Southeast Energy News

SCE&G ignored warning signs about failing nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: SCE&G ignored warning signs before abandoning a failed $9 billion nuclear project, an industry consultant tells South Carolina regulators. (The State)

ALSO: If the Dominion-SCANA merger falls through, other buyers are waiting in the wings, a financial analyst tells South Carolina regulators during a hearing on the failed nuclear project. (The State)

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WIND:
• Texas sets a new wind output record of 17,920 MW, surpassing the previous record by 2 percent. (S&P Global)
• The deadline for a proposed Oklahoma wind farm mitigation plan is extended a fifth time so NextEra Energy and the Department of Defense can reach an agreement. (KFOR)

SOLAR:
• IKEA’s new San Antonio, Texas store will have solar panels and electric vehicle chargers. (Associated Press)
• The companies that operate Texas tollways install rooftop solar panels that can provide 30 percent of their power. (Solar Industry)
• An Eastern Kentucky solar cooperative will host an informational session this month to recruit more members. (Sentinel Echo)
• A North Carolina county debates a nearly 3,000 acre solar farm. (PV Magazine)
• A Florida family has been waiting for months on Duke Energy to approve its new rooftop solar system. (WFLA)

EFFICIENCY:
• Amazon says its new Nashville hub will be energy efficient, but it’s unclear how it will be powered. (Nashville Public Radio)
• Volkswagen Chattanooga wins an environmental excellence award for its solar project and wetland restoration programs. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil output in Texas’ Permian Basin is expected to hit 3.7 million barrels a day in December, according to government data. (Houston Chronicle)
• The oil and gas industry should recruit veterans, a retired army captain tells a West Virginia audience. (Herald-Dispatch)

PIPELINES:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers formally apply with federal regulators for a expansion into North Carolina. (E&E News, subscription)
Phillips 66 and a pipeline developer plan to build a pipeline that will carry Bakken crude oil to Texas. (Associated Press)
• With Texas rapidly drilling more oil and gas wells and building pipelines, producers are facing a shortage of workers. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: NRG, the biggest seller of electricity in Texas, buys out another competitor to expand its retail market. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• South Carolina regulators recently tackled complicated and unprecedented interconnection issues with North Carolina, a regulatory expert writes. (Utility Dive)
• A natural gas pipeline project is needed in Hampton Roads, three business and chamber of commerce advocates argue. (Virginian-Pilot)
• An offshore wind project in Virginia puts ratepayers in a risky situation, an editorial board says. (Daily Press)

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