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Renewables industry prepares case for next stimulus package 

RENEWABLES: The U.S. renewables industry is preparing proposals to bring to Congress for the next round of coronavirus stimulus legislation. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: Some Virginia lawmakers want to slow down the timeline of Virginia’s historic renewable energy legislation because of the coronavirus pandemic, but others disagree. (WVTF)

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SOLAR:
• A study set for release later this year will conclude that disposing solar panels in landfills is unlikely to harm human health. (Greentech Media)
• One of Tesla’s biggest solar roof installations yet is an 18 kilowatt system on a home in Orlando, Florida. (Electrek)

STORAGE:
• A San Diego utility’s project shows how grid-scale vanadium batteries could help California achieve its zero carbon goals by storing excess electricity. (Wired)
Battery storage is added to an Illinois wind project to deliver frequency regulation in the PJM market. (Energy Storage News)

SUSTAINABILITY: A Connecticut development shows the energy efficiency advantages of European-style “co-housing.” (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• The CEOs from at least seven oil companies are set to meet Friday at the White House with President Trump to discuss energy policy. (CNBC)
Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the U.S. oil industry is “on the verge of a massive collapse.” (USA Today)
A Pennsylvania town fends off a proposed injection well of fracking wastewater by using a novel legal theory creating “rights of nature.” (Rolling Stone)

POLLUTION:
California groups are asking Gov. Gavin Newsom and state air regulators to stay on track with air, public health, and climate regulations during the coronavirus crisis. (Bloomberg Environment)
Scientists say the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 gives a glimpse of how oceans and the atmosphere react to a post-carbon world. (Maine Public)

TRANSPORTATION: California’s attorney general says the state will take “any steps necessary, including legal action” to preserve its authority to set vehicle emission standards. (CalMatters)

BIOGAS: An Oregon utility is preparing to spend $30 million on renewable natural gas infrastructure following passage of a law last fall allowing the investments. (Energy News Network)

COAL: Alliance stops production at all of its Illinois Basin coal mines to evaluate customer needs amid the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in hundreds of layoffs for at least two weeks. (Mining Magazine, WFIE)

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DIVESTMENT: Despite pressure from youth activists, Minnesota financial officials are reluctant to divest the state’s portfolio from fossil fuel companies. (City Pages)

CLIMATE: The United Nations postpones this year’s climate talks, which were scheduled for Glasgow in November, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (New York Times)

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