Southeast Energy News

Reminiscent of BP oil spill, coronavirus shuts down Gulf Coast

OIL & GAS: The coronavirus pandemic is shutting down Gulf Coast businesses and tourist attractions, reminding many residents of economic impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill 10 years ago. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
The Texas Railroad Commission becomes integral to international policy as it weighs whether the state should curb crude oil production. (Bloomberg)
Gulf Coast state lawmakers ask the Interior Department to temporarily reduce the royalty rate oil and gas companies pay for offshore drilling operations. (New York Times)

UTILITIES: Utilities in Kentucky, Georgia and elsewhere plan to house key personnel at power plants to ensure facilities remain online during the coronavirus pandemic. (POWER)

COAL:
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says coal mining is an “essential” service during the coronavirus pandemic. (Beckley Register-Herald)
A Kentucky mining company announces it will shut down operations and furlough employees for two weeks due to the pandemic. (WYMT)
Whitesburg, Kentuky, has been struggling because of the decline of coal — and now it’s facing further economic fallout from the coronavirus. (Ohio Valley Resource)
A West Virginia conservation group will study the removal of a dam on the Cheat River that was built for a now-decommissioned coal-fired power plant. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Monroe County, Georgia, officials are considering suing Georgia Power over its delay of coal ash cleanup. (Monroe County Reporter)

SOLAR:
Solar advocates are hopeful West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will soon sign a bill into law that allows utilities to take on solar energy projects. (WV News)
A Virginia county files a lawsuit over road traffic from construction of a solar project in a neighboring county. (Free Lance-Star)
A 111-solar panel project on a public library in West Virginia comes online. (Herald-Mail Media)
For the next month, the Tennessee Valley Authority is looking for proposals to add another 200 MW of solar by 2023. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

NUCLEAR: Southern Company’s CEO says construction on Plant Vogtle in Georgia is “going well” and hasn’t encountered major slowdowns from the coronavirus despite employees being tested. (Bloomberg Environment)

WIND: Dominion Energy’s two-turbine offshore wind pilot project could spur growth in the industry, according to a report from a wind energy group. (Recharge) 

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