Daily Digest

Mercedes to produce electric vehicles at Alabama plant

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Mercedes will produce electric SUVs at an Alabama plant as part of a $1 billion expansion. (Birmingham Business Journal)

NUCLEAR:
• Federal investigators have subpoenaed documents related to the failed Summer nuclear expansion in South Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Santee Cooper’s board will discuss cashing out the utility’s settlement with Toshiba. (Post and Courier)
• A consumer group urges Dominion Energy to drop plans for a new Virginia reactor. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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GRID:
• Florida cities dispute whether Florida Power & Light did enough to prevent power outages caused by Hurricane Irma. (Miami Herald)
• Duke Energy’s plan for 13 MW of energy storage is “a harbinger of things to come.” (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
• President Trump’s nominees for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board include a coal executive and a leader from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (Nashville Public Radio)
• Mississippi Power’s credit rating is upgraded after the company absorbs costs related to the “clean coal” portion of the Kemper plant. (Biloxi Sun Herald)

OIL AND GAS: The Haynesville shale, which includes parts of Arkansas and Louisiana, is seeing an uptick in production. (OilPrice)

SOLAR:
• Mississippi Power officials dedicate a new 50 MW solar array. (Hub City Spokes)
• An Alabama utility launches a new solar energy research project. (WSFA)

CLIMATE: Northern Kentucky University takes more steps toward its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. (WCPO)

BIOMASS: A Georgia study says biomass pellets could be cost-competitive with renewable energy with similar subsidies. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says a ruling against a nonprofit installing solar panels on a North Carolina church shows the law governing what constitutes a utility should be revisited. (Greensboro News & Record)
• The president of the North Carolina Economic Development Association says the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would help the state’s manufacturing sector. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• An editorial board says utility efforts to “slow the growth of decentralized solar power” have made the grid less resilient. (Treasure Coast Newspapers)

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