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As main street businesses wait, coal companies cash in on virus relief

COAL: As main street businesses go without aid, a Lexington coal company valued at $100 million received an $8.4 million forgivable loan through the Trump administration’s small business relief program. (Lexington Herald Leader)

ALSO: The head of the United Mine Workers union says liquidating Murray Energy as proposed by one creditor would be bad for miners. (MetroNews)

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NUCLEAR:
• The pandemic is slowing the pace of construction at Georgia’s Plant Vogtle, the country’s only active nuclear power plant project. (Greentech Media)
• Georgia Power says 171 workers at the Plant Vogtle site have now tested positive for coronavirus, while 81 have recovered. (Augusta Chronicle)

COAL ASH: A government contractor accused of endangering the Kingston coal ash cleanup workers is offering 197 of them $10,000 each to walk away from their lawsuits against the firm. (Knoxville News Sentinel, subscription) 

SOLAR:
• The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is among the partners in a U.S. Department of Energy effort to accelerate commercialization of thin, flexible solar cells made from a material called perovskite. (CleanTechnica)
• Invenergy announces the start of operations at its 100th solar project, a 160 megawatt system in Mitchell County, Georgia. (Power Technology)
• An Arkansas utility partners with a developer to build its first solar project, a 13.25 megawatt system in Jonesboro, Arkansas. (Solar Industry)

STORAGE: The chief operating officer of a Virginia electric cooperative is named board chair of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. (Power Engineering)

UTILITIES:
• A North Carolina manufacturers’ group asks Duke Energy to temporarily waive demand charges for industrial and commercial customers. (Charlotte Observer)
• San Antonio gas and electric utility CPS Energy is bracing for up to a $100 million loss this fiscal year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Rivard Report)

OIL & GAS: Oilfield services company Halliberton lays off 233 employees in Kilgore, Texas, as it plans to close its facility there. (Longview News-Journal) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Korean oil refiner pivoting to electric vehicle batteries says it will build a second factory on its site in Jackson Country, Georgia. (Global Atlanta)
• A University of Florida research paper imagines a “peer to peer car charging” system in which telescopic arms would connect and share power with other moving vehicles on a freeway. (New Atlas)

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