Daily Digest

Developer: North Carolina offshore wind could take a decade or more

WIND: One month after its successful bid to develop North Carolina’s first offshore wind farm, the CEO Avangrid Renewables says it will be “well beyond 2020” before the project is complete. (Triad Business Journal)

NUCLEAR: 
• A South Carolina bill would more strictly regulate rate increases for future power plant cost overruns, but exempts the V.C. Summer nuclear plant. (Aiken Standard)
• Environmental groups say Florida Power & Light’s proposed Turkey Point nuclear wastewater plan needs to be studied further. (Palm Beach Post)
• Delays at Plant Vogtle have been good for nearby businesses that cater to construction workers. (Marketplace)
• Toshiba said this week it will split itself into four subsidiaries in response to losses in its nuclear power division. (Nuclear Street)

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COAL:
• Records made public on Tuesday show a coal operation owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was fined the maximum amount of $10,000 for one of six violations found during an investigation following an employee’s death. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Despite silence from the Trump administration, lawmakers said Tuesday they’re optimistic Congress will continue health care for retired miners before their benefits expire this week; West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said he’s open to forcing a government shutdown over the issue. (Richmond Times Dispatch, Daily Item)
• Meanwhile, Kentucky coal miners are in Washington to get the attention of lawmakers in hopes of continuing their health care benefits. (McClatchy)
• An analysis released Tuesday by Columbia University says President Donald Trump’s recent actions are unlikely to revive coal. (CNN Money)

FRACKING: A Florida Senate committee advanced a bill on Tuesday that would bypass a state Supreme Court ruling and allow Florida Power & Light to charge customers for fracking in other states. (Miami Herald)

SOLAR:
• An analysis by The New York Times shows the solar industry employed more Americans than the coal industry last year.
• A professor at the University of Central Florida is working to turn greenhouse gases into clean air and also produce solar energy at the same time. (Science Daily)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority is building a solar power facility at its combined cycle gas site in Memphis. (Electric Light & Power)
• The solar panels at Little Rock’s Veterans Hospital are now operational four years after the project began. (KATV)

PIPELINE: Oil from the Dakota Access Pipeline will begin flowing next month through the Memphis area via a former gas pipeline. (Commercial Appeal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla will double the number of its charging stations by adding about 5,000 more this year, including many in Georgia. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

NATURAL GAS: Mineral owners have asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to cancel an oral argument next week for a case that reconsiders whether natural gas drillers can deduct post-product costs from the royalties paid to certain mineral owners. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial from The New York Times says Florida legislators “are trying to foil and blunt the ballot-approved initiatives,” including one to expand the use of solar power in the state.
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Duke Energy’s North Carolina president says the state has an abundant solar supply and “continued growth at this level – at higher costs and in this haphazard manner – is not sustainable.” (Charlotte Business Journal)
• FERC needs to address concerns over the Tennessee Gas Company’s pipeline project in Otis State Forest. (Berkshire Eagle)
• On the heels of Toshiba’s troubles, money may be better spent on renewable energy rather than keeping the nuclear industry afloat. (MIT Technology Review)

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