Daily Digest

SCANA expects to cover more than $200M of its failed nuclear project

NUCLEAR: SCANA Corp. anticipates covering more than $200 million of the cost of its failed Summer nuclear plant. (Post and Courier)

ALSO:
• Meanwhile, SCANA-owned South Carolina Electric & Gas Company reported its third quarter earnings were $42 million, a significant decrease from its reported $204 million in the same quarter of 2016, which it attributes to the Summer nuclear plant. (press release)
• A national association of engineers sent a letter Thursday requesting a federal investigation into the Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

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PIPELINES: Opponents of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipeline projects sent a letter to Virginia regulators explaining their concerns about the impacts on the state’s water. (Blue Virginia)

POLICY: A new study from Indiana University says the Trump administration’s proposal to boost the coal industry would likely do more harm to Appalachian communities transitioning from coal as a major source of employment. (news release)

NATURAL GAS: Investors are planning to spend more than $90 billion on liquefied natural gas projects in Louisiana during the next decade. (KATC)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the top-growing job classification over the next nine years will be solar installers, followed by wind turbine service technicians. (Associated Press)
• The city of Tallahassee is putting together its plan to move toward 100 percent renewable energy use. (Tallahassee Democrat)

COAL ASH:
• Coal ash cleanup could cost Duke Energy hundreds of millions of dollars. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• North Carolina’s customer advocate says Duke Energy Progress’ costs are too high for its plan to transport coal ash and that the ash should have been buried on site. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Two New Orleans mayoral candidates say they would be willing to file lawsuits against oil and gas companies for damaging Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. (Times-Picayune)

SOLAR:
• Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe helps install the last panels at a 20 MW solar farm developed by Dominion Energy. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
• The Solar Energy Industries Association says Duke Energy Florida’s plans to add more solar into its portfolio will cost customers more. (pv magazine)
• An elementary school in Virginia is the state’s first to be 100 percent solar powered. (WSET)

OVERSIGHT:
President Trump nominated a Kentucky coal industry consultant to serve as director of the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
President Trump has appointed an Arkansas state senator as the federal representative on the Southern States Energy Board. (KUAR)

COMMENTARY:
• The president of a chamber of commerce in Virginia says the business impact of clean energy is significant across the state. (Roanoke Times)
• An editorial board says fracking is not welcome in Florida and questions why state lawmakers are not receptive to that message. (TC Palm)

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