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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 20, 2020

Top Story

‘Just plain garbage,’ FERC’s Glick says as commission largely upholds its PJM MOPR decision

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-19 06:34:45

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday voted to largely uphold its December decision to raise the floor price for certain new resources in the PJM Interconnection wholesale capacity market. FERC offered clarity on some aspects of the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) and said it will grant “certain narrow requests for rehearing.” The MOPR will not apply to resources procured through voluntary Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) supplied by private companies, or resources deployed as a result of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) which includes some states in the PJM territory, FERC concluded. [ read more … ]

Pandemic

Power Market Signals Worst of Virus Crisis Is Almost Past

By Rachel Morison and Ronan Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-04-19 06:35:08

A slowdown in power use throughout Europe seems to be stabilizing as coronavirus infection rates slow in some nations and leaders begin to make plans to ease lockdown measures.
Consumption losses are beginning to narrow in several nations even as restrictions for citizens are extended to try to keep the pandemic under control. The first sectors to return to work will be industries such as construction and manufacturing where working from home isn’t possible. [ read more … ]

Clean energy industry may lose 15% of workforce

By Kristin Musulin, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-19 06:38:23

More than 106,000 clean energy jobs were eliminated in the month of March due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to an analysis of unemployment data by BW Research Partnership and E2. The layoffs reflect a 3% drop in overall industry employmen [ read more … ]

Climate

Climate-damaging products should come with smoking-style warnings

By Fiona Harvey, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2020-04-19 06:35:54

Cigarette packets with grisly warnings of the consequences of smoking are intended to deter smokers. Now a group of public health experts says similar warnings should appear on high-carbon products, from airline tickets and energy bills to petrol pumps, to show consumers the health impacts of the climate crisis. Warning labels would be a cheap but potentially highly effective intervention that would make consumers aware of the impact of their purchases on climate breakdown, according to the experts. [ read more … ]

14 states press EPA to rescind coronavirus-driven enforcement policy as NGOs file lawsuit

By Larry Pearl, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-19 06:36:17

14 state attorneys general, led by New York’s Letitia James, wrote Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Wednesday demanding the agency rescind its recent policy providing more compliance flexibility to power plants and other regulated entities during the coronavirus pandemic.  The attorneys general say the policy significantly curtails “enforcement of our nation’s bedrock environmental and public health laws,” but EPA on April 2 pushed back on criticism that it is shirking its responsibilities. And industry says it expects to need the flexibility only in extreme cases. [ read more … ]

Shell unveils plans to become net-zero carbon company by 2050

By Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2020-04-19 06:36:51

Royal Dutch Shell plans to become a net zero-carbon company by 2050 or sooner by selling more green energy to help reduce the carbon intensity of its business. Ben van Beurden, Shell’s chief executive, said the company must focus on the long-term “even at this time of immediate challenge” caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Why Is Trump Gutting Regulations That Save Lives?

By Cass R. Sunstein, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-04-19 04:42:17

In a pandemic, we need regulatory safeguards in a hurry. Whenever their benefits exceed their costs, they should be welcomed. And even when the pandemic is over, the president of the United States should celebrate, rather than stymie, the efforts of experts, in regulatory agencies and elsewhere, to use their knowledge to prevent unnecessary illnesses, accidents and deaths — and to protect the most vulnerable members of society. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind Turbine Factories Struggle For Parts in Virus Lockdown

By William Wilkes, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-04-19 06:37:19

Manufacturers including Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA are wrestling with their own factory shutdowns and disruptions to suppliers after lockdowns related to the coronavirus spread worldwide. Delays at major ports, airports and border crossings have snagged deliveries of raw materials including steel and components from turbine blades to ball bearings. That will hamper completion of wind farms this year and next. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Trump’s solar tariffs will extend to bifacial panels

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2020-04-19 06:37:54

The U.S. Trade Representative is withdrawing a prior exclusion for bifacial solar panels, saying in a Federal Register notice Friday the exclusion is “undermining the objectives of the safeguard measure.” The Trump administration issued the section 201 tariffs on imported solar panels and modules in 2018. [ read more … ]

 

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