Southeast Energy News

Trump administration to advance offshore drilling in Atlantic

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration is expected to allow five companies to do seismic testing for oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. (Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES:
• Two power companies target Texas transmission rules, hoping to raise the cost of solar and wind generated in remote parts of the state and sent to urban centers. (Houston Chronicle)
• Louisville, Kentucky’s proposed 100 percent clean energy resolution pits environmental and utility groups against each other. (WFPL)

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SOLAR: The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida adds five solar trees with 50 solar panels to help power Florida Power & Light’s grid. (Florida Today)

WIND: The wind farm being built to provide power to Exxon for its oil and gas operations is expected to be completed by 2020. (Houston Business Journal, subscription)

MICROGRIDS: Mississippi State University plans to install a combined cooling, heating, and power microgrid on campus. (Microgrid Knowledge)

NUCLEAR: A nuclear power group has poured $1 million into a runoff election for a seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

UTILITIES: A South Carolina lawmaker wants to allow customers to pick their utility rather than allowing a monopoly system to continue. (The State)

PIPELINES:
• A leader of the Virginia chapter of the NAACP writes to Gov. Ralph Northam in support of Dominion Energy’s efforts to work with the community on an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station. (Washington Post)
• Testimony ends for landowners’ eminent domain lawsuit over the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. (KATC)

COAL: Former Appalachian coal miners with black lung disease gather in Washington D.C. to urge Congress to extend an excise tax on coal companies that helps them pay medical expenses. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: North Carolina residents living near a Duke Energy power plant say a construction project could disturb buried coal ash. (WSOC)

OIL & GAS:
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry calls for building out infrastructure to support oil and natural gas. (Houston Chronicle)
• The U.S. surpasses the 1970 record for proven oil and gas reserves, doubling the amount of petroleum found in the ground in the last decade. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: The Tennessee Valley Authority needs to face competition instead of holding onto its monopoly over utility customers, a conservative think tank director suggest. (Commercial Appeal)

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