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Pandemic continues to take toll on clean energy jobs

CLEAN ENERGY: A new report finds more than 620,000 clean energy jobs have been lost during the coronavirus pandemic, most of which came from the energy efficiency sector. (Reuters, ACORE)

UTILITIES: California utility PG&E is reportedly set to plead guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with 2018’s deadly Camp Fire during a court hearing today. (Associated Press) 

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SOLAR:
Utility opposition to community solar has been successful in part because many policymakers are unfamiliar with the concept, a recent Ohio study suggests. (Energy News Network)
• Groups and individuals file hundreds of comments with federal regulators opposing a proposal that would upend net metering and remove state-level control. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: Purdue University researchers and clean energy startups are developing cheaper and more environmentally friendly anchors for floating offshore wind turbines. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
An analysis finds nearly 3 million abandoned oil and gas wells around the U.S. emitted 281 kilotons of methane in 2018. (Reuters)
Pennsylvania’s attorney general will pursue charges, including nine felonies, against an oil and gas operator for pollution incidents made notorious by the 2010 film Gasland. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Florida lawmakers question the Interior Department after they reportedly said they’d start pursuing oil and gas drilling off the coast of Florida following the November election. (The Hill)
• Chesapeake Energy is expected to file for bankruptcy as early as this week. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• The Supreme Court reverses a lower court’s decision and upholds a U.S. Forest Service permit allowing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail. (Grist)
• The Trump administration asks the Supreme Court to block a judge’s order temporarily halting the use of the Army Corps of Engineers’ water crossing permitting program for new oil and gas pipelines. (E&E News, subscription)
A pipeline leak causes more than 34,000 gallons of brine to spill in western North Dakota. (Associated Press)

COAL: The impending closure of a Portland General Electric-owned coal-fired plant will mark the end of coal power in Oregon. (Bend Bulletin)

EQUITY:
• New Jersey increases efforts to bring energy to disadvantaged communities including a proposal to create an Office of Clean Energy Equity. (NJ Spotlight)
• Organizers announce that the National Black Environmental Justice Network is relaunching. (The Hill)

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POLITICS: Democratic National Committee leadership are reportedly upset that the party’s climate council released policy recommendations that go farther than what has been proposed by Joe Biden. (Reuters) 

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