CLEAN ENERGY: A new study says the U.S. grid could be powered by 90% clean energy by 2035, at a cost cheaper than fossil fuel alternatives. (Greentech Media)

POLITICS:
• White House energy advisors say a second Trump term would mean further dismantling of environmental protection and expansion of the fossil fuel industry. (E&E News)
• Federal agencies are investigating a hacking campaign that has targeted activists, banks, journalists and others critical of the oil industry. (New York Times)

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WIND:
• Federal officials release the environmental assessment for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project that says six configurations would have roughly the same effect on the fishing industry. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• Massachusetts fishermen criticize a state compensation plan to offset the effects of offshore wind development, saying it undervalues industry contributions and was developed without their input. (National Fisherman)
• The Department of Energy is working with the International Energy Agency on development of massive turbines that could produce up to 15 MW each for offshore wind farms. (E&E News, subscription required)
• A new Nature Conservancy project maps areas where wind farms will have the least impact on wildlife. (Yale Climate Connections)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Trump administration’s disregard for climate change is being met with resistance from federal judges, jeopardizing oil and gas development plans throughout the West. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

NATURAL GAS: California officials face the challenge of planning the state’s future natural gas system as cities adopt electrification ordinances. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court upholds Enbridge’s plans for dealing with a potential spill from the Line 5 pipeline in the Great Lakes. (Associated Press)

COAL: Washington state officials say the U.S. Supreme Court shouldn’t “waste its valuable time” on a case challenging its rejection of a proposed coal export project. (E&E News, subscription)

TECHNOLOGY: Florida researchers are experimenting with wave energy technology that they say within five years could produce 5 GW of electricity from turbines spun by the Gulf Stream. (Washington Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: At least two workers at a California Tesla plant have tested positive for coronavirus after Elon Musk defied county restrictions to reopen it. (Washington Post)

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ACTIVISM: Black Louisiana residents living near petrochemical sites protest environmental racism along with police violence. (Desmog)

COMMENTARY: A black climate activist explains why all environmentalists need to be anti-racist. (Vogue)

Ken Paulman

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.