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West Virginia makes $83.7 billion shale gas deal with China

NATURAL GAS: West Virginia and China have made an $83.7 billion-dollar deal that includes investments in shale gas development over 20 years, earning praise from many politicians but generating more questions than answers. (Charleston Mail-Gazette)

ALSO: China’s energy deal with West Virginia is larger than the state’s gross domestic product and is the biggest single investment in the state’s history. (Bloomberg, Register-Herald)

NUCLEAR:
• SCANA is fully abandoning the Summer nuclear project by the end of the year in order to apply for a roughly $2 billion tax deduction, which officials say will be passed on to electric customers in South Carolina. (Post and Courier)
• Some of the first steps the South Carolina legislature could take after the multi-billion failure of the Summer nuclear plant could be rolling back rate increases and throwing out groups that oversaw the project. (Post and Courier)

EMISSIONS: Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality will present next week its plan to create the state’s first cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Washington Examiner)

UTILITIES: The Tennessee Valley Authority board voted to increase its CEO’s pay, following the company’s reduced electric rates and carbon emissions. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

POLITICS: Thirteen of nearly 60 candidates who signed a pledge refusing to accept campaign donations from Virginia’s two big utilities won seats in the House of Delegates in Tuesday’s election. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

FRACKING: A member of a panel that regulates North Carolina’s fracking industry says its first meeting will take place even though Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration canceled it. (Associated Press)

WIND: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is conducting aerial surveys of wildlife off the coasts of North and South Carolina to help with the process of siting future offshore wind developments. (North American Wind Power)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: The Florida Public Service Commission has approved Gulf Power’s purchase of renewable energy produced at a solid waste plant. (Daily Energy Insider)

COMMENTARY: An advocacy group says investing in retraining coal communities will create new opportunities for miners and cleaner air for all Americans. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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