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The Conversation

As our planet races towards a climate emergency, there is hope from some people that renewable energy will come to the rescue.


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The Hill

As Congress considers necessary legislation to avert a depression, it must not only consider the urgent needs of today but simultaneously create the foundations for a new American economy ready for the threats and opportunities of the 21st century.


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Ars Technica

On Wednesday, the Global Wind Energy Council, an industry trade organization, released its review of the market in 2019. During the past year, wind power saw its second-largest amount of new installed capacity ever, with over 60GW going in. But the news going forward is a bit more uncertain, with the report predicting that after years of double-digit growth, the industry would see things tail off into steady-but-unspectacular territory. And that prediction was made before many key markets started dealing with the coronavirus.


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In recent years, wind power has emerged as a credible alternative to fossil fuels. John Timmer reports that the global capacity increased during 2019, but looks at potential trouble ahead.

Euractiv

Climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation are contributing drivers behind pandemics.


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Financial Times ($)

It is 15 years since I sold out of my interests in the oil industry and invested instead in renewables. For me, the energy transition has been personal — sometimes financially costly — but it’s a journey I am glad I have made.


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Vox

Across the country, dozens of cities and states have passed laws or resolutions targeting 100 percent carbon-free electricity — most recently 20 communities in Utah and the state of Virginia. But is it even possible to power a modern economy with a carbon-free grid? And if so, what are the best energy sources and technologies for getting there?


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Clean Technica

Panasonic’s batteries underpin the electric vehicle revolution as we know it today, thanks to an early partnership to supply its 18650 lithium-ion cells from Japan to Tesla for its Model S and X vehicles.


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Houston Chronicle

The just-enacted stimulus bill will provide desperately needed support for the nation’s energy workers who are losing their jobs by the thousands as the economy slows, gas prices drop and the novel coronavirus spreads.


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The Hindu

With COVID-19 impacting the market economy and bringing in frugality, builders may no longer splurge on fancy facades and mindless energy consumption.


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The Hill

The Senate is positioned to move ahead with a coronavirus emergency aid package free of controversial efforts to bolster the oil industry or measures to reduce the carbon footprint of the airline industry that threatened to spark protests on both sides of the aisle.


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MIT

When searching through theoretical lists of possible new materials for particular applications, such as batteries or other energy-related devices, there are often millions of potential materials that could be considered, and multiple criteria that need to be met and optimized at once.


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One area of renewable energy that does not get a lot of attention is batteries. But how to build better ones? MIT researchers think part of finding that out is machine learning, and using it to drastically reduce the time for studies of different materials.

Financial Times ($)

It is no exaggeration to say the oil industry faces its gravest crisis of the past 100 years. As western economies go into hibernation, hoping to snuff out the first wave of coronavirus through lockdowns and isolation, the industry is facing up to the fact that fuel demand is going to fall faster than ever before.


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Stuff NZ

Solar panels are generating power for Panama Road School in Auckland.


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Reuters

LONDON – Two weeks into a growing coronavirus outbreak, Lucy Vinis, the mayor of the Oregon city of Eugene, has plenty to worry about – from how to protect the community’s homeless population to how to keep services functioning in the face of uncertainty.


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The Irish Times

Huge increases in oil prices in 1973, and again in 1979, sent shock waves through the European economy of that time. While the scale of the economic disruption caused was nowhere near what we are now experiencing, the impact was substantial and long-lasting.


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Associated Press

DRAKESBORO – President Trump tried to stop it from happening. The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, did too. Despite their best efforts to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to save the beleaguered coal industry, including an eleventh-hour pressure campaign, the Tennessee Valley Authority power plant at Paradise burned its last load of coal last month.


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Newcastle Chronicle

Energy Central is a unique partnership designed to attract offshore energy and renewables projects and businesses to Blyth.


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Venture Beat

As countries struggle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic by forcing people into isolation, the reduced movement has resulted in fewer carbon emissions and a healthier planet.


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The Denver Post

Colorado’s solar industry, among the country’s strongest, is joining forces with solar companies nationwide to push for extension of tax credits so they can finish projects being slowed or put on hold by the coronavirus outbreak.


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Oil Price

Just a month ago, companies and investors had a financial incentive to continue investing in new oil and gas projects despite the societal and environmentalist backlash against fossil fuels. Not anymore.


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The Hill

As the COVID-19 exacts an unimaginable price in lives and livelihoods, it is hard to think of anything else right now.


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UN ESCAP

Rising economic prosperity and poverty reduction may not tell the whole story of progress in Asia and the Pacific. Telling signs in the natural world recount a narrative that is far from complete.


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The story of CO2 emissions and renewable energy is a global one, but also one of regions. Here Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, an under-secretary at the UN, writes about Asia and the Pacific.

Iowa City Press Citizen

MidAmerican Energy and Iowa City have a large scale solar project in the works that appeared to be on a smooth course to approval. The city plans to lease public land to MidAmerican to create a utility-scale solar project on a portion of Waterworks Prairie Park


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Reuters

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – Fossil fuel-rich Russia has for the first time set out a greener economic path for the coming three decades, in a long-term, low-carbon development plan released this week.


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Aalto University (Finland)

Researchers developed a promising graphene–carbon nanotube catalyst, giving them better control over hugely important chemical reactions for producing hydrogen fuel


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