Southeast Energy News

Duke wants to charge S.C. customers for failed nuclear project

NUCLEAR: Duke Energy asks for permission to charge South Carolina customers a quarter of pre-construction costs — $125 million over 12 years — for the abandoned Lee nuclear plant. (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)

ALSO: Plant Vogtle operators took a nuclear reactor unit offline for refueling after an 18-month run. (Power Engineering)

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• A Kentucky coal company is working with a renewables company to transform two former mining sites into a large solar farm. (CNET)
• A coalition of 65 South Carolina businesses urge the Senate to pass a bill designed to boost the solar industry. (Solar Power World)
• An Arlington, Virginia church installs solar panels to power some of its operations. (Local DVM)
• The Arkansas Senate passes a bill that would allow third-party financing of solar arrays. (Arkansas Business)
• Miami-Dade County, Florida enters an agreement with Florida Power & Light to install floating solar panels on an airport lake. (Miami Today)
• Jacksonville, Florida utility JEA signs five 50 MW solar power purchase agreements with EDF Renewables. (Solar Industry)

RENEWABLES: Texas companies are increasing making their own power instead of relying on utilities, a new study suggests. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:  
• An investment firm is sinking $400 million into making Corpus Christi a top oil and gas exporter. (Houston Chronicle)
• Chevron ramps up oil and gas production in the Permian Basin by using advanced technological methods for drilling. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Oklahoma House passes a measure to allow mineral rights owners to sue local governments over oil and gas operations on their land. (Oklahoman)

• Entergy’s CEO says utilities have to “reshape the grid” and that the utility is updating technology across its divisions. (Greentech Media)
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s outgoing CEO may be in line to lead bankrupt California utility PG&E. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: The West Virginia legislature passes a coal tax rebate program designed to boost production by making it easier to invest in equipment. (WV News)

COMMENTARY: Texas landowners are long overdue protections against eminent domain claims, an editorial board says. (Waco Tribune-Herald)

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