Southeast Energy News

After legislative win, Virginia’s clean energy momentum threatened by pandemic

RENEWABLES: After celebrating a major legislative victory this month, Virginia renewable energy companies now face an economic slump due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Virginia Mercury)

WIND: The nascent offshore wind industry, including projects off the coast of Virginia, could see major setbacks because of the coronavirus. (InsideClimate News)

COAL:
The United Mine Workers of America asks federal regulators to set guidelines to help protect coal miners from contracting coronavirus. (WVPB)
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signs into law a bill that gives power companies tax breaks for keeping coal-fired power plants open. (Bloomberg Tax, subscription)
The coal industry will not receive direct assistance from the $2 trillion bill to bring economic relief to individuals and industries affected by the coronavirus pandemic. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

PIPELINES:
A federal safety agency eases requirements for staff training and qualifications for pipeline operators to help them prepare for the spread of the coronavirus. (Bloomberg Environment)
Mountain Valley Pipeline developers say construction won’t be further slowed by the coronavirus pandemic. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS: Texas regulators consider a cap on oil production because of low prices, but several regulatory and practical hurdles remain. (Grist) 

UTILITIES:
Texas regulators vote to ban utility shut-offs during the coronavirus pandemic and put customers on payment plans. (Texas Tribune)
Tampa Electric Company is leveraging low natural gas prices to help customers save money through the pandemic. (Florida Politics)
The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving $1 billion in credit to local electric cooperatives and municipal power companies. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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