Energy news in brief

** PG&E agrees to plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with 2018’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in California’s history.

** Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) called on lawmakers Friday to approve checks of about $1,300 for residents to help offset the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus, using the state’s oil wealth fund.

** A panel of federal appeals court judges on Monday instructed a lower bench to revisit its decision to quash a challenge to an EPA policy that limited membership on the agency’s advisory committees.

** The Minnesota Court of Appeals sent an air emissions permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine back to state regulators for further review today, giving another victory to environmental groups that oppose the project.

** Almost two-thirds of energy storage businesses are seeing delays related to the new coronavirus that could lead to an “immediate and potentially devastating” impact, according to a trade group survey.

** U.S. regulators are willing to let nuclear power plants defer some maintenance and inspections as the coronavirus threatens availability of workers.

** Electric vehicles release less greenhouse gas emissions from cradle to grave than gas cars in regions representing 95% of the world’s demand, according to a new study.

** An investigation finds that Wyoming coal interests funneled money and experts to influence Colorado utility regulators’ decision on closing parts of a Pueblo, Colorado plant.

** The licensing of a proposed nuclear waste storage facility in southeastern New Mexico could be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.