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

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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• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.