Southeast Energy News

Tennessee’s largest solar project comes online

SOLAR: Tennessee’s largest solar farm, which officials say is expected to power 7,500 households, is now in operation. (Local Memphis)

• A North Carolina solar farm is part of a study on bifacial modules that collect the sun’s energy on both sides of the panels. (Courier-Tribune)
• A Florida golf course switches its irrigation system to solar. (Fox 13)

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RENEWABLES: Vanderbilt University unveils a plan to power its campus with renewable energy and reduce its environmental impact. (Associated Press)

WIND: General Mills signs a power purchase agreement for a 200 MW wind farm in Texas. (Renewables Now)

• Two Florida utilities reach settlements with the state utility consumer advocate that would use 2017 federal tax savings to cover recovery costs from Hurricane Irma and other storms. (Tampa Bay Times)
• South Carolina senators begin to debate utility Santee Cooper’s future, including whether to have a state agency accept bids to sell it. (Associated Press)
• The debate brings up an idea to create organized energy markets in North and South Carolina. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES: Environmentalists plan a protest in North Carolina against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate project that would run through two counties. (Winston-Salem Journal)

• Oil and gas companies try to quickly build pipelines and other infrastructure to support production in the Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
• Major oil companies are using artificial intelligence and cloud computing for their Permian Basin operations. (E&E News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Murphy Oil buys $1.38 billion in Gulf of Mexico oil drilling assets. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: Offshore drilling should be a litmus test for the 2020 presidential election, says the president of the South Carolina small business chamber of commerce. (Post and Courier)

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