Southeast Energy News

West Virginia governor willing to do ‘anything’ to help oil and gas

OVERSIGHT: The North Carolina Utilities Commission is finally at full strength — with almost all seats appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper —  and is expected to rule this year on orders related to electric vehicles and rate hikes. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he is willing to do “anything” to help the state’s struggling oil and natural gas industry. (WVPB)
A Kinder Morgan executive says the company is cautiously expanding its operations in Texas and Mexico. (S&P Global)

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PIPELINES: A small Texas water district joins a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline amid protests across the state. (Hays Free Press)

COAL:
Coal company Blackjewel has accrued nearly 300 environmental violations since it filed for bankruptcy in July, according to a lawyer for Kentucky’s energy cabinet. (Ohio Valley Resource)
Kentucky suspends mine operation licenses in two counties because the company hasn’t paid miners’ wages. (WYMT)
In a conversation with West Virginia journalists, state lawmakers say alternatives to coal are a must in the state. (WVPB)

COAL ASH: An Oak Ridge, Tennessee, official says that a TVA coal ash facility just outside county lines is not the city’s responsibility, but some residents disagree. (Oak Ridger) 

SOLAR:
Vanderbilt University partners with TVA on a 35 MW solar project as a study clean energy group criticizes the utility’s energy efficiency efforts. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Florida led the region in small-scale solar installations with 173 MW in the 12 months ending in October, according to an analysis of government data. (PV Magazine)
The American Grazing Association wants to connect local sheep farmers with solar projects to improve land use. (PV Magazine)
An Arkansas electric cooperative will install a solar project at a local school to help power the district’s operations. (Talk Business & Politics)

RENEWABLES: A researcher at the University of Louisville receives a $500,000 federal grant for research on hydrogen fuel production. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
A court’s decision to revoke a permit for a pipeline compressor station in Union Hill, Virginia, shows that environmental justice isn’t a box to be checked, a Southern Environmental Law Center director writes. (New York Times)
Southeast states and utilities continue to rely on fossil fuel power plants and aren’t investing enough in energy efficiency, according to a report by a clean energy group. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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