Daily Digest

Georgia regulators seek reassurance on Vogtle nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: Georgia regulators passed a resolution Tuesday instructing Georgia Power to determine by the end of month whether it intends to finish or abandon the Vogtle nuclear project. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

ALSO:
• The Florida Public Service Commission approved Duke Energy Florida’s request to recover $50 million related to its Crystal River nuclear plant, which closed in 2013. (Tampa Bay Times)
• South Carolina Electric & Gas withdrew its request that state regulators approve its plans to abandon the Summer nuclear project, though plans to do so have not changed. (Associated Press)
• Florida Power & Light is seeking permission to continue its quest to license two new nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point plant, though the “project is effectively dead.” (Local 10)

COAL: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says he plans to revise a wastewater rule for power plants that the agency put on hold in April. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: The Sierra Club seeks to force the Energy Department to reveal the groups it consulted with in developing its grid reliability study. (Reuters)

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WIND: Duke Energy issued a request on Tuesday for proposals to increase its wind energy capacity in North Carolina by 2022. (Citizen-Times)

SOLAR: The U.S. International Trade Commission held its first hearing on Tuesday on Georgia-based Suniva’s request for import tariffs on solar panels, as opponents argued the move could cut more than a third of solar jobs in the United States. (Solar Industry, PV Magazine)

PIPELINES:
• An environmental organization filed a complaint with Virginia’s attorney general saying the DEQ is violating state water-quality standards in relation to natural gas pipeline projects. (Blue Virginia)
• North Carolina’s DEQ scheduled three public hearings this week on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: The majority of attendees at three public hearings held by North Carolina’s DEQ opposes proposed drilling and seismic testing off the state’s coast. (Coastal Review Online)

COAL:
• Wyoming leaders object to a proposal to provide federal subsidies for Appalachian coal. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)
• Some legal experts say the lawsuits filed by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on behalf of its coal company are acts of intimidation against government officials seeking to hold the company accountable for breaking the law. (Think Progress)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board praises moves toward solar power, saying the “willingness to embrace such technology means our leaders are looking to the future.” (Aiken Standard)
• A guest columnist says the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be “the largest disturbance of land and water” in Virginia since interstate highways were built. (News Leader)
• An editorial encourages Floridians who oppose expanded oil drilling off the state’s coasts to express their views Thursday, which is the deadline for public comment. (Herald-Tribune)
• West Virginia needs to “move on” from coal, just like the rest of the world has started to do. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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