Southeast Energy News

South Carolina will open bids for state-owned utility

NUCLEAR: South Carolina lawmakers hire a consulting firm to study and field offers to buy state-owned utility Santee Cooper. (News & Observer)

ALSO: A federal appeals court rules the Energy Department can stop construction of a nuclear fuel factory in South Carolina. (Construction Dive)

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RENEWABLES: Dominion Energy requests input from commercial, industrial and government customers in Virginia about its renewable energy plan. (Power Engineering)

• Kentucky Power says it wants to add up to 20 MW of solar energy to meet growing customer interest. (WYMT)
• Prince William, Virginia officials approve plans for a 20 MW solar farm, which would be the first in the county. (Inside NoVA)
• A Georgia city council will likely oppose a solar farm proposal because it could impact residential development. (Sauk Valley)

WIND: Wind farms could be interfering with weather radar data in Oklahoma, according to a news investigation. (News9)

COAL ASH: Sickened coal ash workers and some deceased workers’ widows testify against a firm TVA hired to clean up the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

• A coal mine employee dies in a machinery accident in West Virginia, regulators say. (Associated Press)
• A $4 million grant from an abandoned mine lands fund will go toward building an aluminum plant in Kentucky. (Daily Independent)

• Texas’ railroad commission chair and her family earn money off hundreds of oil and natural gas leases that are part of the same industry she is supposed to regulate, an investigation shows. (KXAN)
• Duke Energy’s natural gas power plant in North Carolina — which is due to be completed in a year — starts to take shape. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
• A Mississippi oil refinery identifies a worker who fell to his death. (Associated Press)

• An advisory council asks Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to stop work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, but he made no promise to do so in a response letter. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• An oil pipeline in Texas that will carry 1 million barrels of oil a day receives the funding it needs to be built. (Houston Chronicle)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hints that at least six coastal states, including North Carolina, will be exempt from his offshore drilling plan. (Reuters)

• A soil conservationist discusses how the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is about to destroy an old-growth forest on an opposing landowner’s property. (Staunton News-Leader)
• The Trump administration’s easing of oil and gas regulations boosts oil and gas production, says an oil and gas trade association executive. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy outlines recommendations it made to South Carolina regulators about Dominion’s merger with SCANA. (SACE blog)

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