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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 10, 2020

Top Story

Saudis, Russians End Oil-Price War With Deep Output Cut

By Javier Blas, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-04-09 15:33:05

Major oil producers agreed to slash output as feuding members of the OPEC+ coalition buried differences in an effort to lift the market from a pandemic-driven collapse. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, meeting by video conference on Thursday, now have the outline of a deal to cut production by 10 million barrels a day, delegates said. That reduction may continue for just two months, with smaller curbs lasting longer, they said. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Voters Strongly Favor Offshore Wind Energy

By American Wind Energy Association  •    •  Posted 2020-04-09 15:32:38

Over 80 percent of the nation’s voters favor offshore wind energy, with  widespread support coming from both major political parties and every demographic group across the country, according to a national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies March 16-19, 2020. [ read more … ]

Giant Wind Park Starting Up Is Another Blow to Nuclear Industry

By Lars Paulsson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-04-09 15:31:51

Sweden’s biggest wind farm began producing power this month, and the region’s nuclear reactors are feeling the heat. Vasa Vind AB’s Askalen started commercial output on April 1, increasing supplies in a market already bloated by a massive surplus of water for power generation. A day later, two units at Vattenfall AB’s Forsmark nuclear plant north of Stockholm curbed output by about 50%. Two reactors at the utility’s Ringhals plant are halted because of low power prices. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

Pope salutes ‘saints next door’ in fight against coronavirus

By Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2020-04-09 15:30:37

The climate crisis had been forgotten in the focus on the pandemic, he said. “Who now speaks of the fires in Australia, or remembers that 18 months ago a boat could cross the North Pole because the glaciers had all melted? Who speaks now of the floods? I don’t know if these are the revenge of nature, but they are certainly nature’s responses.” [ read more … ]

Pandemic

Inside clean energy’s coronavirus job crash

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-04-09 15:33:29

It was Wednesday, March 11, when life began to turn upside down for Lee Householder and his 42 employees at Project:Homes, a nonprofit that does energy efficiency retrofits in Virginia. The events of that day, like the National Basketball Association suspending its season and President Trump blocking travel from Europe, made the novel coronavirus very real and led workers to a crest of worry. They wanted to know the plan. The next day, March 12, “was a very chaotic day of scrambling,” Householder said. “How are we going to react?”
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Carbon Capture

Pandemic response test-drives climate policy. Will it work?

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-04-08 15:13:23

There’s an echo of climate policy in the federal government’s plan to send most Americans a check. Congress has responded to the coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic shocks by passing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion relief package that includes one-time payments of $1,200 to most adults along with $500 for children. [ read more … ]

EVs

Global EV sales will drop 43% in 2020 due to COVID-19, lower oil prices: WoodMac

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-09 15:32:13

Global sales of electric vehicles (EV) will drop 43% in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and its financial impacts, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie.
In 2019 there were 2.2 million EVs sold, but the research firm expects just 1.3 million to be sold this year. However, WoodMac analysts say following a global recession this year, a strong rebound is possible in 2021 as nations employ stimulus measures to offset the virus’s impacts. [ read more … ]

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