GRID: An analysis of an Austin, Texas, neighborhood shows stay-at-home orders are causing people to use a lot more electricity at home, especially for air conditioning, redrawing the so-called solar “duck curve.” (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• The world’s data centers and internet infrastructure are experiencing an unprecedented spike in usage amid shelter-in-place orders. (GreenBiz)
A new report says overall power demand will fall substantially into 2021 as the economy slips into recession from the coronavirus pandemic. (Greentech Media)

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COAL:
• As electricity demand drops due to the coronavirus, coal stockpiles are growing outside power plants, which may run out of space to store more. (E&E News)
• An environmental think tank projects that nearly half of the world’s coal-fired power plants will be unprofitable this year. (Reuters)
• Powder River Basin miners say employers aren’t serious enough about the coronavirus pandemic, and are concerned about the lack of enforcement of safety guidelines. (Wyoming Public Media)

OIL & GAS:
• A bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers call for a $3 billion federal purchase of oil to prop up the industry and replenish the nation’s strategic reserve. (Dallas Morning News)
An analysis shows about 650 MW of oil- and gas-fired peaking capacity in New York City will retire rather than be upgraded to comply with new emissions regulations. (S&P Global)
Environmentalists are ramping up monitoring methane emissions in the Permian Basin, with preliminary data showing that emissions are three times greater than EPA estimates. (Houston Chronicle, Carlsbad Current-Argus)

BIOMASS: The EPA is considering labeling wood fuels as carbon neutral, but the economics of producing electricity from burning biomass make it unlikely to catch on in this country. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR: Solar energy is taking off in Minnesota, including in metro suburbs, with 1,000 projects installed last year bringing the state’s total to roughly 7,500. (Star Tribune)

STORAGE: California’s grid planning document indicates the state expects to need 1 GW of new long-duration energy storage by 2026 as part of its clean energy transition. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• This was supposed to be a peak year for U.S. wind farm construction, but instead of a victory lap the industry is grappling with supply chain disruptions and thinning workforces from the coronavirus pandemic. (Greentech Media)
• Vestas pulls back its 2020 projections, saying there is “no clear prognosis on when key wind markets such as the U.S., Brazil and India will recover.” (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Tesla will furlough all non-essential workers and cut salaries as it shuts down electric vehicle and solar roof tile production due to the pandemic. (Reuters)
• Electric truck startup Rivian delays the launch of two models as the coronavirus slows production at the company’s Illinois plant. (Chicago Tribune)
• An Ohio-based electric vehicle startup receives a letter of intent from a Florida company seeking to order 1,000 electric trucks. (WKYC)

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NUCLEAR: Exelon confirms five coronavirus cases among the more than 1,000 workers conducting a refueling outage at the Limerick nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. (The Mercury)

EFFICIENCY: The U.S. energy efficiency sector is experiencing mass layoffs from the coronavirus as utility and state programs shut down across the country. (E&E News)

Dan Haugen

Dan Haugen

Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.