Daily Digest

Toshiba to pay billions for construction of Vogtle nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: Toshiba Corp. will pay $3.68 billion toward the construction of the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia, allowing the project to continue. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A bill moving through North Carolina’s legislature promises to end the standoff between the solar industry and Duke Energy while tripling the state’s capacity, but critics question the long-term outlook. (Southeast Energy News)
• A solar bill being considered by the North Carolina Senate has a provision that says projects can be inside or outside the state, which would affect Duke Energy in South Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)
An ongoing program that educates workers in Kentucky on transitioning to new fields focuses on renewable energy. (WEKU)
Developers propose a new 100 MW solar project in Virginia. (Daily Press)

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PIPELINES:
• The Virginia Supreme Court ordered surveyors for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to stop work temporarily on three properties owned by one family. (Roanoke Times)
The Sabal Trail pipelines have permission to begin shipping natural gas that will serve South Florida plants. (Palm Beach Post)
Five citizen groups have filed a petition in a federal appeals court to overturn the West Virginia DEQ’s approval of a Clean Water Act authorization for a proposed natural gas pipeline. (Associated Press)
Several hundred people in Virginia attended a festival in opposition of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast natural gas pipelines. (Roanoke Times)

COAL:
• The Energy Department announces $6.9 million in funding toward extracting rare earth minerals from coal and mining waste; the projects are seen as a potential lifeline for the coal industry. (news release, Washington Examiner)
• A West Virginia DEP official wants congressional action to renew a federal coal production tax that funds the cleanup of abandoned mines. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
As Mississippi Power’s Kemper “clean coal” project struggles, President Trump wants to cut research and development funds that could help it. (Seeker)

OIL:
• Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello has sold stock in Exxon Mobil that he bought weeks before launching his campaign. (Associated Press)
The Coast Guard responded to an oil spill southeast of New Orleans. (Associated Press)
Oyster farming is catching on in the Gulf seven years after the BP oil spill. (NPR)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wrote a column in the Washington Post encouraging other states to take action on clean energy.
A West Virginia oil and gas lobbyist cautions against the rebound of low natural gas prices. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
A newspaper editor thinks South Carolina has too many “environmental cowards” and wants local and state leaders to pursue renewable energy options. (Statehouse Report)
Although Virginia will likely receive approval to add a third unit to the North Anna nuclear generation plant, it’s hard to see why this option is being considered. (Clean Technica)
A guest columnist questions whether the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a “public necessity.” (Virginian-Pilot)
An editorial praises Toshiba’s guarantee of construction at the Vogtle nuclear plant, but wonders about the Summer plant’s fate. (Aiken Standard)

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