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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)

ALSO:
• 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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SOLAR:
• 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)

OIL & GAS:
• 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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CLEAN ENERGY:
• 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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