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Nuclear, renewables surpass coal on Tennessee Valley Authority system 

RENEWABLES: The Tennessee Valley Authority got more power from nuclear and renewables than coal during the first three months of 2020. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

NATURAL GAS: A union president representing California gas utility workers successfully blocked a city’s proposal to encourage all-electric buildings by threatening to bus in “hundreds of pissed off people potentially adding to this pandemic.” (Los Angeles Times)

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CLIMATE:
Oil companies argued before an appeals court yesterday that a climate lawsuit led by Colorado communities should be moved to federal court. (Drilled News)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says fighting climate change helped prepare his state for the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg)

POLITICS:
• A new conservative advocacy group launches to promote innovation and mitigation strategies around climate change. (E&E News, subscription)
Utah Republican U.S. Representative John Curtis says there are good solutions to combat climate change that can be bipartisan. (Deseret News)

EMISSIONS: New York will next year include emissions from combustion turbines smaller than 25 MW in its calculations of allowable CO2 tonnage. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
Navajo Power partners with solar developer sPower on a co-development deal to pursue a 200 MW solar bid with an Arizona utility. (Greentech Media)
• Residential solar installer Sunrun reports year-over-year growth in the first quarter, but only the tail end was affected by the pandemic. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE: A new report highlights states that are leading  in adopting new policies in the first quarter of this year to encourage energy storage. (PV Magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A southwestern Illinois school district purchases its first round of electric buses using Volkswagen settlement funds with a tentative plan to replace half of its fleet with electric models in 15 years. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Nearly 80 organizations launch an ad campaign urging Dominion Energy to abandon the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: The coronavirus pandemic has so far not altered utility plans to retire coal plants. (S&P Global)

GRID:
• Decreased power demand combined with weak natural gas prices has pushed down power costs across grid operator MISO’s territory. (S&P Global)
• The Energy Information Agency says power demand in New York fell up to 14% below projections in March and April due to the pandemic. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

OIL & GAS:
• Houston oil field services company Halliburton lays off 1,000 employees at its headquarters. (The Advocate)
North Dakota officials launch a task force to help oil and gas drillers with a variety of incentives as the number of wells shrinks and production hits its lowest level in five years. (Associated Press)
• Texas regulators relax rules about where companies can store oil underground, raising concerns from environmental groups.  (E&E News, subscription)

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POLICY: Clean energy legislation is on hold in Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan as lawmakers focus their attention on the pandemic. (National Law Review)

COMMENTARY:
• The pandemic shows more clearly than ever that individual action on climate change will never be enough without systemic change, a journalist writes. (HuffPost)
• Indigenous activist Chase Iron Eyes said recent court rulings on pipeline projects “justify the stand” he and others took at Standing Rock. (Daily Climate)

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