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Vogtle nuclear plant gets partial approval for expansion

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NUCLEAR: A municipal utilities board votes to continue expansion of the Vogtle nuclear plant, but another owner says it will only move forward if cost caps are put in place. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press)

ALSO: At a public hearing, SCE&G customers plead for permanent rate relief from a failed nuclear expansion project. (The State)

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• Georgia solar advocates hope new model solar zoning rules can help streamline permitting, minimize disputes, and accelerate development. (Energy News Network)
• Mississippi cooperatives plan to buy energy from a Mississippi Delta solar farm that will be the largest in the state when built. (Associated Press)
• Baldwin County, Alabama’s first solar array, a small research project, is up and running. (WKRG)
• An Indian solar company delivers more than 52 MW of solar modules to South Carolina-based developer Southern Current. (PV-Tech)

RENEWABLES: A Texas startup connects small businesses and corporations to community solar and wind projects. (CleanTechnica)

A federal appellate panel overturns an order that would have required Tennessee Valley Authority to remove coal ash at a Tennessee power plant. (Associated Press)
Duke Energy claims water samples near a flooded North Carolina coal ash site show no negative impacts to the Cape Fear River, but environmental advocates say otherwise. (Associated Press)
Santee Cooper says floodwaters are expected to overtake one of its coal ash ponds in South Carolina. (Myrtle Beach Online)

• An uneconomical coal-fired power plant in Texas will shut down in 2020. (Houston Chronicle)
The fifth National Black Lung Association to lobby Congress for black lung medical benefits for miners opens in Boone County, West Virginia. (WOWK)

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PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers bump the estimated cost of the project up to $4.6 billion. (WFXR)

COMMENTARY: Candidates for federal and state offices in Florida are sending mixed messages to voters about offshore drilling, an editorial board says. (Tampa Bay Times)

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