Southeast Energy News

Will TVA’s new leader make the utility greener?

RENEWABLES: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new CEO talks with the utility’s council about its long-range energy plan and ways to boost renewable energy production. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy announces contracts for 602 MW of solar in North Carolina, with nearly half of the projects to be built by the utility or its own subsidiaries. (Greentech Media)
• An Arkansas electric cooperative will build a 1 MW solar array to power some of its operations. (Arkansas Money & Politics)
• Chesterfield, Virginia officials plan for its first two solar projects. (Chesterfield Observer)
Florida could surpass North Carolina as the Southeast’s top solar state, according to a clean energy group’s report. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

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NUCLEAR:
• A Santee Cooper investor sues the South Carolina utility and its former chief executive, claiming they violated securities laws by not disclosing financial risks of a failing nuclear power project. (Post and Courier)
• The Deputy Secretary of Energy visits Georgia nuclear sites, including Plant Vogtle. (Aiken Standard)

CAP-AND-TRADE: Virginia regulators are on track to approve a plan that would allow the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap-and-trade program. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
• Large companies in North Carolina speak out against legislation that would allow Duke Energy to recoup costs for major projects ahead of time without as much regulatory oversight. (WRAL)
• Santee Cooper will pay $20,000 to a public relations firm to fight what it says is “rampant misinformation” being spread online to build support for sale of the utility. (The State)

PIPELINES:
• Twenty-two North Carolina lawmakers call on FERC to suspend its certificate for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Natural Gas Intel, subscription)
• A Texas Hill Country county will take Kinder Morgan and state regulators to court over a proposed natural gas pipeline. (KXAN)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The South Carolina Senate advances a measure in the state budget that would block new infrastructure to transport or process offshore oil and gas. (Reuters)
• U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) takes members of Congress on an offshore energy tour in the Gulf of Mexico. (Fox 8)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia oil and gas executives tout the economic benefits of the industry while seeking tax breaks in counties. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• While a bill that would ban some forms of fracking in Florida stalls in the legislature, an environmental group releases a report on the dangers of spills. (Miami Herald)
• Natural gas prices drop to their lowest in almost three years as U.S. exports swamp the market. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: There will likely be many more oil company mergers this year, says an analyst. (CNBC)

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