Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group
This is exactly the right time to be talking about climate change. In fact, we need to be talking unapologetically about climate, the clean economy, renewable energy, resilient food systems, sustainable mobility, the circular economy and the Sustainable Development Goals with more vigor than ever. We’ll spend the next several years rebooting and rebuilding our economic wherewithal. So, isn’t this the time to talk about how that will unfold, about how to create a robust, resilient and regenerative economy for the next generation or two? And shouldn’t we be aligning our investments — and our tax dollars — in those directions? Read more here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Corporate America, it’s your time to shine, contributed by Suzanne Shelton, President & CEO Shelton Group, GreenBiz. We have the opportunity right now — flush with evidence about the cracks in our social system and the very real ways in which we’re affecting our environment — to reimagine the Way We Do Things. The business leaders and companies who use this moment to be creative (as opposed to simply trying to get back to “business as usual”) are the ones who will not only weather this storm; they’ll also be the preferred brands of the future. Here are five things company leaders can do right now to create a sustainable future:
- EPA gives power plants, regulated entities pollution compliance flexibility, citing COVID-19 concerns, by Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive. Environmentalists worry the relaxed enforcement could allow facilities to be less diligent about compliance with air and water pollution standards. “This is an open license to pollute. Plain and simple,” Gina McCarthy, president and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement. “We can all appreciate the need for additional caution and flexibility in a time of crisis, but this brazen directive is an abdication of the EPA’s responsibility to protect our health.”
- Suspending EPA enforcement during COVID-19 outbreak adds to pollution-related health risks, Environment America News Release. “As our nation struggles to contain the coronavirus, health is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, and the public cares even more deeply about the air we breathe and the water we drink. If EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will not rescind this policy immediately, we urge Congress to exercise its oversight authority to ensure the safety of our air and water.” – John Rumpler, senior attorney for Environment America
RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS
- Reasons to be cheerful: US utility solar pipeline is ‘stronger than ever’, PV Magazine
“Even going into a pandemic, the market is well-positioned,” says a WoodMac analyst.
- Trina announces its first shipment of 500 W modules, PV Magazine International
The Chinese manufacturer says the first products exited the factory 11 days after mass production started. The panels were launched by the company late last month.
- World’s biggest PV module factory, PV Magazine International
GCL System Integration plans to build a 60 GW solar module factory in China’s Anhui province, with a total investment of approximately $2.5 billion.
- Wind Giant Iberdrola Throws Its Weight Behind Floating Offshore Market, Greentech Media
Iberdrola will kick-start its floating offshore build-out with two pilot projects in Europe — while keeping a close eye on the future U.S. market.
- The 5 Most Promising Long-Duration Storage Technologies Left Standing, Greentech Media
Low carbon grids need longer duration storage, but few technologies have succeeded at scale. Here’s the current roster of best bets.
- Distributed storage could see growth in demand amid COVID-19 pandemic, analysts say, Utility Dive. Despite short-term delays to projects, some industry players think demand for distributed storage could eventually see an uptick.
NEW JERSEY’S CARBON-FREE LEADERSHIP
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) wants to consider alternatives to participation in PJM Interconnection’s capacity market, and on March 27 launched an investigation into how the state can achieve its clean energy objectives that include reaching 100% carbon-free energy by 2050. The investigation is a response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) December 2019 decision to expand the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) in the regional capacity market, effectively raising the floor prices for state-subsidized resources. Clean energy advocates believe the rule could prevent new renewable resources from competing in the wholesale market.
Policy, policy, policy: BloombergNEF’s path to hydrogen uptake, PV Magazine
A hot energy topic with little coordinated analysis, green hydrogen has finally attracted the number crunchers of BloombergNEF.
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GTM’s Live Coronavirus Blog: The Impact on Clean Energy
A somber tone takes hold across the American solar industry, and New York’s grid operator sequesters workers at control centers. Follow the latest developments here.
- The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has a Coronavirus Information & Resources page that provides updates on its impact on the American solar workforce and its effects to the global supply chain.
- The American Wind Energy Association has a COVID-19 advocacy and related resources page.
- The Energy Storage Association (ESA) has created a Resource Center with updates on the organization’s actions to continue fulfilling its mission to accelerate the widespread use of competitive and reliable energy storage systems in North America.