Southeast Energy News

Arkansas wind transmission project shelved after political opposition

WIND: A developer shelves plans for a controversial power line across Arkansas following political opposition to the $2.5 billion project, which would have moved 4,000 MW of wind power from Oklahoma to Tennessee. (Arkansas Business News)

ALSO: A politically controversial wind farm is now the biggest property taxpayer in two rural North Carolina counties. It recently delivered big cardboard checks to prove it. (Southeast Energy News)

• South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says SCE&G should take on the costs of its failed nuclear project after an audit casts doubt on its claim that it would go bankrupt doing so. (Post and Courier)
• Meanwhile, McMaster tells South Carolina lawmakers he’ll sign legislation that blocks SCE&G from continuing to charge customers for the now-failed Summer nuclear project. (The State)
• A consumer watchdog group wants state utility regulators to reconsider their decision allowing Georgia Power to continue its delayed, over-budget Vogtle nuclear plant project. (E&E News, registration)

• An analysis shows Southern states like Texas, Florida and South Carolina are among the most significantly impacted by President Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels and modules. (Green Tech Media)
Tariffs approved by President Trump could significantly harm North Carolina’s solar power production, which is second in the country behind California. (WRAL)
A solar farm in North Carolina is bracing for the effects of a new tariff on imported solar cells and modules. (New York Times)
Some Georgia companies worry solar import tariffs will lead to job cuts there while the state’s solar advocates and installers have mixed reviews on the new tariff. (WABE, Savannah Now)
Tariffs on imported panels and modules are expected to increases costs for Florida Power & Light’s utility-scale solar projects and for rooftop solar for Florida’s homes and businesses. (Palm Beach Post)
Arkansas’s largest municipal solar array is now complete and, ahead of new import tariffs, was made mostly with imported parts. (KUAR)

COAL: State regulators will vote Feb. 6 on a settlement over Mississippi Power’s significantly over-budget Kemper “clean-coal” plant, which, if approved, would mean a rate reduction for residential customers. (Mississippi Business Journal)

COAL ASH: Environmentalists have concerns over Georgia Power’s coal ash cleanup. (WABE)

CLIMATE: After experiencing flooding in Florida from Hurricane Irma, a 10 year old sues the federal government for supporting the continued use of fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. (WBFO)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A Republican lawmaker who represents part of Georgia’s coast calls for more public input on President Trump’s plan to expand offshore drilling. (WABE)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy Progress will give $2.5 million in energy assistance to low-income families as a partial settlement in the utility’s 10.8 percent rate hike case in North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)

OIL: A Louisiana professor and his research team have been awarded more than $533,000 to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s long-term impacts on wetlands. (WAFB)

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