Coronavirus company news summary – IEA report encourages transition of heating network – Wind and solar generation rise continues

3 December 2020 (Last Updated December 3rd, 2020 10:25)

3 December

A new report from has said nations should prioritise transitioning their heating systems in order to meet climate change goals and strengthen their economies. The report was prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The report says the shift to sustainable heating and cooling systems will help in generation millions of jobs and accelerate global economic recovery.

Global electricity generation from wind and solar plants rose in the first six months of 2020, despite the onset of Covid-19 pandemic. Both sectors accounted for 10% of total power generated worldwide between January and June 2020.

The Washington Electric Cooperative (WEC) has advised its members to use assistance provided by the state government to help them clear unpaid utility bills. The relief has been offered to residents, businesses, and non-profits who are unable to pay utility bills, due to Covid-19-induced financial difficulties. While residential applicants must provide proof of financial hardship, companies need to show evidence of a 50% decline in revenue for at least one month since the onset of pandemic in March.