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)

EMISSIONS:
• 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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SOLAR:
• 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)

PIPELINES:
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)

COAL:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
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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