Southeast Energy News

Utility-scale solar continues to surge in Southeast

SOLAR: Utility-scale solar capacity in the Southeast is expected to rise 25% this year, largely due to supportive state policies, an analysis shows. (S&P Global)

ALSO:
• A streetcar in New Orleans will get solar panels installed on its roof as part of an effort to power city buildings with solar. (Uptown Messenger)
• A solar company opens a new office in Tampa, Florida, and begins installing solar in the area. (news release)

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WIND:
• A North Carolina bill that would put a moratorium on wind energy projects doesn’t have enough support to pass, its sponsor says. (Coastal Review Online)
• Oklahoma teachers attend a wind energy workshop to help students learn about the science behind renewable power. (KXII)
• A new 184 MW wind energy project outside Dallas, Texas, begins operations. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL: More than 20 miners and their families camp out in front of a coal train in Harlan County, Kentucky, to protest not being paid by Blackjewel when the coal company filed bankruptcy. (WYMT)

PIPELINES:
• A West Virginia landowner says a pipeline is causing damage and erosion on his property. (WTRF)
• An executive at pipeline operator EPIC says the company will start exporting crude oil from a South Texas terminal by the end of the year. (Reuters)

UTILITIES:
• People in Alabama pay a wide range for electricity — some up to hundreds of dollars a month — according to a new survey. (AL.com)
• Some Mississippi coast residents say their power bills this summer are a lot higher than expected. (WLOX)

CLIMATE: A conservative think tank supports Ft. Lauderdale’s decision not to join a lawsuit against oil companies over climate change. (Florida Record) 

COMMENTARY:
• Plans to build two of the nation’s largest renewable energy projects are a sign of things to come for Oklahoma, an editorial board says. (Journal Record)
• Journalist Russell Gold outlines Texas’s role in renewables and how much of their future hinges on the 2020 presidential race. (Texas Monthly)

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