Southeast Energy News

Supreme Court expresses skepticism toward pipeline critics’ case

UTILITIES: Despite growing frustration with Duke Energy’s rising rates and meager clean energy plans, there’s no clear path to ending its monopoly. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A bill working through the Virginia legislature would give state regulators power to order refunds from Dominion Energy when the utility collects excessive revenue. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES:
Supreme Court justices discuss the merits of a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross under the Appalachian Trail, expressing skepticism about environmental groups’ arguments against it. (The Hill, New York Times)
Dominion Energy says it remains “confident” that the Supreme Court will rule in its favor. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND:
A wind farm off the coast of North Carolina would connect to the grid in Virginia and have economic benefits in the state, developers say. (Virginian-Pilot)
Denmark’s largest energy company wants to build a $295 million wind farm in south Texas. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)

SOLAR:
Duke Energy says it has installed 1 million solar panels in Florida. (Florida Politics)
A recreation center in Tucker, Georgia, is installing rooftop solar panels to power some of its operations. (CBS46)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear regulators say Dominion Energy violated federal rules by allowing two contract workers at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina to falsify records showing they were making fire safety checks. (Island Packet)

OIL & GAS:
A natural gas flaring researcher says a Texas regulator’s report on flaring is “a joke,” relying too much on pro-industry talking points. (KUT)
Exxon plans to restart operations at a Louisiana petrochemical plant this week after a natural gas pipeline fire, which has reignited calls for real-time air pollution monitoring. (Reuters, DeSmog)

COAL ASH: North Carolina environmental regulators have been hosting public meetings this month about Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup plans. (WCNC)

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COMMENTARY:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claims he and President Trump ended the “war on coal.” (Courier Journal)
Utilities like Duke know better than to cap coal ash in place, a Southern Environmental Law Center lawyer writes. (Utility Dive)
By restricting net metering in Arkansas, the state will lose its place as a solar energy leader, a solar industry executive writes. (Arkansas Business)
All the scenarios for Santee Cooper’s future show the utility needs more oversight and will rely too much on coal, a clean energy group says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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