Southeast Energy News

Virginia’s wind energy market could give Texas a run for its money

WIND: Texas installed more wind turbines than any other state last year, totaling 4 gigawatts, according to an industry group’s report. (Bloomberg Green)

ALSO:
Mid-Atlantic states like Virginia with big plans for offshore wind are catching up with Texas’ wind capacity, according to the same report. (Greentech Media)
Analysts say the growth was partly driven by uncertainty about tax credits, and that concerns exist about competition with natural gas. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR:
A Kentucky lawmaker proposes a 10-year delay of controversial new rules for residential solar panel owners who want to sell excess energy back to the grid. (Lexington Herald Leader)
Florida’s attorney general is investigating a solar company after multiple families say they paid tens of thousands of dollars for solar panels that were never installed. (WESH)
An Arkansas school district is the first in the state to be fully solar-powered, a move officials say will save half a million dollars over 30 years. (THV11)
Lee County, Georgia, commissioners vote to change zoning rules in order to lay the framework for solar development. (Albany Herald)
North Carolina regulators approve Duke Energy’s service charge for solar developers bidding on new projects. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Southern states have some of the lowest adoption rates of electric vehicles, but some drivers are slowly starting to make the switch. (Electrek)

PIPELINES: Kinder Morgan says it has obtained rights to the last pieces of land needed to build its controversial Permian Highway Pipeline. (Houston Chronicle) 

OIL & GAS:
Residents in Charles City, Virginia, raise concerns about a proposed natural gas power plant in their community. (New Kent Charles City Chronicle)
A startup with Texas offices says its technology allows oil and natural gas companies to clean and reuse fracking wastewater instead of injecting it underground. (Houston Chronicle)
The strength of Texas’ oil industry declined for 10 straight months last year, according to a report from an industry group. (Houston Chronicle)
A blowout at a central Texas oil well kills one worker and injures three others. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: A Georgia bill that would require utilities to protect water from coal ash was proposed in part because of decades of unanswered questions about coal ash’s health impacts in Juliette. (Georgia Public Broadcasting) 

UTILITIES: North Carolina residents tell utility regulators at a public hearing that they can’t afford rate increases proposed by Duke Energy. (WFMY)

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