The Covid-19 pandemic is threatening vital rainforests

The Covid-19 pandemic is threatening vital rainforests

With governments distracted with the pandemic — both Indonesia and Brazil have seen major increases in infections — both countries may face another spike in forest fires as enforcement of environmental laws lapses and pressure mounts to exploit their riches.

Imagine Hurricane Katrina during a pandemic. The US needs to prepare for that — now.

Imagine Hurricane Katrina during a pandemic. The US needs to prepare for that — now.

Given indications that the Covid-19 outbreak will continue into the hurricane season, this situation requires a new kind of planning from both emergency managers and the public.Emergency managers — including federal officials, private sector authorities, and nonprofits — need to analyze their strategies to develop hurricane-plus-Covid-19 scenarios.

Scottish North Sea wind farm to resume construction after Covid-19 stoppage

Scottish North Sea wind farm to resume construction after Covid-19 stoppage

Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind Farm, owned by EDF Renewables and Irish firm ESB, stopped construction in March.NnG wind farm, a 54-turbine projects, was due to begin full offshore construction in June 2020 before the Covid-19 outbreak.

SolarEdge and Enphase See Growth Slowing as COVID-19 Hits Inverter Market

SolarEdge and Enphase See Growth Slowing as COVID-19 Hits Inverter Market

In the U.S., where SolarEdge held roughly three-fifths of the residential inverter market through the first nine months of 2019 according to Wood Mackenzie’s U.S. PV Leaderboard, installations fell 33 percent in April but have stabilized in the past two weeks, Lando said.

5 Orsted US Offshore Wind Projects Face Possible Delay Due to COVID-19, Permitting Challenges

5 Orsted US Offshore Wind Projects Face Possible Delay Due to COVID-19, Permitting Challenges

“Our offshore development projects in the U.S. are moving forward, although at a slower pace than originally expected due to a combination of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) prolonged analysis of the cumulative impacts from the build-out of U.S. offshore wind projects, and now also COVID-19 effects,” Ørsted said in a statement.

Renewable energy: Covid-19: 150 GW renewable energy projects at risk in Asia Pacific, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Renewable energy: Covid-19: 150 GW renewable energy projects at risk in Asia Pacific, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Over the last five years (2015 – 2019), the Asia Pacific region accounted for over three-quarters of global power demand growth, while leading the world in wind and solar capacity installations," Wood Mackenzie research director Alex Whitworth said.

Australian rooftop solar continues to weather Covid-19 storm – at “very healthy levels”

Australian rooftop solar continues to weather Covid-19 storm – at “very healthy levels”

According to the latest weekly insights data from SunWiz, small-scale solar installations have kept up the pace in terms of new capacity registered nationally, with only Good Friday and Easter Monday dampening figures over the past two weeks.

Vestas Cuts 400 Jobs as Coronavirus Slams Global Renewables Sector

Vestas Cuts 400 Jobs as Coronavirus Slams Global Renewables Sector

The facility closures follow Vestas' recent decision to suspend its 2020 financial guidance .“We’re in a period of high uncertainty and by making a strategic decision on our product portfolio and reduce complexity, we sustain our competitiveness in the future and ensure we can adjust quickly to COVID-19 challenges,” said Henrik Andersen, president and CEO of Vestas, in a statement.

Simec Atlantis Energy furloughs workers due to Covid-19 pandemic

Simec Atlantis Energy furloughs workers due to Covid-19 pandemic

The firm said in a statement: “Outside of the staffing requirements described above, management has this week placed 27 employees, who are currently unable to work, on furlough and it will seek to make an application to cover the cost of these furloughed employees through the UK Governments’ Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Moray East offshore wind project ‘on track’ despite Covid-19 delays, director claims

Moray East offshore wind project ‘on track’ despite Covid-19 delays, director claims

Delays to onshore work should not affect the schedule of Scotland’s largest planned offshore wind farm and will be “full steam ahead” after Covid-19 restrictions lift, according to the project boss.

India seeks to woo renewable energy firms shifting from China, plans manufacturing hubs at ports

India seeks to woo renewable energy firms shifting from China, plans manufacturing hubs at ports

The Centre has asked state governments and port authorities to identify land for creating new hubs for manufacturing renewable energy equipment as part of India’s efforts to attract firms shifting base from China amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Let’s come out of COVID-19 with a new economy

Let’s come out of COVID-19 with a new economy

Investing in people and projects that advance the clean energy transition is how we build a resilient economy.

Covid-19 live blog: Clean energy industry impact, stories, resources

Covid-19 live blog: Clean energy industry impact, stories, resources

RESOURCE: The Clean Energy Council has a page dedicated to Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 which is a good way to keep track of the latest industry-relevant government announcements and support packages.

Covid-19: How can something so small be so big?

Covid-19: How can something so small be so big?

With many countries currently in full or partial lock-down, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that demand for oil is likely to be less than 80 million barrels per day in the coming months.

North Sea offshore wind projects could face Covid-19 construction headaches, expert claims

North Sea offshore wind projects could face Covid-19 construction headaches, expert claims

John MacAskill, business development and operations director for Offshore Wind Consultants, warned that Covid-19 related construction restrictions could begin to impact delay schedules and increased costs for developers.

No Covid-19 delay to offshore wind power auction delivery, UK Gov says

No Covid-19 delay to offshore wind power auction delivery, UK Gov says

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced that the consultation deadline for its Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction will not be affected beyond its current deadline.Holding the next round of CfD auctions in 2021 is vital to secure the much-needed new renewable energy capacity we need to meet net zero.

Solar Industry’s Next Innovation: Navigating Impacts of Coronavirus

Solar Industry’s Next Innovation: Navigating Impacts of Coronavirus

While the Solar Energy Industries Association says the $20 billion in tax equity funding slated for this year is threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, well-capitalized developers like Avangrid are examining other options.“We can use our balance sheet to finance projects,” said James Torgerson, Avangrid’s CEO.

The US has a collective action problem that’s larger than the coronavirus crisis

The US has a collective action problem that’s larger than the coronavirus crisis

Lastly, even after adjusting for all of these other characteristics, counties within the same state where a greater share of residents do not agree that global warming is happening are substantially less likely to change their behavior in response to Covid-19.

How Coronavirus Is Transforming Power Demand in MISO and the Northeast

How Coronavirus Is Transforming Power Demand in MISO and the Northeast

The evening demand ramp takes place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. However, with COVID-19 measures in place, Genscape has identified a shift in the timing of residential demand patterns across the region.

Tilt says capital return won’t stop battery storage investments

Tilt says capital return won’t stop battery storage investments

Listed renewable energy developer Tilt Renewables is to return $260 million to shareholders in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, but says the capital return will not impact its ability to invest in various battery storage investment and other small projects.

COP26 climate summit in Glasgow postponed over coronavirus

COP26 climate summit in Glasgow postponed over coronavirus

A joint statement from the UK and the United Nations said “in light of the ongoing, worldwide effects of Covid-19, holding an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020 is no longer possible”.All nations were expected to put forward improved climate plans, five years on from the Paris agreement signed in December 2015 during COP21.

No hiccups as German TSO 50Hertz brings record wind and solar power onto grid

No hiccups as German TSO 50Hertz brings record wind and solar power onto grid

Eastern German transmission system operator 50Hertz during the first months of this year has integrated record amounts of wind and solar power into its grid without problems, and says a current decline in electricity demand due to the Covid-19 crisis is also well manageable.

Rooftop solar charts another big month, but Covid-19 clouds future

Rooftop solar charts another big month, but Covid-19 clouds future

In the meantime, Smart Energy Council chief John Grimes has warned that rooftop solar companies must “go all-in” on strict infection control measures if they expect to keep installing through the health crisis.“Those companies that take this crisis the most seriously are likely to … be the same companies that are going to survive,” Grimes said, referring to the economy-wide downturn that will inevitably follow the Coronavirus shut-down.

Covid-19 live blog: Clean energy industry impact, stories, useful links

Covid-19 live blog: Clean energy industry impact, stories, useful links

Thursday, April 2: Smart Energy Council chief John Grimes has warned rooftop solar companies to “get deadly serious” about adopting measures to prevent the spread of infection of Covid-19 if they hope to continue to operate.

Orsted invests almost $13bn in Taiwan despite Covid-19 crisis

Orsted invests almost $13bn in Taiwan despite Covid-19 crisis

The potential investments by Orsted A/S would include the Greater Changhua 3 wind farm, which it plans to bid for in the next round of auctions if the conditions are “manageable,” Matthias Bausenwein, the president for Asia Pacific of the Danish utility, said in a phone interview.

GTM’s Live Coronavirus Blog: The Impact on Clean Energy

GTM’s Live Coronavirus Blog: The Impact on Clean Energy

Tuesday, March 24: The American solar and wind industries are pushing for extensions of their federal tax credits in any stimulus package to emerge from Washington, D.C. But there's another way they could find relief: The IRS could confirm that COVID-19-related project delays are an "excusable disruption," allowing projects to remain eligible for the federal Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit while taking pressure off the supply chain, experts say.

Covid-19 could stop new Australia wind and solar projects, wipe out global growth

Covid-19 could stop new Australia wind and solar projects, wipe out global growth

The global Covid-19 pandemic is expected to hit planned wind and solar projects in Australia and other countries particularly hard, and wipe out any anticipated growth in renewables deployment in 2020, according to a new study.

Is COVID-19 Bad for Solar?

Is COVID-19 Bad for Solar?

Founded by a young team of recent Harvard graduates backed by the vast energy experience of its advisory board, Terra2 is currently developing its platform that will re-imagine green investing and build a new clean future for our shared world.

Foundation Scotland ‘in conversation’ with wind farm funds over Covid-19 relief

Foundation Scotland ‘in conversation’ with wind farm funds over Covid-19 relief

Community Energy Scotland, who co-owns a 7.5MW wind farm near Cockburnspath with Berwickshire Housing Association and provides around £40,000 a year in community funding, is now working with a volunteer action group to provide emergency grants to local families in hardship.

Major power stations consider isolation to protect workers from Covid-19

Major power stations consider isolation to protect workers from Covid-19

Australia’s energy companies have ramped up protections for key operational workers at Australia’s largest power stations, and may include the total isolation of staff in a bid to prevent any impact to power supplies from the spread of Covid-19.Representatives from the operators of Australia’s largest power generators told RenewEconomy that they are drawing upon emergency response plans that have long been established for situations where the ongoing operation of power stations, and therefore electricity supplies, may come under threat.