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Major Southeast utilities won’t meet clean energy goals, report says

RENEWABLES: Duke Energy, Dominion Energy and Southern Company are undermining their clean energy goals by investing in natural gas and likely won’t meet emissions targets, an energy research firm report says. (Utility Dive)

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• A federal judge sides with Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers in a lawsuit with Nelson County, Virginia, over federal permits for the project. (Courthouse News Service)
• Virginia regulators note problems with erosion control at dormant Mountain Valley Pipeline construction sites. (Roanoke Times)

• The Port of Corpus Christi, America’s biggest oil export hub, plans to slash spending and defer over a third of its 2020 budget after oil prices crash. (Dallas Morning News)
• The Trump administration is strongly considering a federal bailout for oil and gas companies affected by plummeting prices amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to people familiar with the deliberations. (Washington Post)
• Low oil prices make lawmakers uncertain about Louisiana’s budgeting process for a $32 billion spending plan. (The Advocate)

COAL: The 2020 West Virginia legislative session ends with no new legislation addressing black lung benefits. (WVPB) 

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• South Carolina lawmakers are working quickly to figure out how to reform utility Santee Cooper. (Associated Press)
• Florida lawmakers approve a measure supported by utilities that imposes term limits on the lawyer who represents consumers in utility rate cases. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Alabama Power makes a case to state regulators that it needs a $1.1 billion, 2400 MW expansion of natural gas and solar to meet demand. (

• Houston’s economy is not prepared for an oil bust, a journalist writes. (Texas Monthly)
• NextEra Energy has not set targets for emissions reductions like other major utilities and is too quiet about its plans, an energy think tank says. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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