Southeast Energy News

Duke wants to accelerate Florida nuclear plant tear down

NUCLEAR: Duke Energy concludes it can afford to decommission its Florida nuclear plant 50 years ahead of schedule, and proposes to remove all the radioactive material and tear it down by 2027. (Ocala Star Banner)

UTILITIES: Virginia regulators deny Costco’s bid to purchase electricity from a provider other than Dominion Energy. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:
• For the first time, Facebook invests directly in a solar project — a 379 MW solar project in Texas — which could be a sign of things to come for corporate renewables. (Greentech Media)
• Georgia Power will develop an 11 MW solar project at a Georgia university. (WGXA)
• A Georgia elementary school wins an award for its energy efficient design and solar array. (Savannah Morning News)
• An Alabama utility and solar developer will build a solar farm that is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 20,000 homes. (Birmingham Business Journal, subscription)

WIND: A Virginia university and state regulators sign off on a 12 MW offshore wind deal. (Offshore Wind Biz)

OIL & GAS:
• Developers of an Appalachian natural gas liquids storage hub seek a $1.9 billion federal loan guarantee to help build it. (Energy News Network)
• A federal investigation into leaks at a liquefied natural gas facility in Louisiana raises red flags for a burgeoning industry. (Center for Public Integrity, E&E News)
• A retired general-turned-environmental activist fights the oil industry in Louisiana. (PBS)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina lawmakers continue to speak out against offshore drilling. (WSPA)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia utilities, regulators, and lawmakers need to prioritize clean energy in policymaking and grid-planning activities, says the vice president of sustainability for Salesforce. (Energy News Network)
• Deepening the Port of Corpus Christi will help expand Texas’ oil and gas economy, writes the chief executive of the port. (Dallas Morning News)

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