Mobile pollution monitors sent to oil, gas hub hit by Hurricane Laura

POLLUTION: Louisiana environmental regulators place two mobile air pollution monitoring labs to the Lake Charles area, where key monitors for petrochemical pollutants have been down since Hurricane Laura. (NOLA.com)

UTILITIES: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wants Dominion Energy to cover unpaid residential electric bills with the $320 million that state regulators say the company previously overcharged. (Virginian-Pilot)

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OIL & GAS:
• A disagreement over a potential crude export terminal in Texas is resolved, but the project still requires funding, pipelines and more oil demand.

Duke Energy says it can add more renewables — but it will cost customers

SOLAR: A new initiative pushed by clean energy advocates in Appalachia will install up to 12 megawatts of solar power in Virginia’s historic coalfield region over the next three years. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Offshore wind energy giant Ørsted is investing heavily in solar, with projects in the works in Texas and Alabama. (Greentech Media)
• New Port Richey, Florida, enters into a long-term agreement with Duke Energy to allow customers to subscribe to solar energy projects. (Suncoast News)
• A solar company and local utility will build a 9 MW solar farm in Tennessee through a 20-year partnership agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Solar Industry)

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Alabama Power gets approval to raise solar fees even higher

SOLAR: State regulators will allow Alabama Power to increase a monthly fee on solar generation by 8% to $5.41 per kilowatt-hour, which opponents say will slash customers’ potential savings in half. (Montgomery Advertiser, InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• The second phase of a 497 MW solar farm in West Texas is now operational, making it the largest in the state. (reNews)
• Raleigh County, West Virginia, officials vote to move forward with a solar project that promises to bring 100 jobs during construction. (WVVA)
• Florida college students help develop technology to help make solar panels more efficient by tracking cloud movement overhead. (WKMG)

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Energy industry pushes biogas to replace failed pipeline projects

BIOGAS: With several major pipeline projects canceled and natural gas being banned in some cities, some energy companies are pushing to develop renewable natural gas from cow manure. (Houston Chronicle) 

COAL ASH: The EPA relaxes guidelines for disposing of coal ash and wastewater from coal-fired power plants, which critics say could allow more pollutants into waterways. (Wall Street Journal)

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OIL & GAS: 
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he will defer to economic development officials on whether to approve a $5.6 million state loan guarantee for a proposed natural gas power plant despite his doubts about its viability.

Coal miners largely left out of Republicans’ re-election pitch

COAL: Appalachian stakeholders wonder what four more years of President Trump would mean for the region’s coal industry as promises to put miners back to work have mostly gone unfulfilled. (Ohio Valley Resource)

ALSO: Speakers at the Republican National Convention last week did not focus on helping the struggling coal industry and its workers. (Washington Post)

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HURRICANE LAURA:
• Hurricane Laura left about 900,000 U.S. homes and businesses without power across the Gulf Coast region.