Southeast Energy News

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Clears Hurdles in North Carolina, West Virginia

PIPELINES: North Carolina issues a water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline as the project’s partners announce $58 million for environmental initiatives. West Virginia regulators OK a permit for erosion and sediment control. (Associated Press)

• The Southern Environmental Law Center disagrees with North Carolina’s decision, saying the pipeline’s application was inadequate. (Public Radio East)
Some Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents in Virginia switch their focus to construction oversight after concluding the project is “all but a done deal.” (News Virginian)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves the construction of access roads for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project in several West Virginia counties, but only for lands that have the approvals of the owners. (Register-Herald)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Democrats from Florida, North Carolina and California unveil an act meant to keep federal safety protections in place as the Trump administration tries to expand offshore drilling. (Sunshine State News)

EMISSIONS: Virginia moves closer to joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap-and-trade program as the Trump administration rolls back federal climate policies, though it faces challenges. (Inside Climate News, Southeast Energy News archive)

UTILITIES: A private meeting between Dominion Energy’s CEO and Virginia’s newly elected governor underscores how much is at stake as state lawmakers consider a package of Dominion-backed legislation to overhaul a 2015 rate freeze. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daily Press)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy and some North Carolina residents reach a settlement over language in water agreements related to the utility’s coal ash. (Progressive Pulse)

COAL: An analysis says there is no evidence an uptick in coal industry employment will change the long-term trajectory of West Virginia’s coal mining jobs. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

• The general consensus on Trump’s import tariffs in the West Virginia solar industry seems to be “we aren’t happy about it, but we aren’t freaking out about it, either.” (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Solar energy advocates in South Carolina say industry development can continue with the help of state lawmakers, despite President Trump’s import tariffs. (Post and Courier)

• An editorial board explains why President Trump’s tariffs on solar panel imports leave “little doubt that the new levy is meant to slow the progress of the solar industry, not to protect American jobs.” (Fayetteville Observer)
• A columnist explains his love-hate relationship with Duke Energy, which includes the good and bad aspects of the utility’s renewable energy efforts and a current pipeline project. (News & Observer)
• A columnist says “little doubt life’s about to get even worse for SCANA,” as the South Carolina House is expected to repeal the law that allowed the utility to charge ratepayers for the state’s now-failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

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