SOLAR: Google’s data centers in Alabama and Tennessee will be powered by a 100 MW Tennessee solar farm built by Florida-based Origis Energy and facilitated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Chattanoogan)

ALSO: North Carolina regulators approve a Duke Energy proposal to offer solar rebates twice a year instead of just once. (WFAE)

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• An eastern Kentucky coal company receives a CARES Act loan to continue operating during the pandemic. (Harlan Enterprise)
• A recently re-elected Republican congressman from West Virginia partners with an Oregon Democrat on legislation to slow down the phase-out of coal-fired power. (Weirton Daily Times)
• Workers demolish parts of a West Virginia coal-fired power plant that was closed by Appalachian Power in 2015. (Ohio Valley Publishing)

• A federal appeals court freezes construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline across 1,000 waterways in Virginia and West Virginia as it considers whether to overturn the pipeline’s federal permit for stream and river crossings. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Federal regulators give the cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline 60 days to file a plan for how it will dispose of construction sites and restore disturbed areas along its 600-mile route. (Lynchburg News & Advance) 

OVERSIGHT: The election for a seat on Georgia’s utility regulation commission appears to be headed to a December runoff. (Moultrie Observer)

• A Louisiana oil refinery lays off workers as it tries to maintain a profit while investing millions into maintenance work. (New Orleans Advocate)
• The deadline for construction of a Texas liquefied natural gas export project is extended after France cancels a deal to purchase gas from one of the partners. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

CLIMATE: In the opening meeting of a new task force, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says a more proactive approach to climate change will create new economic opportunities in renewable energy, infrastructure and other sectors. (New Orleans Advocate)

RENEWABLES: The city of Savannah holds its first public meeting to gather input on its plan to shift to 100% renewable energy by 2035. (WSAV)

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GRID: A South Carolina state senator asks state leaders to reject construction of a proposed Santee Cooper Electric transmission line to Johns Island, and instead require that it be built underground. (WCIV)

• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urges federal regulators to reject a proposal to store up to 40,000 metric tons of uranium at a site in the Permian Basin. (Roswell Daily Record)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority restores a unit at an Alabama nuclear plant to power production after a refueling and maintenance outage. (Huntsville Business Journal)

Mason has worked as a journalist since 2001, covering Appalachian communities and the issues that affect them. He compiles the Southeast Energy News digest. Mason previously worked as a wildlife biologist before moving into journalism by freelancing at Coast Weekly in Monterey, California, before taking an internship in 2001 at High Country News. He wrote for the Enterprise Mountaineer in western North Carolina and the Roanoke Times in western Virginia before going freelance in 2012. His work has appeared in Southerly, Daily Yonder, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, WVPB’s Inside Appalachia and elsewhere. Mason was born and raised in Clifton Forge, Virginia, and now lives with his family and a small herd of goats in Floyd County, Virginia.