Southeast Energy News

Will Virginia Democrats confront Dominion’s influence?

POWER: With full control of state government, Virginia Democrats will have an opportunity to confront Dominion Energy over its electricity monopoly and influence on energy policy in the state. (The Intercept)

• Sen. Mitch McConnell and both senators from West Virginia introduce legislation that could help protect pensions and health care benefits for retired coal miners. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Despite Murray Energy’s bankruptcy and his own illness, Bob Murray continues to publicly voice support for propping up the coal industry. (NPR)
• A mining company with worksites in Eastern Kentucky plans to lay off at least 150 people at the beginning of 2020. (WYMT)

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• As Duke Energy clears 445 acres of pine forest in North Carolina to build a solar facility, some residents say it should have used land already cleared. (West Volusia Beacon)
• Rowan County, North Carolina, officials discuss rules for new solar projects while the county is under a six-month solar moratorium. (Salisbury Post)
• Some Chesterfield County, Virginia, residents raise concerns about solar projects consuming too much land in their area. (Chesterfield Observer)
• Georgia Power contracts with a renewable energy company for a solar-plus-storage project expected to be in operation in 2021. (Solar Power World)
• The Tennessee National Guard unveils a solar project to help power operations and save taxpayers money. (WKRN)

• Some analysts say there may not be enough demand to support the liquified natural gas plant boom. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Gulf Coast oil and gas industry could struggle because of tariffs and uncertainty in the Middle East, according to a new report from LSU. (The Advocate)

PIPELINES: Kinder Morgan buys a pipeline network in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Houston Business Journal, subscription)

UTILITIES: Florida Power & Light promises customers they will see lower rates next year due to the utility’s use of natural gas and solar. (WOGX)

CLIMATE: Virginia could lead the Southeast on climate policy with Democrats in control of the state legislature. (InsideClimate News)

• Breaking down and understanding the various riders and fees on Duke Energy bills is complicated, a reporter writes. (Winston-Salem Journal)
Small hydropower plants are important forms of renewable energy for Virginia, an infrastructure expert says. (Roanoke Times)

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