Southeast Energy News

TVA pulls out of Alabama nuclear plant deal; company sues

NUCLEAR:
• The company seeking to buy Alabama’s Bellefonte Nuclear Plant sues Tennessee Valley Authority for breach of contract after it pulled out of a deal. (AL.com)
• A Georgia Public Service Commission runoff race reignites the debate over the Vogtle nuclear plant. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Dominion Energy’s latest offer to buy SCANA would require the average SCE&G customer to pay $1,600 each for the failed nuclear project before it’s paid off in 20 years. (Post and Courier)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration allows seismic testing for oil and gas companies in the Atlantic Ocean, saying companies can “incidentally, but not intentionally, harass marine mammals.” (Texas Public Radio)

WIND:
• An industrial gas company partners with NextEra to buy power from a Texas wind farm. (North American Wind Power)
• North Carolina towns have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue from the state’s wind moratorium. (Coastal Review Online)

SOLAR:
• Five more Arlington County, Virginia schools will get rooftop solar panels. (WDVM)
Solar is booming in South Florida because of solar cooperatives and local renewable energy policies. (WLRN)

COAL:
Five of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies agree to a settlement with state regulators and pay overdue coal transportation fees. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Tennessee mine rescue teams could be disbanded as the coal industry continues to decline. (Tennessean)

COAL ASH: TVA opens a 30-day public comment period asking for public input on what to do with coal ash storage at a former power plant. (Commercial Appeal)

PIPELINES:
• Five million dollars in Atlantic Coast Pipeline mitigation money will go toward building a park in Albemarle County, Virginia. (Daily Progress)
• Local, regional, and state groups gather to protest the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in North Carolina. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
• A regional advocacy group requests an investigation of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s firing of two air pollution board members before a vote on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Augusta Free Press)
• Attorneys for Louisiana landowners express frustration that a judge won’t let an eminent domain trial over the Bayou Bridge Pipeline focus on environmental as well as financial issues. (Courthouse News Service)

OIL & GAS:
• Florida Power & Light will build a new natural gas plant in South Florida and elevate it 11 feet to protect it from sea level rise. (Miami Herald)
• An energy company launches a 90-day open season for crude oil shipment commitments on a Texas pipeline. (Oil & Gas Journal)
• Texas lawmakers move to secure billions of dollars in the state’s rainy day fund — money from oil and gas production taxes — instead of using it for Hurricane Harvey recovery or education. (Dallas Morning News)

CLIMATE:
• Florida cities and counties lead the way on renewable energy and mitigation plans to adapt to climate change. (WJCT)
• Scientists talk to West Virginia University students about natural gas vs. coal and talking to climate change skeptics. (Dominion Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam bending to Dominion Energy’s will is disappointing but not surprising, an editorial board says. (Staunton News Leader)
• President Dwight Eisenhower’s vision for nuclear power in America is alive and well with Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant, an engineering professor says. (Augusta Chronicle)

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