Southeast Energy News

Texas unveils its largest solar project yet

SOLAR: Developers reveal plans for a 497 MW solar project in Texas that would be the state’s biggest if it is completed. (Recharge News)

ALSO:
• An outside mediator helped craft Virginia’s new compromise legislation to extend the reach of solar for electric cooperatives. (Energy News Network)
• Tennessee Valley Authority staff conclude that no new solar capacity is needed until 2023. (Utility Dive)
• Solar advocates ask a court to rule that a Jacksonville utility’s decision to roll back net metering policies violates Florida law. (WJCT)
• Florida Memorial University wants to be a clean energy leader in the state. (Miami Times)
• Disney World’s 50 MW solar facility is now online and generating power for a resort. (WOFL)
• Spotsylvania County, Virginia officials delay a decision on a controversial solar farm that would be the largest on the East Coast. (WVTF, WAMU)
• Workers finish construction of a new solar farm near Savannah, Georgia. (Fox 28 Media)
• Arkansas utility regulators say legislation to boost solar energy could boost the state’s economy. (Talk Business)

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COAL:
• A federal prosecutor adds charges against a coal company official for conspiring to falsify the required monitoring of coal dust. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• The West Virginia House votes to lower the coal severance tax on steam coal despite concerns it will cost the state $60 million a year. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Coal-reliant states try to revive the industry since President Trump has failed to do so. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH: Virginia Tech researchers test Irdell County, North Carolina residents’ water for coal ash contaminants. (WSET)

PIPELINES:
• Two bills that would have protected landowners against eminent domain claims by pipeline companies fail in the Virginia House. (WHSV)
• Hays County, Texas officials adopt a resolution opposing the Permian Highway Pipeline. (San Marcos Corridor News)

OIL & GAS: Texas’ governor tells oil and gas producers not to worry about the Green New Deal. (Austin American-Statesman)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A federal judge repeatedly asks an oil company and the Coast Guard why it’s taken so long to stop a 15-year leak in the Gulf of Mexico. (WWLTV)

UTILITIES:
• South Carolina lawmakers agree to move forward with the sale of utility Santee Cooper, though they are divided on how to do so. (The State)
• Virginia regulators deny Walmart’s request to buy power from someone other than the state’s two largest utilities. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• A retired environmental regulator says pipelines put human and environmental health at risk and aren’t needed anyway. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• TVA’s decision to close some of its coal plants means other utilities should diversify their energy sources, a psychologist writes. (Herald-Dispatch)

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