Coronavirus and energy commentary and research
Wed, Jan 20, 2021
Joe Biden’s inaugural address was a call for unity—and also resilience. What did the speech signal about where his presidency is headed? Here’s key takeaways from five leading experts on international affairs.
Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council
Fri, Sep 25, 2020
Pulitzer Prize winner and energy expert Daniel Yergin’s insights into the progress of the energy transition worldwide are pivotal with the 2020 elections around the corner and the pandemic that has disrupted the energy industry.
ACFrontPage by Katherine Walla
Thu, Sep 17, 2020
As the US presidential election looms, the oil and gas industry has suffered from demand shocks during the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change is increasingly in the list of top concerns of US citizens, and there is little overlap between the likely policies of the two presidential candidates.
Elections 2020 by Global Energy Center
Wed, Sep 16, 2020
Von der Leyen used her first State of the European Union Address to push European leaders to “make change happen by design—not by disaster or by diktat from others in the world.” Atlantic Council experts react to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s speech and its implications for future EU policy.
New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council
Wed, Jul 8, 2020
Distributed solar and batteries will power a more inclusive economic recovery in developing countries
A reliable supply of electricity is crucial for responding to the COVID-19 health crisis and boosting economic activity. Governments in many developing countries already struggle to provide their citizens with enough high-quality electricity to satisfy demand. The additional constraints the COVID-19 crisis places upon utilities, and national economies in general, can make the delivery of reliable electricity even harder. However, distributed solar energy and battery storage can provide reliable, affordable, and pollution-free power globally, while also creating jobs that incorporate local talent—especially from groups underrepresented in the labor market such as women and low-income workers.
EnergySource by Sandra Chavez
Coronavirus and energy events
Wed, Jun 24, 2020
Public Event ONLINE EVENT – An expert panel discusses the future of advanced battery technologies and energy storage in the context of the clean energy transition, geopolitics, and coronavirus.
Mon, Jun 15, 2020
Public Event ONLINE EVENT – H.E. Eng. Suhail Al Mazrouei discusses the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) energy strategy during the coronavirus pandemic and a period of historically low oil prices, as well as their medium- and long-term plans for energy portfolio diversification.
Fri, Jun 12, 2020
Virtual fireside chat with Mele Kyari, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation: The Nigerian view on the global oil market
Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, discusses trends in Nigeria’s oil markets in the wake of COVID-19 and efforts to weather volatility during periods of low oil prices.
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Thu, May 28, 2020
Continued energy cooperation between the United States and the European Union has been key in reducing Europe’s energy dependence, but now must also help guide both countries out of the coronavirus economic crisis and cut global emissions in the face of continued climate change.
New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer
Wed, May 27, 2020
In Turkey, the world's steepest coronavirus infection curve is now declining precipitously. The country can offer lessons to others as it may have found a way to keep the economy partially—or even largely—open while taming COVID-19, though there is still a way to go.
TURKEYSource by Matthew Bryza
Mon, May 18, 2020
Coronavirus emergency measures should persuade Ukraine, Romania, and Turkey to legitimize energy reform, not reverse it
For years, Eastern European governments and Turkey have bought into a global trend, arguing that long-term strategies in the energy sector should revolve around market deregulation. In light of the coronavirus outbreak and the emergency measures implemented worldwide to contain it, the energy industry may now face an increase in interventionist policies such as price controls and consolidation of state-owned enterprises as governments push to mitigate the shockwaves of expected consumer impacts. Such measures would be detrimental to economies, and there are compelling arguments that suggest governments should remain committed to their initial market goals.
EnergySource by Dr. Aura Sabadus
Fri, May 8, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis and US and EU emissions in the new decade: Opportunities for a clean energy recovery
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sudden decline in global electricity demand of up to 20-25 percent in some countries, and the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects global electricity demand for 2020 will fall by 5-10 percent, contributing to an 8 percent overall drop in energy sector CO2 emissions. This piece updates evaluates the performance of the US and EU power sectors in 2019 within the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
EnergySource by Robert F. Ichord, Jr.
Wed, May 6, 2020
The global COVID-19 pandemic has taken hundreds of thousands of lives and caused unprecedented harm to the global economy. At the same time, the pandemic has diverted global attention away from other matters of concern, notably the Floating Storage and Offloading Vessel (FSO) SAFER, a converted oil tanker moored four miles off the coast of Ras Isa, Yemen, in the Red Sea continuing to degrade after years of neglect. If no action is taken, the SAFER will spill as much as 1.14 million barrels of Marib Light crude into the water. Much of the world’s activity may be on hold, but the ongoing corrosion on the SAFER is not taking a break to wait out the pandemic.
EnergySource by Dr. David Soud, Dr. Ian Ralby, and Rohini Ralby
Fri, May 1, 2020
In the News by Atlantic Council
Tue, Apr 21, 2020
Amid the haze of uncertainty wrought from coronavirus and oil market fallout, clean energy actors will not take a backseat as the world evolves. As the status quo dissolves before a global crisis, and fossil energy markets grow increasingly volatile, renewables and clean tech have an opportunity to chart a new path forward amid the recovery.
EnergySource by Zachary Strauss, Mitali Mirle, and John Soughan
Tue, Apr 14, 2020
The result of the OPEC+ marathon negotiations should help restore some positive market sentiment and possibly firm up something of a price floor over the short term. However, the impact of a month-long price war, amidst deteriorating oil demand, risks eventually drawing the deal into sharp relief over the next few weeks.
New Atlanticist by Reed Blakemore
Thu, Apr 9, 2020
The impact of this price war combined with the demand destruction triggered by the impact of the coronavirus are likely to force both Russian and Saudi Arabia back to the negotiating table to agree a deal which will—at least in substance—restore OPEC plus, sooner rather than later.
New Atlanticist by Alan Riley
Wed, Apr 8, 2020
In the News by Atlantic Council