Southeast Energy News

Advocates fear Dominion-SCANA deal would hurt solar in South Carolina

SOLAR: Solar advocates worry if Virginia-based Dominion Energy’s proposed purchase of SCANA goes through, it will be a setback to solar energy in South Carolina. (Southeast Energy News)

UTILITIES: Virginia regulators deny Dominion Energy’s request to strike expert testimony that says the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will cost ratepayers as much as $2.3 billion more based on the utility’s data. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling is being slowed by opposition from coastal states and indifference from oil companies. (Reuters)
• Nearly every state that would be affected by increased offshore drilling vows to fight with any means at their disposal. (Politico)
• Opponents and advocates of offshore drilling release dueling analyses of the costs and benefits for each coastal state. (Savannah Morning News)
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reaffirms Florida is exempt from plans to expand offshore drilling. (Gray D.C.)

NATURAL GAS: Natural gas producers in West Virginia hope the state’s new co-tenancy law will boost production as the state sees more gas output thanks to the Marcellus Shale play. (Platts)

RATES: Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposed $7.5 billion grid upgrade proves to be the most controversial issue of its proposed rate increase. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

CLIMATE: Hampton Roads, Virginia, faces one of the country’s highest rates of sea level rise, which could increase by more than a foot by 2050, according to a new report. (Virginian-Pilot)

WIND: The CEO of Avangrid Renewables says plans for a massive wind farm off North Carolina’s coast are moving faster than expected. (Triangle Business Journal, subscription)

COAL ASH:
• The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality adds two more weeks to its public comment period on coal ash disposal. (WHQR)
• The breadth of the effects of coal ash on groundwater are unclear because the government doesn’t monitor them. (New Republic)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A dozen solar panels will power the carousel at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky. (WFPL)

COMMENTARY:
• One of the most progressive measures in Virginia’s rate requires Dominion Energy to consider a technology that dates back to Thomas Edison — and that’s a good thing, says a guest columnist. (Southeast Energy News)
• Virginia’s energy regulatory overhaul “is a historic win that will generate economic and environmental benefits for years to come,” say the Virginia League of Conservation Voters sand the Natural Resources Defense Council. (Washington Post)

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