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FERC chairman says opponents delay U.S. gas pipeline approvals

PIPELINES: FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee says environmental groups are delaying approval of natural gas pipelines, including the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, because they “understand how to use all of the levers of federal and state law to frustrate pipeline development.” (Reuters)

ALSO: Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline highlight the project’s environmental justice impact, pointing out that more than a quarter of North Carolina’s Native Americans live along its proposed path. (Southeast Energy News)

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• Bankrupt Georgia-based solar manufacturer Suniva is evaluating a potential sale, which could influence President Trump’s pending decision on imposing tariffs on imported panels. (Bloomberg)
• Duke Energy has submitted its plan to North Carolina regulators to seek four rounds of bids for new solar as developers tailor projects for Duke’s competitive bid awards. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• The Arkansas attorney general sided with utility companies over whether rooftop solar customers should receive less compensation for the power they contribute to the grid, while a Republican lawmaker sided with solar advocates in an effort to “encourage Arkansas to embrace distributed solar.” (Arkansas Business, Arkansas Times)

NUCLEAR: The company that built the original Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina discovered numerous problems when its engineers returned in 2016 to assess the construction of two new reactors. (The State)

COAL ASH: A new report commissioned by environmental groups says it is “technically, logistically and economically feasible” for Dominion Energy to recycle coal ash stored at four sites in Virginia rather than permanently burying it underground. (Inside NOVA)

POLICY: An official with a regional grid operator that would be most affected by the proposal to federally subsidize coal and nuclear energy said Thursday that the plan would impose a “sledgehammer” on competitive power markets and discourage investments in energy development. (Washington Examiner)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: A Kentucky lawmaker “from the heart of coal country” testified before the EPA in support of repealing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. (Salyersville Independent)

CLIMATE: A new report says Florida’s Everglades region is now the most critically endangered site in the United States, due in part to the effects of climate change. (Miami New Times)

UTILITIES: An outgoing board member of Jacksonville, Florida utility JEA is encouraging his colleagues to consider privatizing the city’s utilities. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

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