Morning Brief: solar is ‘essential’ in New Jersey, renewables generated more electricity than coal in April

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in News

Morning Brief: solar is ‘essential’ in New Jersey, renewables generated more electricity than coal in April

pv magazine
Eric Wesoff
5 May 2020 –

Solar construction has been deemed ‘essential’ in New Jersey, following some confusion around Gov. Phil Murphy’s Public Health Emergency declaration. Solar projects, in terms of the declaration, fall under Executive Order 122, which stipulates “utility projects, including those necessary for energy and electricity production and transmission’’ may continue construction during the emergency. This order also covers single-family home residential  projects, but does not specifically mention commercial and industrial. Source: NJ Spotlight

In a first for any month, renewables generated more electricity than coal on every day in April, new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows. This impressive stretch actually began on March 25, when utility-scale solar, wind and hydropower collectively produced more than coal-fired generation, and has continued for at least 40 straight days through May 3, according to preliminary figures from the EIA’s Hourly Electric Grid Monitor. SourceIEEFA