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Dominion, clean energy advocates joust over Virginia utility reform


UTILITIES: Virginia lawmakers advance two competing proposals to rework electric utility rates, with clean energy advocates lining up behind one and Dominion Energy the other. (Energy News Network)

• Duke Energy asks North Carolina regulators to approve expansion of a program that allows large customers to contract for wind, solar and battery power to provide up to 100% of their energy use, and a related program that allows customers to buy renewable energy credits. (WFAE)
• NextEra Energy wants to double its renewables portfolio and develop up to 42 GW of renewable and storage projects for non-utility customers, but its plans are overshadowed by allegations that subsidiary Florida Power & Light violated state and federal campaign finance laws. (Utility Dive)
• A Tennessee county board places the president of a local gas utility on leave over allegations he used district resources and employees at his home and that of a relative. (WBIR)

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• A long-duration ice storm threatens Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and other parts of the Southeast, though Texas grid officials say they’re prepared. (NBC News, KXAN)
• Virginia Tech researchers receive a $1.5 million grant to research a new semiconductor material that would help the power grid better accommodate widely dispersed sources of renewable energy. (Virginia Business)

• A Florida county partners with Florida Power and Light to install solar canopies over basketball courts at a park. (Miami Herald)
• Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power file notice with West Virginia regulators to terminate plans for a 50 MW solar farm. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, subscription)

• Virginia’s struggle to fund an existing electric vehicle rebate program highlights how partisan fights are challenging the EV transition. (E&E News)
• South Carolina utility Santee Cooper awards nearly $100,000 to five commercial clients for electric vehicle chargers and fleet transition. (WMBF)

STORAGE: Georgia officials say South Korean company SK On has exceeded its hiring goal for planned electric vehicle battery factories two years ahead of schedule. (Korea Herald)

TRANSITION: A study finds every coal-fired power plant in West Virginia could be replaced with wind and solar at a lower cost. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

NUCLEAR: A Florida state senator calls for Florida Power & Light to add safety measures against rising seas and more extreme hurricanes before building two new reactors at a nuclear power plant. (Miami New Times)

OIL & GAS: A trade group representing oil and gas interests points to record-high production and continued hiring in Texas’ shale fields as a counternarrative to declining forecasts for U.S. oil and natural gas consumption. (S&P Global)

BIOGAS: Virginia regulators approve a utility’s plan to convert biogas from a sewage treatment plant into natural gas for use by its customers. (Roanoke Times)

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EMISSIONS: West Virginia lawmakers advance a bill changing how air quality operating permits are processed despite state regulators’ endorsement of a different plan. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A Virginia city’s objection to a church’s plans to replace slate roof tiles with solar panels exemplifies how outdated local codes need updating for the climate crisis, writes a clean energy advocate. (Daily Progress)

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