Southeast Energy News

Louisiana communities mobilize to stop chemical plant expansion

OIL & GAS: As natural gas and chemical plants expand in coastal Louisiana, so are community efforts to stop the factories by residents concerned about the impact on their health. (WWNO)

ALSO:
Ohio Valley utilities, energy producers and energy sector workers are adjusting operations and bracing for economic impacts due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Ohio Valley Resource)
The federal government plans to buy up to 77 million barrels of crude oil to top off strategic petroleum reserves in Louisiana and Texas. (The Advocate)
Texas oil and gas regulators are considering reducing oil production during the coronavirus pandemic, at the behest of some producers. (Texas Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia is among three House Democrats pushing to include clean energy tax credits in coronavirus stimulus legislation. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: Despite coronavirus concerns, a UK developer backed by BP closes on a $250 million financing package for a 260 MW solar project in Texas. (Greentech Media)

COAL: The National Mining Association is also asking the Senate for a bailout package during the coronavirus pandemic. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: About 120 workers at Georgia’s Plant Vogtle are quarantined at home awaiting the results of their colleagues’ coronavirus tests. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
A Memphis municipal utility considers acquiring power from another utility instead of the Tennessee Valley Authority. (RTO Insider, subscription)
The NextEra Energy companies commit $1.5 million to emergency assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. (Florida Politics)

CLIMATE: Over half of North Carolina voters believe climate change requires mobilization similar to the coronavirus response, according to a poll by the League of Conservation Voters. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: South Carolina lawmakers should proceed with caution when considering how to introduce electricity competition because of potential hidden costs for customers, a director at a consultant firm says. (Post and Courier)

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