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South Carolina ratepayers not off the hook yet for abandoned nuclear project

NUCLEAR: South Carolina Electric & Gas isn’t sure when it will charge customers billions of dollars for its abandoned nuclear construction project, but officials said Wednesday that the power company will eventually do so. (Post and Courier)

ALSO:
• SCANA downplayed the chances of reviving the Summer nuclear plant project despite efforts by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Florida Power & Light Co. told regulators on Wednesday it has spent roughly $315 million on a proposed nuclear project and costs could increase another $90 million. (Palm Beach Post)
• A South Carolina state senator contacted Duke Energy and asked whether it will proceed with its Lee nuclear plant project. (GoUpstate.com)

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SOLAR: Members of the U.S. International Trade Commission questioned why tariff protection would help Georgia-based Suniva if it struggled while the solar market was booming. (InsideClimate News)

UTILITIES: Dominion Energy is asking regulators to reconsider a proposed transmission line to power an Amazon data center expansion in Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL:
• A federal panel is studying the potential link between surface mining and health problems in Appalachia and is seeking input in Kentucky. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• The U.S. Energy Department announced on Wednesday it is giving $17 million to four academic institutions, including ones in West Virginia and Kentucky, to research the recovery of rare earth minerals from abandoned coal mines and coal waste. (Washington Examiner)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new company recently launched in Georgia to build electric vehicles to sell to taxi companies, state governments, universities and others. (WABE)

PIPELINES: About 100 residents protested the proposed Virginia Natural Gas pipeline project on Wednesday. (Virginian-Pilot)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the Tennessee Valley Authority’s request to increase power generation at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. (News Courier)

COMMENTARY:
• If the EPA rolls back power plant pollution standards, lower income communities in parts of Alabama would be disproportionally affected. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• SCE&G’s withdrawal of its request to recoup an additional $2.2 billion from customers for its abandoned Summer nuclear plant project will allow lawmakers and regulators more time to weigh in on this “economic disaster.” (Post and Courier)

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