Southeast Energy News

Florida nuclear project billed too expensive, canceled

NUCLEAR: Florida Power & Light will not build new nuclear units as planned at its Turkey Point plant, saying the project is too expensive compared to natural gas. (Miami Today)

MORE: South Carolina lawmakers vote to freeze future spending by the state board that approved nine rate hikes to fund the now-failed $9 billion Summer nuclear project, though the move is largely symbolic. (The State)

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STORAGE: Chattanooga, Tennessee, plans to install a solar-battery microgrid at its municipal airport, building its status as a testbed for smart grid technology. (Southeast Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: The head of a North Carolina trade group for the energy-efficient construction industry answers questions about energy-efficient homes. (Southeast Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• West Virginia regulators stop construction on the Rover Pipeline, citing multiple water pollution violations in three counties and marking the project’s second cease-and-desist order for similar infractions. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The company building the Bayou Bridge Pipeline asks a federal appeals court to allow construction work in an environmentally fragile swamp in Louisiana to resume immediately. (Associated Press)
• Three Kentucky government entities ask Kinder Morgan to abandon its proposal to repurpose a natural gas pipeline to carry natural gas liquids. (Advocate-Messenger)
• North Carolina Republicans ask U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to start a federal criminal investigation into Gov. Roy Cooper over a fund related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. (News & Observer)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he is prepared to scale back the controversial plan to expand offshore drilling, acknowledging the practice is environmentally risky. (Washington Examiner)

NATURAL GAS: Critics say the a new natural gas plant recently approved by the New Orleans City Council amounts to environmental racism and runs counter to the city’s climate goals. (DeSmog)

SOLAR: A Kentucky House committee approves an amended bill that would let state regulators decide how much money residential solar panel owners would be paid for the extra energy they generate. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority is accepting public comment on its controversial proposed fixed grid access fee. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Virginia regulators approve a manufacturer’s aggregation application that could change how some large companies purchase energy. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Kentucky regulators approve Kentucky Power’s plan to sell up to 200,000 tons of surplus coal. (Lane Report)

COMMENTARY:
• A group of coal mine reclamation contractors write an open letter to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell asking him to help pass the RECLAIM Act by attaching it to the bill to fund the federal government. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• New pipeline projects claim to meet domestic demand for natural gas, but seem unnecessary and may be being built to increase exports, says a columnist. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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