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Federal court revokes Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station permit

PIPELINES: A federal court cancels the air pollution permit for an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station slated to be built in the historic African American town of Union Hill, Virginia, and orders regulators to reconsider the case. (Virginia Mercury)

ALSO: A new Houston pipeline company gets $400 million in financing from a Texas private equity firm. (Houston Chronicle)

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EFFICIENCY: Virginia officials announce plans to replace 9,600 roadside lights with LEDs, reducing energy use and saving an expected $4.6 million by 2036, just as the Trump administration rolls back federal lighting efficiency standards. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Energy company Enel begins operations at a 450 MW wind farm in Texas, which is the company’s largest wind project to date. (Power Engineering)

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy, the new owner of South Carolina utility SCE&G, agrees to pay $192.5 million to settle investor lawsuits related to the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

• The coal company that laid off dozens of Kentucky employees without payment may have violated state law by failing to post bonds with the state to cover wages, documents show. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• A coal company says it plans to lay off 65 workers in southern West Virginia in March. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• Greenhouse gases from oil and gas industries are expected to increase, in part because of new and expanded Louisiana petrochemical facilities, according to an environmental watchdog group. (Times-Picayune/The Advocate)
• The American Petroleum Institute releases an ad campaign that flips the industry’s moniker to “gas and oil,” in order to focus more on natural gas. (Houston Chronicle)
• San Diego utility Sempra Energy chooses Houston for a regional headquarters to oversee liquefied natural gas export operations in Texas and Louisiana. (Houston Chronicle)

CLIMATE: Kentucky’s House Natural Resources and Energy chairman has spent more than a decade denying climate change. (WFPL)

UTILITIES: A bipartisan bill in Virginia would end Dominion Energy’s monopoly and establish competition in electricity sales for the first time in the state, but it may have trouble passing the General Assembly. (E&E News, subscription)

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