Daily Digest

Tankers boost gas supplies in Florida, millions still without power

HURRICANE IRMA: Oil tankers are streaming into Florida’s ports to meet the gasoline spike as Hurricane Irma evacuees return to the state. (News Service of Florida)

ALSO:
• Florida Power & Light estimates power will be almost fully restored in the state by Sept. 22, but is “overwhelmed” by the volume of customer inquiries. (Sun Sentinel)
• Some of Florida Power & Light Co.’s nuclear power plants remain inactive – but undamaged – from Hurricane Irma. (TC Palm)
• The Department of Homeland Security official said efforts following Hurricane Irma will be to rebuild power infrastructure rather than repair it. (Power)

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PIPELINES:
• West Virginia regulators said Wednesday that a state-issued permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline should have undergone a more extensive review. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Landowners in the path of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline have filed a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit that challenges the process for pipeline development and land acquisition. (E&E News)

SOLAR: Solar developers are suspending construction as they face the looming threat of U.S. import tariffs following the trade case Georgia-based Suniva filed in April. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: An advocacy group says South Carolina lawmakers should repeal a law that allows utilities to collect money from customers for nuclear plants before they generated power. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Entergy Mississippi says it is investing more than $16 million to strengthen its energy grid. (MS News Now)

COAL: Lawmakers and union leaders say they are concerned about a new federal inspection program amid a spike in on-the-job coal fatalities. (WKU)

CLIMATE: Florida Sen. Bill Nelson says Republicans are “denying reality” on climate change. (Politico)

COMMENTARY:
• A U.S. congressman from Georgia and a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee says the country should embrace disaster-resilient, carbon-free energy. (The Hill)
• A timeline lists 29 key dates through South Carolina’s now-abandoned Summer nuclear plant project. (The State)
• A guest columnist compares Florida’s grid restoration in the wake of Hurricane Irma with New York’s experience following the 9/11 terror attacks, saying it’s time to take the state’s power grid underground. (CNN)
• For renewable energy to make a serious contribution to Virginia’s energy supply, new customers have to commit – and they can do so by contracting directly with developers. (Blue Virginia)
• A guest column says the Department of Energy must invest in innovation and research for Tennessee its advancement in clean energy. (Times Free Press)

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