Southeast Energy News

Texas could be a worldwide model for grid flexibility

GRID: Texas could be a model for grid flexibility and energy deregulation for the U.K. and other countries, experts say, as they expand renewables and decarbonize their energy systems. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers say construction is 92% complete and will be done by 2021. (news release)
• A Virginia town will hold a public hearing in July on a request for a temporary RV park to house Atlantic Coast Pipeline workers. (The News & Advance)

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OIL & GAS:
• Louisiana’s governor is expected to sign a bill that would increase penalties for protests on oil and gas sites, worrying Black residents who are fighting to stop construction of petrochemical plants. (Desmog)
• The oil and gas bust from the pandemic is affecting the pipeline and storage tank businesses, according to a new report from Moody’s. (Houston Chronicle)
• Two Texas oil suppliers are expected to start laying off up to 675 workers next week. (Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: A North Carolina judge rules that insurers failed to prove that Duke Energy intentionally and knowingly caused millions of dollars worth of environmental damage at a coal ash pond. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

SOLAR: A West Virginia solar company is unionizing its solar installers and electricians. (Shepherdstown Chronicle)

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UTILITIES: Florida regulators approve a plan for Tampa Electric Company to streamline its storm protection cost recovery and reduce base rates. (Daily Energy Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• A pastor and a professor urge Roanoke Gas to exit its contract with the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• A U.S. Senator from Louisiana says the state is getting shortchanged and Congress needs to remove a cap on offshore oil and gas revenues. (The Advocate)

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