Southeast Energy News

Virginia energy plan relies heavily on offshore wind, solar

RENEWABLES: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s “ambitious” new energy plan calls for 2 GW of offshore wind in the next decade and pushes solar energy, electric vehicles and electric grid modernization. (Renewables Now, Daily Press)

PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court vacates a permit the Mountain Valley Pipeline needed to cross streams and rivers in southern West Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• A Texas couple seeks more than $1 million from pipeline operators for burns one of them sustained in an explosion. (SE Texas Record)

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WIND: NextEra Energy agrees to halt construction of two Oklahoma wind farms to prevent potential litigation over airspace permits. (The Oklahoman)

SOLAR:
• A new solar farm in Georgia is approved as part of Georgia Power’s renewable development initiative. (Daily Tribune News)
• GOP officials promote solar energy at a forum in South Carolina. (Free Times)
• St. Johns County, Florida, homeowners host an open house featuring new solar panels installed through a local solar cooperative. (WJCT)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups dispute North Carolina officials’ claims that coal ash hasn’t polluted a river with heavy metals at levels harmful to human health following Hurricane Florence. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Texas oil drillers are overwhelming the region’s infrastructure, driving up costs, lowering oil prices and slowing growth. (Reuters)
• Exxon Mobil considers selling many of its U.S. Gulf of Mexico assets because of high prices. (Reuters)
• Mississippi utility regulators approve a plan for Mississippi Power to upgrade facilities as part of a new 20-year contract with a Chevron Gulf Coast oil refinery. (Associated Press)

FUEL CELLS: The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory receive $3.5 million in grant money to decrease the cost of producing hydrogen fuel cells. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• A Virginia resident living along  the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Extension says FERC isn’t giving the project enough scrutiny. (Roanoke Times)
• A South Carolina native expresses his frustration over the South Carolina nuclear “debacle,” saying it could have been avoided. (Berkeley Independent)

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