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Utility says Georgia nuclear project’s cost overruns, delays not its fault

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power’s CEO says delays and budget overruns at the Vogtle nuclear plant are not its fault, as state regulators consider the utility’s new cost and schedule. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WABE)

• South Carolina regulators’ decision a year ago was pivotal when they decided customers had paid enough for the now-failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• South Carolina’s House speaker is proposing to “gut existing laws” that allowed utilities to charge customers before the now-failed Summer nuclear project was complete. (Associated Press)

• Two years after its creation, a Virginia solar authority aimed at encouraging small-scale systems remains unfunded and has little to show for its work. (Southeast Energy News)
• Solar executives told South Carolina regulators they cannot finance solar projects using the contracts offered by Duke Energy. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

• An analysis explains why much of an $84 billion shale gas deal between West Virginia and China will probably never materialize; state lawmakers and energy officials are still reviewing the plan. (Bloomberg, Wheeling News-Register)
• Officials familiar with details of the shale gas deal between West Virginia and China say ground could be broken within six to eight months on two gas-fired power stations. (Exponent Telegram)
• Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin held a town-hall meeting with employees of the energy sector to discuss the state’s energy future and the natural gas deal with China. (Exponent Telegram)

PIPELINES: Now that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has a quorum, several pipeline projects in Louisiana are expected to be approved. (Advocate)

• Long-term prospects are still bleak for the U.S. coal industry one year after President Trump was elected on a promise to revive it. (Reuters)
• An environmental group plans to legally challenge a utility’s intent to seal off toxic coal tar waste in a South Carolina river rather than remove it. (Post and Courier)
• Many West Virginians continue to be frustrated by a federal study that was supposed to provide a review of the possible health effects of surface mining on communities. (Associated Press)

CARBON CAPTURE: Lawmakers from several states are pushing for more federal support for carbon capture and storage. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Lawmakers are divided on whether offshore oil and gas exploration, including off Virginia’s coast, would conflict with military training. (Virginian-Pilot)

CLIMATE: The Virginia DEQ will present the state’s new climate plan to reduce carbon emissions and join a regional greenhouse gas trading initiative now that its Democratic candidate was elected governor. (Utility Dive)

EMISSIONS: Arkansas’ proposed plan to reduce emissions eliminates the heftiest requirements of the federal plan in place. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

WIND: Virginia students participated in a wind energy competition to teach them technologies that “are relevant to them for the future.” (Washington Post)

• The founder of the global climate movement 350.org explains why we’re not even close to being prepared for rising sea levels. (Washington Post)
• A newspaper editorial says the $84 billion shale gas deal between West Virginia and China “is a game-changer, one that if fully implemented correctly, could set the state on a course for economic prosperity for decades.” (Exponent Telegram)
• Now is the time to stop the oil and gas industry’s exploitation of the Atlantic coastline, says an editorial board. (Post and Courier)
• An official with Dominion Energy Virginia says a proposed pumped storage project in the state would generate millions of dollars there. (Roanoke Times)

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