Southeast Energy News

S.C. utility wants to build gas plant following failed nuclear project

SOUTH CAROLINA: SCE&G says it needs to build a new power plant, likely natural gas, within five years to keep up with rising electricity demand following the failed Summer nuclear plant project. (Post & Courier)

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PIPELINES:
• Kentucky regulators issue Louisville Gas and Electric a $395,000 fine, the highest ever in a natural gas safety case, for a 2014 pipeline break that injured two workers. (Courier-Journal)
• Virginia regulators issue a violation notice for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after workers cut down trees at 15 spots along the route that were supposed to be off-limits. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers ask for more time to cut down trees along the route, saying they likely cannot finish by a deadline intended to protect birds and bats. (Associated Press)
• A citizen group called Mountain Valley Watch forms to monitor pipeline construction. (Roanoke Times)
• Pipeline opponents rally across Virginia as tree felling begins for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast projects. (Capitol News Service)
• Scientists at Mississippi State University are developing a technology that identifies pipeline leaks as soon as failure begins. (phys.org)

GRID: Duke Energy Carolinas says its proposed grid rider would increase residential customer rates more than 25 percent by 2026, while critics say it would be 50 percent. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

NET METERING: Arkansas State Rep. Stephen Meeks, who authored legislation to change utility rates, says it is not his intent to end net metering. (KUAR)

SOLAR: Alabama Power develops a 79.2 MW solar farm to help Walmart reach its corporate renewable energy goals. (AL.com)

CO-TENANCY: West Virginia’s co-tenancy law will expedite the way Marcellus Shale wells are drilled, though it may be some time before the state begins to see the impact. (WV News)

NUCLEAR:
• A small group of protesters in South Carolina were ignored but have been proven right about the state’s bungled Summer nuclear project. (The State)
• The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Russian government hacking did not compromise the country’s commercial nuclear power plants. (Associated Press)

CAP-AND-TRADE: The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality holds its final public hearing today on a proposed carbon cap-and-trade plan. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Officials in Williamsburg, Virginia, are in talks with Tesla to install electric car charging stations throughout the city.

EFFICIENCY: No businesses have taken out a loan more than a year after the city of Louisville implemented a program to finance energy efficiency improvements. (WFPL)

COMMENTARY:
• Central Appalachian states need to adopt clean energy policies if they want to promote growth in the renewable energy industry, say two guest columnists. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Kentucky’s anti-solar energy bill was written by utilities trying to protect their monopolies, a columnist says. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• South Carolina doesn’t have proven oil reserves, refineries or infrastructure to support offshore exploration and should be exempt from expanded offshore exploration, says an editorial board. (Post and Courier)
• Louisiana fishermen, coastal business leaders and politicians haven’t uttered a word of opposition to the proposed rollback of regulations put in place to help prevent another Deepwater Horizon disaster, so they should expect no sympathy from the country when another spill occurs, says a columnist. (Times-Picayune)

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