Southeast Energy News

Why the Southeast lags so far behind in wind energy

WIND: The Southeast isn’t as windy as other parts of the country, but state policies and a lack of incentives are big factors for why the region lags far behind the rest of the country in wind energy. (Vox)

SOLAR:
• Republican South Carolina Representatives Mark Sanford and Ralph Norman are among the backers of a bipartisan bill to repeal President Trump’s solar tariffs, which have left the industry scrambling. (New York Times)
• Asheville, North Carolina was named a SolSmart Gold community for prioritizing solar energy for businesses and citizens. (Citizen Times)

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UTILITIES:
• A judge rules that a 2017 class action lawsuit alleging Florida Power & Light misspent funds allotted for Hurricane Irma power outages can continue. (Miami New Times)
• An investigation shows Florida utilities have done little to change how they communicate with customers about power restoration before the upcoming hurricane season. (WFTV)

COAL: A new coal mine employing 350 hourly miners and 150 salaried workers opens in Brookwood, Alabama. The mined coal will be used for steelmaking. (Tuscaloosa News)

NUCLEAR: A tax audit of Santee Cooper and SCANA could add hundreds of millions of dollars to the bill for South Carolina’s failed nuclear project. (Post & Courier)

PIPELINES: A Virginia state senator sues the U.S. Forest Service, claiming federal officials are illegally blocking road access in the Jefferson National Forest, where people are protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Washington Post)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The offshore oil industry turns to robots and drones instead of skilled technicians to cut costs and improve safety in places like the Gulf of Mexico. (Reuters)

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OIL AND GAS: Oil and gas industry leaders say West Virginia’s new “co-tenancy” law, which allows companies to drill on unwilling owners’ land if 75 percent of ownership gives consent, was a result of compromise and negotiation. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COMMENTARY: The founder of the Partnership for Southern Equity says Georgia’s poorest people should not be responsible for footing the bill of the Vogtle nuclear plant expansion. (Atlanta Voice)

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