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Toshiba to speed up payments for troubled Vogtle nuclear project

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power said Tuesday that Toshiba will speed up a $3.2 billion payment to the troubled Vogtle nuclear plant project by Dec. 15, following the release of a new report that said the project was no longer economic. (Washington Post)

ALSO: Electric customers in South Carolina want to know how state lawmakers and Gov. Henry McMaster will ensure they don’t foot the bill for the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

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SOLAR:
• Georgia-based Suniva was in talks with President Trump’s trade officials a month before the solar company asked the federal government to impose import tariffs on its global competitors. (E&E News)
• The Solar Energy Industries Association says it’s “foolish” to think import tariffs would boost domestic solar manufacturing, as final public hearings begin over a controversial trade case. (Greentech Media)
• A series of reports looks at how globalization has been affecting the U.S., including solar energy efforts in coal-dominated West Virginia. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
Sen. Bill Nelson introduced legislation that would allow banks to invest in Florida’s solar industry, which could potentially flood it with capital needed to expand. (WTLV)

PIPELINES: Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project are wary but hopeful as final public hearings in Virginia begin today. (Roanoke Times)

NATURAL GAS: Natural gas accounted for 42 percent of electricity generation in the South last year, exceeding the national average of 34 percent. (Natural Gas Intel)

COAL ASH: Coal ash continues to be the most contentious focus at Duke Energy’s rate hearings. (Charlotte Business Journal)

CARBON CAPTURE: A North Carolina-based energy startup is making a $150 million investment in a new approach to deploy carbon-capture technology at its pilot plant in Houston. (Quartz Media)

OIL:
• A Miami family that owns thousands of acres of land in the Everglades appealed on Tuesday the state’s rejection of its application for an exploratory well. (Sun Sentinel)
A look back at the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster is part of a series marking the tricentennial of New Orleans. (Times-Picayune)

COMMENTARY:
• Key findings from a new study refute Dominion Energy’s “hot air” about the positive effects its natural gas pipeline projects would have in Virginia. (Blue Virginia)
• Two guest columnists say it’s no coincidence that the states decentralizing their energy sectors the most are the ones producing the most jobs, and this is what Virginia should do, too. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• A columnist says his love of his car, refrigerator, killer stereo and also lights, heat and air conditioning is why he supports the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. (News & Observer)
• A research scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center examines the state’s renewable energy and “regulatory backwardness” in a two-part series. (Clean Technica)

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