Southeast Energy News

Virginia customers may foot the bill for Dominion coal ash cleanup

COAL ASH: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signs legislation to clean up Dominion Energy’s coal ash ponds, but the cost could be passed onto ratepayers. (WTOP)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy wants to charge South Carolina customers $225 million more per year for new power plants, coal ash cleanup, a nuclear project, and infrastructure improvements. (Post and Courier)

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• Spotsylvania County, Virginia officials are close to making a decision on a controversial proposed solar project. (Free Lance-Star)
• Entergy New Orleans pilots a program that installs solar panels on rooftops of low-income customers’ homes and gives them a $30 credit on their energy bills every month. (Electric Light & Power)
• Florida has more than 10,000 solar jobs, the second most in the nation, according to a new industry report. (WJCT)
• A new solar cooperative in Broward County, Florida aims to get homeowners to go solar for a more affordable price. (WLRN)
• Developers break ground on a solar project in Arkansas that will help power an electric cooperative. (Arkansas Business)
• Construction begins on a solar project in Georgia that will provide energy to Georgia Power. (Renewables Now)
• Kentucky solar advocates fear that a new bill reducing the rates customers get for excess solar power will slow the state’s industry. (Lex 18)

COAL: Programs in Appalachia train displaced coal workers in green energy jobs to help form a new economy in the region as coal declines. (Grist)

• Natural gas prices in the Permian Basin plunged to a record low of 12 cents because of an equipment failure in New Mexico. (Reuters)
• Houston has more oil and gas jobs than any other city in Texas. (Houston Business Journal, subscription)

• A North Carolina judge delays a decision on a lawsuit by Robeson County property owners who are fighting the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Robesonian)
• FERC’s final decision on the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension is expected in March 2020. (Kallanish Energy)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers sue two North Carolina landowners who are denying the company access to their land. (Times-News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: An oil and gas drilling auction in the Gulf of Mexico receives $244.3 million in high bids. (Reuters)

Community solar programs are growing in states like Florida, but they need a bold vision to succeed, a columnist writes. (Greentech Media)
• South Carolina business owners should be able to invest more easily in renewables and have more control of their energy bills, a food service equipment company executive says. (SC Now)

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