Southeast Energy News

South Carolina blames Dominion Energy for clogged water system

PIPELINES: South Carolina regulators say Dominion Energy’s failure to control sediment along a pipeline construction route “had to have contributed” to the clogging of a public water system intake pipe. (The State)

ALSO:
• Twenty protesters block construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline through a Louisiana coastal zone; two were arrested. (Courthouse News Service)
• Montgomery County, Virginia, residents blame pipeline construction for muddying water in a spring-fed pond. (WDBJ7)
• State permitting uncertainties delay construction of the Atlantic Coast and Bayou Bridge pipelines. (Inside Sources)

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UTILITIES:
• Utilities are investing in renewables, but long-range resource plans suggest many remain skeptical of a renewable-dominant future. (Greentech Media)
• Alabama Power has a long relationship with the public relations firm involved in the New Orleans hired-actor scandal. (AL.com)

NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina still faces enormous unanswered questions in the wake of last year’s failed nuclear project, a panel says. (Post and Courier)
• SCE&G executives misled South Carolina legislators about a report they commissioned on the failing Summer nuclear project, regulators say. (Greenville News)
• A report by Moody’s Investors Service details several risks that could further delay the opening of Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant. (Saporta Report)

COAL: Tampa Electric Co. will spend $853 million to convert a coal-fired unit at its Big Bend Power Station to natural gas and retire a second unit by 2021. (Tampa Bay Times)

COAL ASH: “It feels like they don’t want public input:” Activists and neighbors of two Duke Energy coal ash ponds in North Carolina protest a public meeting to discuss “dewatering” the ponds. (Winston-Salem Journal)

EFFICIENCY: A Louisiana mayor wants to make his small town a model of energy efficiency and sustainability. (Mother Jones)

SOLAR: Grazing sheep will keep the grass short under and around panels at a Bedford, Virginia solar farm, drastically reducing the use of gas-powered mowers, herbicides and noise. (Solar Industry)

TRANSMISSION: Entergy Louisiana energizes a new 230-kV transmission line after almost a decade of planning and construction. (T&D World)

POLITICS: Democrats running for governor in South Carolina debate the state’s nuclear failures and fate of the state-run Santee Cooper utility. (Post and Courier)

COMMENTARY:
• Nuclear power looks to be an integral part of Virginia’s energy future, and that’s a good thing, says a newspaper editorial board. (The Free Lance-Star)
• Georgia’s timber industry cherrypicks science to argue that burning wood pellets is carbon neutral, says the executive director of the Center for a Sustainable Coast. (Like the Dew)

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