Southeast Energy News

Texas’ largest solar project finds a buyer for power

SOLAR: A Texas solar developer secures a power purchase agreement for a 690 MW project that would be the state’s largest. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• Dominion Energy’s 20 MW solar farm in Virginia went live on Earth Day to help Facebook offset its electricity use. (Inside Business)
• A Texas school for adults with developmental disabilities installs solar to offset 45% of its electricity needs. (Solar Power World)
• Ashley Furniture invests $29 million in solar for several of its facilities across the country, including in Southeastern states. (News 8000)
• A Virginia county is asking for public comment on a zoning change that would allow solar farms to be built in rural areas. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Santee Cooper plans to add 75 MW of solar energy to its mix with a new project in South Carolina. (Marietta Daily Journal)

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UTILITIES:
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has a chance to fundamentally reshape the state’s utility board with a series of upcoming appointments. (Energy News Network)
• A small group of Santee Cooper employees ask lawmakers not to sell the utility. (News & Observer)

BIOMASS: Austin Energy buys a Texas biomass plant to get out of a money-losing contract it had to purchase power from it until 2028. (Austin Chronicle)

RENEWABLES: Duke Energy sells a minority stake in renewable energy portfolio for $1.25 billion. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

EMISSIONS: A Virginia lawmaker introduces a cap-and-dividend proposal that would combine market-based mechanisms and government oversight to reduce carbon emissions over the next two decades. (Virginia Mercury)

EFFICIENCY: A Texas A&M project is designed to improve energy efficiency and air quality at two airports. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
• The North American drilling boom, particularly pipelines in Texas and Appalachia, is expected to deliver a major blow to efforts to slow climate change, a report from a clean energy group shows. (The Guardian)
• Two Virginia counties file a joint challenge against FERC’s approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (CBS 19)

COAL:
• Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidates discuss the future of coal production in the state during a debate. (WHAS 11)
• A former coal miner turns his experiences into a theatrical performance at a West Virginia theater. (Tioga Publishing)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia oil and gas industry companies attend a regional oil and gas exposition. (WV News)
• A West Virginia official addresses road damage made worse by the natural gas industry, which residents complained to Gov. Jim Justice about. (WV Metro News)
• A Birmingham oil and gas company expands its wells in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. (Birmingham Business Journal, subscription)

ETHANOL: A fire breaks out after 25 train cars hauling ethanol derail in Texas, but it has been “mostly contained,” according to company officials. (Reuters)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Shell announces a deepwater oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico. (Oil and Gas Journal)

CLIMATE: A Texas utility regulator wants conservatives to talk about climate change. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• U.S. lawmakers need to keep their promise to Virginia coal miners by protecting pensions and healthcare, a Democratic U.S. Senator says. (Bristol Herald Courier)
• Buying a biomass plant and considering it carbon-friendly was a mistake by Texas lawmakers, writes a conservative think tank executive. (Forbes)
• Florida Republicans need to make it clear to the Trump administration that offshore oil drilling opposition is about the economy and environment, not just politics, an editorial board writes. (Palm Beach Post)

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