PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents again take legal action to stop the project, asking a federal appeals court to review newly reissued permits for it to cross streams and wetlands in West Virginia and Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Tampa Electric Co. asks state regulators to approve a four-year pilot program that would involve installing about 200 charging stations. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Georgia Power announces plans to electrify part of its vehicle fleet, including half of its light vehicles, forklifts and ATV/carts, by 2030. (news release)

SOLAR:
• As Virginia schools increasingly adopt solar power, a utility contract in Appalachian Power territory is getting in the way. (Virginia Mercury)
• Solar developers continue to build large projects to meet corporate clean energy demand, including a 315 MW project in Texas. (PV Magazine)
• A Southwest Arkansas electric cooperative unveils a completed solar array that will add about 2,250 MWh annually to its system. (Magnolia Reporter)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia University engineers receive a $3 million federal grant to develop a method for capturing emissions at shale gas production sites. (WVNews)
• Chevron is reducing production and laying off workers at its largest U.S. refinery in Mississippi due to falling demand. (Mississippi Business Journal)

COAL ASH: North Carolina regulators continue to investigate a sinkhole collapse at a parking lot built on coal ash deposit. (Record & Landmark)

UTILITIES:
• A Jacksonville committee investigating an attempt to sell the city’s municipal utility is given more time to complete its work. (Jacksonville Daily Record)
• Rising natural gas prices are increasing Xcel Energy bills in Texas, but a new wind farm is expected to bring prices back down next year. (KFDA)
• A Virginia municipal utility official says natural gas and solar additions to the grid have driven down electricity prices in recent years. (Danville Register & Bee)

TRANSPORTATION: University of Tennessee-Chattanooga researchers receive a $1.89 million federal grant to create an adaptive traffic control system for intersections that reduces fuel consumption. (Cities Today)

COMMENTARY:
• An analyst says information about a proposed regional electricity market has leaked out slowly in recent months. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Entergy’s plan to achieve “net-zero emissions” by 2050 would still rely on gas to generate as much as a quarter of its electric capacity. (Energy & Policy Institute)

Dan Haugen

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.