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TVA will allow utilities to generate 5% of their own power to sell

COAL: Appalachia and Wyoming coal communities are vital revenue engines, but amid a decline in coal and the pandemic, they’re facing devastation with little time to adjust to new realities. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Tennessee coal company Contura Energy will idle an underground mine in West Virginia. (S&P Global)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Virginia regulators are asking utilities, companies, organizations and residents to weigh in on the deployment of electric vehicles in the state.  (Energy News Network) 

UTILITIES:
The Tennessee Valley Authority will allow municipal utilities and electric cooperatives for the first time to generate up to 5% of their own power to sell directly to customers. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
South Carolina utility Santee Cooper extends the contracts of two executives amid continuing debate by state lawmakers on whether or not to sell the companyit. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: The U.S. is the most attractive country for renewable energy investors, according to a report by a consulting firm — and one analyst says Houston, Texas, could help lead the way. (Houston Public Media)

SOLAR:
By the end of June, two of five new Florida solar farms are expected to be in operation and providing power to six Florida municipal utilities. (Orlando Sentinel)
A Little Rock, Arkansas, solar company will begin construction this week on a long-awaited solar project for the city of Hot Springs. (Arkansas Business)

PIPELINES:
• While Dominion seeks a two-year extension for construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, opponents are challenging its 2017 FERC approval, asking whether the project is really needed. (NC Policy Watch, Virginia Mercury) 
• Blanco County, Texas, residents sue Kinder Morgan, alleging the pipeline company violated the Clean Water Act when pumping 36,000 gallons of drilling fluid into an aquifer. (Austin American-Statesman)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration overrules North Carolina’s objection to seismic testing for offshore drilling off the coast, allowing companies to submit permits. (NC Policy Watch)

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OIL & GAS: At least four Louisiana oil and gas companies have filed for bankruptcy in recent weeks due to the economic downturn during the coronavirus pandemic. (The Advocate)

COMMENTARY: Virginia can’t afford to keep outdated building efficiency standards, a longtime Sierra Club volunteer says. (Virginia Mercury)

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