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Newest TVA nuclear reactor shuts down over turbine issues, no restart scheduled

NUCLEAR: The TVA reactor that started generating power for the first time last Friday shuts down over turbine system issues with no scheduled restart. (Platts)

ALSO: Georgia Power warns it may miss the latest target for completing its two reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle. (WABE Public Radio)

COAL ASH: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory explains why he’s opposed to legislation he just vetoed and is likely to be overriden. (WNCN)

WIND:
Local residents differ over the projected sight and sound impacts of a proposed wind farm in Cumberland County, Tennessee. (Crossville Chronicle)
• A Duke Energy biologist works to reconcile bats and wind turbine operations. (The Wall Street Journal)

NATURAL GAS:
Asheville, North Carolina’s aspirations to reduce its dependence on power generated with fossil fuels collide with reality. (ClimateWire)
• The operator of the liquefied natural gas export terminal in Louisiana promotes its safety protocols. (EnergyWire)

ACTIVISM: Opponents of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia plant “seeds of resistance.” (The News & Advance)

ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION: The “Shaping Our Appalachian Region” initiative in Kentucky strives to replace lost coal jobs with technology opportunities. (Government Technology)

SOLAR: Declining costs are projected to boost demand for residential systems in North Carolina and other states through 2022. (Solar Novus Today)

PIPELINES: A labor leader in West Virginia hits the airwaves to promote construction jobs tied to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (West Virginia Metro News)

EFFICIENCY: Richmond, Virginia’s utilities director opts to shift back to standard bulbs from solar-powered street lights. (Richmond Free Press)

UTILITIES: Virginia Beach, Virginia strives to help struggling residents to pay their energy utility bills. (Virginian-Pilot)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Officials say construction of a facility in Nashville, Tennessee to generate power from garbage is on schedule to open by year’s end. (Renewable Energy From Waste)

COMMENTARY:
• Dominion Resources’ plan to use its utility’s ratepayers as a customer base for its proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is conflict of interest and a violation of federal antitrust laws. (Power for the People VA blog)
• The “new” Watts Bar 2 nuclear reactor at the TVA is a big step toward cleaner power in the Southeast. (Georgia Tech Amplifier)

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