Southeast Energy News

South Carolina AG plans to sue federal government over nuclear project

NUCLEAR: South Carolina’s attorney general plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy over its abandonment of the MOX nuclear project, which was supposed to turn Cold War-era weapons into fuel for power plants. (Post and Courier)

• U.S. regulators approve the first-phase of the design process for a small modular nuclear reactor, but a completed site likely won’t be in operation for at least a decade. (U.S. News & World Report)
• Dominion Energy plans to invest seed money to support GE and Hitachi in developing small modular reactors. (Utility Dive)
• Federal investment regulators appear to be investigating whether Santee Cooper did enough to warn lenders about problems with its nuclear project, according to a subpoena. (Post and Courier)

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WIND: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says the state Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy wants proposals for a strategic plan to make the state an East Coast hub for offshore wind. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: A solar cooperative, which uses bulk purchasing of power to keep costs down, launches in Sarasota, Florida. (WUSF)

• New studies confirm a surge in black lung disease in Appalachia: a 30 percent year after year increase in West Virginia and 16 percent each in Kentucky and Virginia. (NPR)
• Two West Virginia University research teams receive nearly half a million dollars in funding to study mine safety. (WV News)

• Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers tell federal regulators they’ll avoid construction for 21 miles in West Virginia and 79 miles in Virginia after a court vacated a key permit over threats to protected species. (Augusta Free Press)
• Environmental groups claim the streamlined review process federal regulators used to approve the Mountain Valley Pipeline isn’t allowed for projects with time-consuming river crossings. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

UTILITIES: NextEra Energy shareholders prepare to vote on a proposal that would require more disclosure of political contributions. (Sun Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: The economic benefits of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be short-lived, argues a Virginia Sierra Club member. (Roanoke Times)

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