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Mississippi could sue solar panel maker that received $74.8 million from state

SOLAR: Mississippi officials may sue a solar panel maker that is closing its plant there after receiving tens of millions in loans and incentives from the state. (Associated Press)

WIND: A combination of design improvements and lower costs in wind turbines is driving interest in areas with the weakest winds in the U.S., including Virginia. (Bloomberg)

***SPONSORED LINK: Registration is open for the Southeast Region Military Energy and Environmental Roundtable on Oct. 24, in Wilmington, North Carolina. It features a keynote from the Department of Defense on energy priorities for its installations and panels on the services’ energy goals and new microgrid projects. ***

NATURAL GAS: Florida Power & Light filed a request on Friday asking state regulators to affirm the need for its proposed Dania Beach natural gas plant. (Palm Beach Post)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina’s law enforcement division is investigating the failed Summer nuclear plant for criminal wrongdoing, but doing so could take years and lots of outside help. (Post and Courier)

OIL: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved a permit to allow South Carolina Electric and Gas to leave a slick of polluted coal tar in one of the state’s rivers rather than clean it up. (Associated Press)

ELECTRICITY: A federal court rejected a conservation group’s request to stop Dominion Energy Virginia’s high-voltage transmission line across the James River, though another line between two counties is still pending before the court. (Daily Press)

OVERSIGHT: President Trump’s nominee to oversee mining safety defends his record at a Senate committee hearing. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

PIPELINES: Although FERC recently approved the Mountain Valley Pipeline project, other state and federal agencies must weigh in before construction can begin. (Roanoke Times)

COAL ASH: Many residents of a town in Alabama are increasingly concerned about a coal ash pond that discharges into a nearby river after the solid particles from the coal ash have settled out. (AL.com)

***SPONSORED LINK: Network with Duke Energy, the U.S. Army, Entergy and more at Infocast’s Southeast Renewable Energy Summit (Nov. 1 – 3, 2017) in Atlanta. Register now.***

HYDROELECTRIC: A look at Dominion Energy’s pumped hydroelectric storage power station in Virginia, as the utility plans to build a smaller version elsewhere in the state. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

COMMENTARY: The executive director of the Coastal Conservation League says changing South Carolina state laws to allow competition among energy producers could prevent another costly nuclear plant failure. (Post and Courier)

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