CLEAN ENERGY: Dominion Energy’s opposition to an Ohio village’s 100% clean energy goal appears part of a larger trend of gas utilities becoming more active at the local government level. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A Minneapolis entrepreneur is moving forward with plans for a renewable energy job training center and hopes to start some classes this summer. (Finance & Commerce)

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Illinois’ attorney general sues the companies that oversaw the demolition of a coal plant smokestack in Chicago, claiming the operation caused air pollution that harmed nearby residents. (Chicago Sun-Times) 

RENEWABLES: Minneapolis is outpacing the rest of Minnesota in renewable energy, with one-third of its portfolio coming from renewables. (Southwest Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Buildings account for a vast majority of U.S. electricity consumption and represent a major source of load flexibility through energy efficiency and demand response, a report finds. (Utility Dive)

COAL: The U.S. Small Business Administration has given more than $31 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans to publicly traded coal companies. (Bloomberg Law)

SOLAR:
• Wisconsin’s solar industry is contending with decreased demand for some projects due to the pandemic. (The Daily Reporter, subscription)
• Data show the pandemic has had less of an effect on residential solar’s year-over-year growth than expected. (PV Magazine)

OIL & GAS: Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet regrets his $10 billion investment into an oil company last year and plans to invest more in wind and solar. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES: A northern Minnesota regional development commission announces its support for the Line 3 pipeline replacement and expansion. (Bemidji Pioneer)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla postpones the first delivery of its semi-truck to 2021, citing battery supply constraints that could have slowed production on other models. (Transport Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Climate activists can organize more public debates and create more political analysis as the coronavirus prevents mass pipeline protests, says the head of an Indigenous advocacy group. (Grist)
• Indigenous activist and author Winona LaDuke says oil companies are growing desperate to rush pipeline projects like Keystone XL and Line 3. (The Circle)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.