Southeast Energy News

S.C. regulators cut SCE&G rates for large-scale solar farms

SOLAR:
• South Carolina regulators cut the amount SCE&G pays for electricity from new, large-scale solar farms. (The State)

MORE:
• Fairfax County, Virginia offers incentives and discounted prices to encourage residents to install rooftop solar systems. (WTOP)
• Cypress Creek Renewables has hired 22 employees for its new operations center in Durham, North Carolina, including former nuclear and fossil fuel power plant workers. (Herald-Sun)

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UTILITIES:
• Several Southeastern states, including Alabama, have some of the lowest retail electricity rates but pay the highest average monthly household electricity bills in the U.S. (Bloomberg)
• Duke Energy Progress proposes a rate increase of about $3 on average for South Carolina customers, citing the cost of coal and natural gas. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Florida regulators approve a program for Gulf Power that pays a capacity price to commercial and industrial loads to reduce peak demand. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Kentucky passes a bill to allocate $30 million of coal severance tax money to several counties. (WYMT)

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy’s CEO says there’s “no flexibility” in the company’s offer to buy SCANA even though lawmakers are debating electricity rates. (Post & Courier)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration proposes to roll back offshore drilling safety regulations put in place in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (The Hill)

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court hears arguments Monday over a judge’s order to temporarily halt construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. (Associated Press)

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EVs: A grassroots group of electric vehicle owners in Kentucky installs free community electric chargers across the state and educates the public on going electric. (CleanTechnica)

BIOMASS: A third of wood pellet plants from Georgia to Texas violated their 2017 permits by releasing illegal amounts of air pollution, an environmental group’s report says. (Savannah Morning News)

COMMENTARY:
• Duke Energy’s renewable energy capacity grew by 20 percent in 2017, says a senior executive at the company. (WRAL)
• South Carolina’s solar industry will hit its limit if the legislature doesn’t raise a cap on it, says a director at the Coastal Conservation League. (Island Packet)

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