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Neglect could ruin parts of abandoned $9 billion nuclear project

NUCLEAR: South Carolina officials told state senators on Wednesday that some equipment at the now-abandoned Summer nuclear project could be damaged because it is not being maintained, which would increase the price of finishing the $9 billion reactors. (Post and Courier)

• Florida regulators approved on Wednesday a settlement agreement with Duke Energy Florida that will allow customers to finally stop paying for the never-built Levy nuclear power plant. (Miami Herald)
• Despite the failure of the Summer nuclear project, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said he wants the state to continue producing nuclear power for “our national security, but also our prosperity.” (WCBD)

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WIND: Apex Clean Energy announced Wednesday it is delaying again starting site work on what would be the first commercial wind farm in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

• Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Germany to promote his state’s clean energy industries and discuss efforts to reduce carbon emissions. (Augusta Free Press)
• A bipartisan group of senators are proposing legislation that would allow firms building wind turbines, solar farms and other alternative energy projects to use a beneficial legal entity already used by the oil-and-gas sector. (Washington Post)

• County official in Virginia will ask FERC to re-open its review of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project, saying the certification it granted earlier this month was short on details. (WVTF)
• An organization that supplies the energy industry with equipment is tracking protests against pipelines around the country, including the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipeline projects in the Southeast. (Progressive Pulse)

OIL: Forbes looks at how much recent hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf region lowered domestic crude oil production.

• Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Wednesday the U.S. discriminated against the nuclear and coal industries under the Obama administration. (Reuters)
Coal industry groups object to the Energy Department’s proposed requirement for power plants to store 90 days of fuel on site. (SNL Energy)

COAL ASH: Some residents and officials of a town in Alabama are questioning Alabama Power’s plans to cover one of its coal ash ponds. (AL.com)

COMMENTARY: How electric buses can provide multiple benefits for cities. (Vox)

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