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May 15, 2020

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Climate change is looming. But America has lost 600,000 clean energy jobs

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2020-05-15 04:21:51

The United States shed more than half a million clean energy jobs in March and April, a new report says, reversing years of growth in an industry that has helped reduce lung-damaging air pollution and the emissions responsible for climate change. Clean energy employment has fallen by 17% since the coronavirus brought much of daily life to a screeching halt, according to unemployment data analyzed by BW Research and published Wednesday by advocacy group Environmental Entrepreneurs. The numbers are especially grim in California, where 105,000 clean energy workers have lost their jobs, more than any other state. [ read more … ]

HEROES Act

Where’s the clean energy?

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:31:25

The House is moving forward with its plan to vote Friday on the newly unveiled HEROES Act, H.R. 6800 (116) , Democrats’ latest coronavirus relief package. The Rules Committee will meet this morning to formulate a rule on the $3 trillion package, which leaves out any major climate change or clean-energy provisions in its current form. [ read more … ]

5 energy, environmental issues at play in new aid package

By George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:32:19

Even backers of the House’s $3 trillion pandemic aid package say it will have to change significantly if it’s to become law. That means intense lobbying and negotiations will only increase. The House Rules Committee will met yesterday to debate the legislation, H.R. 6800, the largest bill yet to address the COVID-19 virus. House lawmakers are set to return today to pass it.
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House Democrats don’t touch oil and gas company aid in new coronavirus bill

By Dino Grandoni with Paulina Firozi, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:33:11

House Democrats unveiled a huge, new coronavirus relief package that would inject more than $3 trillion into state and local governments, health systems and other parts of the economy rocked by the coronavirus pandemic. But absent are any new policies to boost renewable forms of energy and wean the country off of fossil fuels that could gum up passing the massive package expected to receive a vote on Friday. [ read more … ]

Markets

‘Devastating’ clean energy jobs report sparks relief outcry

By Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:33:50

Clean energy advocates are stepping up pressure for COVID-19 relief, citing dismal new unemployment numbers showing nearly 600,000 lost jobs within the sector since the start of the pandemic. But a top House Republican signaled yesterday that the political headwinds remain strong against legislating on clean energy tax incentives. [ read more … ]

‘A lot worse.’ Clean energy job losses triple — report

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:34:09

The collapse of the clean energy workforce reached “staggering” levels in April, with job losses tripling compared with the previous month and threatening to affect 25% of the sector’s jobs by quarter’s end, according to a report released yesterday. Nationwide, over 447,000 clean energy workers lost their jobs in April because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to California-based firm BW Research Partnership, which performed the analysis for renewable advocates E2, E4TheFuture and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). [ read more … ]

How lockdowns boost renewables and harm coal

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:20:08

As coronavirus lockdowns encircled the globe from January to March, stifling economic activity, something surprising happened on the electric grid. Renewable energy had the romp of its short life, while coal withered. The two trajectories — stunning in their speed and scope, especially in parts of the United States — happened because demand for electricity suddenly evaporated.
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EPA/Pamdemic

States sue over weakened enforcement during pandemic

By Pamela King, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:30:05

“The Trump Administration cannot give industries the green light to ignore critical environmental and public health laws, especially during a public health crisis,” New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) said in a statement today. “The EPA’s non-enforcement policy puts our already damaged public health in danger by freely allowing pollution from big corporations. [ read more … ]

Nine U.S. states sue EPA for easing environmental enforcement amid pandemic

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:34:29

Nine states on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for relaxing a range of companies’ compliance and monitoring requirements with federal clean air and water laws in response to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing the policy is too broad and not transparent. Under the temporary policy announced on March 26, the EPA said it would not seek penalties for violations of routine compliance monitoring, integrity testing, sampling, laboratory analysis, training, and reporting or certification obligations in situations where the EPA agrees that COVID-19 was the cause. [ read more … ]

FERC/PJM

PJM: Exit at your own risk

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:32:46

States like New Jersey, Maryland and Illinois that are considering pulling out of the PJM capacity market are risking increasing power prices for their consumers, according to a trio of reports prepared by the independent market monitor for the 13-state electricity market. As Pro’s Gavin Bade reports , those states may exit the long-term capacity market after FERC approved rule changes in December that limit the participation of subsidized nuclear and renewable energy resources, [ read more … ]

Climate

Inslee advisers launch group to push Dems on climate

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:31:54

Former climate advisers to Jay Inslee launched an advocacy group today focused on pushing Democrats to adopt more aggressive policies for addressing climate change. The group, called Evergreen, also released its first policy plan, which calls on Congress to pass a financial rescue package for states suffering from the coronavirus pandemic that could be used to advance state climate programs.
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World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Dumps $3 Billion in Fossil Fuels

By Stephen Treloar, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:34:55

Norway’s $1 trillion wealth fund is doubling down on its climate action by making deeper cuts to its fossil fuel exposure. The exclusions span some of the world’s biggest coal miners and make use of climate rules for the first time to exit oil-sands firms. Glencore Plc and Anglo American Plc, utility RWE AG and Canadian oil producer Suncor Energy Inc. are among those hit by withdrawals that amount to about $3.3 billion based on Bloomberg calculations using the fund’s reported holdings at the end of last year. [ read more … ]

2020

Trump to visit Pa. targeting Biden, Green New Deal

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 15:31:03

President Trump is traveling to Pennsylvania today amid efforts by his campaign to portray Democratic rival Joe Biden as a climate activist and job killer. Officially, the visit is about the coronavirus pandemic. Trump will tour Owens & Minor Inc. a medical distribution center outside Allentown that provides masks, surgical gowns and other personal protective equipment to hospitals across the country. [ read more … ]

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