Southeast Energy News

TVA approves controversial rate change, imposes ‘grid access fee’

UTILITIES: The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors votes to change the utility’s rate structure by imposing a “grid access fee” and cutting the wholesale power rate by a half-cent per kilowatt-hour. (Knoxville News-Sentinel)

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NUCLEAR: The South Carolina Senate does not pass legislation about the state’s failed nuclear plant on the last day of session. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR:
• Cypress Creek Renewables offers solar training programs in North and South Carolina to help it hire skilled workers as its utility-scale solar portfolio grows. (Greentech Media)
• A north Florida utility joins a major municipal-backed solar project that has potential to power 45,000 Florida homes. (WJCT)
• At a public hearing about a massive solar project, Spotsylvania County, Virginia residents raise concerns about the environment and public health. (Roanoke Times)

NATURAL GAS: A company will invest $325 million to build a facility for converting natural gas to liquids in Eastern Kentucky. (WYMT)

PIPELINES:
• A Mountain Valley Pipeline protester has been sitting on a pole in an access road in West Virginia for a month and a half and has no plans to leave. (Public News Service)
• The women who sat in trees in Virginia to protest the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have energized local opposition against the project. (Staunton News Leader)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The Pentagon warns lawmakers that offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico would need significant restrictions so it doesn’t disturb military operations. (The Hill)
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tells a Senate committee that Florida remains exempt from the administration’s offshore drilling plan. (Tampa Bay Times)

COMMENTARY:
• David Roberts of Vox writes that nuclear plants are worth saving because they provide a major carbon-free electricity source. (Vox)
• An editorial board argues that a few tree-sitters are not going to change Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s mind about the Mountain Valley Pipeline, but getting the business community to weigh in might help their case. (Roanoke Times)

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