Southeast Energy News

Santee Cooper can’t find buyer for unfinished nuclear reactors

NUCLEAR: The Santee Cooper board votes to maintain leftover parts from the unfinished V.C. Summer nuclear reactors so it can sell them, but there aren’t many prospective buyers. (Post and Courier)

COAL ASH:
• North Carolina’s attorney general appeals state regulators’ decision to let Duke Energy charge customers for coal ash clean up. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• North Carolina researchers say they’ve found a way to safely recycle coal ash into bricks, tiles, and soundproof barriers. (WFMY)

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OIL AND GAS:
• President Trump’s trade war with China could hinder investment in the Appalachian shale boom. (E&E News)
• Oil industry executives fear the U.S. oil glut could turn into a shortage because of dwindling global supplies. (San Antonio Express-News)
• Arkansas and federal agencies sue two companies over a 2013 oil spill in the state. (Arkansas Online)

WIND:
• Offshore wind energy advocates push Virginia leaders to be more aggressive in bringing the industry to the state. (WAVY)
• Virginia’s mines, minerals, and energy agency will hold public listening sessions on energy issues, including offshore wind. (Daily Press)
• Oklahoma landowners push back against a major wind energy and transmission project. (Tulsa World)

SOLAR: An Alabama business goes solar and expects to reduce power bills by 41 percent. (WBMA)

RENEWABLES:
• Virginia teachers learn about wind and solar energy education at a training academy. (WHSV)
• Dozens of people voice opinions on Virginia’s energy policy plan and ask for more renewables. (WAVY)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The North Carolina zoo becomes the first major attraction in the state with electric vehicle charging stations. (Courier-Tribune)
• Florida leads the way in electric vehicle sales and charging station installations but lags in energy efficiency, according to a new report. (WFSU)

GRID: Southern Company, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Electric Power Research Institute will develop a smart neighborhood that boosts grid reliability and energy efficiency. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOMASS: A Canadian bioenergy company plans to build its first commercial biomass refinery in Georgia. (Canadian Biomass)

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POLITICS:
• Ex-coal executive Don Blankenship will run as a third-party candidate in the West Virginia Senate race. (The Hill)
• An Alabama attorney and a coal executive are charged with bribery for paying off a former state representative to oppose an EPA Superfund site in north Birmingham. (Newsweek)

OVERSIGHT: A judge deliberates whether the New Orleans City Council violated an open meetings law when debating Entergy’s natural gas plant proposal. (Louisiana Weekly)

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