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Irma cuts power to millions, Florida utility says restoring service will be complex

HURRICANE IRMA: Power has been knocked out for at least 4.5 million customers in Florida and some people may go without power for weeks as parts of the grid may need to be rebuilt “from the ground up.” (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Florida Power & Light says it may take weeks or longer to restore power, as utility crews from out of state arrive in Florida to help. (Sun Sentinel, Reuters)
• Hurricane Irma tests $3 billion worth of power grid upgrades that Florida Power & Light made in recent years. (Bloomberg)
• Florida Power & Light shut down a reactor at its Turkey Point nuclear plant in preparation for Hurricane Irma. (Miami Herald)
• The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday sent additional inspectors to the Turkey Point and St. Lucie nuclear plants in Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma, which poses the toughest test yet for U.S. nuclear power plants since Japan’s nuclear accident in 2011. (Reuters)
• As Florida Gov. Rick Scott aggressively readied his state for Hurricane Irma, his administration has done little over the years to prepare for the effects of climate change even though Florida is one of the states most vulnerable to rising sea levels. (Washington Post)
• A look at the role of climate change on hurricanes. (WLRN)

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PIPELINES:
• Regulators in West Virginia rescinded their certification that the Mountain Valley Pipeline would not violate the state’s water quality standards. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Developers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline requested on Thursday that FERC approve the project this month now that there are enough members to vote on it. (Virginian-Pilot)
• A Republican state representative from North Carolina answered questions on Friday about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline from a group of angry constituents. (Fayetteville Observer)

NUCLEAR:
• Newly obtained documents show South Carolina’s now-failed Summer nuclear project would require millions of hours of additional work and billions more in additional funding. (Post and Courier)
• Some South Carolina legislators say state-owned Santee Cooper should have disclosed to them the troubles over the years at the failing Summer nuclear construction project. (The State)

CLIMATE: An analysis shows how much climate change will cost each county in North Carolina. (Progressive Pulse)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Environmental groups are preparing for the Trump administration to approve controversial testing in the Atlantic, which would be a significant step toward offshore drilling there. (McClatchy)

UTILITIES: Regulators and Mississippi Power Co. on Friday again failed to agree on customers’ rates, following the suspension of the Kemper “clean coal” plant. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Lynchburg College in Virginia will begin installing solar panels in early 2018 and is one of four campuses in the state planning to do so. (News & Advance)

COMMENTARY:
• At least 33 coal-fired power plants may lie in Hurricane Irma’s path, highlighting the dangers of relying on coal and storing coal ash in outdated sludge ponds. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Georgia Power’s recommendation to continue with its Vogtle nuclear plant is a “win-win deal” for the utility. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Competition among states to be an Amazon headquarters location and Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are two reasons why Virginia should transition to cleaner energy sources. (Blue Virginia)
• A guest columnist and member of Mothers Against Pipeline encourages people to join the People’s Pipeline Protest events at seven Virginia DEQ offices this week. (Roanoke Times)
• Although Florida would rather ignore climate change, Hurricane Irma will change the course of Florida’s history. (Rolling Stone)
• The Trump administration’s end of a federal study that looked at the health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining is one example of its war on science. (New York Times)

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