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Duke delays construction on new North Carolina power plant

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy has paused the development of a nuclear reactor in Virginia, as plans for other nuclear projects in the country have been scrapped. (Southeast Energy News)

NATURAL GAS: Duke Energy said it plans to delay construction of a natural gas plant in North Carolina in part to “dampen demand” for the plant and to increase adoption of energy efficiency programs. (Citizen Times)

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SOLAR: Solar developers say Duke Energy’s South Carolina utilities are violating federal and state policies by refusing to sign long-term power-purchase agreements. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

OIL AND GAS:
• As Hurricane Irma threatens to wreak havoc on Florida, fuel distributors and traders are preparing for a second supply shock following Hurricane Harvey in Texas. (Bloomberg, Reuters)
• Many refineries, pipelines, ports and offshore platforms that were shut down as Hurricane Harvey approached land are now back in service, while Hurricane Irma is predicted to spare gas and oil platforms off the coast of Texas and Louisiana. (Reuters)
• Florida Power & Light told its millions of customers to be prepared for prolonged power outages as Hurricane Irma approaches and also activated its storm plan to mobilize workers and equipment. (Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel)

PIPELINES:
• The construction and operation of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline could significantly increase sediment in the Roanoke River and cause the city of Roanoke to spend millions of dollars managing related problems. (Roanoke Times)
• The Colonial Pipeline, which delivers refined oil products from the Gulf of Mexico to the East Coast, has resumed operations after Hurricane Harvey shut it down. (The Hill)

COAL: President Trump’s pick for the nation’s top mine safety and health regulator, David Zatezalo, said that Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray, the controversial owner of West Virginia’s largest coal producer, encouraged him to seek the position. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COMMENTARY:
• An energy expert says economic benefits seem to be motivating support for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and there is no need for new natural gas lines in Virginia. (Blue Virginia)
• An energy historian says even if solar, wind and storage technologies continue to progress, a reliable electric grid should include an option to generate power from natural gas with small emissions. (Real Clear Energy)

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