SOLAR: The city of Nashville announces a massive solar project in partnership with Vanderbilt University that will get it one-third of the way toward its goal of powering government operations with 100% renewable energy. (Tennessean)

ALSO:
• The power supplier for South Carolina’s electric cooperatives votes to add as much as 363 MW of solar capacity through power purchase agreements. (WBTW)
• A West Virginia county zoning board commission approves plans for a solar farm despite some residents’ concerns about spoiling natural views. (WVVA)
• A Virginia city council approves an agreement to partner with Dominion Energy on a 1.4 megawatt solar facility. (WHSV)
• A Virginia county board of supervisors unanimously approves a permit to extend the construction date for a planned 20 MW solar farm. (WYDaily)

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PIPELINES:
• Nearly every aspect of the Mountain Valley Pipeline remains in dispute, though the project keeps plugging along and is entering a definitive stretch as costs continue to rise. (Virginia Mercury, C-VILLE Weekly)
• South Carolina residents raise concerns about land rights and environmental impacts from a planned Piedmont Natural Gas pipeline. (FOX Carolina)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Fredericksburg, Virginia, takes a first step toward converting its police department fleet to electric vehicles or alternative fuels. (Free Lance-Star)

POLICY:
• A bill filed this week in Texas would add a 1 cent per kWh tax to wind, solar, coal and nuclear generation but would exempt natural gas. (Houston Chronicle)
• A civics group for senior citizens holds an online forum on the Virginia Clean Economy Act and its implementation. (CBS 19)

OIL & GAS: Texas regulators take steps to reduce routine gas flaring, but the changes fall short of the total ban sought by some investors and producers. (Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS: Baton Rouge port officials approve a lease agreement with a Texas company that plans to build a $9.2 billion plant that would use soybean and canola oil, tallow and used cooking oil to produce renewable diesel fuel. (The Advocate)

EMISSIONS: CPS Energy reduced its carbon emissions between 2018 and 2019 but remains one of the largest CO2 polluters in Texas. (San Antonio Express-News)

ACTIVISM: A University of West Florida student leads a campaign asking the school to commit to converting its entire campus to renewable energy by 2050. (Pensacola News Journal)

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OVERSIGHT: Georgia’s secretary of state reschedules a Public Service Commission runoff election to Jan. 5 to coincide with the state’s high-profile U.S. Senate runoffs. (Athen Banner-Herald)

CLIMATE:
• Georgia Sen. David Perdue, facing a runoff election in January, says climate change is a hoax, but the community where he owns a beachfront mansion is building an elaborate and expensive system of jetties and sea walls in response to rising sea levels. (The Intercept)
• A new study published in the journal Nature shows that climate change is pushing hurricanes further inland compared to 50 years ago. (Grist)
• Soaring temperatures and rising sea levels will make parts of the U.S. less habitable, but Americans are still moving to those areas now. (ProPublica)

Dan Haugen

Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.