Southeast Energy News

Apple, Facebook, Google speak out against Duke Energy’s rate hike plan

UTILITIES: Apple, Facebook and Google are the latest companies to challenge Duke Energy’s plans to raise electricity rates in North Carolina. The tech firms’ criticized Duke’s request that ratepayers foot the bill for a now-failed nuclear project and electric system upgrades. (Charlotte Observer)

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Groups promoting climate change denial sponsored a two-day conference in December to bring together Trump administration officials, lobbyists and energy executives, including those from Dominion and Georgia Power. (Desmog)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he is concerned about his state’s legislation to allow electric monopolies to continue charging rates that are producing profits of hundreds of millions of dollars annually. (Associated Press)
Two measures before the Mississippi lawmakers would undo some of the reforms passed in response to corruption related to the state’s regulation of utilities in the 1980s. (Clarion Ledger)

NUCLEAR:
South Carolina’s Chamber of Commerce says that passing legislation to stop utilities from charging for the abandoned Summer nuclear project and refunding billions already paid by customers would damage the state’s economy. (Post and Courier)
Legislation before the Georgia Senate would not allow Georgia Power to continue charging customers the costs of the nuclear plant expansion at Plant Vogtle indefinitely. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

PIPELINES:
Duke Energy approaches North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s office about the status of its permits related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. (Progressive Pulse)
A state district court judge rules Louisiana’s public records law doesn’t apply to a private, for-profit company building the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, rejecting a request from environmental groups for access to company records. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
The Tennessee Valley Authority is installing solar panels on four transmission towers that cross the Tennessee River in an effort to reduce energy costs and improve reliability and safety for maintenance crews. (Decatur Daily)
The former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party will now lead a group that promotes solar energy. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: A community’s resettlement project in Louisiana is the only government-funded climate relocation in the country and may serve as a test case for others in the future. (City Lab)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
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A Virginia Beach city councilor warns billions of dollars in military assets are at stake when it comes to expanding offshore drilling. (Southside Daily)
A deadline nears for public comment on a federal proposal to loosen safety and oversight rules for offshore drilling, including a regulation put in place to prevent equipment failures like the one that caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (Pensacola News Journal)

COMMENTARY:
The head of a public policy group in Virginia supports two pipeline projects, saying natural gas is safer, cleaner, more abundant and more affordable than most other energy options. (Roanoke Times)
Virginia electric customers are about “to get royally screwed” for at least the fourth time in 11 years if state lawmakers approve a new regulatory scheme promoted by power companies. (Roanoke Times)
Dominion’s offer to purchase SCANA could affect South Carolinians’ property rights and hinder renewable energy development, says a policy director for the environmental group Upstate Forever. (The State)
The co-presidents of the League of Women Voters of Orange County explain the benefits of solar co-ops, adding that even President Trump’s 30 percent tariff on foreign panels will not diminish the significant financial savings that consumers will see. (Orlando Sentinel)

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