Southeast Energy News

Radioactive groundwater found at S.C. nuclear fuel plant

NUCLEAR:
• Recent tests reveal radioactive groundwater exceeding safe drinking water standards at a South Carolina nuclear fuel site that leaked for years before regulators found out. (Charlotte Observer)
• SCANA’s chief executive denies pressuring an accountant to lie about the company’s failing nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• The South Carolina Supreme Court tells lawmakers to work together to address the financial mess from a failed nuclear project that’s costing ratepayers billions of dollars. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR:
• Utility Entergy wants to build a $138 million, 100 MW solar farm in the Mississippi Delta. (Associated Press)
• Neighbors of a proposed solar project in Culpeper County, Virginia sue the developer, saying it would ruin views and devalue property. (Free-Lance Star)
• A Florida solar company begins construction on a 200 MW solar farm in Georgia. (Renewables Now)
• A Venice, Florida library fundraises in the community to put solar panels on its roof. (Herald-Tribune)
• A moving and storage company becomes a solar energy leader in Naples, Florida by powering its warehouses with solar. (Fox 4)

BIOGAS: A North Carolina company plans to build a biogas facility to turn swine waste into renewable natural gas. (Wilson Times)

EMISSIONS: A neighborhood near Tampa powered by Google Home has net-zero emissions, runs on solar power, and is hurricane-proof. (Fast Company)

PIPELINES:
• West Virginia regulators have repeatedly cited the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines for environmental problems. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The once-sleepy pipeline industry is now booming in Texas, where companies plan to expand almost 10,000 miles of pipelines. (Houston Chronicle)

NATURAL GAS: Tennessee Valley Authority brings a new natural gas plant online to power homes and businesses in Memphis. (Local Memphis)

COAL: A new report says more coal-fired power plants will retire, but Oklahoma utilities still plan to use coal for the foreseeable future. (The Oklahoman)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy wants to increase rates by about 10 percent in South Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Well-designed tax subsidies help to boost electric vehicle adoption, authors write in a new book on climate solutions. (Energy News Network)
• One of the authors also says Florida’s midterm elections offer a new chance to focus on renewable energy. (WLRN)

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