Southeast Energy News

Virginia Senate passes utility oversight bill despite Dominion objections

UTILITIES: The Virginia Senate temporarily approves a bill that would restore state regulators’ oversight of how utilities write off costs, despite objections from Dominion Energy. (Associated Press)

ALSO: The Tennessee Valley Authority restores power to most substations after an EF-3 tornado tore through Middle Tennessee this week. (The Chattanoogan) 

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SOLAR: The number of K-12 schools nationwide powered by solar has doubled in three years, led by projects in Virginia. (The Hill)

WIND: A wind farm off the coast of North Carolina is one step closer to reality as developers prepare for the next round of paperwork. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

COAL ASH:
North Carolina utility regulators reject Duke Energy’s effort to block an economist’s testimony that the utility should be barred from recovering $193 million on coal plant costs. (Triad Business Journal, subscription)
A Georgia official visits Washington D.C. to lobby lawmakers for help addressing his county’s water crisis that’s potentially related to coal ash pollution. (WGXA)

OIL & GAS: A Texas grand jury declines to issue felony indictments against activists who closed the Houston Ship Channel during a protest. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: Energy companies plan to extend a pipeline along the Gulf Coast to expand transmission capacity for oil and gas. (S&P Global) 

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POLITICS: A rancher and oilfield service company owner defeats an incumbent Republican in the Texas Railroad Commission race, surprising the oil and gas industry. (Midland Reporter-Telegram) 

COMMENTARY:
Reform at South Carolina utility Santee Cooper is better late than never, an editorial board writes. (Post and Courier)
A relatively new coal plant in southwest Virginia should have never been built, so lawmakers don’t need to change clean energy legislation to keep it open, an environmental advocate says. (Virginia Mercury)

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