Southeast Energy News

U.S. wind energy grows, with Texas leading the way

WIND: U.S. wind energy providers increased capacity by 8% last year, with Texas home to about a quarter of all wind energy capacity, according to an industry group report. (Houston Public Media)

ALSO: A North Carolina Senate committee takes up a proposal that would ban wind energy projects near a military base. (WRAL)

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MICROGRIDS: Alabama Power’s smart neighborhood microgrid could serve as a model for other microgrids in the U.S. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• A South Carolina Senate panel advances legislation aimed at expanding the state’s solar industry. (Index-Journal)
• San Antonio leads Texas in solar energy and is seventh in the nation, according to a new report by a Texas environmental organization. (San Antonio Current)
• Disney World’s 50 MW solar facility has been providing power to its Florida theme parks since February. (WTSP)
Construction begins on a solar project in Mitchell County, Georgia, and Cedartown, Georgia, officials approve an agreement for a new solar farm. (WALB, Marietta Daily Journal)
• A consultant recommends 14 solar projects for new construction in Duke Energy’s Carolina markets. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Augusta County, Virginia, officials consider a solar energy project permit for the area. (Daily Progress)

NUCLEAR:
• A judge rules that a Jacksonville, Florida, utility has not broken its contract to purchase power from Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant. (Jacksonville Business Journal, subscription)
• South Carolina communities are divided over proposed rate increases by Santee Cooper to cover the cost of a failed nuclear plant. (WPFE)
• A dispute between a South Carolina utility and a contractor could jeopardize Southern Company’s ability to buy $8.5 million in parts needed to build the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Residents of Appalachian coal communities tell a Congressional subcommittee that mountaintop removal mining should be stopped until its health effects are better studied. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COAL ASH: A bill that would prevent Duke Energy from charging ratepayers to cover the costs of coal ash cleanup in North Carolina has little chance of passing, Republicans say. (Utility Drive)

PIPELINES: Community members, businesses, and others gather in Jane Lew, West Virginia, to discuss how the Atlantic Coast Pipeline halt is impacting them. (WV News)

OIL & GAS:
• Natural gas industry representatives gather in Morgantown, West Virginia, for a conference that draws protesters. (Dominion Post)
• West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin meet to discuss opportunities to grow the natural gas industry. (Wheeling Intelligencer)
• Natural gas prices have been negative for almost two weeks, largely because of a lack of pipeline space in Texas. (Reuters)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Republicans warn that the Trump administration’s push to expand offshore drilling off the coast of Florida could cost him votes there. (Politico)

COMMENTARY: Good luck to governments and businesses looking to get money owed to them from West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, an editorial board writes. (Charleston Gazette-Mail

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