Southeast Energy News

Virginia Democrats split just before major vote on decarbonizing economy

EMISSIONS: As Virginia lawmakers prepare to vote today on major legislation to decarbonize the state’s economy, Democrats are divided over the policy, with some supporting a more aggressive plan to cut emissions. (Virginia Mercury)

RENEWABLES: Florida Power & Light announces a startup incubator for entrepreneurs focused on renewable energy and other technologies. (WPTV)

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SOLAR:
A coastal conservation group signs an easement to protect South Carolina land from development, with one caveat: it can be used for a solar farm. (Post and Courier)
Utilities dominate Florida’s solar market, which is less open to competition than other states, but it doesn’t seem to be hurting installations. (Greentech Media, subscription)
Arkansas regulators are considering lowering net metering rates solar owners get from selling their excess power back to the grid. (Daily Energy Insider)

WIND: A proposed Virginia wind farm needs new approval from regulators after developers decide to make the turbines taller. (WSLS)

PIPELINES:
A West Virginia House bill that would criminalize protesting at “critical infrastructure facilities,” including pipelines, draws heavy opposition at a public committee hearing. (WVPB)
A Dallas utility is asking the city to approve $18.3 million in rate hikes to pay for replacement of aging natural gas pipelines. (Dallas Morning News)
Federal energy regulators say they will try to reach a final decision within 30 days on complaints from property owners who have their land seized by pipeline companies. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Four proposed liquefied natural gas export projects along the Texas coast get federal permits to ship 47 million metric tons per year to Asia. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH:
North Carolina environmental regulators grant Duke Energy a permit to build a lined landfill for coal ash at an Asheville power plant. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
North Carolina environmental regulators are holding six public meetings about Duke Energy’s coal ash excavation plan; the first one was last night. (NC Policy Watch)

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UTILITIES: Florida lawmakers are trying to oust Florida’s main utility consumer advocate who has worked on behalf of ratepayers for years. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and other natural gas pipelines are too risky and should be halted immediately, a columnist writes. (The Week)

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