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Are local governments ready for more solar?

SOLAR: Utilities and developers are preparing to build thousands of megawatts of solar across Michigan, but most communities don’t have local policies to govern the land-use impacts, researchers find. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE:
Oregon Democrats abruptly adjourn the state legislature for the year, 11 days after Republicans walked out over a contentious cap-and-trade bill. (Oregonian)
Virginia’s House barely passes the Clean Economy Act, an omnibus energy bill to get the state to zero carbon emissions by 2050. (WVTF) 

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GRID:
The Texas grid manager says the state is expected to use record amounts of electricity this summer, but the grid should be able to handle the peak load because of new wind and solar generation. (Austin American-Statesman)
Upper Midwest utilities predict major grid and transmission investments will be needed in the coming decades to maintain reliability as coal plants close and more renewables come online. (Star Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: A Connecticut bill backed by regulators and environmental groups would require homeowners and property managers to disclose energy costs when selling a residence. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Orsted could remain the unchallenged offshore wind leader for several years in part due to its project queue of 2.9 GW in the Northeast. (Greentech Media)
• An unexpected federal delay of a Massachusetts project last year prompts a lobbying blitz by the offshore wind industry. (E&E News, subscription)

STORAGE: Energy storage in New York has grown even faster than state officials anticipated when an incentive program was launched two years ago, with the interconnection queue growing from 100 to 1,000 MW. (Greentech Media)

HYDROPOWER: Critics say some of a proposed California hydro plant’s facilities would flood scenic canyons, interrupting free-flowing stretches of river and harming fish and wildlife. (Los Angeles Times)

OIL & GAS:
U.S. oil and gas companies continue to boast about booming production as European rivals increasingly tout transitions to cleaner energy. (Reuters)
An “instant demand shock” caused by coronavirus-related precautions has caused the biggest ever drop in global oil demand. (Earther)
U.S. natural gas companies are scaling up programs to capture, cleanup and sell methane from hog manure and sewage plants. (E&E News)
A decision by Texas prosecutors to downgrade charges against oil and gas protestors defers a potential debate over a controversial new anti-pipeline protest law. (InsideClimate News)

PIPELINES:
Documents show Jim Beam bourbon asked a Kentucky utility to supply more natural gas but didn’t want to pay for a new gas pipeline; a year later, the utility asked regulators for ratepayers to bear the costs. (WFPL)
• President Trump says his administration will continue to fight New York’s effort to block natural gas pipelines that would connect Pennsylvania to New England. (Times Herald-Record)

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UTILITIES:
Tennessee lawmakers write to President Trump urging him not to sell the TVA’s transmission assets to help pay federal debt. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Activists accuse a Maine utility of intimidation after learning it hired a private investigator to follow a transmission line opponent. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• A group helps residents in a rural Minnesota county discuss approaches to wind energy development to “shape energy policy and action.” (Daily Yonder)
A California environmental justice advocate says natural gas endangers working families and the environment. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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