Southeast Energy News

Supertanker near-miss highlights Texas community’s fears

OIL & GAS: A supertanker headed for a liquified natural gas plant near Corpus Christi, Texas, narrowly misses a ferry boat, underscoring a nearby community’s fears about increasing oil carrier traffic in its harbor. (Rivard Report)

ALSO: A South Carolina company will deliver compressed natural gas in carbon fiber tubes to customers that are unable to tap into pipelines. (Post and Courier)

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PIPELINES:
• Conservation groups file a new lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Associated Press)
• A Virginia widow leads an eminent domain fight at the Supreme Court against the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. (E&E News, subscription)
• Enbridge says it’s working to meet federal regulators’ terms so that it can restart part of its pipeline that exploded in Kentucky this month. (Reuters)

COAL:
• San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute lands a $3 million U.S. DOE grant to design a coal-fired power plant that emits almost no carbon dioxide. (San Antonio Express-News)
• A protest by Kentucky miners enters its third week as they block a railroad track and demand back pay from a bankrupt former employer. (Time)
• The coal miners’ protest recalls the nearly century-long and sometimes violent struggles between coal companies and workers seeking to unionize. (WKYU)

EFFICIENCY: Florida regulators begin a multi-day hearing to discuss utilities’ sharp decline in projected energy conservation and set new goals. (Florida Politics)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Duke Energy asks North Carolina regulators to approve a $76 million electric vehicle charging pilot program that’s supported by environmental groups. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

OFFSHORE WIND: Wilmington, North Carolina’s prospects for offshore wind appear indefinitely stalled as the industry focuses on the Northeast U.S. (Wilmington Star-News)

SOLAR:
• A homebuilder inspired by The Lorax constructs a home in Little Rock, Arkansas, that runs entirely on solar power. (KARK-TV)
• Three solar projects in Texas are seeking tax incentives from a local county and school district. (Houston Business Journal, subscription)

GRID: Texas electricity demand hit a new record Monday as people cranked up air conditioners to cool off from a triple-digit heat wave. (Reuters)

UTILITIES:
• Dominion Energy is polling its customers on messages that could help it maintain its monopoly and fend off retail electric suppliers. (PV Magazine)
• The Florida Chamber warns that a ballot amendment to let residents choose electricity providers would drive up costs for consumers. (Florida Politics)

COMMENTARY:
• A new carbon lifecycle analysis of three Southeast pellet mills reveals that burning trees for electricity, even from sustainably managed forests, increases carbon pollution for four decades. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
• The chairman of a conservative think tank in North Carolina says Duke Energy is right to replace coal with natural gas. (Wilson Times)

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