Southeast Energy News

Dominion wants $300 million for coal plant upgrades

COAL: Dominion Energy wants more than $300 million from ratepayers to upgrade coal-fired power plants and coal ash ponds in Virginia. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• Arkansas regulators will review an agreement between environmental groups and Entergy to close two coal-fired power plants. (S&P Global)
• Amid a surge in black lung disease in Appalachia, a Virginia pulmonary clinic offers a new approach to improve miners’ quality of life. (Ohio Valley Resource)

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NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina’s attorney general wants Santee Cooper to stop paying for its executives’ attorneys, saying it may be in violation of the state constitution. (Post and Courier)
• Georgia Power will release a more accurate timeline for Plant Vogtle nuclear plant construction in the spring. (E&E News, subscription)
Emergency preparedness is the focus of a Plant Vogtle meeting, while local officials across Georgia are trained to respond to respond to potential nuclear plant nuclear plant disasterss. (Augusta Chronicle, WGXA)
• Another outage at a Mississippi nuclear plant adds to regulators’ concerns about its its reliability. (Star-Telegram)
• A federal judge in Alabama will get an update this week on a legal challenge to aa decision to not sell TVA’s nuclear plant. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SOLAR:
• A Texas county plans to build two new solar farms, which will generate tax revenue for school districts and boost local employment. (KTEN)
• A Florida resident is overbilled by a local energy utility even though he installed solar panels. (WFTV)

WIND: An energy company signs a deal to buy 100 MW of wind energy in Texas so construction can start on the project in 2019. (Renewables Now)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia air pollution regulators will take a closely watched vote today on a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Columbia Gas Transmission asks FERC to allow it to start service on a section of the Mountaineer XPress pipeline in West Virginia. (Kallanish Energy)
• A lawsuit in Texas blames a natural gas pipeline leak for the deaths of 40 deer. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH: High levels of a contaminant are found at a North Carolina school after coal ash was exposed during Hurricane Florence. (Statesville Record & Landmark)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• With Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke leaving the administration, Florida’s exemption from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan is less certain. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Offshore drilling opponents in South Carolina continue to press Gov. Henry McMaster to ban it. (South Strand News)

OIL & GAS: Exxon becomes the top driller in the Permian Basin. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
• The Dominion-SCANA merger leaves employees anxious over possible job losses. (Greenville News)
• Florida Power & Light acquires the City of Vero Beach’s electric utility. (Utility Products)

COMMENTARY:
• A retired coal miner asks why Kentucky lawmakers aren’t doing more to protect miners and coal communities. (Courier Journal)
• The Virginia attorney general’s lawsuit against the Mountain Valley Pipeline is for show, not to actually stop the pipeline, a community organizer says. (Roanoke Times)
• The Texas energy market needs tweaking to make sure it meets demand, says a former energy regulator. (Dallas Morning News)

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