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Solar manufacturer eyes Jacksonville for U.S. headquarters, manufacturing plant

SUBSIDIES: The GOP-controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously rejects the Energy Department’s plan to boost coal and nuclear power plants. The decision is a victory for natural gas, wind, solar and others. (Associated Press, The Hill)

• An unnamed international solar manufacturer is negotiating $54 million in state and local incentives to establish a U.S. headquarters and manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Florida, promising to bring 800 jobs and $410 million in investment. (Daily Record)
• Florida Power & Light has opened four of eight planned solar plants, while shutting down two of three coal plants it has slated for closure. (PR Newswire, press release)

As part of its proposal to buy SCANA, Dominion Energy said it would refund South Carolina utility customers $1.3 billion, but ratepayers might have already been entitled to most of that money. (Post and Courier)
• Dominion Energy’s plan to buy SCANA in the wake of its failed Summer nuclear project is being criticized by environmental groups. (Aiken Standard)
• SCANA asked a judge on Monday to dismiss five class-action lawsuits filed by ratepayers over the company’s handling of the Summer project. (Post and Courier)
• Several South Carolina lawmakers want to ban campaign contributions from utilities in the wake of the project. (Post and Courier)
• An analysis says three things are killing off nuclear energy worldwide: cheap natural gas, wind and solar generation and fear of radiation accidents. (Popular Science)

• South Carolina coastal communities, including Charleston, may sue the federal government if permits are issued for oil and gas exploration off the state’s coast. (Post and Courier)
• The Trump administration’s proposal to expand offshore drilling will likely be an important issue in Florida’s upcoming elections. (Washington Post)

UTILITIES: Virginia regulators issued an order Monday that requires electricity, gas and water utilities to account for tax savings on their books to make sure customers benefit from the corporate tax cuts. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

PIPELINES: A writer compares accounts of public hearings on two proposed pipeline projects from a Virginia water board member and a citizen. (Blue Virginia)

• A newspaper editorial says President Trump’s offshore oil expansion plan poses too much of a threat to South Carolina’s commercial fishing and tourist industries, marine wildlife and beach ecosystem and environment. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
• The Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling “is another move to give industry exactly what it wants and ignore the consequences to the people who live along our coasts.” (Fayetteville Observer)
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s hostility toward renewable energy is evident as it lags behind peer utilities in procuring significant solar energy resources. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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