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Partners in South Carolina’s failed nuclear project turn on each other

NUCLEAR: SCANA is accusing its utility partner Santee Cooper of misleading state leaders for years about its role in the now-failed Summer nuclear project in South Carolina. (Post and Courier)

• It is not clear how much the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan will actually help the coal industry, and it may only slow its decline. (NPR, CBS News)
• A new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts a continued decline in coal producing electricity in the U.S., and also says most of the uneconomic coal units are located in the Southeast. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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OIL: Florida officials renewed a permit to allow a Texas company to continue its search for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve. (Naples Daily News)

HYDROELECTRIC: The Tennessee Valley Authority is spending nearly $500 million to repair two aging dams used for electricity generation. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

GRID: Florida lawmakers want hard facts on how grid upgrades performed during Hurricane Irma, but utility regulators say it’s still too soon to tell. (Florida Politics)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is seeking proposals to create a statewide, public electric vehicle charging network. (NGT News)

POLITICS: Florida utility companies have donated nearly $800,000 to support the state agriculture commissioner’s gubernatorial campaign, and also have donated another $1.8 million that may have been re-directed to him. (Florida Politics)

• An editorial says Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has promised that coal mining jobs would come back if it were not for Obama-era regulations – and now we’ll discover if that’s true. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• A lawmaker from Georgia says the United States needs to let the world know nuclear energy is going to continue to be part of our domestic energy production. (The Hill)
• A columnist questions the timing of the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan. (Mother Jones)
• An editorial says Duke Energy should do what the law requires and assure the solar energy project bidding process is truly independent. (Capital Broadcasting Company)
• The Trump’s administration proposal to “socialize the costs of coal-fired and nuclear power plants in this country … would radically transform energy markets and the utility industry.” (Forbes)

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