Southeast Energy News

TVA phases out energy efficiency rebates for homeowners

EFFICIENCY: The Tennessee Valley Authority is phasing out a residential energy efficiency rebate program, reallocating some funds to a lower-income weatherization programs. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

NET METERING: Clean energy advocates in North Carolina worry a net metering battle between Duke Energy and South Carolina solar advocates is headed to their state next. (Southeast Energy News)

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• Emerging solar markets like Florida are helping offset weaknesses in established markets around the country, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
• A Texas solar company and Canadian real estate investors announce a deal that could bring $100 million in solar investments to Texas. (Texas Public Radio)
• A German utility plans to build a 100 MW solar farm in Texas. (Renewables Now)
• A solar company completes three solar projects in Kentucky, including a rooftop array on the Archdiocese of Louisville’s pastoral center. (PV Magazine)
• Orlando utility regulators test new solar panel technology in preparation to build three new solar farms in the state. (Spectrum News 13)

NUCLEAR: SCE&G blasts a state agency for attempting to obtain records for its case to cut customer rates after the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project. (News & Observer)

BIOMASS: As biomass energy ramps up in Europe, Southern wetland forests are being drained, logged, burned and shipped across the Atlantic. (Mongabay)

COAL: After 25 years of pollution from acid mine drainage, the Cheat River in West Virginia is almost clean and ready for fishing and recreation. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

• West Virginia teachers call on the state to increase the natural gas severance tax to fund the public employee insurance program. (WV News)
• The federal government adds $23 million to the Port of Corpus Christi’s project to widen and deepen a shipping channel so tankers can carry larger loads of crude oil from Texas oil fields. (Houston Chronicle)

• Dominion Energy pledges to investigate whether vehicles used for Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction are in compliance with weight limits for West Virginia bridges after residents raise concerns. (Record Delta)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers can keep cutting trees in the Jefferson National Forest until July 31 because construction was obstructed by tree-sitting protesters. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• Three House Democrats, including one from Virginia, call on committee leaders to bolster protections for whistleblowers working in the offshore drilling industry. (E&E News, subscription)
• The American Petroleum Institute recruits military veterans to try to sway lawmakers to allow offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: A Virginia Tech professor questions how well Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is protecting the state’s water. (Roanoke Times)

Correction: A Georgia appliance recycling company launched a clean energy initiative by installing rooftop solar on a facility in South Carolina. An item in Monday’s digest misplaced the project in another state.   

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