SOLAR: The coronavirus pandemic is hitting residential solar installers particularly hard, especially those that rely on selling systems door-to-door or having customers sign long-term contracts. (Greentech Media)

• The federal government has delayed a permit for a large solar farm in Nevada over concerns about its potential impact on a historic trail. (Reuters)
• The pandemic could delay construction of 5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar projects in the U.S., according to Wood Mackenzie research. (Greentech Media)

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• The coronavirus has created uncertainty for state clean energy legislation, electric vehicle sales, rooftop solar and climate action. (InsideClimate News)
• State officials representing over a quarter of the country’s power sales announce a new coalition centered on 100% carbon-free targets. (E&E News)
• Iberdrola, parent of U.S developer Avangrid Renewables, says it plans to “turbo-charge” development as soon as work is able to resume. (Greentech Media)

• House Democrats’ next economic stimulus package includes $34.3 billion for grid security and modernization. (Bloomberg)
California’s grid operator is increasingly curtailing renewable energy as the demand for solar power lessens due to the coronavirus crisis. (Greentech Media)

• The oil and gas industry’s pandemic wish list to President Trump includes a measure that could speed the criminalization of fossil fuel protests. (Drilled)
• Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says oil companies are eligible for aid from new lending programs being set up by the Federal Reserve. (Axios)
• President Trump does not plan to ask U.S. oil producers for a coordinated cut in production, according to a senior administration official. (Reuters)
• Talk of negative oil prices is increasing because of the coronavirus crisis and increasing market volatility. (E&E News)

PIPELINES: Legal experts anticipate recent federal court rulings involving environmental reviews for the Dakota Access pipeline to fuel an uptick in environmental cases that take a similar approach. (Bloomberg Law)

COAL: Murray Energy wants the federal government to take over health care payments to its retirees as the company navigates the bankruptcy process. (Wheeling News-Register)

• Statewide clean energy legislation across the country is largely on hold as lawmakers press pause during the pandemic. (E&E News, subscription)
• New York lawmakers agree on a state budget that includes streamlined permits for large renewable projects and a fracking ban. (Albany Times Union)
• Oregon environmentalists still aim to have a climate measure calling for 100% carbon-free resources by 2045 on the November ballot thanks to a $1 million loan. (Portland Business Journal, subscription)

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OVERSIGHT: The U.S. EPA extends a deadline for public comment on the agency’s proposed rule limiting use of studies containing private data. (The Hill)

• It’s a shame that it took a pandemic to show us how much more livable and healthier our cities could be without vehicle pollution, an urban affairs professor writes. (American Prospect)
• Claims that building the Keystone XL pipeline now will strengthen energy security are “obvious nonsense” given the record glut of oil, Bill McKibben writes. (New Yorker)
• Gutting fuel economy standards during a pandemic is “peak Trump,” complete with petty motivations and incompetent execution, David Roberts writes. (Vox)

Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.