Southeast Energy News

Virginia lawmakers pass major clean energy bill

VIRGINIA: Virginia’s General Assembly passes the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which includes a renewable portfolio standard, energy efficiency targets, and distributed generation rules designed to get the state to net-zero emissions by 2050. (Virginia Mercury)

ALSO:
Virginia’s House and Senate need to work out some differences before the legislation heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk. (Associated Press)
Dominion Energy announces it will aim for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a more ambitious goal than it set previously. (Associated Press)
Dominion and the state of Virginia are both trying to define clean energy goals as the utility plans for its major offshore wind project. (Greentech Media)

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PIPELINES:
Dominion Energy buys Southern Company’s 5% stake in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline amid ballooning costs. (S&P Global)
A Kentucky bill discouraging protests against pipelines advances to the Senate after being amended to address some free speech concerns. (WFPL)

SOLAR:
A program that has brought hundreds of solar panels to low-income areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia, might end soon if the state doesn’t lift its solar cap, the company’s founder says. (Virginian-Pilot)
The Tennessee Valley Authority is growing its solar portfolio by 44%, mostly through recently announced utility-scale projects. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) 

WIND:
A subsidiary of Southern Company begins operations at a 100 MW wind farm in Oklahoma. (Renewables Now)
An energy company completes a wind repowering project at a wind farm in Texas that was originally built in 2007. (My High Plains)

BIOGAS: University of Florida researchers are working to help turn Miami-Dade County’s waste into electricity. (Miami Today News)

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UTILITIES: South Carolina lawmakers receive three bids from utilities wanting to buy Santee Cooper — one by NextEra Energy that would cut 700 jobs. (The State)

COMMENTARY:
Land conservation advocates and solar companies are finding common ground in rural South Carolina, an editorial board writes. (Post and Courier)
North Carolina’s oil and gas commission is concerned about abandoned gas wells but too dysfunctional to address the problem, a journalist writes. (NC Policy Watch)
Georgia Power and its shareholders need to pay for the safe cleanup of coal ash in Juliette, Georgia, a nonprofit leader writes. (Georgia Recorder)

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