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BP says “peak oil” may have already passed

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OIL & GAS: In an annual energy report, BP says global oil consumption may have already peaked, and predicts unprecedented growth in renewable energy. (The Guardian)

ALSO:
• A secret recording made at an 2019 industry gathering shows oil executives worried about the optics of flaring natural gas that is uneconomical to recover. (New York Times)
• An investigation finds the oil industry has been misleading the public on the economics of recycling plastic, with most of it going to landfills. (NPR)
• North Carolina will continue its lawsuit against the federal government’s decision to advance seismic testing off the state’s Atlantic coast even after a company withdrew its request to do so. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE: Ahead of President Trump’s visit to California today, Western governors and other officials escalate warnings that climate change is fueling the region’s deadly wildfires. (Associated Press) 

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A Department of Energy report says wind and solar will be the fastest growing sources of new capacity for 2020, accounting for more than 37 GW combined. (Houston Chronicle)
• Google’s CEO says the company has a “stretch goal” of running its offices and data centers on 100% clean energy by 2030. (Reuters)
• Investors and developers at a virtual conference say the capital markets for renewable energy are “flush with liquidity” after a brief disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. (S&P Global)
• Analysts say frayed relations with China could disrupt clean energy adoption in the U.S. (Greentech Media)

POLLUTION:
• The EPA estimates more than 500,000 diesel pickups in the U.S. have had pollution controls “deleted” by their owners with aftermarket devices. (FairWarning)
• Another study finds a link between air pollution exposure and COVID-19 deaths. (E&E News)

PIPELINES:
• The GOP-led Minnesota Senate ousts the state’s commerce commissioner after the agency continued legal challenges to the Line 3 pipeline replacement. (Star Tribune)
• Pennsylvania environmental officials order a reroute of a 1-mile section of the Mariner East pipeline following a mud spill that polluted a state park lake. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

SOLAR:
• Ash and smoke from wildfires has cut solar production as much as 20% in parts of California, according to the state’s grid operator. (KQED)
A Florida legislator’s push to review the state’s solar net metering rules follows direct communication with utilities and more than $20,000 in campaign contributions, a watchdog group reports. (Energy & Policy Institute)
• As a developer seeks approval to build five solar farms totaling up to 138 megawatts in capacity, local officials in South Carolina fixate on end-of-life disposal plans for the panels. (Myrtle Beach Sun)

WIND: California researchers say offshore wind turbines could potentially be more valuable than solar and land-based wind in providing energy when the state needs it most. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

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COAL: A family rooted in Pennsylvania’s coal country struggles with the state’s dependence on fossil fuels for jobs and energy and the imperatives of climate change. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” A clean energy group says Florida officials shouldn’t mess with the state’s solar net metering policy. (CleanEnergy.org)
• President Trump’s “allegiances have shifted” as he reportedly directs the U.S. EPA to reject waivers sought by U.S. oil refiners from biofuel blending requirements, an analyst writes. (Forbes)

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