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In general, we can expect the renewable energy industry to experience a slight setback during the next year or two, but it’s already gained enough momentum to keep moving forward, regardless of short-term slowdowns. COVID-19 will have lasting effects on many aspects of society, but the evidence suggests that its long-term negative impact on the growth of renewable energy will be small.

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Audra Drazga on Apr 10, 2020

Tom, with all the money that the government is having to shell out to help save businesses and the economy, I am wondering if the funding for some of the renewable projects is going to be on the cut list - especially if the current administration stays in office.  

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Tom Lombardo on Apr 10, 2020

Agreed, especially at the federal level. A number of states, however, are doubling down on their green efforts (my next article will discuss one of them) and many utilities are making the switch to renewables for economic reasons (once you build it, the fuel is free) and because they know the change is inevitable and they want to be ahead of the curve. 

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Matt Chester on Apr 13, 2020

And what better way to create jobs than injecting money into these clean energy projects that, as you note, will be happening sooner or later? Now is the time

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