Southeast Energy News

Virginia Senate panel advances fracking, offshore drilling bans

OIL & GAS: A Virginia Senate committee advances two bills that would ban offshore drilling and fracking in most of eastern Virginia. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
Texas and Oklahoma are exploring the possibility of allowing oil and gas companies to discard wastewater in streams and rivers. (Grist)
In the two years since an oil well explosion killed five people in Oklahoma, there have been few changes in safety rules. (Houston Chronicle)
Oil and gas companies continue to find reserves deep in the Gulf of Mexico, despite scaling back drilling. (Offshore)

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RENEWABLES: Several Georgia universities are leading the movement to power their campuses with 100% clean energy, according to a report by an environmental group. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

SOLAR: A medical center in Winchester, Virginia, plans to build one of the largest solar power systems on a hospital in the state, which is estimated to save it $3.25 million over the next 30 years. (Winchester Star)

WIND: The U.S. will likely spend more money developing offshore wind than offshore oil and gas within the next five years, according to a study by an energy research firm. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH:
The Tennessee Valley Authority says it may relocate cemeteries next to a Tennessee power plant to expand coal ash storage. (Associated Press)
Getting rid of Duke Energy’s coal ash in North Carolina will take billions of dollars, and it’s still uncertain if the utility or ratepayers will foot the bill. (Charlotte Observer)
In a Q&A on its website, TVA says it hasn’t made any final decisions about the future of coal ash stored at its retiring Bull Run plant in Tennessee. (Power Engineering) 

NUCLEAR: A class-action lawsuit against Santee Cooper over the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project was sent back to state court after Dominion Energy tried to take it to federal court. (Post and Courier)

UTILITIES: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in a press release warns that many utility customers will have to pay more for power if Santee Cooper isn’t sold. (Myrtle Beach SC)

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