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Virginia bill would reclaim state’s authority over Dominion’s profits

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UTILITIES: Two Virginia lawmakers introduce a bipartisan bill that would reestablish state regulators’ authority to set electric rates and profit levels for Dominion Energy. (Washington Post)

ALSO: Customers of a Memphis utility could see a rate hike anywhere from 6% to 21% by 2026 if the company continues to buy power from the Tennessee Valley Authority, according to a consulting firm’s report. (Local Memphis) 

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RENEWABLES: Georgetown, Texas, hailed as the largest city in the U.S. to run on renewables, will allow a subsidiary of Shell Oil to take over management of its energy portfolio. (KUT)

SOLAR:
• The Florida Municipal Power Agency says it started the second phase of a major solar project that will add another 149 MW of solar to the grid. (Florida Politics)
• An Arkansas bank is developing a solar farm that will provide enough energy to power its new headquarters and up to 40 other locations. (KATV)
• Hunt County, Texas, commissioners hear proposals for three new solar projects to help reduce electricity costs for customers. (Herald Banner)
• North Carolina remains the nation’s second-ranked state for solar, but new construction is slow, according to a report. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. energy regulators approve a company’s request to start site preparation work at a proposed liquefied natural gas export project in Louisiana. (Reuters)
• One of Texas’ top oil and gas regulators defends the practice of allowing shale producers to flare natural gas and slams fracking ban proposals. (Bloomberg)
• Risks of earthquakes in Texas and Oklahoma from increased oil and gas activity were not included in a long-term earthquake hazard map by the U.S. Geological Survey. (KUT)

COAL: Coal production employment in the U.S. has been cut nearly in half since 2011, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration. (Lex 18)

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline will pay $2.15 million for environmental damage it has caused in southwest Virginia, and could be fined more for additional violations. (Roanoke Times)

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