Southeast Energy News

Court ruling could block South Carolina nuclear fuel factory

NUCLEAR: A federal appeals court ruling could halt construction of a nuclear fuel factory in South Carolina. (The State)

ALSO:
• South Carolina residents have mixed reactions about a failed nuclear project and potential merger between Dominion Energy and SCANA. (Aiken Standard)
• Developers install the first of four reactant cooler pumps at the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia. (Daily Energy Insider)

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SOLAR:
• A Puerto Rican solar company with offices in Florida is recognized for its community solar projects to power the island after Hurricane Maria. (Miami’s Community Newspapers)
• South Carolina businesses and residents have collected over $30 million in incentives from utilities for solar projects since a net metering law was put into place in 2014. (Charleston Regional Business Journal)
• Myrtle Beach officials move forward with Santee Cooper’s proposed solar farm near the airport. (WBTW)

PIPELINES:
• Environmental advocates study the Mountain Valley Pipeline from a bird’s eye view. (WVTF)
• FERC issues orders to advance three natural gas pipeline projects in the Appalachian Basin. (Natural Gas Intel)

COAL:
• A coal company plans to fill 100 surface mining jobs in Eastern Kentucky. (WYMT)
• The coal industry funded West Virginia’s GOP Senate President Mitch Carmichael’s public relations campaign on the recent teacher strike. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL & GAS:
• A newly appointed West Virginia Supreme Court justice declines to recuse himself even though he was represented by a lawyer who also represents a natural gas company involved in the case. (ProPublica, Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The University of Texas at Austin promotes eco-conscious decisions, but leases millions of acres to oil and gas companies. (The Guardian)
• Texas oil and gas companies fight an anti-fracking measure in Colorado. (San Antonio Express-News)
• A Louisiana parish considers whether to withdraw from lawsuits against oil and gas companies over coastal land loss. (The Advocate)

MICROGRIDS: Duke Energy says it wants to build its first utility-scale microgrid in a small North Carolina town. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

UTILITIES: Florida utilities brace for mass power outages from Hurricane Michael. (E&E News, subscription)

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CLIMATE:
• Kentucky is unlikely to transition from fossil fuels fast enough to stop the worst impacts of climate change, experts say. (WFPL)
• A Florida Republican joins Congress’ Climate Solutions Caucus. (Grist)
• Miami-Dade officials approve a resolution to cut gasoline consumption by 30 percent and diesel use by 70 percent by 2028. (Miami Today)

COMMENTARY: There’s no reason to accept Dominion Energy’s environmental destruction to build pipelines as the price of progress, says a Sierra Club representative. (Roanoke Times)

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