to be wasted. (Associated Press)
Environmental groups challenge state regulators’ decision to let Dominion Energy buy SCE&G, though the deals appears to be close to completion. (Post and Courier, WFAE)

PIPELINES:
The Mariner East Pipeline, which carries gas from Ohio across West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is now in service. (Tribune-Review)
• West Virginia regulators approve the Mountaineer Pipeline’s extension into Jefferson County after receiving hundreds of comments opposing it. (Spirit of Jefferson)
• As legal challenges pile up, Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction falls behind. (Washington Post)
• The U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline shows how the agency is becoming more friendly to the fossil fuel industry. (Outside Magazine)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers want to remove two tree-sitters protesting the project in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• The Supreme Court weighs whether to hear a case over whether to allow Mountain Valley Pipeline developers to use eminent domain to take Virginia landowners’ property. (WSLS)
• The oil and gas industry plans to build more pipelines in Texas than it needs, according to a research firm. (Houston Public Media)

COAL:
• Six barges carrying 9,000 tons of coal sink into the Ohio River near Louisville after getting stuck at a dam, but officials say it won’t affect drinking water. (Wave 3 News, Courier Journal)
• Coal production in West Virginia is up from last year but pales in comparison to previous years, and the natural gas industry isn’t enough to replace the lost jobs. (Beckley Register-Herald)

COAL ASH:
• For the first time in the 10 years since the nation’s largest coal ash spill, Tennessee regulatory leaders gathered to honor the cleanup workers who were poisoned from the spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Fish bones could help track the spread of coal ash contaminants, according to Duke University researchers. (Grist)

OIL & GAS:
• A West Virginia community college launches a program to train students for the natural gas industry. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Drillers in the Permian Basin have so much extra gas they’re paying people to take it or giving it away for free. (Wall Street Journal)
• The oil boom in the Permian Basin helps the University of Texas endowment reach $31 billion. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES: NextEra Energy buys Gulf Power from Southern Company, expanding its footprint in Florida. (Orlando Weekly)

COMMENTARY:
• Kentucky should use abandoned mine land funds to fix crumbling water infrastructure in Martin County, says a citizen activist. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Smaller offshore wind projects like the one off the coast of Virginia could lead to faster development of larger ones, a wind industry expert says. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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