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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)

• 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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CLIMATE: Coronavirus fears have not diluted Americans’ concern about climate change, according to a new national survey. (New York Times)

• Tesla is reportedly deciding between Austin and Tulsa as the site of its next U.S. factory, though the company has not commented. (Axios)
• Global electric car sales are projected to fall this year, but not as badly as sales of combustion engine cars, according to BloombergNEF analysts. (Reuters) 

• A request by Tesla reveals a deep divide between Texas’ grid operator and utility regulators over how to accommodate battery storage. (Houston Chronicle)
• Integrating energy storage with electric vehicle charging will be important for helping to manage EVs growing demands on the grid, a report says. (Utility Dive)

CARBON: The founders of online payment company Stripe will spend $1 million funding experimental carbon reduction projects instead of buying cheap, conventional carbon offsets. (Reuters) 

An anaerobic digester at a Vermont dairy farm is under construction to provide renewable natural gas to a college and a utility. (Energy News Network)
The U.S. Supreme Court will not weigh in on legal disputes over the U.S. EPA’s implementation of the renewable fuel standard. (E&E News, subscription)

• American Resources Corporation has not complied with a bankruptcy court’s orders to pay for reclamation and employee wages, even after receiving $2.7 million in emergency pandemic funding. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• A federal court approves a deal requiring two federal agencies to review the environmental impacts of coal mining on endangered species like West Virginia’s Guyandotte River crayfish. (WVPB)

OFFSHORE WIND: Maryland legislators want federal regulators to reverse a ruling they say will hurt offshore wind’s ability to compete in capacity auctions. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: An Ohio company plans to manufacture thin-film cadmium telluride solar panels in a market dominated by First Solar for the past decade. (PV Magazine)

EMISSIONS: Virginia lawmakers pressure Dominion Energy to “further expand its investment” in clean energy and efficiency, saying its integrated resource plan is not enough. (S&P Global)

OVERSIGHT: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee is reportedly considering a run for governor in Virginia. (The Hill)

LEGISLATION: A New Jersey bill would allocate 10% of the state’s clean energy fund to environmental justice communities for solar, renewables and energy efficiency. (NJ Spotlight)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Advocates anticipate a rebound for the clean energy industry, though the path ahead remains unclear. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

COMMENTARY: As more consumers switch to electric heating and appliances, they need to be cautious about utility demand charges, writes the president and CEO of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative. (Utility Dive)

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