Southeast Energy News

Volkswagen will build EVs at new Tennessee plant

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Chattanooga, Tennessee will be home to a Volkswagen electric vehicle manufacturing plant, with the first vehicle rolling out in 2022. (WTVC)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina regulators rule that utility SCE&G misled them about a failing nuclear project in order to raise rates. (Charlotte Observer)

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SOLAR:
• The city of Orlando, Florida and Duke Energy consider setting up a solar-powered microgrid to power the city’s sewage plant. (Orlando Sentinel)
• Duke Energy says it awarded $8.5 million in rooftop solar rebates in North Carolina last year, which is down $1 million from what had been estimated. (Triangle Business Journal, subscription)

UTILITIES:
• A proposed bill in Virginia would require Dominion Energy to refund ratepayers for overcharges and prevent them from paying for large pipeline projects. (Augusta Free Press)
• The window to submit bids to purchase Santee Cooper closes as South Carolina lawmakers weigh whether to sell the state-run utility. (Post and Courier)

COAL: A surveyor working in a Kentucky coal mine dies in an accident. (WVLT)

COAL ASH: A federal judge orders Jacobs Engineering, a contractor for TVA responsible for cleaning up the 2008 coal ash spill, to attend mediation with sickened cleanup workers. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

PIPELINES:
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper delayed signing off on a key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit until Duke Energy agreed to buy more solar power, documents show. (WBTV)
• A Texas pipeline company is on schedule to move crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Port of Corpus Christi by this fall. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• The West Virginia Supreme Court will hear a case involving landowners who want relief from the constant noise of living near oil and gas operations. (WVPB)
• The Trump administration is expected to relax rules for oil companies put in place after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (The Guardian)
• Texas lawmakers are expected to propose legislation this session to reform eminent domain laws. (KERA)

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