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COVID-19 may permanently alter long-term energy demand

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


Policy responses to the global recession have the potential either to accelerate or retard the energy transition. Economic and social behavioural change as a result of forced learning during lockdowns and continued social distancing may prove permanent.


  • The fiscal stimuli to ease COVID-19 impacts will expand the role of the state in major economies; this may aid meeting climate targets.
  • Renewable energy will continue increasing its share of electricity generation as planned projects come online and costs fall.
  • The IEA sees energy sector investment plunging by 20% this year; many energy firms may struggle to survive.
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