Southeast Energy News

S.C. lawmakers to utility: stop billing customers for failed nuclear project

NUCLEAR: The South Carolina House votes to suspend ratepayers’ $37 million in monthly payments to SCANA for its failed Summer nuclear project, potentially dooming a proposed takeover by Virginia-based Dominion Energy. (Post and Courier)

MORE:
• The vote followed a standing ovation for House Speaker Jay Lucas, who said he wanted to show that members support ratepayers over businesses. (Associated Press)
SCANA and Dominion Energy say customers rates will go even higher if they stop paying for the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

CLIMATE: A Pentagon report identifies U.S. military facilities vulnerable to climate change, including installations in Virginia and Florida affected by flooding, drought, and extreme temperatures. (Washington Post)

LEGISLATION:
 Intense negotiations over Dominion Electric Virginia’s bid for new regulations have resulted in bigger proposed refunds and a faster track for future rate reductions. (Daily Press)
Legislation requiring Dominion to bury one of its planned power lines is now included in the closely watched bill that addresses a 2015 utility rate freeze. (Inside NOVA)

OIL: Chevron makes a significant oil discovery in the Mississippi Canyon area of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. (oilprice.com)

UTILITIES: A judge overturns 2017 regulations in Kentucky that dramatically limited state and public involvement in what electric utilities must do to get permission to construct new landfills or ponds for storing toxic coal-combustion wastes, saying state officials’ actions were “arguably” to help electric utilities cut their costs. (Courier Journal)

SOLAR: South Carolina will be the fifth most-affected state under President Trump’s recently announced tariff on imported solar parts. (Greentech Media)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups appeal a ruling from a federal judge who said his court has no authority in their case against Kentucky Utilities and its alleged coal ash contamination to a lake. (Advocate-Messenger)

COMMENTARY:
• Dominion Energy’s CEO says his company’s proposal to take over South Carolina’s troubled SCANA “is about far more than the $12.2 billion in total customer benefits. It is about restoring certainty and trust.” (The State)
• President Trump’s recent import tariff that includes solar parts may have the opposite effect of what he intended. (Tennessean)
Duke Energy wants to raise North Carolina residential power bills by 17 percent, in part to pay for coal ash cleanup, but an editorial board does its own math to calculate how much the utility should get. (Charlotte Observer)
President Trump tariff on imported solar parts moves the United States farther away from global leadership in renewable energy. (Newsweek)

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