Southeast Energy News

N.C. regulators order Duke to justify coal plants

POWER PLANTS: North Carolina regulators approve Duke Energy’s long-term plan, but order the company to show why it makes economic sense to keep coal plants open and how it will help meet state emissions goals. (WFAE)

UTILITIES: A proposed constitutional amendment that would deregulate Florida’s utility industry is scrutinized by state Supreme Court justices. (Palm Beach Post)

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TRANSMISSION: There are only five women working among Duke Energy’s 2,500 lineworkers, and the industry is struggling to find female candidates as experienced lineworkers retire and the power grid ages. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Solar developers were rejected a second time by Albany, Georgia, officials weighing a proposed project. (Albany Herald)

NUCLEAR: A consortium of companies, including a Korean company, are in talks with South Carolina utility Santee Cooper about finishing its V.C. Summer nuclear plant. (The State)

COAL ASH: A settlement between Duke Energy and its former insurers over coal ash liability may be in the works. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

COAL:
• A judge rules that bankrupt coal company Blackjewel can sell its West Virginia coal mine separately from its two Wyoming coal mines. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• A court considers how to deal with Blackjewel miners’ wages, health insurance, and mined coal that protesters are still blocking. (Coalfield Progress)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its earlier finding that the Mountain Valley Pipeline would not significantly harm endangered species in its path. (Roanoke Times)

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OIL & GAS:
• Two people from West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s administration tell business leaders he will make the oil and gas industry a top priority during the remainder of his time in office. (WV News)
• After reaching a deal on several pipeline projects, Mexico prepares to import more U.S. natural gas. (Power)

COMMENTARY:
• A former National Park Service director says Congress should reject a plan to change the law to allow the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail on federal lands. (Politico)
• Santee Cooper is making a risky gamble trying to sell parts from a failed nuclear project, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)

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