Southeast Energy News

Without storage, renewables stress the Texas grid

WIND: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper proposes a one-year, $300,000 study to analyze the state’s potential for offshore wind. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A Texas county commissioner surveys residents to find many of them don’t want wind farms on their property. (KIITV)
A 162 MW wind farm will be built in Glasscock County, Texas. (Renewables Now)
NextEra Energy plans a 250 MW wind farm near Enid, Oklahoma. (Journal Record)

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RENEWABLES:
• The increasing amount of solar and wind in Texas without enough battery storage is stressing the grid. (Texas Standard)
• A solar industry executive blasts Duke Energy for claiming it will hasten renewable energy project connections. (Charlotte Business Journal)

SOLAR:
• Southwestern Virginia is expected to gets its first solar project on an abandoned coal mine. (WVTF)
• An Eastern Kentucky solar project gets a boost from a partnership with Toyota, which could purchase the power. (Appalachian News-Express)
• A Kentucky bill that would change how solar customers get compensated for putting energy back onto the grid is stalled in the legislature. (WFPL)
• Arkansas lawmakers advance bills that would boost solar and energy efficiency. (Arkansas Business)
• Residents in Oklahoma and North Carolina are misled by a solar company about savings on their energy bills. (KFOR)

OIL & GAS:  
• West Virginia lawmakers pass several bills expected to increase natural gas output, including one that allows utilities to provide incentives for gas drilling. (S&P Global)
• A Florida Senate committee passes a fracking ban bill, but environmental advocates say the bill is weaker than originally planned. (WFSU)
• The U.S. will dominate the global oil and gas market as the “second wave” of shale growth takes hold, according to the International Energy Agency. (Houston Chronicle)

TRANSMISSION: A Texas bill would make it easier for homeowners to recover damages if transmission towers decrease property values. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES:
• South Carolina utility SCE&G customers meet with Dominion Energy to discuss rate cuts and why they won’t be getting a $1,000 reimbursement check for a failed nuclear plant. (ABC Columbia)
• Duke Energy customers in South Carolina raise concerns about exorbitantly high energy bills. (Fox Carolina)

COAL: Former coal mining towns increasingly turn to tourism opportunities as the coal industry declines. (Stateline)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups raise alarms about contaminated groundwater near a Memphis power plant. (Commercial Appeal)

COMMENTARY:
• Energy companies are ill-prepared for underwater mudslides that occur as a result of offshore drilling, a scientist writes. (The Conversation)
• South Carolina needs to revitalize its solar industry through solar-friendly legislation, a Yale student writes. (Yale)

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