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Oil plumes found at site of 13-year-old leak off Louisiana’s coast

OIL & GAS: Federal regulators find new evidence of an ongoing oil release stretching for miles at the site of a 13-year-old leak off Louisiana’s coast. The owner of nearby wells denies oil is seeping from unplugged wells on the seafloor. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• President Trump is expected to decide by next month whether to implement solar import tariffs, which would put at risk as much as $5.6 billion in solar investments and nearly 15,000 jobs in four Southeast states, an analysis finds. (Southeast Energy News)
• Duke Energy wants to keep South Carolina solar contracts closed to the public, which is in contrast to S.C. Electric & Gas utility company’s stance. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
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A look at solar panel installation at schools in Georgia. (Telegraph)

NUCLEAR:
• A lawyer representing electric customers asks for a court order to stop SCANA Corp. from paying investors a quarterly dividend worth $87 million, just days after the company told regulators it could become insolvent if it’s forced to stop charging customers for the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
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A South Carolina-based textile and chemical company considers buying Santee Cooper — the state-run utility company that is deep in debt after its $9 billion Summer nuclear project failure. (Post and Courier)

REGULATIONS: ProPublica examines the effluent rule the EPA is preparing to overturn, a move environmental experts say pushes aside science and prevailing industry practices to benefit a handful of coal-fired power plants that were having trouble meeting new standards. (ProPublica)

ELECTRICITY: A utility analyst says Sunday’s 11-hour power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport highlights the grid’s vulnerability and the modern economy’s dependence on reliable electric power. (Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: Public health and environmental groups sent a letter urges the EPA not to revive a program to reuse coal ash. (Common Dreams, press release)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: County officials in North Carolina votes to fast-track a move away from fossil fuels by committing to only using renewable energy for all county operations by 2030 and for all county homes and businesses by 2042. (Citizen Times)

PIPELINES: A liquefied natural gas developer is proposing to build more pipelines to move a growing output of shale supplies to the Gulf Coast and also link to a massive export project in the works. (Natural Gas Intel)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Offshore drilling advocates meet Monday in South Carolina to discuss the possibility of a highly contested offshore energy leasing program that includes the Atlantic Ocean. (Morning News)

COMMENTARY:
• An installment of a multi-part series looks at energy efficiency, solar energy and “regulatory backwardness” in Florida, calling the state Public Service Commission a “captured agency.” (Clean Technica)
• An editorial board says state and federal officials must do all they can to save Georgia’s troubled Vogtle nuclear project from being canceled on Thursday. (Augusta Chronicle)
• President Trump’s omission of climate change as one of America’s top national security challenges in his draft national security strategy is a dangerous shift of priorities. (Post and Courier)
• A newspaper editorial board in Arkansas says the state “needs to be a leader in climate change mitigation and preparedness” to preserve its legacy and be stewards of the future. (Democrat-Gazette)

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