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Report warned utilities about problems at South Carolina nuclear project

NUCLEAR: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster released on Monday a 2016 report from a project management company which warned well in advance about serious problems at the now-abandoned Summer nuclear project. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• SCANA has given campaign contributions to all but one of the 32 South Carolina lawmakers investigating the demise of the Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• Georgia Power says the recommendation to complete the Vogtle nuclear project would be even more expensive and take even longer, estimating the price tag at more than $22 billion for the two reactors, which could go into operation in 2021 and 2022. (WABE)
• A nuclear engineer says it may be in the country’s best interests to federally subsidize the Vogtle nuclear plant project in Georgia to allow construction to be completed. (Augusta Chronicle)
• A roundup of reactions to Georgia Power’s recommendation to continue construction at its Vogtle nuclear plant show both support and opposition. (Journal-Constitution)
• Duke Energy says it may still build more nuclear in the future, despite recently canceling plans to build the Levy plant in Florida and the Lee plant in South Carolina. (WFAE)

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PIPELINES: The Colonial Pipeline Company has delayed reopening sections of natural gas pipelines that were shut down due to damage from Hurricane Harvey, spiking gas prices in southern states. (WRAL)

UTILITIES:
• Virginia state regulators said Friday that Dominion Energy is holding as much as $133 million it would be required to return to customers if it were not for a rate-freeze law. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Renewable energy advocates say they want the Tennessee Valley Authority to further embrace non-fossil fuel sources, including solar and wind power. (Times Free Press)

COAL:
• A panel wants to know why dozens of studies showing that mountaintop removal mining appears to be making coalfield residents sick have been stopped by the Trump administration while other studies continue to receive Interior Department funding. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• President Trump plans to nominate a former coal industry executive from West Virginia as the nation’s top mine safety official. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

CLIMATE: Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine says climate change skeptics, including those living on the state’s sinking Tangier Island, deserve federal money to protect them from the effects of climate change. (Washington Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: West Virginia State Parks is working to become the first parks system to have electric vehicle charging stations installed at all of its guest lodges. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new solar farm in Memphis has started generating energy, marking the TVA’s move into sizable solar production. (Memphis Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• As the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project advances, there are still unanswered questions, including how the pipeline deal is structured, what ratepayers will be charged for and who pays if something goes wrong. (Washington Post)
• A professor from the Georgia Institute of Technology says there are many reasons to complete the Vogtle nuclear project, including the acceleration of climate change. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• An editorial board says Georgia Power’s decision to proceed with finishing two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is the right move. (Savannah Morning News)
• A columnist says the country of Norway may have figured out how to avoid Kentucky’s mistakes with coal. (Herald Leader)

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