- “Vermont Clean Energy Jobs Have Plateaued, Report Says; Dropping In Pandemic” • Vermont has lost 408 solar jobs since 2017, including 20 in 2019, the Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report found, despite growth nationally in the solar sector over the last two years. But the report does not account for jobs lost during the coronavirus pandemic. [vtdigger.org]
- “US Wind Industry Enjoys Record Q2 With Over 2.5 GW Of New Installs” • The US saw a record 2,546 MW of new wind farms commissioned in the second quarter of 2020, keeping the wind industry’s activity resilient in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. In last year’s second quarter, just 899 MW of new wind turbine capacity was brought online. [Renewables Now]
- “Using Liquid Air For Energy Storage And For Maritime Propulsion” • In the area of renewable energy vessel propulsion, the scale of maritime vessel technology allows for application of grid-scale energy storage technologies that would be impractical for land vehicles. Initiatives are underway to provide maritime vessels with liquid air. [The Maritime Executive]
- “Covid-19 May Speed Up Low-Carbon Shift, Google Says” • In a Q&A with BloombergNEF, Google’s Jeff Hamel shared his thoughts on how the pandemic may speed up the low-carbon shift. He thinks that while the clean energy industry is hurting in the short term, it isn’t being hit as hard as others, and we may see a boom coming out of this. [CleanTechnica]
- “Xcel Energy Has A Bold Plan To Put 1.5 Million Electric Cars On The Road By 2030” • Xcel Energy has 3.3 million electricity customers in 8 states – Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico. It has announced plans to help put 1.5 million electric cars on the road in those states by 2030. [CleanTechnica]
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