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Plant Vogtle: Georgia’s nuclear ‘renaissance’ now a financial quagmire

“Years behind schedule, billions over budget, and with a key contractor’s bankruptcy clouding its future, the troubled Vogtle project near Augusta is fast becoming Exhibit A for why no U.S. utility before Atlanta-based Southern [Company] had tried building a new reactor in 30-plus years.” Originally published May 19, 2017.

U.S. Department of Agriculture loans $13 million to state electric cooperatives

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $13 million loan to Santee Electric and six other South Carolina electric cooperatives helping to secure energy efficiency upgrade funding.” Originally published May 16, 2017.

MLGW awarded solar-generation project

“A solar array generating enough power for some 240 households will be installed at Nike Inc.’s logistics facility in Frayser as part of an initiative involving the Tennessee Valley Authority, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and a Nashville-based firm, officials announced Tuesday.” Originally published on May 9, 2017.

The switch has been flipped on at one of Georgia’s largest solar project

“The new 52-megawatt solar facility in Hazlehurst is expected to generate more than 134 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually for customers of Green Power EMC for the next 30 years, according to a news release.” Originally published April 20, 2017.

Tennessee Valley Authority installing solar power array in Memphis

“The Tennessee Valley Authority is adding more solar to its generation portfolio with the construction of a solar power facility at the Allen combined cycle gas site in Memphis.” Originally published on April 25, 2017.

North Carolina regulators approve solar microgrid in Smokies

“Duke Energy got the official go-ahead Thursday for a renewable energy project that’s drawing praise from some of its most frequent critics. “The “microgrid” system, atop Mount Sterling in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, represents Duke’s latest, small foray into linking solar energy to battery storage – a combination that experts say is key for the expansion of renewable energy.” Originally published on [ MORE » ]

Troubled nuclear plant costs rising for Savannah residents: Vogtle construction now $3 billion over budget, three years behind schedule

“The costs for Georgia Power’s troubled Plant Vogtle are adding up, but not for the utility or its investors. Instead, ratepayers are already paying for the two new nuclear reactors, both of which may never produce a watt of electricity.” Originally published on April 8, 2017.

Metro Atlanta Officials Will Keep Working On Climate Change

“Metro Atlanta officials say they’ll continue work on climate change initiatives, regardless of what the federal government does.” Originally published on March 28, 2017.

South Carolina: Lowcountry solar installations boom in 2016 as local governments issue nearly 1,400 permits

“More homes in the Lowcountry are generating their own power as the number of solar panel installations in the three-county Charleston region has exploded over the past year. New figures from a consortium of local governments show that close to 1,400 permits were issued for solar installations in the region last year. That’s compared to fewer than 100 in 2015.” Originally published on March [ MORE » ]

U.S. military marches forward on green energy, despite Trump

“The military’s zeal for renewable power has already had broad impacts on energy contractors, generating hundreds of millions in contracts for solar companies and helping to reduce fuel consumption by the world’s largest single petroleum buyer. “The armed forces nearly doubled renewable power generation between 2011 and 2015, to 10,534 billion British thermal units, or enough to power about 286,000 average U.S. homes, according [ MORE » ]