U.S. Energy News

Despite pandemic, large-scale clean energy projects on track

CLEAN ENERGY: Developers of some of the largest clean energy projects in the U.S. are reporting either little or no delays amid the coronavirus pandemic. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: Pennsylvania releases a report that says emissions would drop 10 times more than they otherwise would over the next decade if the state joins a regional cap-and-trade compact. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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SOLAR: As residential solar sales drop, some solar companies are countering with unprecedented discounts to keep signing up customers. (Greentech Media) 

WIND: New York delays a solicitation for 2,500 MW of offshore wind scheduled for the summer due to uncertainty caused by COVID-19. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• “Just about everything that can go wrong, has gone wrong for the coal industry,” says a coal industry analyst at Wood Mackenzie. (NPR)
• As the coal industry continues to decline, West Virginia is grappling with how to handle mine lands abandoned by coal companies. (Quartz)
• Coal communities in east Tennessee and Kentucky are trying to protect high-risk black lung disease patients while groups pressure Congress for more financial support in Appalachia. (Southerly)

PIPELINES: In response to a recent Keystone XL court ruling, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspends a program that has been used for decades to approve stream and wetland crossings for pipelines, power lines and other utility projects. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Shipping companies are cashing in on the oil glut, bringing in as much as $200,000 a day to store or transport crude on tankers. (New York Times)
• In a 10-day span of the oil market crash, 2,500 oil and gas workers in Texas have lost their jobs. (Houston Chronicle)
Caverns in the Permian Basin are one of several storage opportunities for temporarily storing crude oil that could be considered by U.S. energy companies and others. (S&P Global)
• As carbon emissions fall during the pandemic, methane emissions are likely to rise because oil and gas companies are putting off maintenance. (Bloomberg)

HEATING:
• Vermont environmentalists are divided over whether the state should use its vast forest resources to heat buildings. (Energy News Network)
• A report commissioned by Rhode Island says the state could transition from oil and gas for home heating over three decades at relatively low cost. (Providence Journal)

TRANSPORTATION:
Colorado reveals its most comprehensive plan yet for transitioning to electric cars and trucks in the coming years. (Colorado Public Radio)
New York City will likely delay a plan set for next year to charge drivers extra fees for driving in certain parts of the city due to the coronavirus pandemic. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: The Trump administration releases recommendations for bolstering the nation’s struggling nuclear industry, including a proposed $150 million investment to launch a federal uranium reserve. (E&E News) 

GRID: Google is experimenting with load-shifting at data centers, scheduling “non-urgent” computing tasks during peak clean energy hours. (Greentech Media)

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CLIMATE:
• Front-line communities face a dual threat from climate change and the coronavirus outbreak, say activists and analysts. (E&E News)
• The coronavirus pandemic is forcing cities and states to redirect money from projects that would have helped provide climate resilience. (New York Times)
• Microgrids and offshore wind energy are among new clean energy technologies the Great Lakes region is using to tackle climate change. (Pulitzer Center)

COMMENTARY:
• The coronavirus pandemic has revealed what cars have done to our cities and gives us impetus to rethink our urban space, an author writes. (The Atlantic)
• The coronavirus pandemic is not just a public health crisis, it’s an environmental justice crisis, a journalist writes. (Grist)
• Climate journalist Emily Atkins writes about “first-time climate dudes” and why she doesn’t want to review Michael Moore’s new movie. (Heated)

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