Southeast Energy News

SCANA reaches deal over failed nuclear power plant

NUCLEAR: SCANA agrees to a $2 billion settlement with South Carolina customers it charged for a failed nuclear plant, but it hinges on a judge’s ruling and state regulators’ decision to let Dominion purchase SCANA. (The State)

ALSO: Dominion makes a new offer to cut SCE&G customer rates in South Carolina in order to win approval for the buyout. (Post and Courier)

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• The Fourth U.S. Circuit court orders a stay on an Army Corps of Engineers water-crossing permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in North Carolina. (News & Observer)
• South Carolina’s nuclear fiasco could open the door for pipeline development. (Post and Courier)
• A Virginia air pollution board member says Gov. Ralph Northam’s decision to dismiss her and another member before a vote on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was “very unfortunate.” (ThinkProgress)
• Hill County, Texas residents raise concerns about a pipeline proposed to run through their property. (KXAN)
• Protestors gather at Energy Transfer Partners’ office in Dallas to voice opposition to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana. (Dallas Observer)

• Fayetteville, Arkansas purchases solar and battery storage to power its wastewater treatment plants. (Arkansas Business)
• Virginia regulators say Dominion customers could pay millions a year for two solar farms that will power Facebook’s data centers. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Six new solar projects could be coming to southwest Virginia. (WVTF)
• Some Texas residents get scammed by solar companies that charge for installations and then leave town. (News 4 San Antonio)
• Some South Carolina residents have to chop down trees in their yards in order to install rooftop solar panels. (Post and Courier)

• A low-income black community in Birmingham that has been fighting for years to clean up a polluted coke plant site raises concerns about a recent scandal involving the former Southeast Regional EPA director. (E&E News)
• An Eastern Kentucky prosecutor tries to intercept royalty payments from local coal companies to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal company to collect delinquent taxes. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Two Kentucky lawmakers file a bill to repeal a law that limits which doctors can evaluate black lung disease compensation claims. (WFPL)
• West Virginia marks the 50th anniversary of the Farmington Mine disaster, which killed 78 miners and led to the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. (WVPB)

• A group of West Virginia landowners lobby to plug 17,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in the state. (WOWK)
At least nine terminals are proposed on a small area of the Gulf Coast to export oil from Texas’ Permian Basin. (Bloomberg)
• Refineries invest millions or billions to upgrade operations and capitalize on Permian Basin oil. (Houston Chronicle)
• The U.S. oil boom in Texas that will extend to 2019 presents a challenge for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ fuel prices. (Bloomberg)
• A Louisiana lawmaker proposes renting out space in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. (The Advocate)

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