Daily Digest

Trump to unveil plan that opens door to oil and gas drilling off East Coast

OIL & GAS: The Trump administration is preparing to formally unveil a plan for selling new oil and gas drilling rights in Atlantic waters — territory that former President Obama had put off limits. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: The Center for Biological Diversity plans to sue the EPA for allowing oil and gas rigs to flush waste liquids into Gulf waters. (The Advocate)

NUCLEAR:
• The Georgia Public Service Commission will decide by Dec. 21 whether Georgia Power will be allowed to charge ratepayers for the troubled Vogtle nuclear project. (WABE)
• South Carolina’s state-owned utility Santee Cooper is cutting $1 billion from its budget and won’t fill some jobs after its failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• SCANA is proposing to give the site of the Summer project to Santee Cooper in hopes the project can be preserved and one day finished. (The State)
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Santee Cooper board chairman Leighton Lord says he won’t leave his post unless South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster stops accusing the company of withholding information from lawmakers. (Post and Courier)
• Moody’s credit-rating agency has dampened its financial outlook for Jacksonville, Florida, utility JEA, citing concerns over its involvement in Georgia’s troubled Vogtle nuclear project. (Florida Times-Union)
Dominion Energy shut down one of its nuclear reactors in Virginia after discovering a water leak in the cooling system. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

OVERSIGHT: Kentucky mining engineer Steven Gardner has been nominated by President Trump to regulate the country’s coal. He says mining is “accelerated erosion” and there is “no such thing as renewable energy.” (E&E News)

SOLAR:
• The three cities in the Southeast are among those hosting federally funded training for architects and other design professionals in an effort to support solar adoption. (Southeast Energy News)
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North Carolina produced significantly more solar power in the first nine months of 2017 than the state produced in all of 2016. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• South Carolina Electric and Gas announced it reached its state-mandated solar capacity goal three years early. (pv magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Georgia is among six states with the highest electric-car adoption rates in the country. (Green Car Reports)

COMMENTARY: The CEO of the world’s largest producer of woody biomass fuels says the energy source’s benefits include reduced carbon emissions and jobs for North Carolinians. (Charlotte Observer)

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