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Company predicts $25 billion price tag, longer start date for Vogtle reactors

NUCLEAR: Officials say it could take a couple more years and could cost up to $1.7 billion more to complete Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant project. (Augusta Chronicle)

ALSO:
• The chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission says there are significant differences between the recently abandoned nuclear project in South Carolina and the ongoing one in Georgia. (Augusta Chronicle)
• Workers fired after the Summer nuclear project was abandoned gathered at the South Carolina statehouse on Wednesday while lawmakers pledged to overhaul the utility review process. (Associated Press)
• SCE&G wanted to complete just one of the two proposed reactors at the Summer nuclear plant, but Santee Cooper voted to abandon the project altogether. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• South Carolina legislators want to stop SCE&G from continuing to collect money to pay for the Summer nuclear plant construction. (Associated Press)
• South Carolina’s abandoned Summer nuclear plant could affect whether a Virginia utility moves forward with its own nuclear project. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Coal jobs and production in Kentucky are continuing to decline, despite President Trump’s campaign promises to revitalize the industry. (WFPL)
• Southern Co. said it will absorb an additional $2.8 billion in losses from the Kemper “clean coal” plant in Mississippi and wants to keep customers’ rates stable. (Meridian Star)
• The United Mine Workers of America disagrees with the federal safety agency’s approach to reducing the number of on-the-job deaths, which have already outnumbered last year’s total. (Associated Press)
• Florida Power & Light plans to tear down its Cedar Bay coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville. (Daily Record)

PIPELINES:
• A consulting company hired to review Dominion Energy’s plans to prevent damage from the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia has ties to Dominion. (WVTF)
• Opponents of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline disagree that it is necessary to meet energy needs, saying instead it is to increase revenue for companies involved. (WVTF)

OIL & GAS: The debate continues in Georgia over opening waters off its coast to seismic testing for oil and gas exploration. (Brunswick News)

UTILITIES:
• Dominion Energy will refund more than $11 million that it overcharged some commercial customers from incorrectly reading meters. (Daily Press)
• A federal judge says the Tennessee Valley Authority can’t use its 15-foot rule for removing trees near power lines until it submits an environmental impact statement. (Associated Press)

WIND: A new wind farm in Oklahoma that will generate energy for several states, including Louisiana and Arkansas, has a price tag of $4.5 billion, but officials say that is less than costs associated with building traditional power plants. (Columbus Business First)

COMMENTARY: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Georgia lawmaker Saxby Chambliss say nuclear power is important for national security. (Fox News)

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