Southeast Energy News

Virginia governor signs budget that blocks state from carbon cap program

CARBON: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signs off on a state budget that includes language inserted by Republicans to keep the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Washington Post)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: As expected, the Trump administration loosens offshore drilling safety rules put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to help boost the industry in the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)

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• The Texas Senate passes a bill that bars cities from putting restrictions on rooftop solar panels. (Houston Chronicle)
• The University of Louisville wins a $1 million grant for researching how to print thin solar panels by using repurposed printing presses. (Associated Press)
• Georgia solar advocates say adding 4 GW of new solar in the state would save customers money. (PV Magazine)
• A solar panel manufacturing plant in Mississippi has been shut down for six months. (Mississippi Business Journal)

WIND: A bill that would block wind turbines along North Carolina’s coast moves through the state Senate. (WRAL)

RENEWABLES: A proposal moving forward in the Nashville Metro Council would push the city to get all of its power from renewable energy sources by 2041, with at least 10% coming from solar. (Nashville Public Radio)

• Georgia Power prepares to drain the last coal ash pond at a power plant located along the Chattahoochee River. (Times-Herald)
• North Carolina’s long battle over coal ash comes to a head as Duke Energy challenges a cleanup order. (Utility Dive)
• At Duke Energy’s annual online meeting, its CEO defends a decision to appeal the coal ash cleanup order. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
A rally is planned for this weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee, to honor coal ash workers who fell ill or died after cleaning up the nation’s largest coal ash spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

COAL: A company that uses activated carbon to clean air and water announces plans to open a facility in West Virginia. (WV Metro News)

• A Virginia law firm represents landowners in multiple states trying to fight eminent domain claims by pipeline companies. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• A pipeline protester charged with a felony is out of jail, but the case will go to the circuit court in Virginia. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

• Exxon announces plans to expand a chemical plant near Houston, Texas, which it says will create 2,000 temporary construction jobs. (Associated Press)
• Louisiana Republican lawmakers coax President Trump to scrap plans to waiver Jones Act requirements that vessels built in the U.S. be used to transport natural gas among U.S. ports. (Bloomberg)
• Environmental groups criticize a Texas bill that would give oil and gas companies a subsidy for treating wastewater. (KUT)

• The North Carolina Senate passes a bill that would allow regulators to set Duke Energy rates in five-year blocks instead of one year at a time. (WRAL)
• South Carolina utility regulators slash Duke Energy’s planned rate hike of $14 per month for South Carolina customers, calling the utility “tone deaf.” (Post and Courier)

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