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Westinghouse asks court to block Georgia Power from ending Vogtle nuclear contract

NUCLEAR: Westinghouse asks a bankruptcy court to block Georgia Power from terminating the company’s contract to build two nuclear power plants at Plant Vogtle. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

• A newly filed federal lawsuit alleges “handsome bonuses” were paid to top utility officials even as the now-failed Summer nuclear project “veered toward abandonment.” (Fox 8)
• A South Carolina plant that fabricated materials for the now-abandoned Summer nuclear project will close in March, putting 250 employees out of work. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Charging consumers for the Summer nuclear project in South Carolina is “constitutionally suspect,” according to one official. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• In the wake of multiple lawsuits and a criminal investigation, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says he still remains hopeful new owners can revive the Summer nuclear project. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR: Pricing electricity based on peak usage, or time-of-use rates, could help foster a settlement between utilities and solar advocates in Virginia seeking a compromise on net metering. (Southeast Energy News)

COAL: The Florida Public Service Commission approved plans Monday to close a coal power plant in Jacksonville by January, reducing carbon emissions and customer costs. (Sunshine State News)

PIPELINES: North Carolina’s two U.S. senators ask FERC for faster approval of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Wilson Times)

POLICY: A panel at national energy conference discussed possible outcomes if federal subsidies for renewables were phased out and whether that would mean coal could make a comeback. (Bloomberg)

NATURAL GAS: Industry leaders are meeting this week to assess the status and future of natural gas in several states, including West Virginia. (Trib Live)

• Georgia Power plans to install 1,200 megawatts of renewable energy projects by 2021. (PV Magazine)
• Researchers at the University of Florida have been awarded a $15 million federal grant to further study turning seed oil into jet fuel. (Palm Beach Post)

• Louisiana has hired an architecture and engineering firm to develop resettlement plans for a community that continues to sink as sea levels rise. (Times-Picayune)
• Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s response to Hurricane Irma, as well as his stance on climate change, could influence his campaign should he run for a seat in the U.S. Senate. (E&E News)

OVERSIGHT: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will serve a second term as chairman of the Southern States Energy Board, a nonpartisan group that includes governors and state lawmakers. (Clarion-Ledger)

• Federal rules on coal ash should not be weakened, but rather the “time and money we spend on it should go toward disposing of it properly, not cleaning up calamitous spills.” (Bloomberg)
• Florida gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham is accurate when she says parts of Florida’s infrastructure are not prepared for climate change. (PolitiFact)

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