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Southern Co. says it needs $3.7 billion from Toshiba to complete Vogtle plant

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A coastal business group explains how it plans to fight efforts to expand offshore drilling. (Southeast Energy News)

ALSO:
• Mayors and activists along the Carolina coast warn of the dangers offshore drilling could pose to the area’s tourism economy. (The State)
• A North Carolina industry group says drilling can “safely coexist” with tourism. (Raleigh News & Observer)

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NUCLEAR:
• Southern Co. says it needs $3.7 billion from Toshiba to complete the Vogtle nuclear plant. (Wall Street Journal/Utility Dive)
• The newly completed Watts Bar 2 reactor in Tennessee will remain shut down until at least this summer for repairs. (RTO Insider)

SOLAR:
• Florida’s senate unanimously approves a bill implementing voter-approved tax breaks for solar. (SaintPetersBlog)
• A South Carolina university expects its new solar array to save around $75,000 per year on energy costs. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Coal jobs continued to decline in Kentucky in the first quarter of the year, but industry backers still say there is reason for optimism. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Experts say states shouldn’t rely on the federal government for mining inspections. (Bloomberg BNA)

PIPELINES: Virginia’s lieutenant governor avoids taking a firm position on proposed pipelines in a gubernatorial debate. (Roanoke Times)

EFFICIENCY: Kimberly-Clark plans a $75 million combined heat and power system at an Alabama paper mill. (AL.com)

UTILITIES:
• Activists protest Duke Energy’s first online only shareholder meeting. (Charlotte Post)
• Mississippi regulators encourage utilities to contract with in-state companies. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: The mayor of Columbia, South Carolina discusses his city’s push for 100% clean energy. (CityLab)

ACTIVISM: In the South and elsewhere, the environmental movement is becoming more diverse. (Vox)

COMMENTARY:
• Resource plans filed by Virginia utilities are another reminder that coal isn’t coming back. (Roanoke Times)
• Investment in the Kemper “clean coal” plant might be worth it if natural gas prices spike again. (Forbes)
• An Alabama legislator says keeping regulation “closest to home” is the best way to ensure energy industry growth. (Gadsden Times)

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