Southeast Energy News

Trump administration sued for weakening offshore drilling safety rules

UTILITIES: A contentious North Carolina ratemaking bill weakens accountability and fails to demand broader reforms, clean energy advocates say. (Energy News Network)

• Ten environmental groups sue the Trump administration over its decision to weaken safety rules put in place after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (Associated Press)
• Three South Carolina mayors sign a letter to state regulators opposing a British company’s plans to do seismic testing for offshore drilling off the coast. (ABC News 4)

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• Federal regulators say a new 850 MW coal-fired plant in Georgia is expected online in 2022, but the actual status of the plant is unclear. (Utility Dive)
• Camden, Arkansas, and Ouachita County partner with developers to build a 6.5 MW solar project that will help power government operations. (Camden News)
• A Tennessee county discusses a new solar project proposal. (Manchester Times)

HYDROPOWER: North Carolina regulators approve Duke Energy’s sale of five hydropower plants and deny a customer advocate’s request to review $17.4 million the utility spent on the plants. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

• Virginia’s controversial pipeline projects may drive more voters to the polls in the 2019 elections, with every legislative seat up. (Bloomberg)
• Dominion Energy expects to win one of two legal challenges against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and resume construction, an executive says. (S&P Global)
• West Virginia landowners hold a public meeting about their concerns over the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which they’ve been protesting for years. (Register-Herald)
• Phillips 66 plans two new pipelines to carry oil and gas supplies from the Rocky Mountains and North Dakota through Oklahoma to the Port of Corpus Christi. (Corpus Christi Business News)
• Developers complete a pipeline that will carry natural gas from Texas to Mexico. (Argus Media)

• A Kentucky county struggles to figure out what to do next now that its main source of income, a coal-fired power plant owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is closing. (WBUR)
• The Trump administration claims coal is coming back, but consumption is at a 41-year low according to Energy Department data. (CBS)

POWER PLANTS: West Virginia researchers study how to cut water use at power plants. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Climate change is a threat to West Virginia and the realities of the coal industry’s demise are inescapable, despite what Gov. Jim Justice claims, an editorial board writes. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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