Southeast Energy News

Virginia Supreme Court upholds controversial pipeline survey law

COAL: The decline of coal complicates Appalachian Power’s transition to clean energy by suppressing energy demand and preventing the utility from investing in new projects. (Energy News Network)

MORE:
• In northern West Virginia, coal production for power plants dropped by 7 percent in the first half of 2018, but metallurgical coal is up by almost the same amount. (Bloomberg)
• President Trump’s plan to bail out coal plants would save coal mining jobs but cause pollution that would cost lives, according to a new report from a nonprofit group. (Bloomberg)

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PIPELINES:
• The Virginia Supreme Court upholds a controversial state law that allows natural gas companies to enter private property without landowner permission to survey potential pipeline routes. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Energy and pipeline companies amplify efforts to garner support in communities and prevent legal challenges against the projects. (San Antonio Express-News)

OIL AND GAS:
• Some Louisiana crawfishermen hope the new EPA director will impose stricter regulations on the oil and gas industry to protect the needs of the fishing industry and environment. (KATC)
• Industry executives say President Trump’s tariffs could raise costs and slow growth for energy projects. (San Antonio Express-News)
• The death of a Texas drilling worker a decade ago helped shape shale drilling regulation, but little is still known about how the industry affects human health or is regulated. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
• A Georgia planning commission won’t recommend moving forward with a proposed solar project after dozens of residents speak out against it. (WALB)
• Florida’s distributed solar market doubled in 2017 with more than 6,200 new systems, according to a report by state regulators. (PV Magazine)
• An electrical supplies distributor sues a solar energy company and guarantor in Florida, alleging they failed to pay more than $30,000 in a credit agreement. (Florida Record)
• Tennessee Valley Authority will purchase energy from a 15 MW solar project in Tennessee. (Solar Industry Magazine)

WIND: Oklahoma officials still haven’t made a decision about a major wind energy generation and transmission project. (Enid News & Eagle)

RENEWABLES: Georgetown, Texas is now the first city in Texas to run completely on renewable energy. (Spectrum News)

FUEL EFFICIENCY: Virginia emerges as the next battleground after California for tougher fuel efficiency rules. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Florida scientists put together the first comprehensive look at the state of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico while assessing damage from the 2010 BP oil spill. (Tampa Bay Times)

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