Yesterday, I moderated a panel with top executives at the American Wind Energy Association conference in Anaheim. Dispatches from my notebook:

The mood: Positive, even though they're facing a potential adversary in the White House after eight years of mostly friendly policies under President Obama.

About President Trump: Executives, including Karen Lane, chief financial officer for onshore Americas in the newly merged Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, agreed that the most important thing coming out of Washington isn't the budget or Trump's rhetoric, but instead stable tax policy, including keeping intact a 2015 congressional deal to extend for five years a production tax credit for wind energy.

Tom Kiernan, head of AWEA, touted wind's new position as America's top renewable energy source by generating capacity and urged fellow executives to make sure it stays there. Tristan Grimbert, president and CEO of EDF Renewable Energy and the newly elected chair of AWEA's board predicted the electric grid will change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 100 years. "The grid of the future will be distributed, decarbonized and digital," Grimbert told a packed crowd in Anaheim.

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After grilling the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple last week, members of Congress are grappling with whether to accuse any of the firms of illegal anticompetitive behavior, to propose updating federal antitrust laws — or both.

The big picture: Congress is just one arm of government making the case against these companies. Google is expected to be the first of the firms to face possible antitrust litigation from the Justice Department before summer's end, but all four face a full-court press of investigations by DOJ, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.

Fauci: Coronavirus task force to examine aerosolized spread


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The White House coronavirus task force will examine more closely just how much SARS-CoV-2 might be transmitted via aerosols, and not just from droplets, NIAID director Anthony Fauci said Wednesday at an online forum sponsored by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Why it matters: The longer the coronavirus can remain infectious in the air, the more likely it can infect people, particularly indoors — leading to the possible need to alter air filtration and circulation within buildings.

The next wave to hit Main Street

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Call it the great retail wash. A wave of defaults, bankruptcies and evictions expected in cities across the U.S. is poised to remake the retail landscape across the country, but there may be some upside for consumers and small businesses.

Why it matters: Rather than an overnight descent into a collection of urban wastelands full of Starbucks, Amazon fulfillment centers, Chase bank branches and nothing else, the coronavirus pandemic and resulting retail apocalypse may just mean that, in major U.S. cities, less is more.