Southeast Energy News

Supreme Court will hear Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline appeal

PIPELINES: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal by Dominion Energy of a lower court ruling that stopped construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline because it would cross the Appalachian Trail. (Reuters)

• The city of Kyle, Texas, reaches a settlement with Kinder Morgan in which the company will pay $2.7 million to run a pipeline through the area. (Spectrum News)
• New Permian Basin crude oil pipelines haven’t yet boosted U.S. crude exports, largely because of the ongoing U.S-China trade war. (Bloomberg)
• Officials in a Kentucky county are investigating a noise coming from a natural gas transmission pipeline. (Courier Journal) 

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• A Virginia farming family is frustrated that its proposed solar project is facing high costs by the local utility to connect to the grid. (Energy News Network)
• A $4.6 million solar farm at a wastewater treatment plant in Florida begins operations. (Jackson County Floridian)
• A Texas oil company completes a solar project that will help power its operations in the Permian Basin. (Renewables Now)

TRANSMISSION: Renewable energy development in the Great Plains could be curbed if transmission capacity doesn’t expand, some experts say. (Oklahoman)

UTILITIES: Alabama Power wants to expand its total power capacity by 19% to prevent winter outages, which would mean a $1.1 billion rate hike for customers. (

• Critics in Appalachia say that retraining programs have a poor record in connecting dislocated workers, like coal miners, with local employment that pays a competitive wage. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Many miners are laid off after an Eastern Kentucky mining company files for bankruptcy. (WYMT)

• The number of natural gas projects being built in West Virginia is on the rise. (WV News)
• Houston, Texas, oil and gas producer EP Energy files for bankruptcy after struggling financially for years. (Houston Chronicle)
• An oil company is closing down its Mississippi office as part of a merger with a Texas energy company. (Magnolia State Live)

• Moving a bill that bans oil drilling off Florida’s coast through the U.S. Senate will be a challenge, but it must be done, an editorial board says. (Palm Beach Post)
• A group of Georgia conservatives is making renewable energy a priority in the state, says a Georgia professor. (Ledger-Enquirer)
• Virginia has to reform its energy economy to help businesses and residents, two Democratic state representatives write. (Washington Post)
• Clean energy can transform North Carolina’s economy, says the leader of a conservative clean energy group. (Greensboro News & Record)

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