Southeast Energy News

Dominion prepares to file 2020 plan without natural gas buildout

OIL & GAS: Dominion Energy asks Virginia regulators to drop an analysis of a possible natural gas buildout from its long-range resource plan because the path won’t be viable under a new state law. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
Oil and gas rig workers in the Gulf of Mexico struggle to practice social distancing because of cramped quarters, raising concerns about the spread of COVID-19. (Bloomberg)
A Texas oil and gas regulator asks state officials to extend a monthly deadline to file crude oil and natural gas production taxes for three to six months. (Houston Chronicle)  

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PIPELINES: A Texas appellate court won’t intervene in Kinder Morgan’s fight to lift a temporary injunction blocking construction on the Permian Highway natural gas pipeline, citing a need for more time due to the pandemic. (Law 360)

SOLAR: A developer begins building a 25 MW solar farm near Baxley, Georgia, and asks local workers to apply online because of the pandemic. (Solar Power World)

EFFICIENCY: At least 20 states, including Florida, stop retrofits under the federal low-income Weatherization Assistance Program to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Utility Dive)

GRID: Texas officials instate a temporary emergency fund to help financially struggling residents pay their bills in parts of the state with a fragile deregulated energy market. (Houston Chronicle)  

UTILITIES:
The Tennessee Valley Authority is assessing the environmental impacts of a plan to allow local power companies produce their own power rather than buy from TVA. (Renewables Now)
The former North Carolina president for Duke Energy will join the Tennessee Valley Authority in a newly created role called vice chief counsel. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
Manufacturers call on Duke Energy to stop fixed-demand charges for electricity they are not using during the coronavirus pandemic. (Triad Business Journal, subscription)

COAL:
A Duke University study finds high concentrations of selenium in stream insects and spiders that eat them, an indication that pollution from old mines moves from water to land. (Phys.org)
A West Virginia lawmaker raises concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in coal mines because companies and regulators aren’t taking proper safety precautions. (Cumberland Times-News)

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