As MVP halts work, Appalachian pipelines face major setbacks

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers voluntarily suspend work on parts of the project three days after environmental groups filed a lawsuit about its impact on endangered species. (Roanoke Times)

ALSO:
• Two major pipeline projects in the South and Appalachia hit stumbling blocks because of safety concerns and legal challenges. (ThinkProgress)
• Two Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters lock themselves to equipment at a worksite in Virginia. (WSLS)

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Does Texas need more power plants to meet summer demand?

FINANCE: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration explores a possible alliance with the New York Green Bank to help finance clean energy projects in the state. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Hot weather this month drives the Tennessee Valley Authority’s electricity use to its highest August peak in more than seven years. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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POWER PLANTS: Some Texas energy industry experts make the case for building more power plants to meet energy demand.

Are Texas regulators expecting too much from renewables?

GRID: Texas’ biggest electricity seller says the state’s grid manager is overstating generating capacity of renewables and that electricity supplies will be much tighter than expected. (Houston Chronicle)

ALSO: Texas energy prices are expected to fall 28% this year because of lower temperatures, according to the Energy Department. (Houston Chronicle)

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TRANSPORTATION: Energy News Network reporter Elizabeth Ouzts discusses her reporting on the disagreement in North Carolina over who should control Volkswagen settlement money.

South Carolina regulators drop consulting firm with ties to utilities

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new North Carolina law allows electric vehicle charging outlet operators to resell electricity by the kilowatt-hour without being regulated as a public utility. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: After pressure from critics, South Carolina utility regulators terminate a contract with a consulting firm that has deep ties to the state’s large utilities. (Post and Courier)

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SOLAR:
• A Culpeper, Virginia, citizens group urges county officials to limit utility-scale solar projects to industrially zoned land.

Dominion to invest $33 million in energy storage

STORAGE: Dominion Energy says it plans to spend about $33 million on four energy storage pilot projects totalling 16 MW in Virginia. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy cancels its largest solar project within two months of winning its own bid, raising questions about its monopoly. (Greentech Media)
• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs a law that extends solar tax abatement in the state for 10 years. (PV Magazine)
• Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy installs a solar array to help power its operations. (news release)
• A renewable developer applies to build a 75,000-panel solar farm in Henry County, Virginia, which would be the county’s first.