Southeast Energy News

Unreliable Texas grid leads residents to install backup power

GRID: Texans are installing backup generators or solar-plus-storage systems because of increasing concerns about the electricity grid’s reliability. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR:
• Arkansas regulators’ decision to keep net metering rules in place are a lifeline for the state’s solar industry, experts say. (InsideClimate News)
• Clean energy groups commend Arkansas regulators’ net metering decision, but a business group and utilities say solar customers may not pay their “fair share.” (Talk Business & Politics)
• Duke Energy’s three newly proposed solar projects in Florida are part of a 2017 settlement to build 700 MW of solar by 2022. (WUSF)
• A historic home in Roswell, Georgia, will install solar and become “the oldest net zero home in America,” developers say. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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COAL: Six Murray Energy subsidiaries file mass layoff notices for 2,453 employees in West Virginia. (Huntington Herald Dispatch)

OIL & GAS:
• An oil and gas company plans to shut down production ahead of tropical depression Cristobal in the Gulf of Mexico. (S&P Global)
• A Houston drill pipe manufacturer says it may layoff its entire workforce of  nearly 500 people due to the economic downturn. (Houston Chronicle)

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POLITICS: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s push for carbon reduction goals has made him a target of President Trump. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• A columnist says the South Carolina Public Service Commission may be changing its ways and questioning monopoly utilities more. (Post and Courier)
• A solar industry executive writes that community solar is progressing even during the pandemic because it’s affordable and accessible. (Solar Power World)
• Utilities’ efforts to gut Florida’s net metering law could spell trouble for the solar industry, says the president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. (Tampa Bay Times)

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