Southeast Energy News

New proposal would require S.C. utility to pay customers $350 million in credits

OIL AND GAS: A major oil spill would threaten 23 national parks and monuments in the Southeast, according to U.S. National Park Service data compiled by conservation groups. (Southeast Energy News)

MORE: Florida House Republicans block a bipartisan amendment to ban offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. (Tampa Bay Times)

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NUCLEAR: A new South Carolina House proposal would require SCANA to pay most of its quarterly dividend payments — about $350 million — to SCE&G customers to compensate for its failed nuclear project. (Charlotte Observer)

WIND: North Carolina wind power hangs in the balance as lawmakers prepare to debate the extension of a wind power moratorium. (InsideClimate News)

• Virginia’s largest municipal utility solar project goes online in Danville. (WDBJ)
• Southern Power sells a third of its stake in its solar portfolio to Global Atlantic Financial Group, an insurance company. (PV Magazine)
• A “smart neighborhood” project in Alabama runs on a three-acre solar farm, battery storage, and natural gas as backup. (

RENEWABLES: Renewable energy development in Virginia is growing due to demand from corporations and dropping costs. (Virginia Business)

• A pipeline protester came down from her perch on a pole blocking the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• Dominion Energy officials met in West Virginia for the groundbreaking of a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (WDTV)

UTILITIES: Some utility companies are working on innovative projects — including Southern Company’s non-wires alternatives — that help it meet power needs through distributed resources and efficiency instead of transmission lines. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: The monthly fee Alabama Power charges its customers using rooftop solar is unfair and discriminatory, argues the technical director for Energy Alabama. (

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