Southeast Energy News

Judge says S.C. utility concealed power plant problems

NUCLEAR: A federal judge rules that former SCANA executives concealed the status of their doomed nuclear power plant in South Carolina, which allows a civil fraud lawsuit to go to a jury trial. (The State)

COAL ASH:
• Duke Energy says the cleanup of its coal ash facilities ordered by regulators this week will cost billions of dollars. (E&E News, subscription)
• Some local officials in North Carolina say requiring Duke Energy to clean up coal ash is long overdue. (Statesville Record & Landmark)
• Community members want coal ash removed at TVA’s Bull Run power plant in Tennessee. (WBIR)

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EMISSIONS: The outgoing Tennessee Valley Authority CEO says after closing coal plants the utility expects to get more than 60% of its energy from non-carbon-emitting sources by 2020, up from 50% in 2018. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• A solar group is taking bids on 12 solar projects in southwest Virginia. (news release, Bristol Herald Courier)
• East Tennessee State University installs solar panels to offset energy use of more than six homes. (WJHL)
Solar advocates and students urge lawmakers to move forward on legislation that would expand solar energy in South Carolina. (Index-Journal, SC Now)

RENEWABLES: Utilities try to figure out their role as more cities adopt 100 percent renewable energy goals. (Utility Dive)

GRID: A proposed bill in North Carolina would let Duke Energy ask regulators for annual increases to pay for its $13 billion grid improvement plan. (Charlotte Business Journal)

TRANSMISSION: A proposed bill in Florida would get utility companies to bury transmission lines underground for protection during extreme weather. (Fox 13)

PIPELINES:
• Proponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline say work stoppage has hurt communities, businesses, and workers. (Robesonian)
• Developers announce an extension of the bidding season for shippers for a pipeline that will carry oil from Oklahoma to Texas. (Nasdaq)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers will be allowed to survey two North Carolina properties with the owners’ consent, but a hearing to survey a third property is delayed. (Times-News)

OIL & GAS:
• New Orleans’ lawsuit against oil and gas companies could impact festivals with energy companies that are major corporate sponsors. (Times-Picayune)
• Piedmont proposes a rate hike in North Carolina to pay for its growing network of natural gas pipelines. (Charlotte Observer)
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the U.S. should debate whether to shrink the massive oil reserve in Texas and Louisiana since domestic production has cut reliance on imports. (Reuters)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), the top Republican on a House subcommittee devoted to climate change, supports offshore drilling despite bipartisan opposition against it. (ThinkProgress)
• Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott could oppose President Trump’s Interior Secretary pick over offshore drilling. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: The coating on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipeline has chemicals that could cause health problems, an opponent writes. (Wilson Times)

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