Daily Digest

Nuclear plant sold by TVA to be completed at cost of $13 billion

NUCLEAR:
• The TVA sells the unfinished Bellefonte plant in Alabama to a former Chattanooga real estate developer who aims to complete it at a cost of $13 billion. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Groups challenge Florida Power & Light’s plan to build more reactors near the Everglades. (National Parks Traveler)

RENEWABLES:
• A group of 18 major corporations including Microsoft and Walmart urge Virginia lawmakers and regulators to forge “an explicit legal framework” for expanding access to renewable energy from third parties as well as utilities. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• An investment firm cautions investors that the Investment Tax Credit “could very well be on the chopping block at some point” but some analysts say it’s too early to tell. (PV Magazine)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management gathers comments along the Gulf Coast in northwest Florida about seismic testing. (NWF Daily News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: President-elect Trump faces limits on carrying out his stated intention of withdrawing the plan. (Greenwire)

COAL: Cheap gas, especially for utilities in the Southeast, tests Trump’s promise to revive coal. (Wall Street Journal)

GRID: The market monitor of the PJM regional wholesale power grid finds it remains vulnerable to stress from extended bouts of extreme temperatures. (RTO Insider)

COAL ASH: North Carolina holds a public hearing tonight in Danbury on permit requests by Duke Energy for its Belews Creek power plant nearby. (Winston-Salem Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Duke Energy awards grants for about 200 new charging stations throughout North Carolina. (Coastal Review Online)

COMMENTARY:
• Is it time for states in the Southeast and elsewhere to deregulate their electricity markets? (Wall Street Journal)
• The defeat of Florida’s Amendment 1 shows why solar won’t be stopped, Trump or no Trump. (Utility Dive)
• Are nuclear power plants vital to achieving reductions in carbon emissions? (Wall Street Journal)
Does Duke University want to be a leader on climate solutions or is it willing to remain part of the problem? (Duke Chronicle)

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