Southeast Energy News

West Virginia Senate nixes coal water pollution provision

COAL: The West Virginia Senate unanimously votes to delete a section of state law governing water pollution by surface coal mining. (Associated Press)

MORE:
• The spike in severe black lung disease in Appalachia has been clear for some time, but researchers are now realizing the severe magnitude. (New York Times)
• A worker was killed Wednesday at a West Virginia coal mine, marking the state’s second coal death this year following eight last year. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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NUCLEAR: The failure of the Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina resulted in a $119 million loss for SCANA in 2017. (Post and Courier)

NATURAL GAS: Florida regulators recommend approval of Florida Power & Light’s gas-fired plant despite critics’ arguments that a renewable energy plant should be considered, among other contentions. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• A planned 200 MW solar power plant in Georgia will be the largest standalone solar facility in the Southeast. (CleanTechnica)
• North Carolina regulators ask Duke Energy to change its proposed bidding process, but clears the way for bids to start this spring for more than 2,600 MW of new solar. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

COAL ASH: Attendees at a public hearing on coal ash disposal in North Carolina criticize the public input process as rushed and disorganized. (WECT)

EFFICIENCY:
• A Q&A with the executive director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, which is helping religious institutions in the state become more energy efficient. (Southeast Energy News)
• Georgia Power and Alabama Power plan to develop neighborhoods in Atlanta and Birmingham that include homes equipped with distributed energy resources and smart home appliances and technologies. (Daily Energy Insider)

RATES:
• South Carolina House members are frustrated with the state Senate and want the upper chamber to go along with a plan to temporarily slash SCE&G customers’ electric bills, which rose 18 percent during a failed effort to expand a nuclear plant there. (The State)
• As leaders in the South Carolina House and Senate face a standoff and public pressure mounts, some lawmakers are looking for other ways to stop the $37 million a month that SCE&G customers are paying for the abandoned Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• Atlanta-based Southern Company’s CEO says the federal tax reform is a “win-win” for customers. (Natural Gas Intel)
• An explanation of how pending legislation in Virginia will affect utility bills for years to come. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• There’s a big cost associated with expanding U.S. offshore drilling — even if nothing is ever spilled. (Washington Post)
• Retribution in the wake of the South Carolina’s multi-billion-dollar nuclear project failure will provide some short-term satisfaction, but “we need to move on,” says the chairman of a Charleston CEO council. (Post and Courier)
• As taxpayers and voters, people “can push to make sure that states and cities more than make up for President Trump’s unfortunate decision” to enact solar import tariffs, says an analyst. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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