Southeast Energy News

Georgia regulators cast new doubts on nuclear project timeline

TRANSPORTATION: North Carolina’s governor and legislature can’t agree on who ultimately controls $92 million in clean transportation money from the Volkswagen emissions settlement. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Florida Power & Light wants to boost electric vehicles in the state, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the state to be a leader in the industry. (WPTV)

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• Georgia regulators raise doubts about whether Georgia Power can meet its latest deadlines for the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Georgia Power orders the first nuclear fuel load for Plant Vogtle. (Power Engineering)
• Dominion Energy South Carolina — formerly SCE&G — begins mailing $60 million in checks this week to customers who collectively paid more than $2 billion for an unfinished nuclear power plant. (The State)

• Kentucky regulators seek input on a law that will change the way utility customers receive credit for electricity generated from solar. (Associated Press)
• Robinson, Texas, gets a new solar farm, and other solar developers may become interested in central Texas. (KWBU)
• A new solar farm in southwest Virginia will be built on abandoned mine land. (WVTF)
• A Houston solar company goes public, but analysts say that trend isn’t likely to continue. (Houston Business Journal, subscription)
• Solar brings dramatic tax revenue increases to local governments in North Carolina, a report from a clean energy group shows. (PV Magazine)

RENEWABLES: A research paper models how deploying a mix of renewables, energy storage, and carbon taxes could significantly lower carbon emissions in Texas and California, a new study says. (PV Magazine) 

STORAGE: Clean industry groups argue that batteries that don’t meet the 10-hour threshold set by PJM Interconnection still provide the same reliability benefits as fossil fuel plants. (Energy News Network)

• Coal miners left without pay by the bankruptcy of coal company Blackjewel continue to protest by blocking a coal train in eastern Kentucky. (Ohio Valley Resource)
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signs a bill for a $12.5 million tax cut bill for FirstEnergy Solutions to revive a power plant. (WV Metro News)

• Wastewater injection could increase the risk of earthquakes along fault systems in Texas, new research shows. (KXAN)
• Texas’ oil and gas regulator has a hard time keeping track of fines and penalties and needs to tighten up management of pipeline fees, an audit report says. (E&E News, subscription)
• West Virginia lawmakers bet big on plastics production in hopes the state can rival the Gulf Coast as a center for processing natural gas and producing plastics. (ProPublica)
• A pipeline operator signs a long-term agreement with Chevron to advance a proposed offshore crude oil project in the Gulf of Mexico. (Reuters)
• The Permian Basin has only a handful of oil and gas companies that make more money than they spend, signaling a shift in the shale economy. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers say the pipeline is needed to support economic growth in southwest Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

• West Virginians deserve an answer on the deal the state made with China to boost the natural gas industry, an editorial board writes. (Coal Valley News)
• It’s long past time for the oil and gas industry, especially in Texas, to limit natural gas flaring, an editorial board says. (USA Today)
• Florida’s property assessed clean energy program (PACE) could help make homes and businesses more resilient to flooding, writes an analyst. (Miami Herald)

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