TRANSPORTATION: President Trump’s rollback of tailpipe emission rules could eliminate jobs, discourage driving and inflict billions in economic damage according to the administration’s own math. (The Atlantic)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Auto analysts see challenges ahead for electric vehicle startups that are seeking capital and customer demand during the industry slowdown caused by the coronavirus. (Detroit News)

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SOLAR:
As Illinois utilities reach higher levels of distributed solar, clean energy advocates raise concerns about the process of transitioning from net metering to a localized value-of-solar rate. (Energy News Network)
• The Kansas Supreme Court’s recent ruling that fees for customer-owned solar are discriminatory could have an impact in other states as advocates challenge utility assertions that these customers are “free riders.” (Utility Dive)
• Boaters in the Florida Keys stay isolated during the coronavirus pandemic with solar-powered boats that work off the grid. (Sun Punta Gorda)

OFFSHORE WIND: Federal regulators must decide whether transmission to serve offshore wind should be tied to generation or be an open access network. (S&P Global)

UTILITIES:
• The pandemic is forcing utilities to get creative to keep capital projects on track and maintain services as employees work from home. (Utility Dive)
• Utilities say they expect or are already seeing shortages of personal protective equipment for their employees, who are considered essential. (Morning Consult)
North Carolina regulators won’t hold a public hearing on the website glitch that caused Duke Energy to mistakenly deny solar rebates to hundreds of customers in January. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Columbus last month adopted Ohio’s first energy efficiency benchmarking ordinance, which experts say is likely to reduce energy usage as the city grows. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: A coalition of neighbors in West Virginia and Virginia protest the Mountain Valley Pipeline and hope to offer other communities a model for stopping environmental hazards. (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

ELECTRIFICATION: Dozens of U.S. cities are contemplating gas bans or all-electric mandates due to climate concerns. (Yale Environment 360)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. oil producers still predict waves of bankruptcies in the industry despite a global deal to cut production and increase prices. (E&E News)
• A port expansion in the petrochemical town of Freeport, Texas, is displacing an African American neighborhood, with only a few property owners still holding out until officials use eminent domain to take their land. (Texas Monthly)
• Offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico release twice as much methane as previously thought, according to a new study. (news release)

COAL:
• A new study finds hospital visits declined after a coal-fired plant closed and others added scrubbers in the Louisville, Kentucky, area. (InsideClimate News)
• Murray Energy says it needs “substantial cash” to continue its restructuring, and its financing troubles during bankruptcy are a sign that banks are reluctant to make even the safest bets on coal. (E&E News, subscription)

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POLITICS: Conservative groups aligned with the oil industry are hoping to block any aid for the solar and wind industries during the coronavirus pandemic. (Vice)

CLIMATE: Ten years after surviving the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Atakapa-Ishak/Chawasha Tribe in Louisiana reflects on the trauma members have endured and the threat of rising sea levels. (OnEarth)

Dan Haugen

Dan Haugen

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.