Southeast Energy News

The race to build the world’s biggest solar-plus-storage plant

SOLAR: The race is on to build the world’s largest solar-plus-storage plant, with ambitious projects in Texas and Florida among the contenders. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Florida Power & Light says it will build the world’s largest battery storage facility connected to an existing solar project near Tampa. (Renewables Now)
• Texas is a leader when it comes to investing in distributed energy resources, a study by an energy group says. (Solar Power World)
• Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, tests solar-powered trash cans. (Waste 360)

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EFFICIENCY: Dominion Energy agrees to spend $870 million on energy efficiency programs in Virginia over the next decade after Gov. Ralph Northam pressures the utility. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: Georgetown, Texas leaders deal with the fallout from rising costs after a plan to power the city with renewable energy. (U.S. News & World Report)

WIND: The Southeastern U.S. is left out of America’s wind power boom because of less wind and fewer policy incentives. (Vox)

POWER PLANTS: An advocacy group will host a public meeting next week about the closure of TVA’s Bull Run plant near Oak Ridge. (Oak Ridger)

OIL & GAS:
• A Louisiana company provides healthcare to oil and gas workers employed by three of the largest operators. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• Texas Tech will teach students about oil and gas by drilling exploratory wells. (KCBD)
• An environmental group seeks to intervene in a lawsuit between an energy company and the U.S. Coast Guard to stop a 14-year-long oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. (Times-Picayune)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham files a bill to permanently ban offshore drilling and seismic testing off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. (Post and Courier)

COMMENTARY:
• The future of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is at risk and North Carolina needs the project to succeed economically, an editorial board writes. (Robesonian)
• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and influence of Dominion Energy has corrupted Virginia’s government, a religion and culture professor says. (Roanoke Times)
• Texas companies should supply natural gas to Mexico, an energy executive says. (Houston Chronicle)
Using coal ash in concrete is a more affordable and greener option, a researcher writes. (Scientific American)

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