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EPA cites North Carolina as ‘useful example’ to limit emissions

REGULATIONS: In a document proposing rulemaking to replace the Clean Power Plan, the EPA cites North Carolina’s draft rule to comply with the Obama-era climate rules as possibly a “useful example” to limit emissions. (E&E News)

• A U.S. Senator from Georgia says he is “personally confident” Congress will quickly approve money for the troubled Vogtle nuclear project after a provision was left out of the new federal tax plan. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Meanwhile, the chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission writes in an email obtained by E&E News that House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress will take up a key nuclear tax credit needed to help the Vogtle nuclear project. (E&E News)
• One of five Public Service Commission members is speaking publically about the upcoming decision to continue construction of Georgia’s long-delayed, significantly over-budget Vogtle nuclear project. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• After an 11-hour blackout delayed thousands of flights Sunday at the Atlanta airport, Georgia Power’s CEO stressed that this and its troubled nuclear plant are “separate issues” as regulators prepare to decide the project’s fate. (Wall Street Journal)
• Vogtle’s fate could play a significant role in Georgia’s race for governor next year. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

COAL: Researchers think coal pollution can produce rare earth elements that are valuable ingredients for electronic technology and the defense sector. (WFPL)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Atlanta-based UPS pre-ordered 125 electric trucks, passing PepsiCo for the largest single pre-order from Tesla. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

• Florida’s solar market is rapidly gaining momentum, but the Solar Energy Industry Association says President Trump’s upcoming trade policy decision could bring growth to a halt. (Jacksonville Business Journal)
A research firm estimates that 37 percent of the nation’s utility-scale solar built during the next five years will be built in the South, with North Carolina and Florida leading the way. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

FRACKING: Environmentalists and an energy company have reached an agreement to monitor for radioactivity and bromide around a West Virginia landfill that takes the waste from recycled groundwater used in fracking. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: An electric cooperative is seeking state approval to build a new natural gas plant in Florida. (WJCT)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy’s three southeastern utilities ranked below average for the region on a business customer satisfaction survey. (Charlotte Business Journal)

A U.K. journalist says the forests of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi are being destroyed “to sustain a European fantasy about renewable energy.” (Yale Environment 360)
• A guest columnist says there is no doubt that North Carolina needs additional pipeline capacity, calling the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project “vital.” (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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