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Utility says it might abandon South Carolina nuclear project

NUCLEAR: At a hearing before South Carolina regulators, SCANA executives say they expect another $1.5 billion in cost overruns for a nuclear expansion, and that abandoning the project is a possibility. (Aiken Standard, Associated Press)

GRID: The president of Duke Energy says the company plans $13 billion in upgrades to its North Carolina power grid. (Charlotte Business Journal)

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SOLAR:
• Policy changes could help Georgia and South Carolina overcome North Carolina in solar installations. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A conservative gathering in North Carolina questions the benefits of the state’s solar surge. (Goldsboro News Argus)
• Dominion Virginia Power touts its utility-scale solar efforts. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

WIND: Despite resistance, “wind is coming to the Southeast.” (InsideClimate News)

PIPELINES:
• Exports facilitated by new pipeline projects are expected to drive a surge in shale gas production in West Virginia and other states. (Reuters)
• Lawyers say West Virginia acted prematurely last month when the state granted a water quality permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• Despite objections from landowners, North Carolina approved water quality certifications for a natural gas pipeline project. (Greenville Online)

COAL: Georgia Power cuts 80 jobs at a coal plant as the facility is downgraded for use as a reserve unit. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

POLLUTION:
• A former Southern Company lobbyist is in charge of enforcing federal environmental law. (E&E News)
• A lawsuit filed by Connecticut seeks a crackdown on emissions from power plants in Southeast and Midwest states. (CTPost)

CLIMATE: An Atlanta mayoral candidate is criticized for saying he is “kind of bit a conspiracy theorist” on climate change, but later walks back the statement. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

COMMENTARY:
• A retired coal miner asks: “if the free market is no longer betting on coal, why should the government?(Louisville Courier-Journal)
• As the coal industry declines, black lung cases continue to rise. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• A former EPA official says fracking doesn’t pose a threat to Florida. (Fort Myers News-Press)

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