Southeast Energy News

Kentucky bill to curb rooftop solar suffers setback in House

SOLAR: Kentucky lawmakers reject a bill to curtail residential solar power, sending it back to a House committee to sort through proposed amendments. (Courier Journal)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Opponents and supporters of the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan at North Carolina’s only public hearing talk about what compelled them to give feedback. (Southeast Energy News)
• A small majority of South Carolinians polled oppose drilling off the state’s coast and are divided along party lines and geography, though several of the state’s Republican lawmakers are speaking out against the plan. (Post and Courier, Washington Post)
• A member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission submits a proposal to prohibit offshore oil and gas drilling, which would make it the only state to have such a provision in its constitution. (Palm Beach Post)

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NUCLEAR:
• A South Carolina House committee calls on Westinghouse to testify about its role in the failed Summer nuclear project in which it served as the lead contractor. (Post and Courier)
• South Carolina lawmakers again deliberate whether to cut off the $37 million per month SCANA collects from customers for the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

LOBBYING: Oil and gas trade associations spent thousands of dollars on food and drinks in 2017 for West Virginia lawmakers, months before they began considering a co-tenancy bill that would benefit the industry, according to lobbying records. (DeSmog)

PIPELINES:
• A judge says she ordered construction to stop on a portion of Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge pipeline to prevent “further irreparable harm” to wetlands. (Reuters)
• The company surveying land in North Carolina for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project does not have a current state license to do so. (Progressive Pulse)
• Two protesters in West Virginia are sitting in trees on the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in hopes of stopping the project from moving forward. (Roanoke Times)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy Carolinas and the state’s utility customer advocate agree to cut more than $140 million out of the utility’s proposed $598 million rate hike. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COAL:
• The EPA rejects two challenges to the operating permit for a Tennessee Valley Authority coal plants. (E&E News, registration)
• Virginia’s General Assembly votes to reinstate coal tax credits, but only for metallurgical coal that is used to make steel. (Roanoke Times)

COMMENTARY:
• A state-by-state report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration identifies large offshore wind potential for Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia, and highlights Mississippi’s 25-fold increase in solar capacity. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Proposed legislation in Kentucky is anti-solar, anti-free market and harms independent solar businesses to benefit monopoly utilities, says the head of a nonprofit legislative advocacy group. (Herald-Leader)
• Virginia Del. David Toscano explains why he voted against Dominion Energy-backed legislation and his amendment to remove its so-called “double-dipping” provision. (Blue Virginia)

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