Southeast Energy News

Virginia lawmakers vote to join regional cap-and-trade program

CAP-AND-TRADE: The Virginia legislature gives final approval to a measure that would make the state a full participant in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A Virginia lawmaker pulls a bill that would have given carbon allowances to two unbuilt natural gas plants under a carbon cap-and-trade program. (Virginia Mercury)

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POLICY: Senators Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, and Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, unveil an energy bill that ensures their states can continue drilling while promoting renewables. (Grist)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sues South Carolina utility SCANA and two of its top executives, alleging they “repeatedly deceived” investors and regulators by hiding problems with a nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR:
A bill that would raise the net metering cap in Virginia to expand distributed solar is working its way through the legislature. (WVTF)
A Kentucky county considers building a $200 million solar farm by 2023, which would generate more than 200 MW of electricity. (WKMS)
Officials investigate a solar company after dozens of Tampa, Florida, residents claim it took thousands of dollars and never installed solar panels. (WFLA)

RENEWABLES: Advocacy groups host an energy justice summit in western North Carolina to discuss expenses that prevent low-income people from using renewables. (Watauga Democrat) 

WIND: Some experts say the wind energy boom in Texas could fuel a Bitcoin mining rush. (MIT Technology Review)

PIPELINES: An energy company reaches an agreement to expand a pipeline in Virginia after months of disputes with a conservation group over a wetland mitigation project. (Fauquier Times)

OIL & GAS: New oil and gas production in Benton, Louisiana, raises questions about water supply as nearby ponds for agriculture and recreation are being drained for fracking. (KTBS) 

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COAL ASH: North Carolina residents voice concerns about Duke Energy’s plans for coal ash excavation at the Marshall Steam Station during a hearing with environmental regulators. (Statesville Record & Landmark)

COMMENTARY:
Florida should approve Florida Power & Light’s new solar program, even if its approach is new for the state, writes the director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. (Tampa Bay Times)
South Carolina needs more solar energy, and Dominion Energy is preventing growth by refusing to greenlight a project at a tire manufacturer’s plant, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)

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