Southeast Energy News

S.C. House says Senate rate cut bill doesn’t go far enough

NUCLEAR: The South Carolina House rejects a Senate plan to slash SCE&G’s rates by 13 percent and instead asks for a larger, 18 percent cut. The matter now heads to negotiations in a conference committee. (The State)

COAL: A Kentucky jury awards $67.5 million in damages to two former coal miners who said defective dust masks led to their black lung disease. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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SOLAR:
• California-based solar developer Cypress Creek Renewables opens a new operations center in Durham, North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
•South Carolina’s renewable energy portfolio and solar industry jobs continue to grow, according to a recent report. (Upstate Business Journal)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Shell authorizes the Vito deepwater oil drilling project about 150 miles southeast of New Orleans, the first major Gulf project in 2018. (Houston Chronicle)
• A South Carolina House committee hears testimony on three offshore drilling bills; two discourage the federal government’s plan and one supports it. (WSAV)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine blames protests against the Mountain Valley Pipeline on what he claims was a flawed permitting process by FERC. (WHSV)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline construction forces a Virginia couple to move out of the home where they lived for more than 50 years. (WSLS)

NATURAL GAS: The West Virginia natural gas industry is optimistic about changes to the pipeline permit approval process proposed by Gov. Jim Justice. (Natural Gas Intel)

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COAL ASH:
• North Carolina’s attorney general challenges regulators’ decision to let Duke Energy start charging consumers $232 million over five years to clean up coal ash. (Associated Press)
• Residents from several Southern communities affected by coal ash facilities ask the EPA to keep coal ash rules in place at a hearing in Arlington, Virginia. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY: A Chatham University history professor says invoking coal miners is a mainstay of American politics. (The Conversation)

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