CORRECTION: Because of an editing error, an item in Tuesday’s digest misattributed the quote “coal is not a viable fuel” to Duke Energy Florida president Harry Sideris. The quote is from the writer of the column, not Sideris.

• The Bechtel and Fluor companies are preparing bids to take over the construction of two nuclear reactors at Southern Co.’s Vogtle plant in Georgia from Westinghouse. (Bloomberg)
Westinghouse has stopped making pension payments to former executives as the company continues to struggle with following its bankruptcy filing and uncertainty over the completion of two nuclear projects. (Reuters)
The CEO of Westinghouse said in his first public speech since the company’s bankruptcy filing that it will emerge “quickly, better, stronger.” (Bloomberg BNA)

• A coal operation owned West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family is appealing a $10,000 state fine related to the death of a worker. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Emergency action plans that outline how a plant in Kentucky will react if there’s an emergency dam breach at its coal ash ponds have been made public. (WKU)
• Why President Trump can’t return West Virginia to the 1950s. (U.S. News)

POLITICS: Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality reversal on pipeline review is affecting candidates in the state’s race for governor. (Washington Post)

• Georgia-based Suniva’s efforts to impose tariffs on imported solar cells were joined on Thursday by the struggling SolarWorld Americas Inc. (Portland Business Journal)
• A county council in Florida voted in favor of Florida Power & Light Co.’s plan to build a Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center, with a final vote for the solar farm scheduled for June. (West Volusia Beacon)

• Construction is complete on a Florida Power & Light natural gas pipeline project, but operations could be delayed because of opposition from environmentalists. (Palm Beach Post)
• An environmental group said it plans to sue the Army Corps of Engineers over construction of a proposed Bayou Bridge crude oil pipeline. (Times-Picayune)
• Military veterans in Virginia voiced their opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline in a letter released Thursday. (Environment Guru)

OIL & GAS: President Trump’s federal budget proposal to end a program that shares with states oil and gas royalties in federal Gulf waters could cost Alabama $56 million per year. (

DRILLING: Several organizations in North Carolina are organizing a public opposition meeting to drilling the state’s coast. (Coastal Review Online)

UTILITIES: Recently purchased Piedmont Natural Gas was profitable for Duke Energy in its full first quarter. (Triad Business Journal)

CLIMATE: Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and other Republican lawmakers ask President Trump to follow through on his promise to pull out of the Paris climate accord. (Associated Press)

• A columnist says Georgia Power “has sidestepped virtually all of the financial reckoning” on its Vogtle nuclear project. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Clean energy development in Virginia “might just put us back on the map,” says a newspaper editorial board. (Bristol Herald-Courier)
A former Republican U.S. Representative for South Carolina says now is the time to “lead our country down a path of resource security and economic prosperity with solar energy.” (The Hill)
An editorial board says recently developed co-ops in Kentucky make now the time for residents to embrace solar power. (Kentucky Standard)