Southeast Energy News

W.V. lawmakers advance bill to save a struggling coal plant

RENEWABLES: A new North Carolina law requires state environmental regulators to set decommissioning rules for utility-scale solar and wind farms by the start of 2022. (Energy News Network)

• The West Virginia House passes a bill exempting a coal-fired power plant from paying a $12.5 million tax to help it make it more profitable. (Associated Press)
• More than 100 coal miners in Washington pressure Congress and mine safety regulators to address the black lung disease epidemic. (NPR)

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• A second round of lawsuits from landowners, conservation groups, and local governments is underway in Texas to stop construction of the Permian Highway Pipeline. (Spectrum News)
• An appeals court will not reopen a lawsuit about FERC’s policy on analyzing greenhouse gas emissions from pipelines. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH: A settlement between Duke Energy and state and federal officials over a 2014 coal ash spill would preserve key tracts of land along a river. (Progressive Pulse)

• West Virginia lawmakers hear testimony in support of reviving policies to address a growing number of abandoned and unplugged natural gas wells. (WVPB)
• Using $160 million in funds from oil discoveries and fracking beneath its lands, the University of Texas will offer tuition and fees payments for low and middle income undergraduates. (News West 9)
• An energy company says unusually cold temperatures on the Louisiana Gulf Coast in 2018 played a role in leaks from its liquefied natural gas facilities. (E&E News, subscription)
• A company that drills in West Texas files its first permits to drill in South Texas. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)

• The U.S. has 24 GW of wind energy capacity under construction, according to a wind industry group, with Texas and Oklahoma helping lead the way. (CleanTechnica)
• A Texas county is in the midst of a boom because of an influx of prisoners to its prison, a new pipeline, and a proposed wind farm project. (KWTX)

• A Florida utility unveils a trailer to educate customers and students on solar energy, energy conservation, and battery storage. (Osceola News Gazette)
• Quincy, Florida, has two solar projects in the works that are expected to lower electricity costs and power a sewage lift-station. (WTXL)
• Officials in a Virginia county discuss how to include solar in the county’s comprehensive plan. (WHSV)
• Duke Energy Renewables acquires its biggest solar project to date, a 200 MW project in west-central Texas. (Solar Industry)

• A student makes the case for more cooperatively owned solar in Florida. (Orlando Sentinel)
• Dominion’s proposed programs in Virginia don’t offer customers good choices or advance renewable energy, a lawyer and environmental advocate writes. (Virginia Mercury)

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