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Virginia board approves Atlantic Coast water permit with a caveat

PIPELINES: Virginia’s State Water Control Board approved a certification for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline project Tuesday but delayed its effective date. The board reserved the option to vote again after environmental reviews are completed. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

ALSO: Construction of Louisiana’s controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline could begin in a matter of weeks, pending permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a final permit from the state. (Greater Baton Rouge Business Report)

NUCLEAR:
• SCANA told South Carolina regulators Tuesday it would go bankrupt if it’s forced to stop collecting $37 million a month from customers for the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
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The Florida Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to allow Florida Power & Light Co. to charge customers almost $133 million for pollution cleanup at its Turkey Point nuclear plant. (Sun Sentinel)
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At hearings Tuesday over the fate of the troubled Vogtle nuclear plant, Georgia Public Service Commission staff testified that Georgia Power Company and its partners do well the longer construction takes. (Augusta Chronicle)
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Jacksonville, Florida, JEA utility company executives said Tuesday they disagree with a credit-rating agency’s conclusion that financial ties to the Vogtle project have dimmed its future. (Florida Times-Union)
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A look at Southern Co. CEO’s unique optimism for nuclear power as the fate of the Vogtle nuclear project remains uncertain. (Bloomberg)
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A Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear generating unit in Tennessee remained shut down Tuesday as workers investigated the cause of an unexpected drop of control rods into the core. (Platts)

OIL & GAS:
• Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is urging lawmakers to block drilling off the East Coast amid reports the Trump administration plans to open the door to energy exploration there. (USA Today)
West Virginia collected $96 million in property tax revenue from oil and natural gas production during the 2017 tax year, which is a decline from the previous year. (Associated Press)

HYDROELECTRIC: A bill that would expedite hydroelectric pumped storage facilities passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, as Dominion Energy evaluates Virginia’s coalfields region for such projects. (Roanoke Times)

WIND: The Department of Energy announced Tuesday almost $20 million will be used for research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind technologies in the United States. (Coastal Review Online)

FRACKING: A Virginia county enacted strict fracking regulations Monday and have asked the county attorney to look into banning the practice altogether. (Free Lance-Star)

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