The Texas network plan is met with skepticism

NETWORK: The Texas utility regulator’s proposal to prevent future widespread blackouts has met with skepticism from state lawmakers and grid experts who question whether the plan is overly complex and expensive. (Texas Grandstand)

• Rising electricity prices are creating a standoff over West Virginia’s commitment to coal energy, with critics blaming it for rising prices while state regulators and coal advocates say climate policies are actually to blame. (Inside the climate news)
• In a federal lawsuit, retired coal miners and their union say businesses owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice are putting their health at risk by regularly allowing gaps in their prescription drug coverage. (sheet mail, subscription)

OFFSHORE WIND: North Carolina’s utility regulators will help chart the path for offshore wind energy in the state when they soon approve a plan for Duke Energy to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. (Spectrum News)

• A federal report warns that the offshore oil and gas industry faces significant and growing risk of potentially catastrophic cyberattacks. (utility dive)
• The number of earthquakes in the Texas Permian Basin has skyrocketed in recent years as scientific studies link seismic activity to oil and gas activity. (Texas Grandstand)

• Tampa, Fla., is testing whether solar panels embedded in sidewalks could power traffic signals during hurricanes and other outages. (Tampa Bay Times)
• A Nashville-based solar company expects to complete construction of an 80-acre project in eastern Tennessee before the end of the year. (Greenville Sun)
• A University of North Texas student team wants to build a solar-powered car to compete in a five-day college race next summer. (North Texas Daily)

• A Virginia utility regulator is stepping down, creating a second vacancy on the three-member board overseeing utility planning and energy projects. (Times Dispatch)
• A Georgia consumer advocate is suing a state regulator, arguing he can’t block them on social media accounts he uses for government business. (The current)

BIOMASS: North Carolina’s Environmental Justice Board last week heard concerns about the state’s growing wood pellet industry from scientists, activists and residents who live near wood pellet plants. (Public Radio Blue Ridge)

EFFICIENCY: Charleston, South Carolina, will consider a no-cost contract with Dominion Energy this week to upgrade nearly 7,000 streetlights to LED. (WCSC)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla competitor Lucid is opening its first showroom in Texas at a mall in Plano, despite state law prohibiting it from selling directly to consumers. (Dallas Morning News, subscription)

CLIMATE: It’s almost Thanksgiving and mosquitoes are still biting in Tampa Bay, Florida thanks to climate change that has extended their season. (Axios)

COMMENT: Texas regulators’ decision last week to authorize a new natural gas plant and remove a judge’s recommended cost cap “shows that conservative Texas officials don’t really care about price cuts,” a Sierra Club official says. (Beaumont Enterprise)

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