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A promising climate tool is emerging from the pandemic: telework

EMISSIONS: The use of telework is likely to outlive the coronavirus pandemic and could have a profound impact on emissions, some experts say. (E&E News)

UTILITIES:
• Documents show Duke Energy funneled half a million dollars through a tax-exempt political group before the North Carolina primary, and a state law allows it to hide which candidates benefited. (Energy News Network)
• Utilities are more sheltered from pandemic disruptions than most industries, but they are not immune from business impacts, analysts say. (Greentech Media)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A new Chicago ordinance requires new commercial and residential structures of certain sizes to ensure at least 20% of supplied parking spaces are ready for EV charging. (Utility Dive)
• Ford and Rivian cancel plans to build a Lincoln-branded electric vehicle due to uncertainty caused by the pandemic. (Chicago Tribune)
• Harley Davidson says it remains committed to developing electric motorcycle models. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS:
• The oil industry begins to grumble over President Trump’s pandemic response, with one anonymous official saying the administration “is basically standing on the sidelines coming up with ideas that won’t help us.” (Politico)
• Several expansion projects at Corpus Christi are delayed or rushed because of the oil market crash, threatening jobs and investments. (New York Times)
A judge has temporarily blocked Alaska Native oil and gas companies from accessing $8 billion in COVID-19 relief funds meant for tribal governments. (BuzzFeed News)
• Texas energy regulators will vote next week on a proposal to reduce the state’s oil output after delaying it over concerns of legal challenges. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• A House Oversight committee probe finds FERC consistently sides with gas pipeline companies over property owners in eminent domain disputes. (The Hill)
• Several major pipelines, including the Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley and Permian Highway, could be at risk of delays after a judge ruled the Army Corps of Engineers inappropriately used a permit program. (Reuters)

FOSSIL FUELS: Montana youths file a lawsuit to stop the state from promoting the use of fossil fuels. (InsideClimate News)

COAL ASH: A landmark Clean Water Act ruling by the Supreme Court may have avoided creating a major loophole for coal ash ponds, which could cause debates between industry and environmental groups. (E&E News)

POLLUTION: California regulators say the decline in fossil fuel use during the coronavirus pandemic presents a unique opportunity to study the impacts of air pollution. (Bloomberg Law)

SOLAR: Analysts expect large-scale solar projects — 100 MW or bigger — to increase in the next few years due to corporate demand and declining costs. (PV Magazine)

WIND: Growing interest in microgrids could be reviving the market for distributed wind energy. (Greentech Media)

TRANSMISSION: Lawyers debate the validity of signatures for a proposed ballot referendum on the Clean Energy Connect transmission line, in Maine’s first online Supreme Court hearing. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Advocates urge New Jersey to drop a $24 billion road expansion plan, saying that encouraging more driving does not align with the state’s climate ambitions. (NJ Spotlight)

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OVERSIGHT: The chairperson of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission discusses virtual utility oversight during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
A new Michael Moore-produced film that claims renewables are bad for the environment is “a nihilistic take, riddled with errors about clean energy and climate activism,” Leah Stokes writes. (Vox)
• It’s going to be a rough year for electric vehicles, but advocates shouldn’t lose hope because trends are still in their favor, an analyst writes. (GreenBiz)

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