Southeast Energy News

South Carolina regulators drop consulting firm with ties to utilities

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new North Carolina law allows electric vehicle charging outlet operators to resell electricity by the kilowatt-hour without being regulated as a public utility. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: After pressure from critics, South Carolina utility regulators terminate a contract with a consulting firm that has deep ties to the state’s large utilities. (Post and Courier)

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SOLAR:
• A Culpeper, Virginia, citizens group urges county officials to limit utility-scale solar projects to industrially zoned land. (Free Lance-Star)
• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announces new solar arrays on three state-owned facilities. (Augusta Free Press)

NUCLEAR: The federal government quietly removes a metric ton of plutonium from a South Carolina nuclear complex following a court order to do so; it was not immediately clear where the material went. (Post and Courier)

PIPELINES:
• A Kentucky arboretum files a complaint with state regulators alleging Louisville Gas and Electric hid information about a pipeline from the public. (WFPL)
• After failing to sway a federal court, Mountain Valley Pipeline lawyers turn to a Virginia court to remove two tree-sitters who have been blocking construction. (Roanoke Times)

COAL:
• Virginia regulators approve a $286.8 million rate rider to pay for Dominion Energy’s environmental compliance at several coal units, but reject a bid to recover spending at two other coal units. (Utility Dive)
• Advocacy groups file a lawsuit against four West Virginia coal and chemical facilities over violations of the Clean Water Act. (Kallanish Energy)
• A worker dies after an electric shock at a coal mine in West Virginia. (Associated Press) 

OIL & GAS:
• The Trump administration appoints a former oil executive as the head of the South-Central EPA office. (InsideClimate News)
• The leader of the West Virginia Oil and Gas Industry Association says there may be decreases in natural gas output next year because prices are so low. (WV Metro News) 

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Environmental groups file a legal complaint challenging a sale that opened 78 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to offshore drilling bids. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority offers little transparency, unnecessarily raises electricity costs and is too reliant on fossil fuels, an advocacy group says. (Appalachian Voices)
• Farm land should be used for agricultural operations, not massive solar projects, an editorial board writes. (Free Lance-Star)

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