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South Carolina lawmakers move to stop SCANA from billing customers for nuclear project

NUCLEAR: A special committee of South Carolina lawmakers voted Monday to draft legislation that would end the $37 million a month that electric customers are paying to the state’s utility for the Summer nuclear project that was abandoned in July. (Post and Courier)

ALSO:
• South Carolina’s House speaker on Monday called for SCANA’s CEO to resign for his role in the Summer nuclear plant failure. (Post and Courier)
• Georgia lawmakers want Republicans to include in their tax overhaul a provision they say is critical to the survival of the troubled Vogtle nuclear project. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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PIPELINES:
• Dominion Energy expects the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to receive all state permits from West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina by mid-December, despite opposition. (Natural Gas Intel)
• Two Virginia lawmakers wrote a letter to the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, saying they are concerned about the economic impact of the closure of a Colonial Pipeline line. (Augusta Free Press)

COAL ASH:
• Records show a safety manager at the site of a coal ash spill in Tennessee destroyed or altered evidence of dangerous levels of toxic chemicals. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• The TVA says it is improving wastewater treatment at one its Tennessee plants that is in the final stages of a move from wet to dry coal ash storage. (Johnson City Press)

NATURAL GAS: The West Virginia Senate will no longer try to pass legislation allowing for the forced pooling of natural gas resources, but will still pursue bills that encourage oil and gas drilling in the state. (Exponent Telegram)

OIL: The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not hear the appeal of a lower court ruling that threw out a Louisiana wetlands damage lawsuit against more than 80 oil, gas and pipeline companies. (Times-Picayune)

CLIMATE: Georgia State University has received a $1 million grant for research aimed at building resilience to climate-driven changes. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

HYDROPOWER: Critics raise questions about Dominion Energy’s plans for pumped hydro storage in Virginia. (WVTF)

UTILITIES: Coral Gables, Florida, says it will sue Florida Power & Light to force the utility to upgrade its infrastructure within the city. (WLRN)

EFFICIENCY: Toyota’s new $80 million production center in Kentucky was designed to meet high standards for energy efficiency and includes solar panels and a geothermal HVAC system. (Herald-Leader)

COMMENTARY: South Carolina’s attorney general explains how the state’s law allowed utilities to charge customers for power plants before they are finished, including the now-failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

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