Southeast Energy News

TVA plans to boost solar, cut coal over next two decades

SOLAR: The Tennessee Valley Authority says it plans to increase solar capacity anywhere from 4 to 9 GW over the next two decades while cutting coal production. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

ALSO:
• Solar companies are flocking to Texas because of a tax break, but they provide few returns for local taxpayers. (Houston Chronicle)
• In 2018, Arkansas had its biggest year of solar installations ever, according to a new industry association report. (Associated Press)
• East Tennessee State University students are leading the push to solar energy and sustainability on their campus. (Johnson City Press)
Construction begins on a new solar farm in Yadkin County, North Carolina. (Yadkin Ripple)

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EFFICIENCY: Dominion Energy faces criticism for its plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars less on energy efficiency than officials say they agreed to last year under a new regulation. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: A New Orleans city council member wants the city to focus more on renewable energy. (WDSU)

NUCLEAR:
• The South Carolina House proposes a legislative process for selling utility Santee Cooper, but it differs from the path the Senate wants to take. (Post and Courier)
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit and speak at Plant Vogtle in Georgia today. (Aiken Standard)

WIND:
• The Port of Wilmington in North Carolina could play a role in Gov. Roy Cooper’s study of offshore wind. (Star News)
• Developers break ground on a 151 MW wind farm in Texas. (Renewables Now)

COAL:
• Virginia coal mining jobs increased slightly in 2018, but coal production decreased. (WJHL)
• A company using coal to make roofing tile says it is more environmentally friendly since they don’t burn it or deal with carbon emissions. (WBOY)
• TVA says it is considering a proposal from a Kentucky company to buy and continue operating its Paradise power plant. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OIL & GAS:
• The Marcellus and Utica shale regions in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio will supply nearly half of the nation’s natural gas by 2040, according to a new study. (Oil & Gas 360)
• Oil refinery consultants say Texas has a lot to learn from the petrochemical fire at a Houston facility. (KTRE, Associated Press)
• Louisiana’s oil and gas industry is looking for political candidates who will help the state compete with Texas’ oil and gas industry. (KPLC)

PIPELINES:
• A pipeline manufacturer is expanding its facilities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and hiring 128 people. (The Advocate)
• German environmental activists who fought coal mining operations will meet with Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents this week. (Roanoke Times)

UTILITIES: A Georgia House committee passes a bill to let Dalton Utilities, which has a small role in the Vogtle nuclear plant project, borrow money for electricity projects without seeking voter approval. (Valdosta Daily Times)

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