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Georgia Power receives first payment to continue Plant Vogtle nuclear project

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power announced Monday it has received the first installment of payments from Toshiba, clearing a critical hurdle to continue the troubled Plant Vogtle nuclear project. (Augusta Chronicle)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority on Monday filed an appeal notice over a judge’s order to excavate and move coal ash at a Tennessee power plant. (Associated Press)

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PIPELINES: An opponent of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline speculates that its potential expansion could mean there isn’t enough demand for natural gas and project leaders are looking for new customers by extending into South Carolina. (WVTF)

• The International Trade Commission will hear testimony Tuesday after it decided that solar manufacturers have been harmed by cheap imports, following complaints by Georgia-based Suniva and another U.S. manufacturer. (Portland Business Journal)
• More Virginians are turning to renewable energy to offset electric costs in their homes and businesses as the price of solar panels drops. (Roanoke Times)

OVERSIGHT: A report released Monday questions the impact of dozens of decisions made by the Florida Public Service Commission, according to a watchdog group for the state’s electricity rates. (Tampa Bay Times)

OIL: Shell has restarted all but one unit at a Louisiana refinery after it was shut down by a fire that destroyed the transformer through which all external electrical power is supplied. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors announces plans for an “all-electric future,” which calls for 20 all-electric vehicles due out by 2023. (MLive)

HYDRO: Dominion Energy estimates $2 billion in planning and construction costs for its proposed pumped storage hydropower facility in the coalfield region of Virginia. (HydroWorld.com)

CLIMATE: A new poll shows Americans want local officials to take action on climate change in light of President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord. (The Hill)

• Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s authorization of billions of dollars in loan guarantees to finish building the Vogtle nuclear project means a higher price tag for taxpayers if the project ultimately goes belly up. (Think Progress)
• A professor and energy expert says it would be beneficial for Louisiana to lift a decades-old ban on drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. (Times-Picayune)

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