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Has the world reached peak carbon?

CLIMATE: Goldman Sachs analysts don’t assume energy-related emissions will fully rebound after the pandemic, suggesting the world may have already reached peak carbon for energy. (CNBC)

DEEPWATER HORIZON:
• On the 10-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, BP-funded recovery programs are slow moving, coastal fishing communities are struggling, and residents are still dealing with health effects. (The Guardian, Houston Chronicle, HuffPost)
• The oil and gas industry says it’s better prepared to respond to a similar event, but critics want stronger regulation, and bipartisan Florida legislators say offshore drilling is still a threat. (NPR, Florida Politics)

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FOSSIL FUELS:
• The New York City Council is expected to consider a resolution today demanding banks, asset managers and insurance companies that the city does business with divest from oil, gas and coal. (HuffPost)
• The oil and gas industry is forging ahead with new drilling and pipeline projects in Texas, West Virginia and elsewhere, despite the pandemic. (HuffPost)
The Trump administration is aiming to help oil and gas drillers by raising loan limits available under a stimulus package and barring lenders from discriminating against such companies. (Reuters)

COAL:
• Environmental groups and utilities file briefs in a high-stakes legal battle over the Trump administration’s rollback of power plant regulations. (The Hill)
• The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the decline of the coal industry, which was already struggling with bankruptcies and layoffs. (Associated Press)
• Appalachian coal miners with black lung disease worry about their safety during the coronavirus pandemic. (The Guardian)

SOLAR:
• The Trump administration again removes a tariff exemption for two-sided solar panels, saying it was “undermining the objectives.” (Greentech Media)
• Minnesota solar installers continue work with only limited disruptions as the sector is exempted from the state’s stay-at-home order. (Energy News Network)
• An Ohio regulator and longtime critic of renewable energy says his concerns were resolved before approving an 80 MW solar project. (Energy News Network)
• A University of Minnesota researcher wins federal funding to study the costs and benefits of distributed solar for electric cooperatives. (Energy News Network)

STORAGE: An Oakland, California collaboration between PG&E and a community choice aggregator shows how grid batteries could be more efficient and bankable by offering different services to multiple customers. (Utility Dive)

WIND: Wind has surpassed coal as the largest source of electricity in Iowa and Kansas, according to a national wind energy trade group. (Des Moines Register, Kansas City Star)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Momentum for clean energy in Maine was strong with new state incentives across many technologies, but much of that work has stalled due to coronavirus shutdowns. (Portland Press Herald)
Long Island sees a “lost spring” for clean energy development, so its utilities look to contractors to see what a recovery may look like after the pandemic passes. (Newsday)

NUCLEAR: The fate of state-sponsored clean energy subsidies in PJM is a life-or-death question for the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

TRANSPORTATION: New Jersey will steer three-fourths of the $80 million it receives from a regional emissions compact toward electrifying the transportation sector. (NJ Spotlight)

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BIOFUELS: As ethanol output falls alongside gasoline demand, the beverage industry worries about shortages of carbon dioxide for beer, soda and seltzer water. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: Two clean energy experts say additional coronavirus stimulus packages should focus on areas where new jobs can be created, like clean energy infrastructure, clean transportation and energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

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