Southeast Energy News

Train derailment spills 3,600 tons of coal into Virginia swamp

WIND:
• A compromise bill on wind energy moving through the North Carolina legislature could end the perennial push to restrict turbines in the eastern half of the state. (Energy News Network)
• Florida homeowners install a wind turbine on their property that can be taken down and stored in advance of a hurricane. (Fox 13)

SOLAR:
• Virginia landowners and a solar company go to court seeking to overturn regulators’ decision to deny a solar farm. (News Virginian)
• Two North Carolina schools receive grants to install solar panels. (WECT)
• A Tennessee solar company launches a program to use holistic land use practices, like grazing animals and native plants, on solar farms. (Solar Power World)

COAL:
• Thirty-six train cars carrying 3,600 tons of coal derail and spill into the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia, raising concerns about contamination. (Virginian Pilot)
• West Virginia researchers explore ways to restore soil productivity on about 10 million acres of land across Appalachia damaged by mined-related activities. (WV News)

PIPELINES:
• A Mountain Valley Pipeline protester is arrested in West Virginia after chaining themselves to worksite equipment. (WDBJ)
• A Virginia woman riding a horse along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route to protest the project is in North Carolina this week. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
• A pipeline company claims it is owed more than $2 million for work on the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline. (West Virginia Record) 

OIL & GAS:
• The Port of Corpus Christi is expected to become the nation’s top crude oil export hub. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Houston energy company delays plans for a liquefied natural gas project by more than three years. (The Advocate)

UTILITIES:
Negotiations continue in the North Carolina House over a controversial bill that would allow Duke Energy to seek annual rate increases. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• An Austin, Texas, electricity company will host public meetings to help customers find ways to lower their power bills. (KXAN)

TRANSMISSION: A bill that would expand underground power lines in Florida heads to the governor’s desk. (Fox 35) 

COMMENTARY: Tennessee needs to rethink its energy future and can incorporate technology that uses natural gas to power and heat buildings, an energy company executive writes. (The Tennesseean)

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