Southeast Energy News

N.C. GOP lawmakers want answers on Atlantic Coast pipeline fund

PIPELINES: North Carolina Republicans suggest they will seek subpoenas if Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration doesn’t disclose more details about a $57.8 million fund linked to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (WRAL)

LEGISLATION: A Virginia House committee advances an amended version of a utility regulation bill that would prevent companies from charging ratepayers twice for investments in the electric grid and renewable energy. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR:
• An analysis shows selling the parts from South Carolina’s now-failed Summer nuclear project could net $861 million. (Post and Courier)
• The U.S. Energy Department supports a request by utilities, including those in Virginia and Florida, to extend the life of some nuclear power reactors to keep them operational for as long as 80 years. (Bloomberg)
• The outgoing chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission defends his vote to continue the Vogtle nuclear project, but doubts the project can meet the latest timetables and cost estimates.  (WABE)
• The TVA is spending $475 million on upgrades at its Browns Ferry plant, one of the biggest renovation efforts ever for a nuclear facility. (Times Free Press)

COAL ASH: Only one of several coal ash bills appears poised to advance in Virginia’s General Assembly. It would extend a moratorium on closing coal ash ponds until after the next legislative session. (Virginia Business)

WIND: Southwestern Electric Power, the Arkansas Public Service Commission and others reach an agreement to deliver power generated in Oklahoma to customers in Arkansas. (Arkansas Times)

SOLAR: Miami-based Origis Energy signs an agreement to build a solar farm that will provide power to Disney World. (Orlando Sentinel)

UTILITIES:
• The TVA’s CEO announces plans to invest more than $8 billion in renewable energy over the next 20 years. (E&E, registration)
• The president of the Jacksonville, Florida, city council forms a committee to explore selling city-owned utility JEA. (Florida Times-Union)

NATURAL GAS: The West Virginia Public Service Commission awards a siting certificate for a $884 million natural gas-fired power plant. (State Journal)

OIL: Louisiana’s waterway and shipyard industries suffered through the downturn in global oil prices from 2014 to 2016. (Advocate)

COMMENTARY:
• Controversy over completing the Vogtle plant expansion in Georgia shows how difficult the current environment is for nuclear power, which is necessary to “avoid opening a gaping hole in U.S. climate change strategy,” says a Duke University energy expert. (The Conversation)
• Following fraudulent emails sent to South Carolina lawmakers in support of Dominion Energy’s takeover of SCANA, a columnist writes a form letter readers can send to the Consumer Energy Alliance. (Post and Courier)
• The key moments in which opposition to the Dominion Energy-backed bill crumbled in a Virginia House committee are pinpointed by a Blue Virginia contributor.

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