Southeast Energy News

Virginia lawmakers kill bill to review Dominion Energy’s electricity rates

VIRGINIA: A Virginia Senate committee kills a bipartisan bill that would have subjected Dominion Energy to a review of whether its electricity rates are too high. (Washington Post)

ALSO: Democrats in Virginia are moving forward with bipartisan clean energy and environmental bills, but Dominion Energy has influenced the legislation. (Washington Post)

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UTILITIES:
Consumer advocates in North Carolina recommend a substantial rate cut for Duke Energy customers, while the utility seeks state approval for a 6% rate hike. (Charlotte Observer)
There will likely be key votes this week on whether South Carolina should sell its state-owned utility, Santee Cooper. (E&E News, subscription)
A Mississippi electric cooperative considers whether to offer customers broadband internet now that a state law allows co-ops to offer it. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Some clean energy advocates say South Carolina is now a model for bipartisan clean energy solutions. (Charleston Business) 

SOLAR: A Texas solar company says 2019 was its most profitable year since its founding in 2007 because of the state’s residential solar growth. (PV Magazine)

NUCLEAR: A judge halts proceedings pending a $520 million settlement agreement in the class action lawsuit against South Carolina utility Santee Cooper for overcharging customers for its failed nuclear plant. (The State)

PIPELINES: Environmental groups worry a ruling in favor of the energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will open up more national parks to energy development. (Politico)

COAL: Coal miners with black lung disease lobby lawmakers in Kentucky to reverse a bill that limits the type of medical professionals qualified to diagnose the disease from chest X-rays. (Scalawag)

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OIL & GAS: A major Texas oil and gas conference attended by powerful people in the industry is canceled due to the coronavirus. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
Oil spills are on the rise 10 years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a progressive think tank reports. (Center for American Progress)
Several conservation group leaders ask readers not to fall for utility talking points on coal ash, which mislead the public about risks. (Utility Dive)
South Carolina lawmakers need to reform Santee Cooper while negotiating its sale and protect ratepayers in the process, South Carolina’s state House speaker writes. (Post and Courier)

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