Southeast Energy News

Santee Cooper may object to Dominion takeover of SCANA

UTILITIES: South Carolina-owned Santee Cooper files a motion to intervene in Dominion’s planned takeover of SCANA — possibly positioning itself to challenge the merger. (The State)

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NUCLEAR:
• An official with the country’s largest nuclear operator, Exelon, says it’s likely no new nuclear power units will be built after Georgia’s Plant Vogtle project. (Platts)
• Environmentalists worry Miami-Dade County and Florida Power & Light are moving too quickly on a plan to use treated wastewater to cool nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point plant. (WLRN)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia’s Water Control Board opens a public comment period on whether U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pipeline water crossing approvals adequately protect the state’s waters.  (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• SCANA subsidiary PSNC Energy will be the anchor customer for a project to extend the Mountain Valley Pipeline to North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

OIL: The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 10-mile stretch of the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans after a vessel spilled oil. (Reuters)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy is fined $156,000 and ordered to speed up work to contain leaks at coal ash ponds at three North Carolina plants. (WFAE)

SOLAR:
• Georgia Power launches a partnership with corporations to directly supply solar power to meet growing demand. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• The impact of solar tariffs enacted in January has not been as severe as some of worst-case scenarios predicted, though job growth would likely be higher had they not been imposed. (Utility Dive)

OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Senate confirms a former coal industry lobbyist as the second-highest official at the Environmental Protection Agency — next in line if embattled administrator Scott Pruitt leaves. (Associated Press)

COAL: Tennessee lawmakers send to Gov. Bill Haslam a coal industry-backed mining bill that would put the state in charge of strip mine enforcement again. (Times Free Press)

NET METERING: The number of net metering customers in Arkansas more than doubled in the last five years. (Arkansas Business)

NATURAL GAS: Duke Energy seeks a rate hike to recover investment costs in advance of opening its new Crystal River natural gas plant in Florida. (Citrus County Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: Fossil fuels and public education are tied in places like West Virginia and Oklahoma, where tax cuts for the fossil fuel industry over education spending, says a columnist. (ThinkProgress)

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