Southeast Energy News

Virginia governor, advisory board split on pipeline permits

PIPELINES: An environmental justice advisory board is at odds with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam over its recommendation that the state rescind permits for two natural gas pipelines. (Washington Post)

MORE: Norfolk, Virginia residents will have an opportunity to discuss the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines at a town hall this week. (Southside Daily)

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GRID: Tennessee Valley Authority says it will build a $300 million system operations center in Tennessee as part of one of its biggest grid upgrades ever. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SOLAR:
An Australian company leases land for a 200 MW project southwest of Houston, while local officials create a reinvestment zone for a 200 MW project in Jones County. (Houston Chronicle, Abilene Reporter-News)
A Virginia county approves five solar farms, with another three proposals lined up. (SaukValley.com)
A Tennessee utility plans a program that reserves 500 kW of solar energy for purchase by residential and business customers. (Johnson City Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Broward County, Florida receives a $2.25 million grant to buy electric buses and solar panels. (South Florida Business Journal)

COAL:
A coal-fired power plant in Oklahoma could shutter by early next year since a utility won’t extend its power purchase agreement. (The Oklahoman)
A project to turn former strip mines into lavender farms isn’t as successful as the organization behind the project made it out to be. (WVPB)

OIL & GAS:
Chinese investors still plan to visit West Virginia for a potential $84 billion investment in natural gas and petrochemical projects. (S&P Global)
The Permian Basin in West Texas, the Haynesville Shale in Texas and Louisiana, and the Appalachian Basin in the Northeast account for nearly 50 percent of U.S. natural gas production, the Energy Department reports. (Houston Chronicle)

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POLITICS: Convicted former coal baron Don Blankenship appears before the state Supreme Court to get his name on the ballot in U.S. Senate race in West Virginia. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: President Trump’s trade dispute with China threatens Texas’ oil and gas boom, an oil and gas industry representative says. (Dallas Morning News)

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