Southeast Energy News

South Carolina Senate wants more time to review Dominion-SCANA takeover

DOMINION-SCANA: The South Carolina Senate unanimously votes to give state utility regulators until the end of the year to review oversight of SCANA’s failed Summer nuclear project, though the delay won’t necessarily kill Dominion Energy’s bid to buy the company. (Post and Courier, The State)

MORE:
• The South Carolina House votes to fire all seven members of the state’s Public Service Commission in the wake of the failed Summer nuclear project. (The State)
• Documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission show how Dominion Energy’s planned takeover of SCANA unfolded. (The State)
• Dominion Energy is suspending its marketing blitz in South Carolina for its SCANA takeover after senators criticized the radio, TV and newspaper ads as attempts to scare customers. (Post and Courier)
• A previously undisclosed plan shows SCANA considered cutting electric rates by nearly 10 percent — saying it was the most it could afford — before deciding to be acquired by Dominion Energy. (Post and Courier)
• Florida’s NextEra Energy and Greenville-based Pacolet Milliken utility are willing to offer about $10 billion each to buy Santee Cooper in the wake of the failed Summer nuclear plant. (Post and Courier)

NATURAL GAS:
• The West Virginia House votes to allow drilling for natural gas beneath property where 75 percent of owners agree. (Associated Press)
• The director of West Virginia University’s Energy Institute talks about China’s $84 billion-dollar deal for the state’s natural gas supplies. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

PIPELINES:
• The North Carolina governor’s office says a $58 million fund related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project could be in jeopardy now that state lawmakers have reallocated the money from its original purpose. (Progressive Pulse)
• North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he never envisioned deciding who would benefit from a $58 million fund related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, which some Republican lawmakers say helps Cooper’s allies. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: A Tennessee lawmaker is defending efforts to extend an emissions loophole that would benefit a trucking company whose entities gave her gubernatorial campaign $225,000. (The Ledger)

FRACKING: Kentucky officials and residents continue to disagree on how best to dispose of fracking waste. (WFPL)

RATES: Two groups are challenging the legality of how the TVA is changing its rates, saying the utility is failing to disclose all of its related contracts as required. (Times Free Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla’s Model 3 electric sedan debuts in Atlanta this weekend. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe touted his state as a leader in solar power, but reality doesn’t match that rhetoric, says a columnist. (Blue Virginia)
• A fish and wildlife biologist responds to five claims that support oil and gas exploration off South Carolina’s coast. (Post and Courier)
• Coal critics are spreading misinformation about net metering legislation, says the president of the Kentucky Coal Association. (Courier Journal)

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