Southeast Energy News

S.C. House votes to lift net metering cap on residential rooftop solar

SOLAR: South Carolina House lawmakers pass legislation to lift a net metering cap that threatens to curb residential rooftop solar in parts of the state. The proposal still faces a contentious debate in the Senate. (Post and Courier)

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NUCLEAR:
• ​The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves a license to build two new reactors at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point site, which could cost as much as $21.8 billion. (Palm Beach Post)
• ​Jacksonville, Florida’s JEA utility no longer wants to buy nuclear power from Georgia’s Plant Vogtle and wants Georgia regulators to cancel the troubled project. (Savannah Now)
• A plan to use costly treated wastewater to fix Florida Power & Light’s nuclear cooling canals could threaten nearby drinking water, environmentalists say. (Miami Herald)
• An expert says cleanup of polluted water seeping from the cooling canals of Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear plant will take more than 60 years, not five or 10 years as the company said. (Palm Beach Post)

PIPELINES:
• The head of Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality says the agency will accept help from citizens being trained to monitor the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline for violations. (Roanoke Times)
• Two protesters dressed as crawfish block the Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction supply site in Louisiana. (Advocate)

WIND: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management requests input on which parts of the U.S. Atlantic have the greatest chance for leasing by offshore developers. (Houston Chronicle)

OVERSIGHT: Energy Secretary Rick Perry talks about energy regulation in Kentucky, saying fracking is an example of the kind of innovation governments need to make room for through deregulation. (WKMS)

OIL & GAS: New research shows the seafloor near Louisiana is eroding at a rapid rate, potentially putting at risk offshore oil and gas infrastructure and allowing hurricanes to hit the coast with greater force. (Times-Picayune)

COAL:
• ​The Kentucky Coal Association challenges changes to water quality regulations made by the U.S. Interior Department. (Legal Newsline)
• ​During a visit to West Virginia, President Trump repeats Hillary Clinton’s 2016 anti-coal comments from her 2016 presidential campaign. (Daily Caller)

POLITICS: President Trump invites two of West Virginia’s U.S. Senate Republican candidates to an event to discuss tax policy, but shuns convicted ex-coal executive Don Blankenship. (Wall Street Journal)

COMMENTARY: Opponents of Duke University’s decision to build a controversial gas plant still are not being included in the review process two years since the plan was announced, says the president a student-led climate advocacy group. (Southeast Energy News)

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