Southeast Energy News

S.C. regulators approve Dominion-SCANA merger

NUCLEAR: South Carolina regulators approve Dominion Energy’s deal to buy utility SCANA, meaning customers will pay another $2.3 billion for a failed nuclear project. (The State)

• A regional carbon cap program will reduce emissions and bring new revenue to Virginia, a clean energy advocate says. (Energy News Network)
• Arkansas’ attorney general wants to intervene and review a clean air settlement that includes the retirement of three power plants. (Kallanish Energy)

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• After an out-of-state solar company abandoned a Florida resident’s rooftop solar project, local crews step in to finish it. (WKMG)
• JinkoSolar will open its Jacksonville, Florida solar panel manufacturing plant in February. (Jacksonville Business Journal, subscription)
• Dominion offers a “performance guarantee” to protect ratepayers from financial risk if solar plants the company builds to power Facebook data centers don’t pan out. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

RENEWABLES: Houston business leaders say they want the city to remain the energy capital of the world even as industry shifts to renewables. (Houston Chronicle)

WIND: A Spanish company starts building a Texas wind farm that is expected to generate 524 gigawatt hours of energy. (CNBC)

Stream crossing issues are creating roadblocks and delaying construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers say they will appeal a federal court ruling that vacated a permit allowing the pipeline to cross national forest land. (WFAE)
• Residents living near a potential pipeline route outside Austin, Texas raise concerns about property rights and the environment. (KXAE)

• Dominion wants customers to pay $300 million to upgrade three coal-fired power plants. (Associated Press)
• Coal miners and Appalachian residents pressure Sen. Mitch McConnell to extend a coal company tax that funds medical expenses for miners with black lung disease before it is cut in half at the end of the year. (Ohio Valley ReSource)
• Entergy demolishes an old coal-fired power plant in Arkansas. (KARK)

UTILITIES: A political action group claims Dominion Energy charges customers too much for electricity. (Washington Post)

The U.S. has a moral obligation to fund medical benefits for coal miners with black lung disease, a Kentucky resident says. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Solar energy makes financial sense for JEA, an editorial board says. (Florida Times-Union)
State representatives from Outer Banks, North Carolina criticize the Trump administration’s plan to do seismic testing for offshore drilling. (Greensboro News & Record)
Coal communities that need to transition to a new economy are being left out of Democrats’ plans for a Green New Deal, an editorial board says. (Roanoke Times)

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