Southeast Energy News

Texas electric grid is now 30% carbon-free

COAL ASH:
• Critics say North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has done too little to address coal ash pollution, but that could change in 2019. (Energy News Network)
• Duke Energy considers a settling a coal ash lawsuit but the case will be held for four more months. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

RENEWABLES:
• Texas’ grid operator says carbon-free resources, mostly wind, made up more than 30 percent of its 2018 consumption and 2019 capacity. (Greentech Media)
• A Virginia legislative committee approves a bill to stop building power plants and pipelines that use fossil fuels after 2020 and develop a plan for all renewable energy by 2036. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:
• Florida Power & Light seeks to build a large solar farm on a cattle pasture in Martin County, Florida. (TC Palm)
• Florida A&M University considers a proposal to let Duke Energy lease 800 acres for a solar farm. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• IKEA says its new Norfolk, Virginia store will have a large solar array and electric vehicle charging stations. (news release)
• Some Texas homeowners who installed solar panels are still waiting for their rebate checks. (KTXS)
• A London renewable energy company acquires five solar projects in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas. (Renewables Now)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Texas residents can pay $250 for a one-way trip in a Tesla from Houston to Austin, or more for trips to Dallas. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline investors start to worry about legal challenges delaying construction of the project. (WFAE)
• A federal appeals court allows the Trump administration to vacate a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross under Blue Ridge Parkway. (S&P Global)
• A pipeline protester is sentenced to 14 days in jail for blocking a U.S. Forest Service road. (Roanoke Times)
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration tells employees not to speak to private investigators about Atlantic Coast Pipeline dealings. (WRAL)
• Two Texas lawmakers propose changes to a state law that would create better protections and higher payments when pipeline companies use eminent domain to take property. (Austin American-Statesman)

COAL: Appalachian coal miners describe what it’s like to live with black lung disease. (NPR/Frontline PBS)

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OIL & GAS:
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says a gas liquids storage facility proposed for the region is a top economic priority for his administration. (WVPB)
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state will spend $350 million in state money and offshore oil revenue to pay for coastal restoration over the next three years. (Times-Picayune)
The Texas Railroad Commission launches an online database that lets users track oil and gas inspections and enforcement actions. (San Antonio Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: A rural North Carolina school cut construction costs by generating solar energy,  something Virginia could also do, an editorial board says. (Roanoke Times)

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