Southeast Energy News

SCANA hires outsiders to investigate failed nuclear project

NUCLEAR: SCANA recruits two outside directors to investigate whether company executives or board members knew about problems with a failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

MORE: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission signs off on the proposed merger between Dominion Energy and SCANA, saying it is “consistent with the public interest.” (WACH)

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• Thousands of Florida Power and Light customers pay extra on their electric bills so the utility can build solar trees across the state. (Sun Sentinel)
• Virginia residents voice concerns at a public hearing about a large solar farm proposed in Spotsylvania County. (Free Lance-Star)
• The Culpeper County, Virginia planning commission denies a solar farm permit after public opposition to its site. (Free Lance-Star)
• Awareness about solar power grows in a Texas community as more homes install rooftop panels. (Victoria Advocate)

RENEWABLES: An environmental group will soon release a report card for North Carolina’s clean energy technologies. (WNCT)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Dallas deploys a fleet of seven electric buses that the city’s transit agency can expand if successful. (Dallas Morning News)

• Duke Energy quietly abandons plans to purchase up to 500 MW of wind power in the Carolinas, saying the bids weren’t “economically attractive.” (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Wind farms are popping up across south Texas, including three new proposals in Bee County. (KIII)
• Texas regulators raise concerns about ratepayer risk from a major project that will carry power from an Oklahoma wind farm. (RTO Insider)
• NextEra Energy takes Future Farmers of America advisors on a wind farm tour around Oklahoma to show wind’s compatibility with farming and ranching. (Edmond Sun)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators say land movement could have caused a recent natural gas pipeline explosion in West Virginia, and that similar conditions exist at several other spots. (WVPB)

OIL AND GAS: Louisiana has nearly 2,000 abandoned oil and gas wells, which pose an environmental risk. (The Advocate)

UTILITIES: Tennessee customers use more electricity and pay more for it than most other states, according to a nonprofit’s study. (Johnson City Press)

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