Daily Digest

Solar tariff decision a political blow to South Carolina governor

SOLAR: President Trump follows through on his threat to impose steep tariffs on imported solar panels, a move that puts thousands of installer jobs at risk and could increase the cost of projects for homeowners and utilities. (Reuters, Vox)

ALSO: The decision is a political blow to South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who had lobbied the Trump administration against the tariff. (Post and Courier)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: South Miami’s mayor is one of the country’s greenest, fighting off attempts by Florida Power & Light to install high-power transmission lines while working to help homeowners boost their renewable energy efforts. (Southeast Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• The federal government gives its go-ahead to start construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia, marking the first time the project has met all the requirements for construction along its 303-mile route. (Roanoke Times)
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Meanwhile, FERC grants permission to begin clearing trees in West Virginia along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s path, even though the project hasn’t yet attained all of its required environmental approvals. (Metro News Service)
More than 50 organizations in Virginia and West Virginia say they will monitor the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s construction to ensure compliance with environmental regulations. (Blue Virginia)
A coalition of environmental groups file an appeal of Virginia’s water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Bay Journal)

NUCLEAR:
South Carolina lawmakers begin overhauling state utility regulations but will likely wait to repeal the controversial law that let ratepayers be charged for the now-failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
A South Carolina utilities watchdog issues a report that says SCANA Corp. and South Carolina Electric & Gas are unlikely to go bankrupt if customers’ surcharge for the now-failed Summer nuclear project is reduced. (Aiken Standard)
A lawyer for a group of utility customers tells the Georgia Supreme Court that Georgia Power Co. improperly collected sales taxes on fees related to the Vogtle nuclear project and should be required to refund those overcharges. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

COAL:
Ports in the mid-Atlantic are benefiting from what appears to be a U.S. coal-export revival. (Virginian-Pilot)
The TVA is building a new dry storage landfill in Tennessee as part of its efforts to move from wet to dry storage at all coal-fired plants. (WKMS)
The trial for the former head of the West Virginia Coal Association begins next week, with the federal government alleging he committed campaign fraud to influence regulation in the coal industry. (Exponent Telegram)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urges residents to contact the federal government in opposition of the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling and says the state will sue if his state is not exempted. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: Southern Power cancels plans to build a natural-gas-fired power plant in Virginia, citing “current market conditions.” (Associated Press)

CARBON CREDITS: Delta airlines partners with Duke University to purchase of 5,000 “carbon credits,” which they say offset carbon from all Duke business travel on Delta in 2017. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
It’s time for Virginia to reform its laws on the generation and sale of electricity as state lawmakers consider legislation that would increase choices for electricity consumers and boost renewable energy. (Blue Virginia)
A columnist says, based on a recent report from Reuters, the overall story on U.S. coal does not support the Trump administration’s narrative of a revitalized industry. (Clean Technica)

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