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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 4, 2020

Top Story

Solar, wind energy struggle as coronavirus takes toll

By Patrick Whittle, John Flesher and Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-05-03 15:33:25

The U.S. renewable energy industry is reeling from the new coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed construction, put thousands of skilled laborers out of work and sowed doubts about solar and wind projects on the drawing board. As many as 120,000 jobs in solar and 35,000 in wind could be lost, trade groups say. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy

Billions in Clean Energy Loans Go Unused as Coronavirus Ravages Economy

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-05-03 15:36:49

As the government struggles to keep businesses afloat through the pandemic, the Trump administration is sitting on about $43 billion in low-interest loans for clean energy projects, and critics are accusing the Energy Department of partisan opposition to disbursing the funds. Congress is already considering more coronavirus relief, despite a growing concern for an annual budget deficit projected to near a staggering $4 trillion. To some energy experts and lawmakers, it is unconscionable that tens of billions of dollars that Congress long ago authorized has sat unused. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Orsted expects delays in South Fork offshore wind farm

By Mark Harrington, Newsday  •    •  Posted 2020-05-03 15:33:55

The South Fork offshore wind farm will “very likely” be delayed beyond its planned 2022 completion date, according to a top official for project developer Orsted, who cited a “prolonged” federal review of U.S. wind projects and the COVID-19 pandemic. Denmark-based Orsted’s U.S. offshore wind projects were still advancing, said chief executive Henrik Poulsen in comments with the release of Orsted’s first quarter financial report, but at a “slower pace” than planned. He cited the South Fork wind farm as one of two projects that were the “most exposed to the risk of delays.” [ read more … ]

Storage

‘Tremendous demand for stationary storage’ outstrips Tesla’s 2020 supply capability, Musk says

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-05-03 15:35:28

Tesla cannot meet the “tremendous demand” in 2020 for its energy storage products, like the large-scale Megapack battery systems, co-founder and CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s Q1 earnings call on Wednesday. The company announced the deployment of 260 MWh of storage in the first quarter of 2020 —​ a 51% reduction from the 530 MWh deployed in the fourth quarter of 2019, but a 14% year-on-year increase. Energy deployments in general were restricted due to COVID-19, according to Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn. [ read more … ]

FERC

Former FERC Commissioner and Chairman Cheryl LaFleur Joins Center on Global Energy Policy as Distinguished Visiting Fellow

By Columbia University  •    •  Posted 2020-05-03 15:35:56

The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs announced today that former Commissioner and Chairman at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Cheryl LaFleur will join the Center as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. At CGEP, LaFleur will produce expert commentary and support the Center’s research on the power and natural gas sectors and ongoing energy transition to low-carbon fuels. [ read more … ]

Commentary

The Pandemic Sends an Ill Wind Through Iowa. Will Congress Step Up To Help?

By Grant Smith, Environmental Working Group  •    •  Posted 2020-05-03 15:34:48

Before the crisis, Iowa had 5,000 jobs in renewables, almost all of them in wind power, according to the environmental entrepreneurs coalition E2. But the BW Research Partnership reports that in March alone, Iowa lost more than 1,000 clean energy jobs, as 100,000 clean energy jobs were lost nationwide. That’s a big blow.  [ read more … ]

Inside Clean Energy: 6 Things Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ Gets Wrong

BY DAN GEARINO, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2020-05-03 15:34:26

Filmmaker Michael Moore’s new documentary purports to expose hypocrisy at the heart of the renewable energy movement. But the video, released on YouTube last week, is a mess of deceptive and outdated anecdotes, and a succession of ridiculous arguments. It will almost certainly do far more harm than good in the struggle to reduce carbon emissions. [ read more … ]

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