Biden would kill Keystone XL permit if elected, campaign says

PIPELINES: Joe Biden’s campaign says if elected he would rescind President Trump’s permit allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to cross the border into the United States, effectively killing the project. (Politico)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette accuses banks of “redlining” oil and gas investments, comparing restrictions on financing Arctic drilling projects to past policies of refusing mortgages to communities of color. (Axios)
• As public meetings for proposals to expand oil and gas drilling move online, Native Americans are worried they won’t be heard. (Washington Post)
• Undersea avalanches in the Gulf of Mexico are more common than previously thought, raising concerns about offshore oil infrastructure. (National Geographic)

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Report: Pandemic wipes out five years of solar job gains

SOLAR: The U.S. solar industry has lost 65,000 jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, erasing five years of job gains, according to an industry group’s analysis. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• North Carolina’s solar industry is weathering the pandemic better than those in most states, in part because of the prevalence of large-scale projects. (Energy News Network)
• The Nature Conservancy is seeking a partner to help develop solar on 13,000 acres of cleared minelands in southwest Virginia. (Energy News Network)

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POLLUTION: Studies show low-income communities of color near refineries, power plants and other air pollution sources are more at risk for lung disease and other ailments that put people at higher risk for Covid-19, though scientists are still trying to understand the connections.

Tesla promises to reveal battery breakthrough later this month

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla says a new battery under development could make its electric cars as cheap as gasoline models, and that the batteries could find a second life as grid resources. (Reuters) 

SOLAR:
• Tesla’s solar manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York, remains closed as the company defies stay-at-home orders by reopening its California auto factory. (Greentech Media)
• General Motors plans to buy enough solar energy from a project in Mississippi to power its Tennessee assembly plant by late 2022. (Associated Press)

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OFFSHORE WIND: A new report says a planned transmission system to serve multiple offshore wind farms in New England could save consumers $1 billion.

Report: pandemic wipes out 600,000 clean energy jobs

CLEAN ENERGY: The U.S. clean energy sector lost 17% of its workforce, nearly 600,000 jobs, during March and April due to the economic disruption from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Nationwide, most job losses are coming from the energy efficiency sector, and the outlook is bleaker than earlier expected. (Bloomberg Law)
• The U.S. is falling behind other countries in the transition to clean energy, according to a new annual report from the World Economic Forum. (CNN)
• The country is on track for the first time ever to produce more electricity this year from renewables than from coal, federal projections show. (New York Times)

***SPONSORED LINK: Applications are now open for the Veterans Advanced Energy Fellowship, a yearlong program for high-performing, high-potential military veterans in advanced energy, presented by the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center.

Report: Clear skies give a hint of electric vehicle future

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Air quality during the pandemic is giving the country a futuristic glimpse of the clearer skies that could come with an electric vehicle fleet, a NOAA study finds. (Reuters) 

ALSO:
• Auto industry turmoil brought on by the pandemic could end up being a good thing for electric car startups like Byton and Lucid, experts say. (New York Times)
• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he spoke with Tesla CEO Elon Musk about moving the company’s headquarters to the state due to his frustrations over California’s rules during the pandemic. (Reuters)
• Tesla completely reopens its Nevada Gigafactory, where it makes batteries for its electric cars and energy storage products, as well as parts for the Model 3. (Verge)

***SPONSORED LINK: Applications are now open for the Veterans Advanced Energy Fellowship, a yearlong program for high-performing, high-potential military veterans in advanced energy, presented by the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center.