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West Virginia waives its Clean Water Act authority for pipeline project

PIPELINES: West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection has waived its legal authority to decide if the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would harm rivers and streams, following a similar decision last month for another proposed natural gas pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• North Carolina regulators said Wednesday they will not issue an environmental permit related to air quality by Dec. 15 as expected for the already-delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (News and Observer) 
• Meanwhile, West Virginia environmental regulators announced two public hearings will be held on issuing a construction storm water permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Virginian-Pilot)
• Opponents of the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline gathered at the Louisiana governor’s mansion Wednesday, demanding the release of messages between state agencies and the companies behind the proposal. (Times-Picayune)
• Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company has filed a response to a proposed stay, saying environmental groups have failed to prove that its plans to abandon a 964-mile natural gas pipeline would cause harm. (Advocate-Messenger)

UTILITIES: Overshadowed by a debate over coal ash, Duke Energy is also seeking to increase its fixed charge in North Carolina, which some advocates say is already too high. (Southeast Energy News)

South Carolina lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would stop SCANA and Santee Cooper from increasing customers’ bills to pay for the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• SCANA and Santee Cooper missed out on $171 million when they sold a group of investors the right to collect billions from the company responsible for building the now-abandoned Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and other Republican senators are urging President Trump not to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. (Washington Examiner)

POLICY: The Trump administration wants to bolster coal and nuclear energy to achieve “resiliency,” but government data shows power outages are caused by grid disruptions, not a lack of generation. (Bloomberg)

COAL: Coal executive Robert Murray says if the Senate version of tax reform is enacted, it would take away thousands of coal mining jobs. (CNN Money)

UTILITIES: The Securities and Exchange Commission has closed an investigation concerning costs and delays at Mississippi Power’s now-abandoned Kemper “clean coal” plant without recommending an enforcement action. (Power)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The 2018 Nissan LEAF is now being produced at an assembly plant in Tennessee. (Clean Technica)

HYDRO STORAGE: The House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would streamline the licensing process FERC uses on closed-loop pumped storage projects. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

COMMENTARY: Two guest columnists say the multi-billion-dollar failure of the Summer nuclear project is also an opportunity for South Carolina lawmakers to ensure an affordable and reliable electricity sector into the future. (The State)

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