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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 2, 2020

Top Story

Wind, Solar Farms Are Seen as Havens in Coronavirus Storm

By Russell Gold, Wal Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-04-01 15:12:18

Wind and solar farms are attracting interest from investors hungry for low-risk, stable-yield opportunities at a time of extraordinary market volatility. That interest is a boon for renewable projects, and could give them a financial boost in coming months and years. However, developers could face challenges in getting additional new projects financed and built amid the turmoil created by the new coronavirus. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Covid-19 Wreaks Havoc on the Wind Industry

By Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-04-01 15:13:43

The spread of Covid-19 has plunged the wind industry into unprecedented uncertainty. Supply-chain disruption and labor shortages are putting what promised to be a record year into jeopardy and have caused us to slash our 2020 onshore wind forecast. Industry-defining news comes almost hourly, challenging forecasts and forcing revisions. We are constantly monitoring the outbreak against our potential scenarios and updating our views accordingly. [ read more … ]

Wind-Power Industry Heads for Record Year

By Will Mathis and Jeremy Hodges, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-04-01 15:11:41

What was meant to be a year that blew the wind energy industry well past its previous record for installations will more likely clear that mark by a more modest advance. Developers are set to boost capacity by 9% this year to 66,422 megawatts, according BloombergNEF. That’s scaled back from the 24% expansion the London-based research arm of Bloomberg LP had anticipated.
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Trump May Let Drillers Stash Glut of Oil in Federal Storage

By Ari Natter, Jennifer A Dlouhy and Stephen Cunningham, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-04-01 15:13:20

The U.S. Energy Department is considering renting space in the nation’s emergency oil reserve to domestic producers awash in crude, according to three people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified before a formal announcement. The move would help drillers running out of space to stash their product amid cheap prices and low demand. With storage space and pipelines filling up with crude, domestic producers could begin to curtail drilling. [ read more … ]


Trump administration slashes required annual fuel economy increase to 1.5%, potentially harming EV market, advocates say

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-01 15:12:59

The Trump Administration on Tuesday finalized its fuel efficiency standards in a move that electric vehicle advocates worry could harm the domestic EV market. The final rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), weakens Obama-era fuel efficiency guidelines, requiring corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and carbon emissions standards to increase 1.5% from 2021 to 2026, rather than 5% annually.  [ read more … ]


FERC extends PJM compliance comment deadline

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-01 15:11:57

FERC yesterday extended the deadline for comments on grid operator PJM’s capacity market compliance filing from April 22 to May 15. The compliance filing is PJM’s plan to enact FERC’s December decision to limit the participation of subsidized clean energy in its capacity market, and it earned high initial marks from renewable energy providers, [ read more … ]

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