Southeast Energy News

Federal appeals court vacates key permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

PIPELINES: A federal court vacates a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline because it failed to set clear limits for impact on threatened or endangered species. The order’s immediate impact was in dispute. (Washington Post, Associated Press)

• A coalition of environmental groups file a complaint claiming North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration failed to protect residents’ civil rights when it issued permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Herald Sun)
• As the natural gas industry booms in Appalachia, residents, landowners and others worry that local, state and federal agencies are understaffed and unfocused, putting environmental and public safety at risk. (E&E News)

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NUCLEAR: Up to 19 FBI agents and U.S. Department of Justice officials visited the V.C. Summer nuclear plant last week as part of an ongoing investigation into the failed project. (The State)

• VeloSolar unveils the first of four solar farms in Georgia and Florida. The 20-acre site can power 466 homes. (Douglas County Sentinel, subscription)
• The Florida Municipal Power Agency procures three solar projects in central Florida that generate 223.5 megawatts of energy. (PV Magazine)

HYDROPOWER: A hydropower company wants North Carolina regulators to compel Duke Energy to purchase power from three hydroelectric dams along the Yadkin River. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Some coastal South Carolina mayors warn that exploratory offshore drilling could detonate explosives and stir up other weapons and radioactive waste off the coast. (Island Packet)

UTILITIES: Florida Power & Light customers will receive a refund because of the utility’s “over-recovery” of costs after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. (Orlando Sentinel)

CLIMATE: The Trump administration disbanded an advisory panel on climate change last year because of concerns it didn’t have enough industry representatives, documents show. (Washington Post)

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