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May 27, 2020

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Renewable energy industry hammered by job losses

By David Abel, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2020-05-26 15:23:26

“Without decisive action, I see many of the temporary layoffs becoming permanent,” said Philip Jordan, vice president of BW Research, which produced the report. With a range of tax credits expiring over the coming year, fewer consumers able to afford upgrades, and government coffers drained, clean energy jobs are “at significant risk for much more painful and protracted recoveries,” he said. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Will Floating Turbines Usher in a New Wave of Offshore Wind?

By Paul Hockenos, Yale Environment 360  •    •  Posted 2020-05-26 15:09:54

As locations for wind energy fill up onshore and near-shore, companies are deploying floating turbines that can be sited in deep waters, out of view from the coast. Proponents contend the new technology could boost the wind industry, but daunting challenges, including costs, remain. At Scotland’s easternmost headland, the old fishing port of Peterhead juts out into the North Sea. “On a clear day,” says Alastair Reid, an economic development official with the Aberdeenshire Council, “from the harbor you can just make out the turbines of the Hywind park.” [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Scientists unveil record-setting perovskite solar cell

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-26 15:09:11

An advanced solar cell developed by engineers from three countries has cleared an international performance standard for the first time, strengthening its case as the industry’s future technology of choice. The perovskite cell uses a kind of glass casing to keep out moisture and prevent the escape of gases, which typically cause the cell to deteriorate, according to a study in Science last week. [ read more … ]


What’s next for oil? 3 questions answered

By Mike Lee, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-26 15:08:31

Oil prices started to recover last week after the coronavirus pandemic fueled a historic drop in both demand and production. But even with the shift, the oil industry remains in a historic downturn, and there’s uncertainty about how and when — or even whether — a recovery will happen. The pandemic, which has killed more than 340,000 people globally and more than 98,000 in the U.S., forced governments to severely restrict travel and business activity. [ read more … ]


Clean energy backers’ anger grows as House ignores aid plea

By By ANTHONY ADRAGNA, GAVIN BADE and ERIC WOLFF, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-05-26 15:10:25

Democratic lawmakers contend they haven’t forgotten renewable energy but say they are wrestling with an overwhelming number of sectors in dire financial need, and they expect it to be a pillar of forthcoming infrastructure legislation. Republicans have resisted further relief legislation to date. Rank-and-file Democrats in the House point out that Pelosi had said weeks ago that the HEROES Act which the chamber passed last week, would remain narrowly focused on coronavirus-related relief. However, the bill does include provisions on cannabis banking and direct relief for biofuels producers while offering nothing to clean energy, which industry groups estimated has lost nearly 600,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic. [ read more … ]


Ex-Obama official on mobilizing states to battle FERC

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-26 15:08:54

Hayes, a former federal official who spent a healthy swath of his career in high-ranking Interior Department posts, was deputy secretary and chief operating officer for that agency in the Obama administration and counselor to Interior chief Bruce Babbitt and then deputy secretary during the Clinton presidency. He’s now mobilizing and supporting states in the fight against climate change — and against the Trump administration — as executive director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at the New York University School of Law. [ read more … ]


Reduced Demand for Electricity Leads to Power Giveaways

By Stanley Reed, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-05-26 15:10:59

The coronavirus pandemic has played havoc with energy markets. Last month, the price of benchmark American crude oil fell below zero as the economy shut down and demand plunged. And now a British utility this weekend will actually pay some of its residential consumers to use electricity — to plug in the appliances, and run them full blast. [ read more … ]

Goldman CEO: Sustainability is key to competitive returns

By Avery Ellfeldt, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-26 15:11:15

The head of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said in an interview last week that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to hasten efforts by major corporations to prepare for the risks of climate change. David Solomon, who has served as CEO since 2018, told IHS Markit that he expected that the COVID-19 pandemic would push companies to focus on long-term resilience. That includes strengthening health care systems, phasing out fossil fuels and making capitalism more inclusive.
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Daimler forges ahead with plans for flagship EV

By Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-05-26 15:09:28

Daimler AG is pushing ahead with plans to produce an all-electric version of its flagship Mercedes S-Class sedan from next year even as it cuts back in other areas to weather a slump in demand across the industry. The company’s main Mercedes-Benz cars unit aims to make all of its factories carbon-dioxide-neutral by the end of 2022, Chief Executive Officer Ola Källenius said Monday in a webcast. The goal was previously restricted to Europe. Daimler also confirmed that it will roll out a fresh version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the second half of this year, another key project. [ read more … ]

Electric trucks are the ‘inevitable future,’ fleets say

By Jim Stinson, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-05-26 15:07:52

With 1.3 million electric vehicles on the road in 2020, and with lawmakers pushing for more adoption, fleets have been looking at Class 7 and Class 8 vehicles carefully — kicking the tires and doing the math. But will the coronavirus crisis — and the resulting plunge in diesel prices — cause fleets to suspend their plans? Right now, some fleets are starved for freight business. Investment in electric trucks, with the uncertainty about their dependability and the maintenance involved, could pause if fleets have to juggle costs as the COVID-19 pandemic roils the markets in North Americ [ read more … ]

Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’: Business as usual or an EV coup?

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-26 15:08:13

The Tesla hype cycle has whipped to feverish levels over what Musk has been calling “Battery Day.” “I think it would be one of the most exciting days in Tesla’s history,” Musk said last month, adding that the news is so big it may need to be split into two events. It is an odd level of hype for the battery, a humble and inscrutable block of electrochemistry that is usually a supporting actor rather than the starring product. But its importance to Tesla’s viability as a company — and by extension the future of transportation, the electric grid and climate change — could be substantial. [ read more … ]

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