Southeast Energy News

Dominion and SCANA move one step closer to merger

UTILITIES: Dominion Energy and South Carolina utility SCANA are one step closer to a merger after agreeing to offer North Carolina gas customers bill credits, a rate freeze, and increased charitable contributions. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Duke Energy offers buyouts to some of its IT and nuclear employees. (Charlotte Observer)

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SOLAR:
• Walt Disney Company is months away from generating enough solar energy to fully power two of its four parks at its Florida resort. (New York Times)
• A Texas energy company and research institute team up to build a solar-plus-storage facility in San Antonio. (Texas Public Radio)
• Duke Energy says nine solar projects in North Carolina are still offline because of Hurricane Florence damage to the grid and to solar farms. (Triangle Business Journal, subscription)

NUCLEAR: SCANA executives knew about a bid-rigging scheme while the company’s nuclear project was being constructed, according to documents, but never reported it to law enforcement. (Post and Courier)

PIPELINES: Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers haven’t yet paid the $57.8 million they owe eight North Carolina school districts. (Independent Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil and gas companies in West Texas are burning off record amounts of excess natural gas, and say there’s not a lot they can do to reduce it. (Houston Public Media)
• President Trump’s new trade deal benefits Texas oil and gas companies that sell in Mexico. (Texas Standard)
• Some oil and gas companies evacuate drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico in preparation for Hurricane Michael. (Marketwatch)
• The chief executive of BP, who overtook the company after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, says technology and the environment are important to the company. (New York Times)
• U.S. crude oil exports are expected to hit about 4 million barrels a day by 2020, according to a new report. (Houston Chronicle)

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CLIMATE: Without a massive reduction in carbon emissions, Miami will face chronic flooding and deadly heat days by 2050. (Miami New Times)

POLITICS: Candidates for Georgia Public Service Commission discuss their stance on the Vogtle nuclear power plant. (Marietta Daily Journal)

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