CLEAN ENERGY: Corporations’ big pledges to cut emissions are turning them into a powerful ally for clean energy as tech and retail companies in particular play a bigger role in steering energy policy. (HuffPost)

SOLAR:
• A new study shows promise for the idea of using tinted, semi-transparent solar panels to grow food and generate clean energy on the same land. (Earther)
• A Nebraska solar farm highlights the tension between an electricity wholesaler and cities seeking to transition to cleaner energy. (Energy News Network)

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UTILITIES:
• A lawsuit from environmental groups claims the Tennessee Valley Authority uses its long-term contracts to prevent local utilities from leaving or obtaining renewable power from other sources. (InsideClimate News)
• An investigation finds PG&E repeatedly pushed back against reforms in California meant to reduce the number of fires sparked by its electrical equipment. (Frontline)

STORAGE: The U.S. energy storage industry continues to grow despite a high-profile battery fire last year that could have slowed the market. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s administration will appeal state regulators’ approval of Enbridge’s plan to replace and expand the Line 3 pipeline, citing the lack of a long-term demand forecast. (MPR News)

COAL:
• U.S. utility executives signal plans to announce even more coal plant retirements as renewable energy prices decline. (S&P Global)
• Coal miners with black lung disease say that staying safe and treating their disease is more complicated during the coronavirus pandemic. (WVPB)

OIL & GAS:
• Environmental groups ask a federal judge to halt a Trump administration rule to allow the transport of liquefied natural gas by rail. (Associated Press)
• A study finds pregnant Latina women exposed to natural gas flaring in South Texas are more likely than white women to give birth prematurely. (Texas Observer)

GRID:
• California’s grid operator rejects President Trump’s false claim that Democrats “intentionally implemented” the state’s rolling blackouts. (PolitiFact)
• New Jersey lawmakers want a say in how the state procures electricity as a battle looms with the regional power grid over how much clean energy is acquired and how it is priced. (NJ Spotlight)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A partnership will bring additional electric vehicle charging stations to Love’s Travel Stops across the U.S. in an effort to relieve drivers’ range anxiety. (CNET)

BIOFUELS: Officials with four influential Iowa agriculture groups urge President Trump to fully support the federal Renewable Fuel Standard or risk political consequences. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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POLITICS:
• The Democratic National Committee quietly drops language from its party platform that called for an end to fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks. (HuffPost)
• The Democrats’ platform still proposes a rapid transition from fossil fuels and emphasis on clean energy jobs and investments. (E&E News)
• The nation’s pipe-fitting and plumbing union backs Joe Biden for president despite their disagreement on the Keystone XL pipeline. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Pipeline developers would be well-served to proactively address environmental justice issues when planning projects, two attorneys write. (Utility Dive)
• The Washington, D.C., sustainability coordinator says the District is a leader in energy efficiency because its policies include building performance standards and promotion of on-site renewable energy production. (GreenBiz)

Dan Haugen

Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.