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Georgia Power knew for years about report warning of Westinghouse issues

WIND: The North Carolina General Assembly has moved a step closer to a controversial suite of maps that could determine the future of wind energy in the state, though the process won’t be open to the public. (Southeast Energy News)

NUCLEAR:
• Georgia Power knew for years about an internal 2011 report that warned contractor Westinghouse that it wasn’t prepared to finish two nuclear projects in Georgia and South Carolina. (Post and Courier)
• Georgia Power’s CEO tells state regulators that completing the Vogtle nuclear project is “the best economic choice” for customers. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• South Carolina utility Santee Cooper’s cooperatives are open to the sale of the state-owned utility, but want to know how their customers would be affected. (The State)
• Duke Energy is one of four power companies South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s office has talked to about buying Santee Cooper. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has appointed a new Public Service Commission member to fill a vacant seat, as major issues related to the state’s failed Summer nuclear project loom before the regulatory board. (The State)

COAL:
• Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, may have undercut the U.S. coal industry by rushing the confirmation of FERC members. (Bloomberg)
• An analysis examines recent figures on coal production recently tweeted by President Trump. (PolitiFact)

PIPELINES: The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline continues to divide residents and local elected officials, including in one Virginia county. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

SOLAR: There are several obstacles in Alabama that can reduce a solar power customer’s overall savings, including no state incentives for residential customers. (WSFA 12)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A solar energy company is partnering with a South Carolina technical college to grow the state’s PV workforce. (pv tech)

UTILITIES: Florida regulators approved a settlement between Tampa Electric and consumer and environmental groups that freezes base rates while allowing the utility to recoup some costs related to solar power. (Tampa Bay Times)

COMMENTARY:
• A former EPA administrator says Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant project is an important step for carbon-free energy in the U.S. (Huffington Post)
• The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy should apologize for its now-withdrawn filing that implied Florida Power and Light had conspired with the state’s DEP to withhold information, says a Forbes columnist.
• Utility JEA board has proposed unfair cuts to the credit Jacksonville, Florida, customers receive for the solar power they produce. (Florida Times-Union)

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