Southeast Energy News

Texas is generating more energy from wind than coal

WIND: Wind surpassed coal as an energy source in Texas during the first half of 2019 — a first since regulators began collecting data. (USA Today)

• Duke Energy plans to expand its Frontier Windpower II wind project in Oklahoma, adding 350 MW by 2020. (Oklahoman)
• A renewable energy developer completes construction of a 302 MW wind farm in Texas. (Windpower Engineering, news release)

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RENEWABLES: Tensions escalate in Virginia between Dominion Energy, rival electricity suppliers and big corporations demanding renewable power. (Greentech Media)

• Solar companies expect South Carolina’s industry to grow after the passage of a law that removes caps on net metering. (WIS)
• Fort Smith, Arkansas, city officials open up to the idea of solar power as much of the state begins to make the switch. (Talk Business & Politics)
• Clarksville, Arkansas, will build a second solar plant in hopes of being the first city in the state to power city buildings with solar. (40 29 News)
• Lake Worth Beach, Florida, residents are frustrated by a 10 kW cap on solar energy systems. (Palm Beach Post)
• A successful program in southwestern Virginia is helping people cut costs so they can install rooftop solar. (WVTF)
• Duke Energy finally discloses names of developers that won contracts in its first round of bidding for solar projects. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

GRID: The Texas electric grid manager says that it should not be forced to fix a data error that increased electricity costs by millions of dollars since generators submit errors frequently. (Houston Chronicle)

BIOMASS: A tall grass called giant miscanthus could help reclaim abandoned mine lands in Appalachia and be used for biomass. (Ohio Valley Resource)

• Coal baron Bob Murray hosts a fundraiser attended by President Trump as coal miners suffering from black lung disease lobby Congress. (ThinkProgress)
• As the coal industry collapses, miners are losing their pensions and asking Congress to protect their pension plans. (ThinkProgress)
• Federal prosecutors dispute claims by companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family that they shouldn’t be in federal court in Virginia. (WV Metro News)

OIL & GAS: Drilling of the longest horizontal oil and gas well in the history of the Permian Basin is complete. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: The Gulf Coast Express pipeline, which would carry natural gas from the Permian Basin in Texas to the Gulf Coast, is ahead of schedule and could be operational by September, developers say. (Caller Times)

• The Energy Freedom Act will allow South Carolina to have more renewable and resilient energy systems, write two environmental and clean energy advocates. (Energy News Network)
• Louisiana is a leader in energy and the environment, says the president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. (Houma Today)
• West Virginia lawmakers’ plan to save a struggling coal plant by cutting $12.5 million in taxes doesn’t add up, an editorial board writes. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Santee Cooper and its customers are ready for a new direction, the utility’s new CEO writes. (Post and Courier)

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