Southeast Energy News

Tax credit expiration means an uncertain future for Texas’ wind boom

WIND: Federal tax subsidies set off a wind energy rush in Texas, but it’s forced the state to question if energy customers are footing the bill without getting enough benefit from the projects. (Center for Public Integrity)

ALSO: NextEra Energy halts wind turbine construction in Oklahoma after concerns they are too close to pilot training areas. (News9)

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SOLAR:
• Tennessee Valley Authority lags the rest of the Southeast when it comes to solar growth. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Part of the Florida coast booms with commercial solar projects. (TC Palm)

PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspends a permit that allowed the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross more than 500 streams and wetlands in southwest Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• A company plans to convert part of its planned natural gas liquids pipeline to transport crude from the Permian basin to the Gulf Coast because of bottlenecks. (Reuters)

COAL:
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family either refused or failed to meet payments for suppliers for goods or services compelled by courts in at least five cases, an investigation shows. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• A coal mine in West Virginia shuts down after owners failed to find a buyer, leading to the layoff of hundreds of miners. (WVNS)
• MacArthur “genius grant” winner, Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Ken Ward Jr., answers questions about his career covering West Virginia’s fossil fuel industry. (Energy News Network)
• After the downturn of coal, Tazewell, Virginia works with regional tourism groups and elected officials to make money off its serpentine roads for motorcycling. (New York Times)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Pensacola, Florida officials raise concerns about the Trump administration’s plan to relax offshore drilling regulations, fearing another major oil explosion and spill. (Pensacola News Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Texas’ electricity market is working, but natural gas companies are pressuring the state to change how it operates, an environmental group says. (EDF blog)
• Politicians and the media have for too long focused on the politics of coal rather than the people whose lives depend on it, a journalist writes. (Columbia Journalism Review)

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