Southeast Energy News

Virginia court rejects Walmart’s bid to shop around for power

UTILITIES: Virginia’s Supreme Court last week rejected Walmart’s request to aggregate its stores’ electricity loads in order to qualify for a retail choice program that would allow it to shop for alternative suppliers. (Utility Dive)

• Florida Power & Light quietly reduces its solar commitment and adds to its gas capacity through its merger with Gulf Power. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• A group begins airing TV commercials asking President Trump to stop outsourcing Tennessee Valley Authority IT jobs. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Dominion Energy intends to raise rates in South Carolina for the first time since acquiring SCE&G amid a nuclear construction boondoggle. (The State)

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• A University of Texas survey is among the only independent studies of solar’s impact on property values, which appears to be slight. (Energy News Network)
• A solar developer breaks ground on a project that’s expected to supply roughly 90% of an Arkansas school system’s electricity. (Arkansas Business)
• Duke Energy Florida proposes a shared solar program that appears informed by criticism of Florida Power & Light’s program. (Greentech Media, subscription)

WIND: Officials see Dominion Energy’s two-turbine Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project as a potential catalyst for the industry in the U.S. (Riviera)

• A Louisiana company moves ahead with oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico despite the recent market downturn. (The Advocate)
• Advocates say disinvestment in areas around Louisiana refineries has led to concentrated poverty. (E&E News)

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POLITICS: Joe Biden is expected to call for a 100% clean electricity standard by 2035 and investing $2 trillion over four years on clean energy. (Bloomberg)

• A newly completed solar farm is Tallahassee, Florida’s latest giant step to address climate change, a sustainability advocate writes. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• Heatwaves and COVID-19 are increasing household electric bills, especially in Southern states, an analysis shows. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• With the Atlantic Coast Pipeline canceled, South Carolina lawmakers should recognize the unprecedented opportunity to expand solar and renewables, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)

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