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Gulf Coast communities hope to stave off oil, gas projects as industry struggles

OIL & GAS: The coronavirus pandemic and a flooded oil market are buying Gulf Coast communities time to fight oil companies proposing major projects. (Texas Observer)

ALSO:
Some oil and gas projects along the Gulf Coast are still forging ahead or staying open, despite the spread of the coronavirus. (DeSmog)
An energy company offers shippers storage in its crude oil pipeline system in Texas because of the urgent need for space. (Reuters)
President Trump promises federal support for oil companies hit by the pandemic, as Louisiana lawmakers pressure him to provide relief. (Washington Post, Daily Advertiser)

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UTILITIES: A quietly passed bill restoring Virginia regulators’ oversight of the Dominion Energy’s cost recovery for early retirements of power plants is a big step for breaking up the utility’s monopoly, watchdogs say. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: Tampa Electric Company announces plans to increase its solar energy generation by 600 MW before the end of 2023. (Osprey Observer)

WIND: Construction continues on two major wind energy projects in Oklahoma despite the pandemic: an 88-turbine farm expected to be completed later this year, and a 250 MW wind, solar and storage project. (Enid News & Eagle)

NUCLEAR: A worker at the Plant Vogtle nuclear project tests positive for COVID-19, according to Georgia Power. (E&E News, subscription)

OVERSIGHT: West Virginia regulators approve certificates for a major natural gas plant, a solar array and a new transmission line. (WBOY)

COAL: West Virginia communities honor the 29 men who died 10 years ago in the Upper Big Branch mining disaster. (WVPB)

COMMENTARY:
South Carolina utility Santee Cooper’s fiscal problems are going to be even worse because of the coronavirus, a chamber of commerce leader says. (The State)
This year could be big for residential solar in Georgia with proposed net metering policies that grant consumers more independence from Georgia Power, a college instructor writes. (Saporta Report)
An editorial board lays out what a Green New Deal would look like in Virginia and how it could help coal communities. (Roanoke Times)

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