Southeast Energy News

Texas’ largest solar farm to get state’s largest battery

STORAGE: Texas’ largest solar farm will soon be paired with the state’s largest battery, capable of storing enough electricity to provide 10 megawatts of power for more than four hours. (Houston Chronicle)

ALSO: Virginia Tech researchers look for a new way to store solar power by mimicking how plants transform energy from the sun. (WVTF)

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SOLAR:
• Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar expects to be producing solar panels at its new factory in Jacksonville, Florida, by the end of the year. (Reuters)
• Alabama Power defends its backup tariff on solar customers, saying the $5 per installed kilowatt charge is too low. (E&E, subscription)
• A Georgia renewable energy co-op announces a four-site, 194 megawatt solar project with Nashville-based Silicon Ranch. (Nashville Post)
• A new South Carolina law encourages solar farms to incorporate native grasses and flowers as habitat for birds and pollinators. (T&D)
• Students in Georgia construct solar-powered golf carts. (Albany Herald)

COAL ASH:
• The nation’s largest coal ash waste site in West Virginia offers a “cautionary tale” as the Trump administration revisits regulations. (Ohio Valley ReSource)
• A recent analysis found groundwater contamination at all 14 coal-fired power plants in Kentucky. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

OIL & GAS:
• Occidental Petroleum says it’s studying a carbon capture project to supply carbon dioxide to its oil fields in West Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
• Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin joins a bipartisan effort to further develop and deploy carbon capture projects. (The Oklahoman)
• A North Carolina county commission votes to extend a moratorium on oil and gas drilling through Jan. 31, 2019. (News & Observer)

PIPELINES:
• A section of the Leach Xpress natural gas pipeline in West Virginia will resume operations in early July following an explosion. (Globe and Mail)
• Federal regulators ask two Virginia towns for input on proposed compressor station upgrades for a natural gas pipeline expansion. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A South Florida county approves $4.7 million to buy five electric buses, charging stations and other accessories. (Sun Sentinel)

WIND: Louisiana regulators meet today to consider cost-recovery for American Electric Power’s $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project. (Recharge, subscription)

GRID: North Carolina environmental groups are divided over Duke Energy’s proposed multibillion-dollar grid modernization plan. (News & Record)

POLITICS:
• A Democrat running for Congress in South Carolina wins Republican endorsements because of his opposition to offshore drilling. (WCIV)
• A conservative clean energy group endorses a Florida Republican seeking a second term in Congress. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION: Critics say a plan to extend a Miami-Dade expressway in Southeast Florida is “completely contrary” to a regional climate change compact. (WLRN)

LISTEN: WBUR’s Here & Now interviews Abita Springs, Louisiana Mayor Greg Lemons about his commitment to shift the town to 100 percent renewable energy.

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration axed a mountaintop mining health study for no good reason, an editorial board says. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Co-chairs of the petroleum-funded Virginia Explore Offshore Coalition say drilling can help the state “prosper for generations to come.” (Daily Press)
• A Virginia Tech instructor says it’s wrong to force property owners to live with the risk of natural gas pipeline explosions. (Roanoke Times)

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