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Coastal cities plan lawsuit over offshore drilling

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Nine environmental groups and 16 South Carolina cities plan to sue the Trump administration over offshore drilling tests. (Post and Courier)

ALSO:
• North Carolina aquariums raise concerns about the impact of seismic testing for offshore drilling on marine life. (WITN)
• The South Carolina governor and attorney general say they are in complete agreement when it comes to opposition to offshore drilling. (Post and Courier)

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UTILITIES: Dominion Energy has 90 days to refile its long-term energy plan after Virginia regulators reject it. (E&E News, subscription, Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• A Texas electric cooperative leaves a long-term power purchase agreement to buy solar. (S&P Global)
• A Florida solar co-op allows homeowners to purchase solar arrays for a bulk discount of around 20 percent. (Gainesville Sun)
• There are 78 solar project proposals for Duke Energy’s 680 MW solicitation in the Carolinas, which is six times the available volume. (PV Magazine)

RENEWABLES: Georgia Power issues a request for proposals for 540 MW of utility-scale renewable projects. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
• A panel of judges scrutinizes FERC’s oversight of natural gas pipelines. (E&E News, subscription)
• One tax official says pipeline construction is fueling West Virginia’s revenue boom. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COAL: The Trump administration’s regulation rollbacks on new coal-fired power plants won’t benefit Kentucky families despite what Sen. Mitch McConnell says. (WFPL)

POLITICS: During the midterms, Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke reportedly took the second most money from the fossil fuel industry behind his opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz. (Splinter)

COMMENTARY:
• West Virginia communities and coal miners aren’t the ones benefiting from Trump’s policies, a lawyer says. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Exxon’s plan to transition to renewables shows how the energy market is shifting, a columnist says. (Bloomberg)

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