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S.C. lawmakers want to charge $140 million to take TVA coal ash

COAL ASH: In response to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to dump coal ash in a rural county’s landfill, South Carolina lawmakers file a bill that would charge $30 per ton, or $140 million total. (Post and Courier)

ALSO: The Georgia House passes three bills imposing more regulations on coal ash monitoring and management. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) 

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SOLAR: The head of a major rooftop solar company in Houston says he would back the oil industry’s bid for federal aid as long as it’s part of a package that restores federal tax credits for solar. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: Republican-controlled states like Texas are becoming more interested in transitioning to affordable wind and solar. (The Economist, subscription)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina utility Santee Cooper is prepared to finalize a $520 million settlement with ratepayers over its failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil companies like Exxon and BP pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions but continue to flare natural gas in the Permian Basin in Texas. (Reuters)
• Some economists say it could be months or years before Texas recovers from this latest oil bust, which is hurting local economies and jobs. (Star-Telegram)

CORONAVIRUS: Entergy New Orleans says it will halt some customer disconnections amid the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. (WDSU)

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OVERSIGHT: The Florida Senate stalls a bill that would have moved the Office of Energy from the agriculture commissioner’s office to the governor’s office. (Florida Politics)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia’s new clean energy laws don’t address Dominion Energy’s monopoly or protect consumers, says an analyst for a Virginia think tank. (Washington Post)
• Virginia voters “figured out the one weird trick” for passing good climate and clean energy legislation: They put Democrats in charge, David Roberts writes. (Vox)

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