Southeast Energy News

Controversial ‘anti-solar’ net metering bill passes Kentucky House

NET METERING: The Kentucky House narrowly approves a bill that allows state regulators to replace net metering with different rates for solar power customers who feed back into the grid. (WFPL)

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• SCANA knew contractors were mismanaging millions of dollars in construction material at the Summer nuclear plant but couldn’t stop the waste before the project failed. (Post and Courier)
• South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton blames Republican Gov. Henry McMaster for allowing the Summer nuclear plant debacle to go on this long. (The State)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A critic of Duke Energy’s $7.5 billion grid modernization plan says less than 1 percent of it would support the utility’s much-touted goal of increased renewable energy. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

• North Carolina’s retooled panel charged with regulating the state’s nascent fracking industry holds its first meeting after years of delays. (Associated Press)
• North Carolina did not join the country’s fracking boom as expected and is now more remarkable for solar and wind energy. (Carolina Public Press)

SOLAR: The solar industry is “relatively pleased” with Virginia’s recently passed utility legislation, which expedites the regulatory approval process for renewable energy projects. (Platts)

EMISSIONS: Virginia regulators hold public comment hearings on the state’s plan to limit and cap carbon pollution from fossil fuel-burning power plants. (SWVA Today)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A bill to restore a Georgia tax credit on electric vehicles is resurrected in the General Assembly. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

NATURAL GAS: Complex laws and court rulings are evolving over how royalties are distributed to private landowners, creating vast differences in payouts and prompting lawsuits against energy companies. (WKU)

HYDROPOWER: Atlanta-based Emrgy is a new company pioneering state-of the-art distributed hydroelectric power. (GreenBiz)

• South Carolina lawmakers must cut off payments to the failed Summer nuclear plant and dare the companies involved to sue — they would get laughed out of court, says a columnist. (Post and Courier)
• Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood says Entergy “tricked” the Public Service Commission in approving rates based on misleading and incorrect information. (Clarion Ledger)

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