Southeast Energy News

Nuclear developer offered to pay Trump lawyer to secure federal loan

NUCLEAR: A developer agreed to pay President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen $10 million if he helped obtain $5 billion in federal loans for an Alabama nuclear power project, records show. (

MORE: A federal judge refuses to end a lawsuit by SCE&G, which is seeking to stop a temporary rate cut imposed by South Carolina lawmakers for customers paying for a failed nuclear project. (Associated Press)

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• President Trump’s steef tariffs are costing Texas’ Permian Basin pipeline companies money, but the pipeline boom continues. (Dallas Morning News)
• Texas investigators look into what caused a fire and series of natural gas pipeline explosions that injured seven people. (Reuters)
• Mountaineer Gas applies to build an extension of its West Virginia pipeline to connect to a new customer. (The Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: An organization is using an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in Georgia to test a solar road and energy efficient infrastructure. (CNET)

• An Arkansas energy company teams up with a Tennessee solar company to pursue larger solar projects for Arkansas farmers, businesses and municipalities. (Arkansas Business)
• Dougherty County, Georgia officials unanimously approve a 1,000-acre solar farm. (WTVM)
• A Kentucky manufacturing company unveils its new solar installation. (WKYT)
• Orlando, Florida utility regulators launch a program to help customers install rooftop solar panels, and a solar installation in the city’s records building nears completion. (West Orlando News, Click Orlando)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups and Tennessee Valley Authority attorneys hash out a judge’s coal ash cleanup order before a federal appeals court. (Associated Press)

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COAL: Consol considers opening a metallurgical coal mine in West Virginia. (Pittsburgh Business Times, subscription)

OIL AND GAS: Canadian pipeline company Enbridge plans to sell its Houston natural gas processing business for about $1 billion. (Houston Chronicle)

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