Southeast Energy News

Phony emails supporting Dominion-SCANA prompt calls for investigation

DOMINION-SCANA: South Carolina officials demand an investigation into emails supporting Dominion Energy’s takeover of SCANA that were sent to lawmakers using constituents’ names and addresses without their knowledge. (Post and Courier)

MORE: Securities filings show Dominion Energy had competition for its proposed takeover of South Carolina’s SCANA. (Triangle Business Journal, subscription)

COAL ASH: Several provisions in draft rules for coal ash landfills in North Carolina appear to have loopholes that could be exploited when facilities are built. (Progressive Pulse)

PIPELINES:
• A federal judge refuses to postpone a hearing for a lawsuit by Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers who are seeking possession of land in several Virginia counties.  (Associated Press)
• Legislation advances in the Kentucky Senate that would update the state’s pipeline penalty process to match the federal government’s. (WEKU)
• A series of training sessions across Louisiana will teach people how to monitor the construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. (KATC)

COAL:
• The Sierra Club says despite President Trump’s promise to revive the industry, more coal capacity closed in the first 45 days of 2018 than in President Obama’s entire first term. (Greentech Media)
• A Kentucky coal country native was inspired to become a renewable energy entrepreneur. (Forbes)

OIL: Oil still oozes at a pollution clean up site that began in the 1990s in Charleston, South Carolina. (Post and Courier)

NATURAL GAS: The New Orleans City Council will decide whether Entergy can build a natural gas plant, which opponents contend is an old-fashioned idea compared to solar panels, battery storage and efficiency programs. (Lens)

NUCLEAR: The Tennessee Valley Authority is upgrading one of its nuclear plants to increase output and produce 3,954 MW of energy. (New Courier)

UTILITIES: Gulf Power joins three other Florida private utility companies that will reduce customers’ bills following the federal tax overhaul. (Florida Politics)

SOLAR: Tariffs on imported solar panels and modules may help a manufacturer in Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

BIOMASS: Enviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, announces its purchase of a South Carolina wood pellet plant. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
• There are three signs the U.S. coal industry is in trouble and won’t be revived — and it shouldn’t be, says a guest columnist. (New York Times)
• Ratepayers should speak out against Dominion Energy-backed legislation “filled with ‘shiny objects’ like green energy and renewables that are really meant to hide the shadiness of the other stuff,” writes a Blue Virginia contributor.
• An editorial board questions whether Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will take a position on the federal government’s offshore drilling plan before his term ends in less than a year. (Savannah Morning News)
• South Carolina officials are “creating astoundingly unrealistic expectations” for what the legislature, public service commission or the courts will be able to do about the now-failed Summer nuclear project, says a columnist. (The State)

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