Southeast Energy News

Suniva released from bankruptcy, plans to restart operations

SOLAR: Georgia-based Suniva has been released from bankruptcy and plans to “restart operations as soon as possible.” (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A North Carolina county enacts a solar farm ordinance that requires developers to include a traffic study and a plan for how the installation will be decommissioned. (The News & Advance)
• Georgia Tech researchers will work on a $72 million Department of Energy project to develop a concentrated solar power generating facility. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)
• Facebook plans to build a $750 million data center in Alabama that will be powered by solar energy through Tennessee Valley Authority. (Business Insider)
• A Virginia county debates a utility-scale solar project that could be built on farmland. (The Free-Lance Star)
• A popular Texas wedding venue installs rooftop solar, which it says will cover its energy needs and save it more than $230,000 over the next 25 years. (Solar Power World)

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RENEWABLES: Denton, Texas hopes to be the second city in the state to go 100 percent renewable and expects to reach the goal by 2020. (Christian Science Monitor)

UTILITIES:
• Oklahoma Gas & Electric reaches an agreement with stakeholders to recover costs for a natural gas plant while lowering energy rates for customers. (Utility Dive)
• Entergy was advised not to hire fake protesters to support a Louisiana natural gas plant, but did so anyway, according to public records. (Fox8)
• Duke Energy will pay a $3.5 million fine to settle an investigation into an allegation that it intended to mislead federal regulators about its purchase of an energy company. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

EFFICIENCY: A new federal law could make it harder for Florida homeowners to get Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for storm hardening and energy efficiency. (Sun Sentinel)

WIND: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs into law a bill designed to protect military airspace from wind turbines; although during a similar debate in North Carolina, military officials have said additional safeguards aren’t needed. (Enid News & Eagle, Southeast Energy News archive)

NUCLEAR: Despite the fact that the nuclear energy industry is struggling, a new generation of engineers are entering the field to combat climate change. (NPR)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The governors of five Atlantic states, including North Carolina and Virginia, call on Congress to reject a proposal to impose fees on states that oppose offshore drilling. (News & Observer)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge begins construction of the last section of a natural gas pipeline that crosses the U.S.-Mexico border. (Reuters)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline construction continues in southwest Virginia, nearing a popular parkway. (WDBJ)

OIL AND GAS: Some Louisiana high schoolers attend a camp that teaches them about careers in the oil and gas industry. (Houma Courier)

COAL: A former coal miner is working to convert former mountaintop removal sites in West Virginia into farmland. (Yale Climate Connections)

COMMENTARY: The struggling nuclear energy industry likely won’t survive without a government handout, one industry expert says. (FiveThirtyEight)

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