Daily Digest

Florida regulators reject utility’s bid to charge for nuclear plant it may not build

NUCLEAR: After months of hearings, Florida regulators rejected on Tuesday Florida Power & Light’s request to charge $49 million more for two Turkey Point nuclear reactors that may not ever be built. (Miami Herald)

ALSO:
• Florida Power & Light hadn’t filed the required feasibility analysis of its Turkey Point project, saying the analysis wasn’t necessary to know that “it’s not the right time” for the project based on troubled nuclear projects in other states. (Sun Sentinel)
• Scana Corp. received a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its now-failed Summer nuclear power project in South Carolina. (Bloomberg)

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PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court on Tuesday sent a water quality permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline back to the West Virginia DEP for further review. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• State water quality permits are among those still pending for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipeline projects following their approvals at the federal level last week. (Metro News)
• Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will likely appeal its federal approval, but now are looking at state permit proceedings to delay or block the project. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• County commissioners in North Carolina unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling for Atlantic Coast Pipeline officials to be more transparent with the local government and property owners. (Wilson Times)

OIL: An oil spill last week in the Gulf off Louisiana’s coast may be the largest in the country since the Deepwater Horizon disaster, even though it’s a fraction of the millions of barrels released in the 2010 incident. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
Dominion Virginia is requiring bids that include potential tariff increases as the result of any import taxes that could be imposed from the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case. (PV Magazine)
• Georgia Power has installed more than 4,000 solar panels at the new arena for the Atlanta Falcons football team. (PV Tech)
• JEA, Florida’s largest community-owned utility, approved on Tuesday five measures intended to expand the use of solar power in the northeastern part of the state. (WJCT)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Atlanta’s city government is considering requiring new buildings to have the infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicle charging stations. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• Georgia Power’s transition from coal in favor of natural gas is an example of why the coal industry is dying. (Times-Enterprise)
• Utilities need to take away “lessons learned” from Hurricane Irma and other superstorms, says a former Florida Public Service Commissioner. (Sun Sentinel)
• An analysis shows electricity customers in 30 states, including many in the Southeast, could end up paying for the Trump administration’s proposed bailout of the coal industry. (Center for American Progress)
• Legislative proposals at the state and federal levels to restrict wind energy near military facilities are poorly planned and could hinder U.S. wind industry growth. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• An editorial board says the federal approval of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines is “a big win for the economy.” (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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