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COVID-19 (coronavirus)

This page displays all of the information that we have collected about COVID-19 and it’s impact on the energy industry.

Coronavirus crushed U.S. clean energy workforce in 2020; 400K-plus jobs still lost

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only devastated the U.S. health care system, but it’s taken a long-lasting direct hit on the nation’s once healthy clean energy industry. A new report by BW Research Partnership indicates...

COVID-19, smart meters and new “first responders” on the grid

With widespread AMI in place, when the virus hit and outer borough and suburban energy use started spiking, residential DR was finally an option in the country’s largest electricity market.

COVID-19 slows US energy efficiency sector despite increase in policy adoption

Despite an increase in the number of US states adopting energy efficiency codes/laws or setting ambitious energy-saving targets, COVID-19 has slowed overall market growth in 2020, according to a new study released by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE).
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EU unveils revamp of cybersecurity rules days after hack

The European Union unveiled Wednesday plans to revamp the 27-nation bloc’s dated cybersecurity rules, just days after data on a new coronavirus vaccine was unlawfully accessed in a hack attack on the European Medicines...

DISTRIBUTECH, POWERGEN International, and Leadership Summit postponed until 2022

In light of both current governmental direction and general public health advisories, delivering a large-scale face-to-face event is not possible at this time. Because of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, POWERGEN...

Fieldwork in a COVID world: Lessons from Eversource in protecting customers and contractors

At the early onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Eversource, New England's largest energy provider, made the tough call to suspend all in-person energy-efficiency work for the safety of both customers...
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The Rockefeller Foundation commits $1 billion for green recovery from pandemic

The Rockefeller Foundation will commit $1 billion over the next three years to catalyze green recovery from COVID-19. The Foundation will focus on two key areas: catalyzing billions of dollars in private and concessional investments to scale distributed...

IEA Outlook: COVID impact on energy demand felt for years

Global energy demand will drop five percent this year and carbon emissions by seven percent while the impact of COVID-19 on the sector will be felt for years to come, according to the International Energy Agency's...
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PNM sets aside $2 million for customers struggling to pay their electric bill

PNM today announced that it will set aside $2 million for new COVID Customer Relief Programs to help struggling residential and small business customers pay their past due electric bills. The funds came from shareholders. These programs...
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PGE Foundation grants nearly $1.7 million for wildfire recovery, COVID-19 relief

Today, the PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation for Portland General Electric (PGE), announced that is has made more than $1.68 million in donation grants for wildfire recovery, COVID-19 relief and support for families in 2020, a 50 percent...