Southeast Energy News

Virginia board approves pipeline compressor station permit

PIPELINES: Virginia’s air pollution control board unanimously approves a permit for an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in Union Hill after Gov. Ralph Northam controversially removed two board members. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

ALSO:
• An energy lobbyist says the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been delayed because of “rogue environmental groups.” (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A Texas pipeline company receives $1 million in private equity funding to build more oil and gas infrastructure. (Houston Chronicle)
• A recent appellate court order has consequences for a Mountain Valley Pipeline case, federal counsel says. (E&E News, subscription)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: State legislators, including in Georgia and South Carolina, plan a slew of bills to block offshore drilling. (ThinkProgress, Miami Herald)

OIL & GAS:
• BP approves a $1.3 billion expansion of one oil project in the Gulf of Mexico and found 1.4 billion barrels at two others. (Associated Press)
• Enbridge proposes building an offshore oil export terminal along the Gulf Coast of Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
• Texas oil production continues to rise despite the lack of job growth, according to a report from an industry association. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• Crews begin salvaging sunken coal barges from the Ohio River near Louisville. (Courier Journal)
• Officials warn West Virginia and Pennsylvania residents about slow-moving traffic on Interstate 70 because of coal mining under the roadway. (Wheeling Intelligencer)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy promotes a controversial “cap in place” option for a North Carolina coal ash basin rather than excavating all of it. (Winston-Salem Journal)

SOLAR:
• The solar industry pushes South Carolina lawmakers to pass a Republican senator’s bill that would reform the state’s energy market. (Solar Power World)
• Duke Energy completes a 75 MW solar project in Jasper, Florida, which creates enough energy at peak production to power 20,000 homes. (Solar Power World)
• Broward County, Florida is the first to pre-register for Florida Power & Light’s voluntary community solar program. (South Florida Times)

RENEWABLES: Texas has enough solar and wind to balance each other out, but that means the state would have to reimagine its grid. (Vox)

NUCLEAR: A federal appeals court says the federal government can shut down a nuclear fuel recycling plant in South Carolina. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: SCE&G customers deserve more than a 15 percent rollback on their electricity rates and the utility should correct its errors, a South Carolina chamber of commerce president says. (The State)

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