Southeast Energy News

Trump tariffs credited for new Georgia solar plant

SOLAR: A South Korean company plans to construct a solar module manufacturing facility near Dalton, Georgia, which it says will create 500 jobs, as the Trump administration’s tariffs appear to be boosting domestic manufacturing. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bloomberg)

• A solar developer plans a 17 MW array in South Carolina. (Aiken Standard)
• A new solar cooperative launches in Orange County, Florida. (Apopka Voice)
• Strata Solar, North Carolina’s largest homegrown solar developer, plans to expand its business to include energy storage. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Sunnova will offer solar leases in Florida to provide more energy options for homeowners in the state. (Markets Insider)

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• Exxon’s CEO says the oil giant will boost oil and gas production even if lawmakers make rules to combat climate change. (Associated Press)
• West Virginia environmental regulators negotiate an agreement to restore a processing facility where 200 gallons of heat transfer oil spilled in 2016. (Natural Gas Intel)

• Six Virginia landowners sue developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, claiming their property was damaged by stormwater runoff from a construction site. (Roanoke Times)
• Colonial Pipeline will stop sending fuel to the Montvale tank farm in Virginia after September, which may lead to higher gas prices in the region. (Roanoke Times)
• The Mountain Valley Pipeline would threaten a Native American burial ground in Virginia, but the company is reportedly disputing the site’s historic significance. (WDBJ)
• A coalition of trade organizations and labor unions say Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s decision to extend the public comment period on water quality permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline sets a bad precedent. (Daily Progress)

WIND: A lone, abandoned wind turbine in Arkansas is a reminder for local communities of how the industry has yet to take hold in the state. (Courier News)

CLIMATE: Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson inaccurately claims that solar panels can slow rising sea levels. (WLRN)

• SCANA sets a July date for shareholders to vote on the proposed sale of the utility owner, but also delays a decision about its next dividend payment. (Post and Courier)
• More than 400 regional energy industry leaders gather in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for a summit on clean energy, security and economic development. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

POLITICS: Candidates running for South Carolina governor are making promises they can’t keep, including solutions to clean up the state’s nuclear fiasco. (The State)

COMMENTARY: A new PAC in Virginia that promises cash for politicians who refuse to accept money from Dominion Energy, Appalachian Power, or other utilities might have legs, a journalist writes. (Washington Post)

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