Daily digest

Natural gas pipelines clear hurdle in Virginia

PIPELINES: A public land preservation organization in Virginia approved on Monday easements to allow two natural gas pipelines to be built in mountainous areas of the state. (Associated Press)

• Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia said it was “very suspicious” that FERC announced its approval of the controversial Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines after 7 p.m. on a Friday. (Roanoke Times)
• Following FERC’s approval of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines, it is just a “matter of time” before state officials in Virginia also approve the projects. (WHSV)
• Despite federal approval, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project still needs state permits and it is likely to face legal challenges from environmental advocates. (Progressive Pulse)

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WIND: North Carolina’s first offshore wind development lease has been finalized by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. (Triangle Business Journal, subscription)

UTILITIES: A three-part series examines Dominion Energy’s political influence in Virginia, and what that means for the company’s millions of customers. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Florida regulators will meet today to consider Florida Power & Light’s request to continue spending millions of dollars on two Turkey Point nuclear reactors that may never be built. (Palm Beach Post)

COAL: A federal report says a rock that fell and killed an employee at a Kentucky coal mine in March was the result of an operator’s failure to identify and correct hazardous conditions. (Lexington Herald Leader)

COAL ASH: Georgia Power’s coal ash removal plan for one of its plants has been approved after a months-long process. (WMAZ)

OIL & GAS: Clovelly Oil, the company whose oil and natural gas storage rig in Louisiana recently exploded, was sued in 2013 for coastal degradation there though it is unclear now if there will be long-term effects on the ecosystem. (DESMOG, National Geographic)

POLICY: A conservative think tank says a recent energy proposal from the Trump administration would not necessarily ensure a more stable electricity supply, but would “arbitrarily value nuclear and coal power above their market rates.” (The Hill)

RENEWABLES: Dominion Energy is seeking bids for solar and onshore wind generation for facilities in Virginia connected to its transmission systems. (news release)

SOLAR: A Jacksonville, Florida utility will consider five proposals relating to solar energy, including net metering rates and increases in its own solar production. (WJCT)

• An analysis by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy shows Duke Energy leads the Southeast in energy efficiency while Florida Power & Light lags.
• Florida is expanding PACE financing, which helps boost widespread adoption of clean energy there and makes the state a clean energy leader. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi says good riddance to the Clean Power Plan and praises the Trump administration’s “fight against burdensome regulations.” (Daily Journal)
• A guest columnist praises many of the proposed solar advancement that a Florida utility is considering, but says the net metering policy change should undergo further review. (Florida Times-Union)

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