Southeast Energy News

Court rules SCE&G ratepayer lawsuit over nuclear plant can move forward

NUCLEAR: A court of appeals rules that a group of lawsuits seeking refunds for SCE&G ratepayers over the company’s failed nuclear project can move forward. (Post and Courier)

OVERSIGHT: New Orleans officials plan to overhaul the public comment process in response to a contractor for Entergy using paid actors to support its power plant proposal. (Times-Picayune)

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• Murray Energy plans to refinance some of its bonds and loans as the Trump administration pushes to boost the coal industry. (Bloomberg)
• A group of West Virginia miners sues Gov. Jim Justice, saying they received bounced checks from his coal company. (WOAY)

• Duke Energy opens a 750 MW natural gas plant in South Carolina. (Power Technology)
• Texas weighs whether or not to loosen regulations on flaring to burn off excess gas from oil drilling since pipelines in the Permian Basin are reaching capacity. (Dallas Morning News)

• Federal regulators authorize a pipeline project that would carry natural gas to a power plant in Florida despite concerns it is not in the public interest and may contribute to climate change. (Natural Gas Intel)
• Three Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters are arrested after trying to attach themselves to construction equipment in West Virginia. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

• A company that produces mounting systems for solar panels is expanding manufacturing in six Southeast states. (PV Magazine)
• A Florida community goes solar, with some residents paying only $10 a month for electricity. (Fox 13 News)

EFFICIENCY: A home building company constructs net-zero energy homes in southwest Florida. (News-Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tennessee’s state park service has switched over all of its golf carts from gasoline to electric, and expects to save around $350,000 a year. (news release)

• Why the Tennessee Valley Authority says it is becoming a “utility of the future.” (Forbes)
• The president of a South Carolina small business group criticizes state regulators, saying they’re protecting SCE&G and it will cost ratepayers. (The State)
• The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy calls foul on the Trump administration’s plan to prop up the coal and nuclear industries despite the fact renewable energy is cheaper. (SACE)

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