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)

COAL:
• 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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SOLAR:
• 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)

OIL & GAS:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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