Trump fires TVA board members, pushes to oust CEO for outsourcing jobs

TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY: President Trump signs an executive order forbidding federal agencies from moving jobs overseas in response to TVA outsourcing at least 120 information technology jobs. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

ALSO:
• Trump also fired TVA’s board chair and another board member and urged the board to replace its CEO with a lower-paid executive. (Associated Press)
• Trump nominated a longtime telecommunications executive to the TVA board hours after firing two members. (E&E News, subscription)

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Dominion CEO to step down amid utility’s change in direction

UTILITIES: Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell will step down in October as part of an executive shakeup in the wake of the utility’s cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• Southern Company says electricity demand bounced back in June and July, when sales were down just 1% compared to a year ago. (E&E News, subscription)
• Utility crews are working in smaller groups because of the pandemic, which means customers might need to wait longer for power to be restored after storm outages. (WRAL)

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Plant Vogtle cost rises $149 million — and ratepayers could be on the hook

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power’s parent company says it will cost an additional $149 million to complete the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant, and that it may eventually ask to pass along the increase to customers. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

OIL & GAS:
• An oil industry group predicts Texas oil and gas jobs could fall to a 15-year low in the fall and may never fully recover. (Houston Chronicle)
• Chevron says it will build 500 MW of renewable energy projects to power some oil and gas operations, including ones in Texas. (Greentech Media)
• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a compressor station in a majority Black neighborhood in Georgia raises questions about how the agency weighs environmental justice. (E&E News, subscription)

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Chattanooga cuts carbon emissions by 25% in a decade

PIPELINES: With the Atlantic Coast Pipeline canceled, Virginia landowners want to scrub easements from their property records. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A coalition of Southeast environmental groups sue the Trump administration over its revamping of the National Environmental Policy Act to fast-track pipeline projects. (Reuters)

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EMISSIONS: Chattanooga, Tennessee, cut carbon emissions by about 25% in the past decade even as the population and economy grew, according to a study by an environmental group.

Mountain Valley Pipeline gets key permit to cross Blue Ridge Parkway

PIPELINES: The National Park Service will issue a right-of-way permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway — one of three federal permits the project still needs. (Roanoke Times)

ALSO: A letter sent by Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers reveals it remains uncertain what they plan to do with land they gained control over for the project, in some cases through eminent domain. (Virginia Mercury)

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OIL & GAS:
• Oil and gas producers find some “common ground” in Joe Biden’s plan to address climate change, which would not ban fracking.