Southeast Energy News

Virginia regulators reject Dominion Energy’s renewable energy plan

RENEWABLES: Virginia regulators reject Dominion Energy’s proposal to offer 100 percent renewable energy plans to its big customers, saying it would give the company “extraordinary discretion” in setting prices.  (Associated Press)

MORE: The Energy Information Administration estimates gas will outpace renewables in 2018, but more than 4 gigawatts of solar will come online. The majority will likely be in three states, including North Carolina. (Utility Dive)

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SOLAR: Virginia officials hold two public hearings this week in Spotsylvania about a massive solar farm proposed in the county. (Free Lance-Star)

NUCLEAR: With a week left in their legislative session, South Carolina lawmakers still haven’t voted on bills to keep customers from paying higher electricity bills for unfinished nuclear reactors. (Charlotte Observer)

PIPELINES:
• A Louisiana judge rules the state broke the law when issuing a permit for construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, and the permit must be reconsidered. (Times-Picayune)
• West Virginia regulators say Energy Transfer Partners can resume work on the Rover Pipeline after halting construction due to permit violations. (Reuters)
• Two Virginia women who sat in trees protesting the Mountain Valley pipeline take their protests on the road in Virginia. (Daily Progress)

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POLITICS:
• President Trump tells West Virginia voters via Twitter to vote against former coal executive Don Blankenship in today’s Republican primary. (WVPB)
• Richard Ojeda, a Democratic, pro-coal West Virginia state senator, gains momentum in his run against Republican Rep. Evan Jenkins. (Mother Jones)

COMMENTARY:
• Republican Rep. Nathan Ballentine says Duke Energy’s move to kill a South Carolina solar bill was part of utilities’ “multi-pronged offensive against clean energy.” (Sumter Item)
•  A New Republic writer says recent pipeline protests in Appalachia reflect a dynamic shift in politics in the region. (New Republic)
• The director of Audubon South Carolina writes the state’s Solar Habitat Act is a rare bill that aligns the interests of birdwatchers, bee lovers and farmers by requiring native habitats to be built around solar farms. (The State)

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