Clean energy on the ballot across the Southeast – Energy News Network

POLITICS: North Carolina is among the states where today’s election for state legislative seats could have ramifications for zero-carbon energy plans. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• Two races for seats on the board that regulates Georgia utilities are on the ballot today and are considered toss ups. (Athens Banner-Herald)
• A Libertarian and Republican contest one of three seats on Oklahoma’s utility regulation board. (Daily Oklahoman)
• Louisiana’s governor considers a bill to suspend severance taxes on all new or restorative oil wells. (KLFY)

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PIPELINES: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stands by its opinion that the Mountain Valley Pipeline won’t jeopardize endangered or threatened species, prompting legal action by environmental groups in a federal appeals court. (Roanoke Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:  A Canadian electric-car marker has narrowed its consideration for a new factory to Arizona and Tennessee. (Thomas Insights)

UTILITIES:
• FirstEnergy reorganizes its transmission businesses in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia into a new shell company that will allow it to raise rates more quickly. (Tribune-Review)
• Some Kentucky utilities that are exempt from the governor’s moratorium on cutting off customers for non-payment begin to resume their disconnect procedures. (Marshall County Tribune-Courier)

SOLAR:
• Dominion Energy proposes three new solar farms in central and eastern Virginia, as well as six power purchase agreements. (Chatham Star-Tribune)
• A bicycle shop in southwestern Virginia’s coalfields installs solar panels on its roof. (Kingsport Times-News)
• Solar energy is growing, but industry advocates worry that a tariff on panels and parts pose a threat to its future. (Jacksonville Free Press)
• Orsted Onshore North America LLC plans a 200 MW solar farm in Texas with construction on track to begin in 2022. (Corsicana Daily Sun)

OIL & GAS:
• Dominion Energy closes on the sale of most of its natural gas transmission and storage assets to Berkshire Hathaway. (Virginia Business)
• A Texas lawyer and oil developer calls for the oil and gas industry to reevaluate its business and drilling models. (Oilman Magazine)
• A Houston man faces federal charges over a scheme to bilk 21 oil and gas investors out of $1.2 million. (San Antonio Express-News)

COAL:
• A 27-year-old nonprofit founded to promote coal announces that it is shifting its focus to economic development, a sign of the industry’s demise. (Appalachian News-Express)
• A coalition of environmental groups files a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of a rule for discharges from coal-fired power plants. (news release, Southern Environmental Law Center)


Source: https://energynews.us/digests/clean-energy-on-the-ballot-across-the-southeast/

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