Southeast Energy News

Virginia regulators say new Dominion-backed law may not be constitutional

OVERSIGHT: Virginia regulators question whether the state’s recently approved electric utility overhaul is constitutional, saying the utility-backed law may unfairly disadvantage out-of-state renewable projects. (Associated Press)

MORE: A ruling by Virginia utility regulators lowers a barrier for businesses that want to bypass the state’s major utilities to buy power and sets the stage for legal fights. (Southeast Energy News)

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NUCLEAR:
• The South Carolina House passes a bill to form a committee to study the possible sale of state-owned utility Santee Cooper following the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• Duke Energy says a change in federal regulations means North Carolina’s Shearon Harris nuclear plant could continue operating for another 48 years. (WRAL)
• Georgia Power customers will receive this month the first of three $25 credits related to the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion. (WMAZ)

OIL & GAS:
• An analysis of the results from the federal government’s recent auction of drilling leases in Gulf waters shows reason to worry about demand in future offshore auctions. (Reuters)
• The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, but could have an early start in Gulf waters and threaten oil and gas production there. (Natural Gas Intel)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A West Virginia renewable energy producer wants to develop an electrical generation system that doesn’t require fossil fuels to power a National Guard installation there. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR: South Carolina lawmakers and hundreds of solar energy advocates gather at the Statehouse to support removal of legislative limits to solar growth. (WYFF)

POLITICS: Two Florida lawmakers are the first Republicans to join calls for EPA head Scott Pruitt to resign amid questions over his spending and lobbyist ties. (Huffington Post)

COAL: Citibank upgrades its price forecasts for coal, expecting strong overseas demand, which should benefit West Virginia and U.S. coal producers. (West Virginia Record)

COMMENTARY:
• West Virginians have seen an 8.5 percent jump in utility costs since 2014 due to continued reliance by power companies on coal, says an editorial. (WV News)
• TVA executives’ justifications for a luxury jet purchase are “imaginary at the best and dishonest at worst,” says the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

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