Southeast Energy News

N.C. regulators say customers liable for Duke Energy coal ash costs

COAL ASH: North Carolina regulators rule Duke Energy Progress customers are responsible for essentially all costs to clean up the utility’s coal-ash operations and impose a $30 million “mismanagement penalty” on the company. (Charlotte Business Journal)

MORE: Duke Energy says two long-standing shareholder lawsuits related to its handling of coal ash are resolved. (Charlotte Business Journal)

POLITICS: Dominion Energy-backed legislation in Virginia is “the definition of a Christmas tree” bill with “all kinds of gifts” for various interests, says one lawmaker. The utility reform package has cleared two legislative votes and could be ready for Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature next week. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says lawmakers should hold a special session to deal with energy issues and that he would likely veto a co-tenancy bill allowing oil and gas development if three-fourths of property owners agree. (Register-Herald)
• Oil and gas officials say passage of the co-tenancy bill is vital to the industry’s success in West Virginia . (Herald-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: The Georgia Senate passes legislation that would curb Georgia Power’s authority to recoup costs for future nuclear projects years ahead of completion. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Supporters and opponents of offshore drilling gather in Raleigh — hundreds of miles from the coast — for North Carolina’s only public hearing on the Trump administration’s expansion plan. (News & Observer)

SOLAR: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and its promise to bring cheap natural gas to North Carolina could slow the state’s solar power growth, says an energy economist. (WUNC)

UTILITIES: The utility industry faces a familiar fight over the Trump administration’s proposed privatization of federally owned utility companies such as the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Washington Examiner)

PIPELINES:
• Work temporarily stops on a portion of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana and three protesters are arrested. (Advocate)
• More than 25 Virginia landowners are in court to dispute the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. (NBC 29)

RATES: Two Kentucky lawmakers want state regulators to consider residential customers’ affordability when setting rates for power companies, saying their constituents often choose between paying for food and rent or their utility bills. (Richmond Register)

COAL: Coal companies linked West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owe nearly $3 million in delinquent property taxes in Kentucky. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

COMMENTARY: Even without the so-called double dipping provision in the Dominion Energy-backed legislation being considered by Virginia lawmakers, the bill is still far from fair, says an environmental lawyer and activist. (Blue Virginia)

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