Southeast Energy News

Virginia Gov. Northam announces ‘compromise’ on electric rate overhaul

UTILITIES: A sweeping package of utility regulation reforms backed by Dominion Energy in Virginia heads to the Senate floor with the support of Gov. Ralph Northam, despite warnings that customers will pay more than they should. (Richmond Times Dispatch, Associated Press)

MORE: Virginia’s attorney general says the utility-backed legislation doesn’t adequately protect consumers and could let utilities charge them twice for the same expenses. (Washington Post)

SOLAR: The head of South Carolina’s new conservative solar coalition answers questions about the politics of solar, ranging from net-metering to President Trump’s tariff on imported solar parts. (Southeast Energy News)

NUCLEAR:
• Florida-based NextEra Energy files a lawsuit against the Nuclear Energy Institute, saying the trade group took retaliatory action in response to NextEra’s withdrawal from the organization. (Greentech Media)
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South Carolina’s nuclear plant debacle moves to the state’s Senate this week, following a House vote to temporarily halt the $37 million per month that goes to SCANA for the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham calls for a “nuclear renaissance” during a visit to Aiken, South Carolina, despite the state’s failed Summer nuclear project. (Aiken Standard)
• Moody’s credit-rating agency downgrades South Carolina’s SCANA Corp., related to its failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• Florida Power & Light applies for a second, 20-year license renewal for its Turkey Point nuclear plant, which is a first for a U.S. nuclear plant. (Daily Energy Insider)

FRACKING: A Florida Senate panel approves a statewide ban on fracking, but the bill appears to be dead on arrival in the House. (Sun Sentinel)

OVERSIGHT: The Mississippi Public Service Commission today plans to discuss a settlement agreement over the controversial Kemper County Power Plant. (WJTV)

PIPELINES: The heads of three non-partisan legislative staffs at the North Carolina General Assembly question the $58 million mitigation fund related to the state’s approval of permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (WBTV)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: If North Carolina wants an exemption from the White House’s offshore drilling expansion plan, a county official says it needs to be more like Florida — unified in its opposition(WHQR)

COMMENTARY:
• South Carolinians will pay the price for SCANA’s failed nuclear project whether or not Dominion’s planned purchase goes through, a columnist writes. (Post and Courier)
• High electric bills in South Carolina’s cold weather should be a wake-up call to think about how much money could be saved with energy efficiency. (Post and Courier)
• It would be “a huge gamble to think we could meet our everyday energy needs and compete in international markets” without being prepared to tap offshore oil and gas, a former energy sector executive writes in a guest column. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• If Kentucky lawmakers vote to kill 1,200 jobs in small solar energy businesses across the state in order to protect utility monopolies, they will have a lot of explaining to do to many voters. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Some say the country’s recent cold snap supports the need for more pipeline projects to meet winter spikes in natural gas demand, though the facts don’t support this. (Natural Resource Defense Council)

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