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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SOLAR:
• 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)

OIL AND GAS:
• 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)

PIPELINES:
• 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)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• 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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