Virginia senator calls emergency hearing over governor’s carbon plan

CLIMATE: Virginia Republican Sen. Frank Wagner, who is running for governor, calls for an emergency legislative hearing on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to regulate the state’s carbon emissions, which some praised as “standing up to Trump.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia Public Radio)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Why 100% renewable energy goals — whether in a city like Atlanta or a small town like Abita Springs, Louisiana — are more than just symbolic. (Southeast Energy News)
• A closer look at renewable energy efforts in West Virginia. (Exponent Telegram)

OIL AND GAS: 
• West Virginia’s attorney general praises an appellate court’s decision to delay cases over methane rules. (Huntington News)
• A settlement has been reached after a developer was accused of skimming payments to thousands of property owners in Arkansas after drilling wells on their land. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

COAL:
• The fourth coal miner to die on the job this year in West Virginia was killed Friday.

Westinghouse won’t object to disclosing nuclear contract details

WIND: A North Carolina Republican who inserted a wind farm moratorium into a budget bill says the measure is needed to protect military communities. (Southeast Energy News)

NUCLEAR: Westinghouse said in a letter Thursday it will not object to making public the details of its Summer nuclear project contract. (Charlotte Business Journal)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy posted shareholders’ questions and answers online Wednesday from its online-only shareholder meeting. (Charlotte Business Journal)

NATURAL GAS:
• Following West Virginian lawmakers’ call to build a natural gas storage hub in Appalachia, a study was released about its potential economic benefits. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• Endangered bats pose problems for a natural gas compressor project in a rural Tennessee county. (Nashville Scene)

DRILLING: A South Carolina congressman co-led a bipartisan letter from more than 100 lawmakers asking the Interior Secretary to uphold guidelines that temporarily bar offshore drilling off the coasts.

West Virginia senators want natural gas hub in Appalachia

CLEAN ENERGY: A new report shows the Southeast lagging the rest of the country on clean energy, but finds many states are among national leaders in specific categories. (Southeast Energy News)

NATURAL GAS: West Virginia senators are asking federal officials to consider building a natural gas storage and distribution hub in Appalachia. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: A Virginia lawmaker says Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s recent action to limit carbon emissions in the state is an effort to shut down coal mines and plants. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

POLITICS: An analysis of campaign contributions shows the energy industry is hedging its bets in Virginia’s 2018 Senate race. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR:
• Suniva’s Chinese parent company disagrees with Suniva’s call for solar import tariffs.

Virginia governor orders state to regulate power plant carbon emissions

CLIMATE: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a directive Tuesday for the state to begin developing regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, saying “the threat of climate change is real.” (Roanoke Times)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia’s Democratic governor candidates continue to debate the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, while Dominion Energy sent a letter to the company’s 76,000 employees, retirees and shareholders throughout Virginia asking them to consider the pipeline project when voting. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post)
• West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection has denied a request for a hearing on an appeal challenging its approval of a Clean Water Act certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A new natural gas pipeline site is planned under the Arkansas River, where a similar pipeline ruptured nearly two years ago. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

NUCLEAR:
• Following Westinghouse’s bankruptcy filing, North Carolina regulators have given Duke Energy 60 days to provide information about potential impacts on its proposed Lee Nuclear Station. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Westinghouse has until Thursday to file an objection to the unsealing of contract details for South Carolina’s Summer nuclear project. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• As the Westinghouse bankruptcy casts doubt over the nuclear industry, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts U.S. nuclear capacity will decline over the next three decades.

Solar industry group pushes back on Suniva’s trade case

SOLAR: As Dominion Energy boosts its solar installations, small solar advocates say Virginia’s progress on utility scale solar has been largely at the expense of rooftop and community-owned installations. (Southeast Energy News)

ALSO:
• The CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association will fight Georgia-based Suniva’s petition to impose tariffs on imported solar cells, saying it threatens the industry and U.S. jobs. (Greentech Media)
• Developers eye a Virginia county for large-scale solar projects. (Culpeper Star-Exponent)

NUCLEAR:
• Deemed to be within the safe limits for radioactive materials, the University of Arkansas is dumping nuclear wastewater into the city sewer system that flows into a lake, which is the area’s main source of drinking water. (40/29 News)
• A group of ratepayers attended a hearing on Plant Vogtle’s progress and asked that the project be canceled.

Virginia attorney general says state can regulate carbon emissions

CLIMATE: Virginia’s attorney general said the state can regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which could include setting a statewide cap for new and existing fossil fuel plants. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: 
• Atlanta-based Southern Co. will take over the building of two nuclear reactors at its Vogtle plant from bankrupt contractor Westinghouse. (Bloomberg)
• Owners of the Vogtle and Summer nuclear plants agree to cap Toshiba’s liability for the projects, as the company projects an $8.4 billion net loss for the fiscal year. (Reuters, Associated Press)
• Another $15.5 million in liens have been filed against Westinghouse for the Vogtle and Summer nuclear projects.

Georgia Power considering all options for Vogtle plant

UTILITIES: A plan by Dominion Energy to supply 100 percent renewable power to its commercial and industrial customers may prevent third parties from competing and reduce customer choice. (Southeast Energy News)

ALSO: A Florida utility disputes a report by a nonprofit that claims it billed ratepayers nearly $10 million for expenses related to lobbying. (Miami New Times)

NUCLEAR: 
• Georgia Power executives said Thursday that they’re considering all options for the future of its Vogtle nuclear project, repeatedly saying the completion date and cost are in flux. (Associated Press)
• A deal to continue construction at Plant Vogtle after contractor Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy expires today and Georgia Power may seek help from the White House. (WABE, Bloomberg)
• There is speculation that Toshiba, the parent company of Westinghouse, may also file for bankruptcy.

Seismic surveys for oil, gas may resume in Atlantic Ocean

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Interior Department said Wednesday it is reviewing applications for seismic testing in the Atlantic that were previously rejected by the Obama administration. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• South Carolina lawmakers disagree over offshore drilling and one proposes a ban for the state. (Post and Courier)
• A federal judge is allowing Taylor Energy Co. more time for settlement talks with the Justice Department after the company didn’t stop an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Georgia solar manufacturer Suniva wants the Trump administration to raise trade barriers against key imports, but the issue is not that straightforward. (E&E News)
• Pro-solar momentum is picking up speed in Virginia after years of little activity.

Florida senator wants state to profit from offshore drilling

OIL AND GAS: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he wants the state to receive a share of revenue generated by drilling in the gulf, but also filed legislation to extend the ban on drilling. (Tampa Bay Times)

ALSO:
• A Louisiana parish said Tuesday it will receive a $45 million settlement from BP for damages related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, after the local government was one of a few to opt out of the larger settlement. (Associated Press)
• Six oil and gas companies must produce documents and answer questions about their oil exploration and production near Louisiana in response to a lawsuit filed over damages to coastal wetlands. (Times Picayune)

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Virginia governor signs 11 bills related to clean energy

WIND: A Florida entrepreneur has started a company that creates a community financing option for wind projects. (Southeast Energy News)

POLICY: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday signed into law 11 bills that promote the use of solar and other renewable energy options. (Fauquier Times)

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SOLAR:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority awarded on Monday 10 MW of solar capacity to seven local power companies.