Southeast Energy News

N.C. tribes speak out against pipeline project to protect culture

PIPELINES: American Indian tribes in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline want to stop construction until regulators can ensure their artifacts and land won’t be damaged. (Southeast Energy News)

• A federal judge bars Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers from clearing trees on two rural homesteads until landowners are paid. (News & Observer)
• An appeals court rules the Mountain Valley Pipeline project can continue, after environmental groups filed a lawsuit saying the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had improperly issued a permit. (WV News)

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• The Georgia Public Service Commission approves Dominion Energy’s proposed $7.9 billion acquisition of SCANA; the deal still needs regulatory approval in North and South Carolina and other authorizations. (WTOP)
• SCE&G customers would pay $3.8 billion for the failed Summer nuclear project if a proposed takeover by Dominion Energy is approved instead of the $10.2 billion if SCE&G charged ratepayers for the project in full. (Post and Courier)

COAL ASH: Dominion Energy asks a federal appeals court to overturn a judge’s ruling that it is violating federal law by discharging arsenic from coal ash into water in Virginia. (ABC)

• Georgia Power customers will see reduced bills after state regulators revised a fee for the construction of the Vogtle nuclear plant project. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Future nuclear power plants in Georgia will not be able to charge ratepayers before completion without approval from the General Assembly. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

SOLAR: Microsoft will buy a significant amount of energy from what is expected to be Virginia’s largest solar farm. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

• Drillers bid on a just small fraction of the Gulf waters in the country’s largest-ever lease sale, dealing a setback to the Trump administration’s efforts. (Reuters)
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has made contradicting public remarks about whether Florida is included in the administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling, fueling critics who say the state isn’t in the clear. (Tampa Bay Times)

• A regional grid operator approves a West Virginia coal plant closure, saying it would not affect the region’s power system. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• The Kentucky Coal Association is supporting a bill that would overhaul the state’s workers’ compensation system. (WFPL)

CLIMATE: Louisiana will spend nearly $12 million on land to relocate an entire town in a bayou being threatened by rising sea levels. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A Memphis attorney tapped to join the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board supports the expanded use of renewable power. (E&E News, registration)

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