There's hardly any facet of human society that has escaped the effects of the novel coronavirus, and the energy industry is no exception.
Early on, recognizable effects on the sector centered on worldwide hydrocarbon markets and other international supply chains such as those for solar panel components. As time went on, we started learning about COVID-19's effects on energy usage, the continuity of operations protocols that utilities have in place, and a variety of other emerging patterns in the interaction between the pandemic and energy.
Today, with the growing amount of available data, there's a vibrant public discussion underway about the obstacles - as well as opportunities - which are emerging for the worldwide transition to a greener and more resilient energy supply system as a result of the pandemic.
On this page, you will find a curated list of the best articles and other resources about the following topics:
For basic information about the virus as well as the current state of the outbreak, you should check reliable sources including:
Source: John Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering
Source: WHO & Tokyo Government
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Below are some of the most important news and developments regarding the impact of the novel coronavirus on the Japanese energy industry.
For information about the coronavirus outbreak in Japan in general, make sure to check the articles below:
Outside of Japan, COVID-19 has been having effects on the energy industry, as well. Besides immediate effects, many are also predicting larger shifts in trends in the industry that might happen because of the current outbreak. Below are five articles worth taking a look at.
Nitrogen dioxide emissions in Italy drastically decrease due to lockdown.CBC News, March 20, 2020
COVID-19 brings into focus a purely economic argument for renewables.Forbes, March 13, 2020
Argument that now is the most opportune moment for investment in cleantech to "boost the economy, create jobs, and build climate resilience.”Bloomberg Green, March 18, 2020
US power industry considers extreme measures to assure stability of operations.Reuters, March 20, 2020
On the heels of the recent devastating fires in Australia, coronavirus gives citizens yet another reason not to depend on the grid.One Step Off the Grid, March 19, 2020
If you are interested in learning more about the impact of the recent coronavirus outbreak on the energy industry in Japan and around the world, we also recommend reading the following articles: