Daily Digest

Florida utility rolls back net metering, boosts solar program

SOLAR: Florida’s JEA utility is dismantling its net metering policy while launching a program to acquire an additional 250 MW of utility-scale solar and offer subsidies for battery installation, leaving some concerned about the rollback. (PV Magazine, WJCT)

ALSO:
• A state-subsidized solar panel maker in Mississippi announced it is closing, citing “intense, non-market competition from foreign solar panel manufacturers.” (Associated Press)
• A second North Carolina solar developer has filed a complaint against Duke Energy in South Carolina, saying its utilities hinder large-scale solar construction. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Florida Power & Light Co. reached the halfway point in its new solar plant construction, having installed more than 1.25 million solar panels so far. (Palm Beach Post)
• Georgia Power customers can subscribe to receive a bill credit based on production at a solar facility as part of the utility’s statewide renewable energy efforts. (PR Newswire, press release)

***SPONSORED LINK: Registration is open for the Southeast Region Military Energy and Environmental Roundtable on Oct. 24, in Wilmington, North Carolina. It features a keynote from the Department of Defense on energy priorities for its installations and panels on the services’ energy goals and new microgrid projects. ***

POLICY: A bipartisan group of former FERC members said Thursday they disagree with Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to prop up coal and nuclear plants. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wrote a letter to SCANA Corp.’s CEO, saying “the right thing to do” is to stop charging customers millions every month for the abandoned Summer nuclear project. (Associated Press)
A formal complaint has been filed over Westinghouse’s decision not to use professional engineers to draft blueprints for South Carolina’s now-failed Summer nuclear plant project. (Post and Courier)

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OIL:
• The amount of oil leaked into Gulf waters off Louisiana’s coast last weekend is significantly higher than first estimated. (Associated Press)
• An environmentalist and an oil executive offered differing views in North Carolina at an event titled “To Drill or Not To Drill?” (Coastal Review Online)

COMMENTARY:
• A guest columnist says eastern Gulf waters should not be opened for drilling because it would pose risks to both national security operations and coastal economies. (Pensacola News-Journal)
• The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy breaks down “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of Florida utility JEA’s new solar initiatives that were approved this week.
• The federal government should stimulate growth and competition in the energy sector rather than protect certain industries, such as coal and nuclear. (The Hill)

CORRECTION: A commentary item in yesterday’s digest about efforts to stop residential solar was about utilities nationwide, not just those in North Carolina.

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