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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 27, 2020

Top Stories

The pandemic could be a call to action on climate change

By Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-04-26 15:32:16

Amid its horrors and tragedies, the coronavirus pandemic has driven home a startling reality. Travel bans and lockdowns have cleaned the globe, flushing the murk from Venice’s canals, clearing Delhi’s polluted smog, making distant snowy peaks visible for the first time in years from the shores of the Bosporus. With humans in retreat, nature reclaimed what was once its own in whimsical ways: Goats strutted through villages, antlered deer grazed on manicured city lawns and mountain lions found perches by suburban fences. [ read more … ]

Climate policy in a post-pandemic world

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2020-04-26 15:33:21

Governments must use the pandemic recovery to devote “vast resources” to climate change resilience and mitigation efforts, McKinsey analysts wrote in a blog post Thursday. Countries also need to build better capacity to model climate risk, rethink “existing subsidy regimes that accelerate climate change,” and encourage broad alignment across governments on sustainability. [ read more … ]

Wind & Solar Energy

New York hits the brakes on 2.5 GW solicitation of offshore wind due to COVID-19

by Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-26 15:32:47

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) approved an order on Thursday authorizing a state solicitation of up to 2,500 MW of offshore wind, on a 4-1 commission vote. This is the second solicitation authorized by regulators. In 2019, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) selected two projects of 880 MW and 816 MW expected to come online by 2024. [ read more … ]

‘It’s really heartbreaking’: California’s clean energy programs hit hard by COVID-19

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-26 15:34:47

The COVID-19 pandemic is hurting California’s customer-focused clean energy programs, including efforts to promote behind-the-meter solar and storage, energy efficiency and initiatives targeting low-income customers, industry players told the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) at a workshop Thursday. Of the 212 companies polled recently by the California Solar and Storage Association (CalSSA), 92% are seeing the pandemic negatively impact their business, while 46% have rolled out some combination of layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts, according to Brad Heavner, the association’s policy director [ read more … ]

Off Topic

Warren Buffett’s ‘Fortress’ Is Breached by Coronavirus-Related Shutdowns

By Katherine Chiglinsky, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-04-26 15:31:44

“Every decade or so, dark clouds will fill the economic skies, and they will briefly rain gold,” Buffett wrote. “When downpours of that sort occur, it’s imperative that we rush outdoors carrying washtubs, not teaspoons. And that we will do.” [ read more … ]

Pandemic

Pandemic Shutdown Is Speeding Up The Collapse Of Coal

By Reid Frazier, National Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2020-04-26 15:35:12

Since the coronavirus hit the U.S., coal mines across the country have begun shutting down, laying off workers and slowing production. Bankruptcies loom everywhere in the industry.
“Just about everything that can go wrong, has gone wrong for the coal industry,” says Matthew Preston, a coal analyst at the firm Wood Mackenzie. He says coal demand this year is down between 35 and 40% from last year, “and last year wasn’t a great year.” [ read more … ]

‘It’s really heartbreaking’: California’s clean energy programs hit hard by COVID-19

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-26 15:34:47

The COVID-19 pandemic is hurting California’s customer-focused clean energy programs, including efforts to promote behind-the-meter solar and storage, energy efficiency and initiatives targeting low-income customers, industry players told the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) at a workshop Thursday. Of the 212 companies polled recently by the California Solar and Storage Association (CalSSA), 92% are seeing the pandemic negatively impact their business, while 46% have rolled out some combination of layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts, according to Brad Heavner, the association’s policy director [ read more … ]

FERC

Survey: Covid-19, PJM MOPR pushing up prices for corporate green energy

By Eric Wolff, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-26 15:34:03

Higher equipment costs driven by the coronavirus pandemic and FERC’s decision to create a price floor in PJM Interconnection’s capacity market are making it more expensive for companies seeking to buy solar or wind power for their operations, according to a survey by LevelTen Energy, which runs a marketplace that connects renewable developers with corporations looking to go green.  [ read more … ]

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