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Duke Energy cancels Florida nuclear project, plans state solar expansion

NUCLEAR: Duke Energy said Tuesday it is canceling plans to build its proposed Levy nuclear project in Florida, and also announced it will spend $6 billion in the state to build solar farms, install electric vehicle charging stations and improve the electric grid. (WFAE)

ALSO:
• Duke Energy’s cancellation of its Levy nuclear project in Florida means hundreds of local jobs will not be created after all, but that residents’ monthly bills will not increase as much as previously proposed. (Citrus County Chronicle)
• Experts say significant new nuclear generation is unlikely in the near future, but are divided over the future of nuclear energy and what source could replace it. (Utility Dive)
• Another lawsuit has been filed against South Carolina Electric & Gas and its parent company, SCANA, over the abandoned Summer nuclear project in South Carolina. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS: As Tropical Storm Harvey moves to Louisiana, heavy rains and flooding are threatening oil refineries there. (Washington Post, Oil and Gas Investor)

CLIMATE: Many lessons that Florida learned from 1992’s Hurricane Andrew about climate threats to their homes have parallels today in Texas. (The Guardian)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy said Tuesday it plans to add up to 700 megawatts of solar power to Florida’s grid by 2021, doubling the state’s solar capacity. (Bloomberg Business)
• A review of weather shows the U.S. is getting hotter and wetter, which influences solar performance nationwide, including in the Southeast. (Greentech Media)
• A proposal in St. Petersburg, Florida, would require solar panels on certain new homes and major roof repairs. (Tampa Bay Times)
• State efforts to change the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) are causing a stir in the U.S. solar market, and North Carolina and Georgia are “cases nobody is talking about.” (Greentech Media)

COAL ASH: Georgia lawmakers say they may consider more safeguards over how the state monitors coal ash in landfills and ash ponds there. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

COMMENTARY:
• After canceling its Levy nuclear project in Florida, Duke Energy is “waving an olive branch” by not charging customers anything more for the project as well as by embracing solar power, says one columnist. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Times editorial board says “it’s about time.”
• A former underground coal miner from Kentucky says that coal miner deaths are up, even as the number of jobs are down, because of “the greed of coal tycoons and politicians.” (WV Public Broadcasting)

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