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Coronavirus crisis to hit renewable energy installations this year, but IEA praises sector’s ‘resilience’

May 20, 2020

Renewable installations are set to fall this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday. The IEA’s Renewable Market Update report projects that 167 gigawatts (GW) of renewable capacity will be added in […]


Why PG&E’s Customers May See Even More Blackouts This Year

May 6, 2020

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric may need to rely even more heavily on forced blackouts this year, to prevent its grid from starting more deadly wildfires like the ones that drove it into bankruptcy. PG&E’s wildfire mitigation work is […]


Six US oil firms are expected to shut 300,000 barrels per day of production in May and June

April 29, 2020

U.S. energy companies are taking an axe to their rig numbers, deepening production cuts for the industry that in the last few years made America the world’s number one oil producer. Six major U.S. shale producers are expected to shut […]


Mainstream technologies, Renewable Energy

What The Post-Pandemic World Needs Is A Solar Energy Revolution

May 21, 2020

Via: Forbes

One technology above all has exceeded all expectations over recent years: solar energy. Near-exponential growth has lowered manufacturing costs and efficiency of the solar cells to the point that building a solar energy generation plant is now significantly cheaper than […]


Energy Economics, News and Policies, World

Phase One U.S.-China Trade Deal Fails In Energy And Beyond

May 21, 2020

Via: Forbes

When the United States and China signed their historic trade deal in January, many believed that mounting tensions were beginning to thaw. I wrote then on these pages that the Phase One trade agreement was a mere cease-fire in an […]


Commercialization, Renewable Energy

Why (and How) the Solar Finance Market is Changing in This Crisis

May 20, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

The renewable energy asset class in the U.S., particularly solar and wind projects, is something of a safe haven for investors looking for non-correlated, stable, dollar-denominated long-term cash flows. But the solar market, like every sector of our economy, is […]


News and Policies, U.S.

US Solar Industry Poised To Lose 114,000+ Jobs From COVID-19 Through June

May 19, 2020

Via: CleanTechnica

With the US and global economy in free-fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the renewable energy industry is hemorrhaging projects and jobs at a faster rate than the overall economy. As of the end of April, more than half a […]


Emerging Technologies, Renewable Energy

Details released of a huge offshore wind turbine that can power 18,000 homes per year

May 19, 2020

Via: CNBC energy

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has released details of a 14-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine, in the latest example of how technology in the sector is increasing in scale. With 108-meter-long blades and a rotor diameter of 222 meters, the […]


Commercialization, Conventional Fuels

Oil jumps 12% to $33 as June futures contract nears expiration

May 18, 2020

Via: CNBC energy

West Texas Intermediate for June delivery jumped more than 12% on Monday to a two-month high, one day ahead of the contract’s expiration, as production cuts and the easing of stay-at-home restrictions supported prices. “Producers are significantly throttling back output […]


Domestic, Energy Consumption

Coronavirus To Cut U.S. Emissions 11% In 2020, But It’s No Climate Victory

May 18, 2020

Via: Forbes

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating global public health and economic effects, and as shelter-in-place orders reduce energy demand across the United States, the pandemic’s associated climate impacts are coming into view. Significant uncertainty around economic activity mean few emissions […]


Emerging Technologies, Renewable Energy

A Solar Roof For Your Electric Vehicle: Dreams Really Do Come True

May 15, 2020

Via: CleanTechnica

Two companies that claim to have the solar EV roof all figured out are Royal DSM and Lightyear. Lightyear’s signature Lightyear One electric vehicle is set to launch next year with five square meters of built-in solar cells covering the […]