Southeast Energy News

Virginia governor hires consultant to boost offshore wind industry

WIND: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announces an international consultant to make the state a leader in offshore wind energy. (Daily Press)

COAL: One out of every 14 acres in Central Appalachia has been altered by surface coal mining, according to a new study by Duke University and environmental nonprofits. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court sides with Mountain Valley Pipeline developers and tosses landowners’ eminent domain lawsuit. (Associated Press)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline construction will continue into 2019, sometimes with 15-hour workdays that disrupt neighbors. (Roanoke Times)
• Oil and gas companies urge federal energy regulators to expedite approval of a natural gas pipeline in Oklahoma. (Reuters)
• As construction nears completion on Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge Pipeline, activists stage tree sit-in protests. (ThinkProgress)

SOLAR:
• Alabama Power customers who want rooftop solar say the utility’s mandated fees are unfair and causing the state to lag behind the rest of the Southeast. (WBMA)
• Virginia residents voice opposition to expanding solar projects in their community. (Tidewater News)

NUCLEAR:
• A South Carolina attorney blasts SCE&G for insisting on secrecy in turning over internal records for a failed nuclear project. (Charlotte Observer)
• Nuclear power doesn’t have a bright future in the U.S. unless there are major policy changes, a new report says. (WABE)

WIND: An Oklahoma landowner fights to stop a major wind energy and transmission project. (KOTV)

EFFICIENCY: A North Carolina organization works to lower energy costs for low-income families in Charlotte and surrounding areas. (Utility Dive)

COAL ASH: Tennessee Valley Authority plans to close a leaking and contaminated coal ash site. (Memphis Flyer)

OIL AND GAS: Texas oil and gas companies say they’re working to reduce light pollution from drilling and production. (Everything Lubbock)

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POLITICS: A Florida Congressman bets his seat on a sweeping plan to replace the federal gas tax with a levy on carbon emissions. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: An environmental group’s leader urges North Carolinians to oppose an extension to the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Rockingham Now)

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