ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A central Virginia bus company unveils the first of 50 electric school buses scheduled for delivery across the state as part of a Dominion Energy initiative. (Lynchburg News & Advance)
• A Georgia “smart city” issues a request for proposals to build more charging stations and other infrastructure for electric vehicles. (Smart Cities World)
• A new Volkswagen headquarters in Northern Virginia will include 300 electric vehicle chargers. (Virginia Business)
• Entergy prepares a 20 MW solar plant in eastern New Orleans for launch next month. (Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate)
• A Virginia company announces plans for an $85 million, 100 MW South Carolina solar farm that should be operational by 2023.
POLICY: North Carolina’s down-ballot races for lieutenant governor and the state legislature could shape the future of climate and clean energy policy in the state. (Energy News Network)
OIL & GAS:
• Energy firms evacuate workers from offshore rigs as the Gulf Coast readies for Hurricane Zeta. (Reuters)
• President Donald Trump considers ordering an economic analysis of hydraulic fracturing to spotlight the issue in key battleground states. (Wall Street Journal)
PIPELINES: Environmental groups ask an appeals court to formally review the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s opinion that the Mountain Valley Pipeline will not significantly affect endangered species. (Roanoke Times)
• A Texas county designates a reinvestment zone that opens the door for a possible tax abatement on a proposed $200 million, 200 MW solar farm.
SOLAR: Coal county school boards in Virginia lobby for changes to a regional utility contract that is limiting installation of solar panels on school buildings. (Energy News Network)
• A Kentucky school district has saved half-a-million dollars in two years by installing solar panels and energy efficiency measures. (Northern Kentucky Tribune)
• An Arkansas school district expects to save $40,000 annually after signing a deal for solar energy. (Hot Springs Village Voice)
• An 86 MW solar farm in western Kentucky prepares for construction. (Paducah Sun)
• A Texas regulator gives the go-ahead for a school district to negotiate incentives with a company considering a 500 MW solar farm.
COAL: Robert Murray, founder and former president of America’s largest privately held coal company, dies just days after his retirement and weeks after filing for federal black-lung benefits. (Associated Press, West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
ALSO: High schoolers from Kentucky, West Virginia and Wyoming discuss prospects for life after coal. (Ohio Valley ReSource)
PIPELINES: Environmentalists hope that a combination of legal obstacles and production declines among natural gas companies will result in the demise of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
UTILITIES: Frontier Energy purchases a coal-fired AEP power plant slated for closure and will instead convert it to natural gas. (KFDX)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Northern Virginia county partners with Dominion Energy and state agencies to launch passenger service on an autonomous electric shuttle.
OIL & GAS: Donald Trump and Joe Biden debate climate change and the future of oil and gas at the final presidential debate. (Texas Tribune)
• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says Biden’s comments on transitioning from oil “killed” industry workers’ paychecks. (Newsweek)
• The oil and gas industry has given nearly $2 million to Trump in the 2020 election cycle, more than three times as much as to Biden. (E&E News)
• France seeks to cancel or delay an electric utility’s $7 billion deal to buy Texas shale gas because of concerns over its methane emissions. (Kallanish Energy)
• The oil industry hasn’t recovered jobs lost in the pandemic, and a new analysis suggests 70% of those jobs won’t return before the end of 2021.