Southeast Energy News

Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant will cost an extra $1.1 billion

NUCLEAR: Southern Company says completing the Vogtle nuclear project, already years late and billions over budget, will cost another $1.1 billion. (WABE)

COAL: Trump administration officials edited a report on last January’s frigid temperatures to boost coal-fired power plants. (Bloomberg)
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies still owe $2.5 million in unpaid taxes in at least five Kentucky counties that are struggling to fund schools and social services. (Lexington Herald Leader)
Coal companies’ arguments to reduce payments that help miners with black lung disease are contradicted by government findings, records show. (Reuters)
Eight former Armstrong Coal Company employees plead not guilty to cheating on coal dust safety monitoring. (WKU Public Radio)

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RENEWABLES: The city of Largo, Florida commits to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. (Solar Industry Magazine)

SOLAR:
A Virginia solar panel provider will expand operations in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a North Carolina solar company plans a move to Durham. (Triangle Business Journal, News & Observer)
Leesburg, Georgia officials approve a solar project after hours of public debate. (Albany Herald)

PIPELINES: A judge denies six Virginia landowners’ request for a preliminary injunction against the Mountain Valley Pipeline for erosion on their property. (Roanoke Times)

UTILITIES: Dominion Energy projects that could impact the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia meet legal pushback at the local, state, and national level. (Staunton News Leader)

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OIL AND GAS:
Oil companies try to adapt to President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. (San Antonio Business Journal)
A logistics company announces plans to build a facility near Corpus Christi in the Gulf of Mexico to export crude oil. (Caller Times)

COMMENTARY:
An editorial board argues that Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam isn’t opposing pipelines because businesses want natural gas. (Roanoke Times)
An environmental activist says that despite claims from officials, nuclear energy is not the answer for energy in Tennessee. (Chattanooga Pulse)
The Texas oil and gas boom is beneficial and should continue as long as possible, an editorial board says. (Dallas Morning News)

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