Daily Digest

Utilities prepare for major damage to Florida’s grid

HURRICANE IRMA: As Florida Power & Light prepares for Hurricane Irma, it anticipates that much of the grid may have to be rebuilt, with a spokesperson saying, “No grid is designed to be able to withstand a category 5 storm.” (WLRN)

ALSO:
• More than 1,800 stations in Florida metropolitan areas were without fuel late Thursday, as Gov. Rick Scott announced fuel availability is a top priority and that state police will escort delivery trucks to gas stations along evacuation routes. (Bloomberg)
• Oil prices steadied on Friday, though one industry analyst warns the “forces of nature on U.S. oil production should not be overestimated – nor should their impact on demand be underestimated.” (Reuters)
• The U.S. oil industry is preparing for Hurricane Irma, as Texas refiners and pipelines are still in the process of restoring operations after Hurricane Harvey. (Platts)
• As Hurricane Irma nears Florida, the state is confronting the fact that rapid development makes its coastline even more vulnerable than it used to be. (New York Times)
• Duke Energy is preparing for Hurricane Irma following increased forecasts for it to significantly impact the Carolinas. (SC Now)
• Accelerating sea-level rise and intensifying storms are speeding up the erosion of Florida’s beaches. (Bloomberg)

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NUCLEAR:
• An analysis shows Georgia Power’s largest commercial customers have gotten breaks worth hundreds of millions of dollars off surcharges to finance the Vogtle nuclear project while other customers have paid nearly 90 percent of the $1.9 billion collected so far. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Internal emails show SCANA’s CEO accused Toshiba of “financial malfeasance” and questioned its intent in completing South Carolina’s now-failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

WIND: West Virginia’s Public Service Commission wants Appalachian Power to specify how much its plans to purchase two wind farms would affect customers’ electric bills. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR: Dominion Energy Virginia plans to offer residential and business customers the opportunity to use solar power through community-based solar facilities. (Solar Industry)

HYDROELECTRIC: Dominion Energy has identified two potential locations in Virginia for a pumped hydroelectric storage facility, one of which is a closed coal mine. (Roanoke Times)

PIPELINES: Opponents of two proposed natural gas pipelines will hold protests at Virginia Department of Environmental Quality offices next week. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS: Some Louisiana residents and oil and gas companies disagree over backfilling canals in the state as a restoration technique. (WWNO)

COMMENTARY: The Department of Energy’s recently released grid study is generally fact-based and well-researched, but fails to highlight the opportunity presented by clean energy innovation. (Utility Dive)

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