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Potential buyers for South Carolina power company may help abandoned nuclear project

NUCLEAR: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Santee Cooper say they have potential buyers for all or part of the state power company to help restart the abandoned Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

ALSO:
• South Carolina lawmakers have formed committees to investigate the abandonment of the Summer nuclear project and how to prevent residents from paying billions more through their utility bills. (Associated Press)
• Florida regulators are again considering two new nuclear reactors in the state, as utility customers say they want proof the reactors would be worth the costs. (Palm Beach Post)

COAL:
• Scientists studying the aftermath of a coal-ash spill in North Carolina have discovered a byproduct of coal that may pose human health risks, making burned coal even more toxic than previously thought. (Bloomberg)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is asking President Trump to provide the Eastern coal industry with $4.5 billion a year in federal funding, which miners in Western states say goes against free-market principles. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice also says President Trump is “really interested” and “likes the idea” of giving federal money to power plants that burn coal from Appalachia. (Bloomberg)

WIND:
• Wind energy surged to provide 6 percent of U.S. electricity last year thanks in part to efforts in states like North Carolina, but long-term growth is uncertain, according to the Department of Energy. (E&E News)
• About 50 elected officials, small businesses and other organizations have signed a letter asking North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to backup his executive order on wind energy with a specific target for wind energy production. (Coastal Review Online)

UTILITIES: Southern Co. is being sued by a company engineer who says the company may have violated federal laws about the safety and timeline for opening the Kemper “clean coal” plant in Mississippi. (Washington Examiner)

PIPELINES:
• West Virginia environmental officials lift their order halting Rover Pipeline construction, saying violations have been corrected. (Associated Press)
• The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says a contractor’s work for Dominion Energy does not pose a conflict on the review of pipelines projects. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• The controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline project is receiving support from some elected leaders in North Carolina. (WUNC)

SOLAR: Kentucky’s biggest solar power plant is on the rooftop of a L’Oréal USA plant there. (WVXU)

COAL ASH: SCE&G says it is nearing completion of cleaning up 2.4 million tons of coal ash from an unlined storage pit in South Carolina. (The State)

OIL & GAS: Three hundred new conservation jobs paid for by BP oil-spill fines will be created in Gulf states. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Following the abandonment of South Carolina’s Summer nuclear project, a Georgia Power and Southern Co. project has lost credibility. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• A climate change report from federal scientists is “yet another call to action” to fight climate change. (Tampa Bay Times)

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