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Pennsylvania, Massachusetts see big loss in clean energy jobs 

CLEAN ENERGY: A new report finds the U.S. lost more than 100,000 clean energy jobs in March, with Pennsylvania and Massachusetts among the hardest-hit states. (Reuters, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Boston Business Journal)

SOLAR:
• Massachusetts updates solar financing regulations for an incentive program that aims to double its capacity from 1,600 to 3,200 MW. (WBUR)
Community solar appears to be holding its own as residential installations collapse during the coronavirus pandemic. (Greentech Media)

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NUCLEAR:
Federal regulators for the second time determine that a natural gas pipeline running near the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York does not pose a safety threat. (E&E News, subscription required)
Pennsylvania nuclear plant operators are taking extra steps to protect workers during refueling outages as work is completed at the Limerick plant where two workers tested positive for COVID-19. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

PIPELINES:
Congress members from Maryland, Massachusetts and other states urge federal regulators to impose a moratorium on new gas pipeline approvals during the coronavirus outbreak. (E&E News, subscription required)
Opponents of a Massachusetts compressor station write to federal regulators to say out-of-state construction workers are not following social distancing and other COVID-19 mitigation rules. (Patriot Ledger)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania officials say 500 construction workers do not need a coronavirus waiver and can return to the job at an ethane cracker plant. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

FUEL CELLS: A local water pollution control authority installs a fuel cell to power its treatment plant. (The Day)

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OFFSHORE WIND: A fishing industry group wants to pause any planning for offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine during the coronavirus pandemic. (NHPR)

COMMENTARY: A local official says Rhode Island needs a more balanced clean energy policy that does not favor large-scale developments at the expense of smaller, home-based projects. (ecoRI)

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