Energy news in brief

** White House energy adviser Mike McKenna exited his job Tuesday, according to a statement issued late that day.

** Water utilities are urging Congress to provide financial relief to offset the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

** Energy industry groups and labor interests this week urged the Supreme Court to overturn a decision blocking a natural gas pipeline developer from seizing state-owned land in neighboring New Jersey.

** The U.S. wind industry could be among the world’s most deeply affected by the new coronavirus outbreak, even as some project developers are expressing hope that they can weather shocks to global supply chains, according to a new report.

** A judge has upheld a state panel’s decision to approve a permit involving the disposal of wastewater from a southern Delaware chicken processing plant.

** North Dakota regulators approve a $4.01 monthly renewable energy rider to help pay for wind energy costs that increased with the phase-out of a federal tax credit.

** A Minnesota ethanol producer ramps up production of industrial alcohol for sanitizer as the biofuels industry declines due to the coronavirus.

** DTE Energy halts construction on a $1 billion natural gas plant in southeastern Michigan and other infrastructure projects while Consumers Energy says it is moving forward with planned construction.

** Colorado’s solar industry is pushing for extending tax credits so projects can be finished that were slowed down or suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic.

** The BLM received bids on just 40% of the 193,584 acres of public land offered for leasing in Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming.

** A wind farm project in Idaho might break ground in 2022 and could potentially be the largest in the state.

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