Southeast Energy News

Texas oil drillers look to solar and wind to power operations

GRID: The electrical grid in West Texas is buckling under pressure from oil and gas drillers’ energy use, so they’re looking to solar and wind to help power their operations. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: SCANA’s former chief executive was paid $1.8 million as a consultant on the utility’s failed nuclear construction project, but the company has no records showing what he did. (Charlotte Observer)

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WIND: Many landowners who make money from a Cameron County, Texas wind farm support a plan to build a second wind one in their area. (KGBT)

SOLAR: A solar developer completes the installation of a 32 kW system in West Virginia. (news release, Solar Alliance)

UTILITIES: Dominion Energy expands into South Carolina as it tries to persuade regulators there to let it buy utility SCANA. (The State)

COAL:
• Kentucky landowners who protested surface mining decades ago are now fighting a massive transmission line a utility wants to build. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• A Kentucky electric cooperative won’t buy coal for the rest of the year. (S&P Global)

PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Forest Service cancels one emergency closure order and issues several other orders for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (WFXR)
• Construction resumes on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia. (Roanoke-Chowan News Herald)

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OIL & GAS:
• Oil refineries in Texas’ Permian Basin are getting oil at a discount because of the bottleneck  in pipelines. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• A fund paid into by offshore oil and gas companies that helps Florida to maintain protected areas expires because Congress didn’t reauthorize it. (WLRN)

COMMENTARY: A solar executive says Houston should be a leader on alternative energy options like solar, not just oil and gas. (Houston Chronicle)

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