Southeast Energy News

Memphis utility to study possible break with TVA

SOLAR: Southwest Virginia nonprofits work together to develop a solar energy industry cluster in the region’s seven coalfield counties. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: Memphis’ municipal utility launches a study to explore whether it can save money by breaking away from the Tennessee Valley Authority and developing renewable energy. (InsideClimate News)

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UTILITIES:
• South Carolina utility SCE&G is being renamed Dominion Energy South Carolina four months after Dominion’s takeover of the utility. (The State)
• Attorneys representing SCE&G ratepayers in a settlement over nuclear fees are challenged for proposing “outrageously high” legal fees. (Post and Courier)

TRANSMISSION: The Supreme Court orders a lower court to reconsider its finding that TVA can’t be sued for injuries caused by power line maintenance. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration is still processing permit applications for seismic testing for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean despite announcing that it was pausing plans to expand offshore drilling. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: Environmental and citizen groups in Virginia continue legal action to stall Atlantic Coast Pipeline development. (WMRA)

OIL & GAS:
• A Texas Senate committee considers a bill to strengthen oversight of above-ground tanks that hold petroleum products and hazardous chemicals. (Texas Tribune)
• A Houston gas company starts booking capacity on two proposed pipeline projects to support the liquefied natural gas industry in Louisiana. (My San Antonio)
• An oil company agrees to pay federal and Mississippi regulators $3.5 million for oil spills and do more to prevent them. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Ratepayers should question TVA’s long-term energy plans, a columnist writes. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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