Southeast Energy News

The fastest-growing job in Texas: wind turbine technician

WIND: Demand for wind turbine technicians will more than double by 2026, making it the fastest-growing job in Texas, government data projects. (Houston Chronicle)

ALSO: A Virginia energy company will host information sessions for a proposed wind farm in Oklahoma this month. (Pauls Valley Democrat)

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SOLAR:
• Kissimmee, Florida commissioners will power all of its operations with solar energy starting in 2020. (Osceola News-Gazette)
• Florida Power & Light proposes a large solar project on former citrus farms in rural Brevard County. (Florida Today)
• Georgia Power moves forward with a plan for solar on a soon-to-be closed coal ash site at a power plant. (Rome News-Tribune)
• Duke Energy buys a 100 MW solar energy project in Texas. (Power Engineering)
• A solar farm on former phosphate land in Bartow, Florida nears completion. (The Ledger)

UTILITIES:
• Dominion, the new owner of South Carolina utility SCE&G, prepares for rate changes in 2021. (Post and Courier)
• A Florida utility wants to charge residential customers $8 more a month to make up the cost of restoring power and repairing the grid after Hurricane Michael. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia water regulators may soon decide whether to revoke a permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which could impede the project. (Roanoke Times)
• FERC approves Enbridge’s pipeline project to move natural gas from Texas to Mexico. (Kallanish Energy)
• A new lawsuit targets an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in Virginia. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin touts a potential natural gas storage hub as well as coal-fired power while also saying he wants to address climate change. (WV Metro News)

COAL:
• Communities in Western Kentucky rally to save TVA’s coal-fired power plant in Muhlenberg County. (Courier Journal)
• West Virginia lawmakers want to use coal tax revenue to fix the state’s crumbling roads. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)
• Activists and lawmakers float the idea of a universal basic income to help Appalachia move past an economy reliant on the coal industry. (100 Days in Appalachia)

COMMENTARY:
• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is getting a much-needed second look by regulators, an editorial board says. (Fayetteville News Observer)
• TVA is losing credibility in the Kingston coal ash spill cleanup, a former mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee says. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Courts in Florida failed to protect the Everglades when giving the go-ahead to a drilling site there, a Palm Beach County commissioner says. (Sun Sentinel)
• Oklahoma’s proposed taxes on the wind industry are setting the state back, a columnist says. (Journal Record)

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