Daily Digest

Georgia’s nuclear project may be canceled if it remains ‘uneconomic’

NUCLEAR: An analysis conducted for Georgia regulators recommends canceling the troubled Vogtle nuclear plant project, saying “it is no longer economic given the additional costs and schedule delays,” much like South Carolina’s Summer nuclear plant earlier this year. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Post and Courier)

UTILITIES: Kentucky’s largest electric utility says the share of coal in its fleet will fall as low as 10 percent by 2050, compared to 80 percent today. (WFPL)

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PIPELINES:
• Utility companies have filed the first eminent domain suits to acquire tracts in North Carolina from private property owners for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Triangle Business Journal)
• Elected official and business leaders in Virginia continue to speak out in opposition of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline ahead of water quality certification meetings this week. (WSLS)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy says North Carolina’s ongoing review of the utility’s rate request is costing Duke more than $2 million, which it wants to recoup through the proposed increase. (WRAL)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Congress is considering a bill that would expedite seismic testing in federal waters and create a revenue sharing system for several states, including North Carolina. (GateHouse Media)

NATURAL GAS:
• The shale gas boom in Appalachian states has been the main driver of growth in the country’s natural gas production since 2012.  (Tribune-Review)
• Atlanta-based UPS has signed agreements to buy the equivalent of 11.5 million gallons a year of renewable natural gas. (GreenBiz)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority is constructing a new onsite dry storage area at a Kentucky plant for coal ash and other materials. (WKMS)

SOLAR:
• A statewide survey shows the majority of respondents want Tennessee to increase its use of solar power and would use more solar energy if it was available at the same or lower price. (Times Free Press)
• Arkansas’ solar debate is now in hands of state regulators following months of disagreement between attorneys and advocates over rooftop solar policies. (E&E News, registration)

REVENUE: West Virginia’s tax collections nearly halfway through this fiscal year are 4.5 percent higher than they were last year due in part to increases in severance taxes for natural gas, coal and oil. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• A former executive with bankrupt Georgia-based Suniva explains why import tariffs are critical to protecting America’s solar industry. (The Hill)
• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project’s biggest obstacle may be time – which could be a good thing, says an editorial board. (News & Observer)

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