Southeast Energy News

S.C. electric rates to rise sharply because of failed nuclear project

NUCLEAR: Santee Cooper customers’ monthly payments will more than double as bills for South Carolina’s failed nuclear project come due. (Post and Courier)

• Contractor Westinghouse could help South Carolina lawmakers prove utility customers should not pay for the failed Summer nuclear plant through the release of documents and legislative testimony. (The State)
• Georgia Power customers will see a reduction of $139 million on their electricity bills due to a cut related to financing the Plant Vogtle nuclear project. (Ledger-Enquirer)

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CAP-AND-TRADE: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam intends to veto a bill that would prohibit him or a state agency from establishing or participating in a carbon cap-and-trade program. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

RATES: A Duke Energy attorney compares the company’s proposed rate hike in North Carolina to “one extra Big Mac, fries and a drink,” in an analogy customer advocates said was coarse and insulting. (WRAL)

• North Carolina ranked second in the country for adding the most solar energy in 2017, largely driven by utility-scale development. (Citizen-Times)
• The Southeast solar market is finally growing, as evidenced by developments in Virginia, Florida and South Carolina, among others. (Bloomberg)

BUDGET: Energy Secretary Rick Perry testifies before a Senate panel about budget requests that prioritize nuclear security while making large cuts to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. (Daily Energy Insider)

PIPELINES: In a surprise ruling, a West Virginia judge denies an injunction to remove Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters who have been sitting in trees for more than 20 days. (Roanoke Times)

FRACKING: Dozens of chemicals that can affect the fertility of humans and animals are being found in the air near fracking wells. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission advances a proposal to prohibit oil and gas drilling near the coasts. (News 4)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A group of the nation’s largest electric utilities, including Florida Power & Light and Southern Company, ask Congress to keep a tax incentive for sales of electric vehicles. (Daily Energy Insider)

• Former coal baron Don Blankenship, on probation following a one-year prison sentence for his role in the Upper Big Branch mining tragedy, appears to be in a dead heat in the Republican West Virginia Senate primary, flummoxing the GOP. (ThinkProgress, Politico)
• The primary for an open district in West Virginia is crowded as candidates race for a vanishing coal district. (E&E News)

• Proposed net metering legislation in Kentucky would be a step in the wrong direction and slow the growth of the state’s solar industry, says the president of an economic development organization. (Herald Leader)
• Congress must renew a tax on coal companies that supports medical treatment for miners, says an editorial board. (Herald Leader)

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