Southeast Energy News

Tensions rise between wind industry and military bases

WIND: The Pentagon does not see wind farms as a threat to military readiness, but state and local officials across the Southeast want to limit development near bases to avoid restricting flight training routes. (Wired)

ALSO:
• North Carolina lawmakers push a bill that would ban wind farms in several counties with military air bases. (Sun Journal)
• Environmental activists, utility executives, and business leaders discuss the potential for offshore wind development near Hampton Roads, Virginia. (WTKR)

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CLIMATE: The leader of a Virginia organization talks about her work to tackle climate change by mobilizing religious groups on energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: Dallas enters a contract to power all city buildings with wind and solar for the next 10 years. (North American Windpower)

SOLAR:
• A new fund aims to invest $750,000 to bring solar energy to low-income areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia. (Virginian-Pilot)
• A solar company grows its presence in northern Florida and southern Georgia as demand grows for solar energy. (Solar Power World)
• A North Carolina solar company is interested in building a project in a Virginia county where a large solar project was recently rejected. (News Virginian)
• Developers want to build a solar farm and data center on the former site of a planned industrial park in Virginia. (Chesterfield Observer)

STORAGE: The largest electric cooperative in the U.S. signs an agreement to build its first battery storage system in Texas. (Solar Power World)

HYDROPOWER: Developers plan to build the world’s largest commercial ocean current energy project off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. (Renewables Now)

PIPELINES: Hearings begin in a lawsuit over the Permian Highway Pipeline in Texas. (Spectrum News)

UTILITIES:
• Jacksonville Electric Authority’s rates could increase by more than 50% over the next 10 years if it doesn’t adapt to changes, according to regulators. (Florida Times-Union)
• An executive at the Jacksonville Electric Authority says the utility is a leader in new net metering and storage technologies. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS: A lawsuit charging six oil and gas companies with wetland damage is sent back to state court. (Times-Picayune)

COAL ASH: Mobile, Alabama, county commissioners ask state regulators for answers about Alabama Power’s coal ash as residents express concern. (NBC 15)

COMMENTARY:
• Plans to expand offshore drilling are not dead yet, and Florida lawmakers should urge the Trump administration to stop them, an editorial board writes. (Miami Herald)
• A state representative worries about wind farms’ impact on military air space and supports a bill that would prohibit construction of projects near bases. (Mount Olive Tribune)

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