Daily Digest

Audit could prevent rate hikes for South Carolina nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: South Carolina lawmakers were told that an audit that was recently made public could thwart SCANA’s attempt to charge customers for the now-abandoned Summer project. (Post and Courier)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Virginia regulators have rejected Appalachian Power’s bid to offer ratepayers electricity supplied 100% by renewable energy sources at an undetermined rate, saying the utility failed to prove its plan is in the public interest. (Southeast Energy News)

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HURRICANE IRMA:
A look at Florida Power & Light’s post-Hurricane Irma restoration efforts in light of the multi-billion grid upgrades it made prior to the disaster. (Palm Beach Post)
• Some Florida homeowners were able to go off-grid by using energy storage with solar panels, showing how distributed power could help during future disasters. (Inside Climate News)
• Much of the debris from Irma will be used to generate electricity in Florida. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: A Dominion Energy spokesman says the North Carolina DEQ’s request for more information on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline was “nothing out of the ordinary” and that the project is still on track for final approval this fall. (Triangle Business Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• Bipartisan state and federal lawmakers have joined East Coast businesses to oppose the Trump administration’s plan for fossil fuel exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. (McClatchy)
• Oil and gas industry officials say Louisiana’s refineries will be back online soon and pumps price should normalize following Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the state. (Daily Comet)

COAL:
• All three of West Virginia House representatives voted for a failed amendment to cut positions and funding at the Mine Safety Health Administration, sparking public criticism from Sen. Joe Manchin. (Metro News)
• Coal industry executives are planning to gather at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., in October for a private conference with administration staff. (The Hill)
• Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship made their last pitch to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal for his conviction related to the Big Branch Mine disaster in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COAL ASH: An Australian coal-ash recycling company is considering locating its U.S. headquarters in the Charlotte area. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

NET METERING: Groups in Arkansas are divided on how best to pursue net metering in the state. (KUAR)

EFFICIENCY: The West Virginia DEP says it is saving tens of thousands of dollars per year by switching to LED from fluorescent light bulbs. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Previous failed attempts, including at the Kemper plant in Mississippi, are reasons why the Department of Energy shouldn’t waste millions of dollars on “clean coal.” (The Hill)
• Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine says while it is vital to help the Houston area and Florida rebound from devastating hurricanes, Congress should also prepare now for the next storm. (Virginian-Pilot)
• An editorial board says climate change should not be controversial because there is no longer a real scientific debate about its reality or that humans have contributed to climate change through fossil fuel use. (Charlotte Observer)
• North Carolina is getting help from President Trump with its self-delusion on rising sea levels, and in particular, “sunny-day flooding.” (News & Observer)
• A newspaper editorial says “that for every negative opinion cited, proponents cite positive ones” for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, including economic development and energy independence. (Daily Herald)

 

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