Southeast Energy News

Texas regulators reject massive wind farm project

WIND: Texas regulators unanimously reject what would be the nation’s largest wind farm, saying it doesn’t offer enough benefits for ratepayers. (Bloomberg)  

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy runs out of money for solar rebates in North Carolina just two weeks after it began taking applications. (WFAE)
• Virginia regulators approve a solar farm that will supply enough electricity to power 5,000 homes. (Virginia Business Magazine)
• Florida Power and Light and the city of Miami will install solar trees at three parks. (WSVN)

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PIPELINES:
• State Democratic lawmakers urge Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to halt pipeline projects and review how they will affect water quality. (Virginia Mercury)
• Pipeline company MPLX plans to expand pipeline systems that start in Oklahoma and invest in long-haul pipelines in the Permian Basin in Texas. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS:
• The U.S. oil and gas industry has invested at least $880,000 in Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Senate campaign. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Texas is on track to shatter its oil production record with fewer employees and rigs. (Houston Chronicle)
• BP purchases BHP Billiton’s U.S. shale oil and gas assets to bring in more oil and gas production. (Associated Press)

GRID: Williamsburg and Norfolk will be among the first areas in Virginia to get meter upgrades as part of Dominion Energy’s plan to modernize its grid. (Inside Business)

EMISSIONS: North Carolina could end emissions testing in 26 counties now that a proposed law received support from the EPA. (News & Observer)

UTILITIES: Members of Virginia’s largest electric cooperative file a petition to force more transparency. (Virginia Mercury)

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POLITICS: West Virginia’s Secretary of State denies ex-coal baron Don Blankenship’s filing to run for U.S. Senate. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COMMENTARY: Turning abandoned surface coal mines into solar farms in Appalachia is complicated but doable, a reporter says. (CleanTechnica)

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