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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 21, 2020

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Congress, Trump Administration Near Deal on Coronavirus Aid to Small Businesses

By Andrew Duehren, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-04-20 15:16:37

Lawmakers and the Trump administration were closing in on a more than $450 billion agreement that would replenish a program for small businesses battered by the coronavirus and related shutdowns, aiming to end a weekslong impasse over the loan program. The Senate convened briefly on Monday afternoon without a deal, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) scheduled another session for Tuesday afternoon. While broad strokes of the agreement are largely set, negotiations continued over several details, including how to structure ramped-up testing for the virus in the U.S. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Positive virus tests mount after North Dakota plant outbreak

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-04-20 15:18:32

A coronavirus outbreak at a northeastern North Dakota wind turbine plant has ballooned to 110 cases in early testing and one city official said Saturday he expects a “prolonged battle” to control the spread. An uptick in cases at the LM Wind Power facility in Grand Forks led to the drive-thru screening Thursday of 424 people, which included close contacts of infected workers, other household members and employees who have not shown symptoms, Gov. Doug Burgum said. All but 52 of those tests have been completed by the state lab. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Smog-Free Skies Allow Germany to Break Record for Solar Power

By William Wilkes, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-04-20 15:19:53

Germany’s solar panels produced record amounts of electricity, exacerbating market forces that were already hammering the profitability of the country’s remaining coal plants. Gin-clear skies over central Europe helped photovoltaic plants produce 32,227 megawatts on Monday, beating the previous record on March 23. Bright conditions are expected to continue this week, according to Germany’s DWD federal weather service.
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Markets

Coronavirus Seen Slowing, Not Stopping Green-Energy Jobs Boom

By Mahmoud Habboush, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-04-20 15:20:26

The renewable-energy industry could create more than a million jobs a year if countries invest enough to meet their target for cutting global carbon emissions, according to an advocacy organization. Solar, wind and other forms of green energy could add 42 million jobs by 2050 if nations spend more aggressively to limit the increase in average global temperatures, the International Renewable Energy Agency said. [ read more … ]

U.S. Oil Costs Less Than Zero After a Sharp Monday Selloff

By Ryan Dezember, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-04-20 15:17:05

U.S. oil futures plunged below $0 for the first time Monday, a chaotic demonstration that there was no place left to store all the crude that the world’s stalled economy would otherwise be using. The price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude to be delivered in May, which closed at $18.27 a barrel on Friday, ended Monday at negative $37.63. That effectively means that sellers must pay buyers to take barrels off their hands. [ read more … ]

Ten Years After Deepwater Horizon, U.S. Is Still Vulnerable to Catastrophic Spills

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-04-20 15:19:19

Shortly before 10 p.m. on April 20, 2010, an explosion ripped through the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, unleashing the worst offshore oil spill in United States history and triggering what were supposed to be systemic changes to ensure such a disaster could never happen again. Now, a decade later, all seven members of the bipartisan national commission set up to find the roots of the disaster and prevent a repeat said many of their recommendations were never taken seriously. As drilling moves farther offshore and deeper underwater, they said, another spill of equally disastrous proportions is possible. [ read more … ]

FERC

Nonprofit seeks FERC order reversing long-standing net metering policy

By Zack Hale, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2020-04-20 15:17:28

A New England-based group represented by utility-aligned attorneys has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to declare it has jurisdiction over all sales of electricity generated by rooftop solar facilities covered by net metering programs. The group’s April 14 petition for a declaratory order from FERC would effectively “end net metering as we know it,” Ari Peskoe, director of Harvard Law School’s Electricity Law Initiative, wrote on Twitter. [ read more … ]

2020

Liberal activists pressure Biden to move left on climate change to get Bernie voters

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2020-04-20 15:18:55

On paper, Joe Biden has the most aggressive plan to address climate change ever proposed by a Democratic nominee. But liberal climate activists, many of them young supporters of rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders dejected by his loss, see Biden’s pitch as too generic and vague, and his delivery uninspiring. [ read more … ]

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