Southeast Energy News

South Carolina sues federal government over nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: South Carolina sues the federal government after the Energy Department said it would stop construction of a plant to turn nuclear weapons into fuel for nuclear reactors. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• The nation’s largest banks are lending to coal companies again now that they’re out of bankruptcy, an environmental group’s analysis shows. (New York Times)
• Virginia lawmakers and coal industry executives praise Gov. Ralph Northam’s revival of a tax credit for certain coal producers. (Associated Press)
• China considers buying more U.S. coal to make up for its trade deficit. (Bloomberg)

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PIPELINES: Environmental groups argue the environmental project manager who has been signing off on Mountain Valley Pipeline construction for the federal government doesn’t have authority to do so. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL AND GAS: Oil companies evacuated platforms in the eastern Gulf of Mexico as Subtropical Storm Alberto neared northwestern Florida. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR:
• Florida Power & Light hits a new milestone in Putnam County with a 578-acre solar farm that can power 15,000 homes. (WJCT)
• The U.S. Department of Energy awards research grants for developing new solar integration technology, including to the Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina State, and the University of Arkansas. (CleanTechnica)

POLITICS: The race in central Kentucky between incumbent GOP U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath will likely revolve around coal. (Lexington Herald Leader)

COMMENTARY: Thousands of solar jobs for veterans in South Carolina are at stake as state lawmakers debate whether to increase solar incentives. (Post and Courier)

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