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Toshiba shakeup to delay South Carolina nuclear expansion

NUCLEAR:
• Santee Cooper announced yesterday that Toshiba’s financial shakeup is expected to delay completion of a South Carolina nuclear expansion to 2020. (Charleston Post and Courier)
• Southern Co. and Scana could wind up absorbing additional costs if Westinghouse is unable to follow through with its nuclear contracts. (Bloomberg)

COAL: A federal judge says West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality has “spun its wheels” in failing to write plans to address coal pollution in streams. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COAL ASH: A hearing is scheduled for Thursday on Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to bury nearly 1 million tons of coal ash at the company’s plant near the Potomac River. (Washington Post)

SOLAR:
• Dominion Energy is investing nearly $800 million in solar in Virginia. (Electric Light & Power)
• Officials in an Alabama city deny $3 million in tax abatements for a proposed solar project amid opposition by neighbors. (Troy Messenger)
Community cooperatives are helping West Virginia residents install solar. (WVVA)

UTILITIES: Tennessee lawmakers introduce a bill to block the TVA from drilling into an aquifer for cooling water for a power plant. (Memphis Flyer)

CLEAN ENERGY: A bipartisan group that includes the governors of Arkansas and Virginia sends a letter to President Trump calling for more investment in renewable energy. (Greentech Media)

FRACKING:
• Florida’s Senate president has yet to weigh in on a proposed fracking ban. (WLRN)
• A Richmond city council member proposes banning fracking within city limits. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

OIL AND GAS:
• Louisiana pipeline opponents highlight a recent explosion, along with broader worker safety issues. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• A pipeline developer sues Nashville’s Metro government over ordinances aimed at blocking a proposed compressor station. (The Tennessean)
• A recent study finds seismic testing for oil offshore has a significant impact on marine life. (Coastal Review Online)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Georgia company wins a $4.4 million Department of Energy grant to develop an electric school bus. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

HYDRO: The crisis at California’s Oroville dam is drawing attention to dozens of Kentucky dams that are classified as being in poor condition. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

CLIMATE: Churches in Louisville are on the front line of fighting climate change impacts. (CityLab) 

COMMENTARY:
• A Virginia lawmaker says pumped hydro storage can help create jobs in coal country. (Roanoke Times)
• Legislation to restrict wind farms around military installations is based on a “red herring.” (Forbes)
• A North Carolina newspaper says lawmakers trying to shut down a wind farm “have landed on the wrong side of the issue.” (Tideland News)

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