Southeast Energy News

Virginia lawmaker’s bipartisan bill would ban mid-Atlantic drilling

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A Virginia Democratic lawmaker and North Carolina Republican lawmaker introduce a bill to block new offshore drilling off the mid-Atlantic Coast. (Daily Press)

COAL:
Mining companies that mine in West Virginialike Arch Coal and Murray Energystand to gain the most if China is serious about importing more American coal. (Bloomberg)
• West Virginia lawmakers announce $1.8 million in funding for the state’s black lung clinic program. (Beckley Register-Herald)

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SOLAR:
• Solar panels power schools in Virginia and South Carolina while being used to teach students about the benefits of renewable energy. (Wired)
• Participants in a Texas community solar project may have to pay property taxes on electricity the panels produce despite a state law that exempts home solar panels. (Rivard Report)
• A 924.6 kW solar project billed as the largest leased solar array in South Carolina is now online. (news release)

PIPELINES: The last Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters came down from the trees, but the protests against the project don’t seem to be done just yet. (Outside)

OIL AND GAS:
• A new $30 million facility in Louisville will capture methane from landfill waste and turn it into enough natural gas to power up to 14,000 homes a day. (Insider Louisville)
• Houston energy companies ramp up hiring as oil prices reach high levels. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Texas shale oil boom is making it harder for other industries to hire as oil and gas companies recruit workers. (Bloomberg)
• Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoes a bill that would allow independent Louisiana gas stations to sue larger gas station companies over unfair pricing. (Times-Picayune)

UTILITIES:
• Florida Power & Light customers will see slight reductions in their bills from the federal tax overhaul, but regulators still haven’t decided on a refund for storm restoration costs after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. (Miami Herald)
• Florida regulators override a staff proposal and approve Florida Power & Light’s acquisition of a city-run utility. (Miami Herald)

COMMENTARY: Congress has a chance to stop the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan, says a policy expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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