Southeast Energy News

North Carolina customers could pay $778 million for coal ash cleanup

COAL ASH: North Carolina ratepayers could pay $778 million of Duke Energy’s $5 billion coal ash cleanup bill. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court rules that construction can continue on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. (Associated Press)
• Construction resumes on parts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia after a brief halt because of runoff from work sites. (Roanoke Times)
• A Virginia county plans to ask Mountain Valley Pipeline developers to cover public safety costs related to the project. (Roanoke Times)
• An Oklahoma company plans to expand pipelines in Texas and Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

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POWER PLANTS: Two coal-fired power plants operating under federal emergency authority in Virginia are uncompetitive and out of compliance with federal pollution standards. (InsideClimate News)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Shell subsidiary agrees to pay $3.8 million to the federal government to settle a lawsuit over a 2016 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (The Advocate)
• A Texas natural gas industry group has developed and promoted a pro-gas curriculum for classrooms across the state. (Austin American-Statesman)
• The major candidates running for Florida governor, including five Democrats and one Republican, oppose fracking. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Kentucky regulators will fine excavators that violate the state’s call-before-you-dig law and damage natural gas or hazardous liquid lines. (Kentucky Press News Service)

NUCLEAR: When South Carolina’s failed V.C. Summer nuclear project ceased construction, more than 90 percent of materials had been purchased, leaving the state with a massive amount of steel. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR:
• A breakdown in the South Carolina legislature could threaten the state’s solar industry. (Post and Courier)
• Duke Energy begins offering solar rebates of up to $6,000 for installing home solar panels in North Carolina. (WFAE)
• A North Carolina city council will decide whether to allow a solar farm near the town after public comment this week. (Richmond County Daily Journal)
• The Lee County, Georgia planning commission says it will not move forward with a solar farm proposal after dozens of residents opposed the project. (WALB)

EVs: Birmingham, Alabama’s airport adds nine electric vehicle chargers, becoming the first airport in the state to do so. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• A Sierra Club representative says Duke Energy customers in North Carolina could pay higher electricity bills due to new state regulations. (Charlotte Observer)
• North Carolina should reboot Duke Energy’s long-discussed grid modernization plan, argues a Duke University policy associate. (Herald-Sun)

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