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Democrats seek to extend tax breaks for wind and solar

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Democratic House leaders include tax break extensions for wind and solar as part of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
The U.S. is the most attractive country for renewable energy investors, according to a report by a consulting firm. (Houston Public Media)
• “Green banks” in states like Connecticut, Florida and Hawaii could provide a model for federal funding of clean energy. (Grist)

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COAL:
• The coronavirus pandemic is cutting short the time that coal communities thought they had to adapt to the industry’s decline. (Energy News Network)
California is leading a coalition of states and New York City to defend Obama-era mercury pollution standards for power plants. (Bloomberg Law)

OIL & GAS: A bill in the U.S. House would create a federal fund to clean up abandoned oil and gas wells, while closing loopholes in the current system. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration overrules North Carolina’s objection to seismic testing for offshore drilling off the coast, allowing companies to submit permits. (NC Policy Watch)

FOSSIL FUELS: Coal, oil and gas companies have been particularly effective in navigating the coronavirus pandemic to win favorable subsidies and regulatory changes. (Yale E360)

PIPELINES:
• The Trump administration finalizes new rules to allow rail shipment of liquefied natural gas, amid pipeline battles in multiple states. (Associated Press)
• Michigan’s attorney general asks a judge to temporarily shut down the Line 5 pipeline after damage to an anchor support was found last week. (Detroit News)

SOLAR:
• A national campaign aims to require solar panels on all new homes in ten states. (PV Magazine)
• Solar panel manufacturing is part of Indigenous author and activist Winona LaDuke’s multi-faceted effort to jumpstart the “next economy.” (Star Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Virginia regulators are asking utilities, companies, organizations and residents to weigh in on the deployment of electric vehicles in the state. (Energy News Network)

TRANSPORTATION: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announces that the state plans to adopt California’s car pollution rules. (Los Angeles Times)

UTILITIES:
• An Illinois agreement that extends the state’s moratorium on utility shut-offs and provides nearly $50 million in ratepayer relief could be a model for other states, consumer advocates say. (Energy News Network)
The Tennessee Valley Authority will allow municipal utilities and electric cooperatives for the first time to generate up to 5% of their own power to sell directly to customers. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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OVERSIGHT: A national utility regulators group will launch a task force focused on emergency preparedness, recovery and resiliency. (Daily Energy Insider)

COMMENTARY: Supreme Court decisions this week could have a major impact on pipeline development in the U.S., an energy reporter writes. (Axios)

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