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“My reaction was ‘hallelujah.’” Activists celebrate pipeline victories

PIPELINES: Southeast activists who spent six years fighting the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline celebrate developers’ decision over the weekend to abandon the project amid mounting delays and legal uncertainty. (NBC News)

• On Monday, a federal judge ruled the Dakota Access pipeline must be shut down and emptied of oil by Aug. 5 pending an environmental review. (NPR)
• Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Trump administration request to allow construction on parts of the Keystone XL pipeline. (New York Times)
• The Supreme Court also reinstated an Army Corps of Engineers program that’s used to fast-track water crossing permits for pipelines. (The Hill)   

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• Utility-scale solar installations accelerated in the first quarter, with capacity exceeding last year’s by 65.5%, according to an industry report. (S&P Global)
• The nation’s leading solar installer, Sunrun, announces plans to acquire its largest competitor, Vivint Solar. (Greentech Media)
• Minnesota’s community solar program continues to be a national leader despite utility opposition and pandemic disruptions. (Energy News Network)

WIND: The Interior Department plans to issue new proposed rules to expedite offshore wind energy development that could go into effect in 2021. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Coal companies received at least $170 million in small business loans under the U.S. coronavirus relief program. (Bloomberg)

• Declining costs of wind and solar are setting up a new dispute between clean energy advocates and the natural gas industry. (New York Times)
• Berkshire Hathaway agrees to a $9.7 billion investment in Dominion Energy’s natural gas transmission and storage business a year after chairman and CEO Warren Buffett said he mistakenly invested in an oil company. (E&E News)
The EPA’s retreat on oil and gas regulation leaves decisions on Permian Basin methane emissions to Texas and New Mexico, two states with very different attitudes towards emissions. (E&E News)
U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillett signs an order authorizing exports from the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal in Oregon. (Associated Press)

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• As pipeline projects fall to opposition, utilities increasingly see renewable energy as a less costly and risky alternative to fossil fuels. (Greentech Media)
• An Iowa community pursues solar and energy efficiency investments as a jobs program and to help low-income residents. (Yale Climate Connections)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine continues with its rollout of electric vehicle charging stations as it counts on tourists returning after the pandemic fades. (Energy News Network)

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