Southeast Energy News

Supreme Court will not hear Mountain Valley Pipeline eminent domain case

PIPELINES: The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a group of Virginia landowners whose property was taken by eminent domain for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)

ALSO: Mountain Valley Pipeline workers are caught transporting thousands of gallons of water to seed grass on work sites in violation of a drought-related state of emergency in West Virginia. (WOAY)

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SOLAR: Orlando, Florida’s electric utility will double its solar energy capacity and build a $9 million hydrogen system that produces electricity. (Orlando Sentinel) 

UTILITIES: Duke Energy is one of 16 companies interested in the possible purchase of JEA, Jacksonville, Florida’s utility. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

OVERSIGHT: The co-chair of North Carolina’s House energy committee opposes legislation pushed by Duke Energy that would allow regulators to approve multi-year rate hikes. (Triad Business Journal, subscription)

COAL:
• A West Virginia researcher says the state’s coal mines can be used as sources of rare earth elements for use in clean energy technologies and electronics. (The Journal)
• Residents of a coal town in Virginia look for ways for the area to reinvent itself as the coal industry collapses. (KXLH)

OIL & GAS: Louisiana’s oil and gas industry looks to the upcoming gubernatorial election to boost jobs in the state. (KLFY)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: An auction for 78 million acres of oil and natural gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico will take place March 18. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia is poised to lead the nation in clean energy, a professor says. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Georgia Power tried to push through a rate hike in the middle of a drought, when customers were already paying more for electricity, a columnist writes. (Saporta Report)

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