- Renewables surging - planned renewable energy projects for 2020 will exceed 42 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity; onshore wind capacity exceeds 100 gigawatts.
- 440 million pigs in China either died from African swine fever or were killed to stamp out the virus (for perspective, half of the world's population of pigs).
- OPEC+ starts cutting production to promote price increases, but Russia delays cuts.
- FERC commissioner Bernard McNamee announces retirement, leaving the agency with two commissioners and no quorum.
- A bizarre shift of focus – a majority of the world’s population suddenly focuses on outbreak of coronavirus; economists warn of "black swan" potential.
- Saudi and Russia price war underway, sending oil prices to the bottom.
- COVID-19 outbreak warps power grid patterns - weekday demand resembles weekend days, as more people work remotely.
- Mark this day in history: April 20, 2020, the day oil prices went negative (in other words, an oil barrel ... as in, the physical container ... cost more than the oil that it contains).
- The biggest winner in the twin supply-demand oil shock of 2020: China, which took advantage of low (negative) oil prices with record stockpile purchases.
- Mark this month in history: May 2020, the month the US officially became a net exporter of energy.
- The fastest growing utility-scale solar region in the US is the South Atlantic.
- In the US, annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeds coal consumption for the first time.
- Operating crude oil and natural gas rigs in the US are at the lowest point (338 total) since 1987.
- A majority of mines (275) have suspended operations around the world due to the pandemic (related, coal production in the US at its lowest since the miner's strike in 1978).
- Energy consumption in the US drops to its lowest monthly levels since terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
- From August 14 - 17, there were 367 unique wildfires in California (history’s first “gigafire” - 1 million acres burned).
- Emissions falling world-wide (-1.5%)
- SPAC capital investment mechanism surging (there were 34 SPACs in 2018, and 59 in 2019; that total matched by September).
- China adds 11.4 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity, more than the rest of the world combined.
- Interest in hydrogen surging, particularly in Western Europe.
- Almost all energy sectors and global economies are stagnant to struggling, but none more so than oil-producing Arab nations; only Qatar (strong LNG economy) has a balanced budget.
- China pours more concrete than rest of world combined.
- The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten millions, but there has been an unprecedented decline in CO2 emissions (i.e. transport CO2 emissions down 40% worldwide).
- Investment in ESG surges, accounts for about 1/3 of total invested assets.