Southeast Energy News

Dominion spends millions to build support for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

PIPELINES: The South is set to become one of the biggest benefactors of America’s natural gas boom, but it will have to build increasingly controversial pipelines, including the proposed $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (U.S. News)

MORE:
• Dominion Energy made considerable efforts to build support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, including giving grant money that critics say bought support on the cheap. (Associated Press)
• A federal judge denies a request by the owner of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline to suspend her decision last month to temporarily block some of its construction. (Times-Picayune)
• Federal judges agree to federal regulators’ request to delay a court order that would have shutdown the Sabal Trail Pipeline. (E&E News)

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UTILITY OVERHAUL: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam must act today on a bill that would overhaul how utilities are regulated, as a Republican and a Democratic senator make an 11th-hour plea that he excise “the most grievous missteps” of the bill. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR:
• Standard & Poor’s credit-rating agency says even if South Carolina’s electric co-ops do not pay for Santee Cooper’s failed nuclear project, they could still be financially impacted. (Post and Courier)
• A consumer group challenges the Georgia Public Service Commission’s ruling to allow construction to continue at the Vogtle nuclear plant, saying the decision benefits shareholders over ratepayers. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

COAL:
• A judge halts implementation of sulfur dioxide emissions reduction requirements that are part of an EPA rule at three coal plants and other electricity generating units in Arkansas. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• Coal has diminished in favor of natural gas but likely will still have a significant place as a reliable fuel, according to a panel of coal experts. (Power)

LEGISLATION: A West Virginia Senate committee approves a bill to ensure a regional storage hub qualifies a federal loan guarantee program. (Exponent Telegram)

CARBON CAPTURE: Carbon capture and storage remains popular with politicians from both parties and officials in the energy industry, though critics still point to Mississippi Power’s failed Kemper Plant project. (Time)

GREEN JOBS: The Virginia Legislature approves an extension through 2021 for a $500 tax credit on jobs paying $50,000 a year or more in the clean energy sector. (InsideNOVA)

COMMENTARY:
• Privatizing the Tennessee Valley Authority and other public energy assets “is a horrible idea” that would make a handful of businesses rich and cost taxpayers more money, says an energy expert. (Forbes)
• Today is the final day to submit comments on the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Shuttered coal plant sites can be repurposed for solar arrays, but only a few forward-looking utilities are exploring the possibility. (Utility Dive)

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