Southeast Energy News

Texas charges protesters under new infrastructure protest law

OIL & GAS: Greenpeace protesters who shut down a Texas oil and gas port by dangling from a bridge last week are the first to be charged under a new state law that makes it a felony to disrupt energy ports and pipelines. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• West Virginia environmental regulators approve a construction permit for a proposed coal-to-liquids facility in Mason County. (WCHS/WVAH)
• Louisiana officials say they need to reignite fires at two natural gas wells that exploded weeks ago to keep gases from escaping. (4WWL)
• A power company wants to build a “clean energy center” in West Virginia that would house one gas-fired and one solar plant. (WV News)

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SOLAR:
• A group of Union Hill, Virginia, residents who attended a solar training bootcamp help install solar at a local horse stable. (Energy News Network)
• A Virginia congressman signs on to legislation that would reduce solar costs for low-income households. (Augusta Free Press)
• Ikea owners acquire a 49% stake in two solar projects in Texas and Utah to help power the company’s operations. (Houston Chronicle)
• Some Culpeper County, Virginia, officials try to push stricter regulations for solar projects, raising concerns among attorneys and others. (Free Lance-Star)
• A new solar farm in South Carolina comes online, and developers say it can produce enough energy to power 15,000 homes. (Times & Democrat)

EMISSIONS: Knoxville, Tennessee, wants to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 through electric transportation and energy efficiency. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

PIPELINES:
• Kyle, Texas, officials amend a pipeline ordinance after Kinder Morgan sued the city for overstepping its authority on energy projects. (Community Impact Newspapers)
• A federal appeals court weighs whether it should delay its case on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline following a ruling that could appear before the Supreme Court. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• As coal mines have shut down in Central Appalachia, the number of women in the workforce, especially in healthcare, has risen substantially. (New York Times)
• A group founded to help Appalachia move to a post-coal economy turns six as local development officials struggle to fill industrial parks, get high-speed internet, and create jobs. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• A federal judge presiding over Blackjewel’s bankruptcy sets a timeline in the case over millions of dollars worth of coal in Kentucky and Virginia. (WVPB)

COAL ASH: A year after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, flooding that could cause coal ash spills is still a major concern. (Earther)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Offshore drilling companies try to win back investors, saying the industry is poised for a comeback. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)  

OVERSIGHT: FERC eliminates a branch of the agency that oversees U.S. natural gas and electric power markets and related energy and financial markets. (E&E News, subscription)

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NUCLEAR: Abandoning the failed MOX fuel fabrication facility at a nuclear site does not equate to the abandonment of nuclear material in South Carolina, federal officials say in a court briefing. (Aiken Standard)

COMMENTARY:
• After the Kentucky legislature changed rules on how much money solar customers get from utilities under net metering, regulators will have to find a compromise, a columnist writes. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• The benefits of solar go well beyond just reducing emissions, the energy and policy director of a South Carolina conservation group says. (Greenville News)
• Local governments have a responsibility to ensure the public has ample time to comment on developments like solar farms, an editorial board writes. (Salisbury Post)

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