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Georgia regulators vote to move forward on Vogtle nuclear plant’s plan

NUCLEAR: Georgia regulators on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept Georgia Power’s plan to continue construction on the troubled Plant Vogtle expansion, despite warning that is might not be in the best interest of ratepayers. (Savannah Morning News)

• Meanwhile, whether or not to actually continue construction at the troubled Vogtle nuclear plant expansion project won’t be decided next February. (WABE)
• Westinghouse Electric Company says it will be exiting the nuclear reactor construction business, after filing for bankruptcy in March in relation to the now-abandoned Summer nuclear project in South Carolina. (InsideSources)

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SOLAR: A North Carolina appeals court upholds a fine against a nonprofit that installed solar panels on a church, saying they illegally acted as a public utility by selling the electricity produced. (Charlotte Business Journal)

NET METERING: A group convened by Arkansas’s Public Service Commission to examine net metering did not reach a consensus and has submitted two sets of recommendations. (Arkansas Business)

FERC: President Trump’s nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is a corporate attorney and has represented various energy and utility companies around the country and in the Southeast, some of which are regulated by FERC or have projects seeking FERC approval. (DeSmogBlog)

PIPELINES: The Sierra Club submitted filings on Monday that call on FERC to prepare supplemental environmental impact statements for the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines in light of a recent court ruling on greenhouse gas of other pipeline projects. (Natural Gas Intel)

CLIMATE: An analysis says as President Trump reaffirms his intent to withdraw from the Paris accord, there are signs the country is moving toward cleaner energy, including West Virginia’s largest utility saying it won’t expand coal generation. (Huffington Post)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Georgia Power has launched a renewable energy program for its commercial and industrial customers. (press release) 

POWER LINES: Although power lines suffered significant damage from Hurricane Irma, it may not be a practical solution to bury them as protection from future disasters. (WABE)

FRACKING: A panel that regulates North Carolina’s potential fracking industry won’t hold its first meeting this week as planned, avoiding possible legal showdowns with drilling opponents. (Associated Press)

• An editorial opposes offshore oil and gas exploration off North Carolina’s coast, saying it seems to be “a purely political issue for President Trump, who never bothers much with details.” (News & Observer) 
• Recovery efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma should include actions to cut the dangerous carbon pollution that can fuel extreme weather events, including a greater emphasis on clean energy. (NRDC)
• A Florida newspaper editorial board says there is a “great immorality of climate science denial” that will prompt future generations to question our inaction. (Sun Sentinel)

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