Southeast Energy News

Should electric co-ops help pay for South Carolina nuclear debacle?

NUCLEAR: Santee Cooper wants the South Carolina Supreme Court to rule on whether the state’s electric cooperatives — and their customers — should help pay for the utility’s failed nuclear project. (The State)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy says state regulators’ order denying its request for a rate hike could lead to an immediate 0.1 percent rate decrease and then a 1.2 percent increase after four years. (Blue Ridge Public Radio)

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COAL: “We are walking a tight rope.” West Virginia’s coal mining industry worries that President Trump’s trade dispute with China could hurt a main lifeline: exports to China. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• A Shepherdstown, West Virginia library receives a $100,000 grant to install rooftop solar panels. (Herald-Mail Media)
• Vikram Solar’s first large-scale solar project in the U.S. will be in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Solar Power World)
• Sheep will graze on grass beneath a solar farm at a South Carolina university to lower costs and gas emissions. (Greenville Business Magazine)
• A proposed solar farm planned for 2019 in Jones County, Texas could bring up to 300 jobs. (KRBC)

WIND: An Oklahoma town council withdrew its opposition to a major wind energy and transmission project after regulators adjusted the route and size of transmission towers. (Tulsa World)

RENEWABLES: Atlanta officials consider three pathways to run the city on 100 percent clean energy by 2050, and Georgia Power has a key role to play. (InsideClimate News)

PIPELINES:
• Burlington, West Virginia residents raise environmental and safety concerns at a public meeting about the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Times-News)
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents set up camp in an old growth forest in Virginia that is in the line of pipeline construction. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• FERC grants permission for parts of Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction to proceed in West Virginia. (Exponent Telegram)

OIL & GAS: A Texas energy company sues an oil and natural gas business in West Virginia, alleging it failed to pay royalties for natural gas. (West Virginia Record)

COMMENTARY: The president of West Virginia University outlines how the school leverages the state’s energy economy to help residents find local jobs. (The Conversation)

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