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How renewable energy could emerge on top after the pandemic

Posted On: 30 May 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

How renewable energy could emerge on top after the pandemic

This story was originally published by Yale E360 and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, renewable energy was growing steadily - but still not fast enough to meet the Paris Agreement's carbon reduction goals, let alone to make the further strides needed to keep climate change from spiraling out of control.
Now, the virus-induced economic shock is likely to slow the expansion of wind, solar, and other clean power sources, at least temporarily, experts say. But while lockdowns, social distancing requirements, and financial uncertainties have put some new projects on ice, the underlying strengths of renewables remain strong, and analysts expect their economic advantage over volatile fossil fuels will only increase in the long term.
Whether the pandemic ultimately puts clean energy on a faster track than before, though, depends to a large extent on the choices political leaders make now, analysts say. Which means 2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal...

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