Daily Digest

Report: Westinghouse exec demoted after raising Summer nuclear concerns

NUCLEAR: A senior Westinghouse executive was reportedly demoted after raising concerns with a key contractor on South Carolina’s failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

ALSO:
• Florida’s NextEra Energy is quietly watching the contentious debate about South Carolina’s energy future, though its plans are still hazy. (Post and Courier)
• NextEra and another Southeast utility, Louisiana-based Entergy, are cutting ties with the leading nuclear power trade group. (Southeast Energy News)

COAL: West Virginia, Alabama and Virginia led the U.S. in gains in coal mining jobs in 2017, while other states, including Kentucky, saw losses. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS
• Virginia’s U.S. senators call for public hearings on the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. (Virginian-Pilot)
• A consortium of researchers led by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette receives a $9.7 million grant to study the massive Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. (The Advocate)
• U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, says he will block three Interior Department nominees until his state is formally removed from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling expansion plan. (Platts)

SOLAR
• The U.S. South is providing the solar industry with a few bright spots, including Florida and Arkansas, even as growth slows nationally. (Bloomberg)
• A Louisiana rooftop solar company sees opportunity targeting low-income neighborhoods that other installers have avoided. (Bloomberg)
• One of Alabama’s largest solar projects, a 72 MW project project south of Lafayette, is up and running. (The Randolph Leader)
• An Athens, Alabama, theater is cutting its electricity bill by $1,000 a month with a new rooftop solar system. (Decatur Daily)

UTILITIES
• Virginia legislators plan to unveil a bipartisan bill today to undo the state’s controversial utility rate-freeze law. (Washington Post)
• Louisiana regulators want an investigation into why regional transmission operator MISO asked customers to conserve power during this week’s cold snap. (The Advocate)
• Tennessee Valley Authority hit a new record for power usage Wednesday. (WAAY-TV)

COAL ASH: Georgia residents voice concerns about possible health risks from roads containing recycled ash from coal-fired power plants. (WSAV)

CLIMATE: U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican from south Florida, has emerged as one of his party’s most vocal advocates for climate action. (Yale Environment 360)

COMMENTARY: The leader of a conservative think tank says the benefits of offshore drilling outweigh the risks for North Carolina. (Sampson Independent)

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