Without question the Coronavirus has topped major headlines this week. Between the cancellation of schools across the country, sports fans are also up in arms due to the suspension of the season in the NHL, MLB, NCA and more. We don’t even want to mention the stock market or your 401k. Instead we’ve decided to deliver news on our favorite front, the energy sector. As always, if you missed last week’s list you can find that here.

5Business owners can always use tips, and boosting electronic performance is a benefit across the board.

Many consumers focus on trying to get more bang for their buck when it comes to purchases of goods and services. Savvy business owners follow these same guidelines. Streamlining processes and staying up to date on soft and hardware services are always important, but did you know focusing on energy efficiency and utility bills are just as vital. Small Biz Daily sets you up for more success here.

4Electricity rates vary across states, former Google CEO backs a nationwide database project.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) maintains the Utility Rate Database (URDB), which accounts for about 70% of the U.S. electricity load, but it measures less than 10% of all electricity providers. This initiative plans to comprehensive database of the prices to the public. Electrek powers up the rest of the story here.

3Some great news for women in energy for Women’s History Month, they’re being quoted more.

Compared to 21% of articles that quoted women in the clean energy industry in 2018 that number doubled to 42% of articles quoting women. In a time where equality conversations can be contentious, this little nugget of information should be celebrated by all. WBOC spins out the rest of the statistics here.

2If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times. Battery storage for renewables is expensive.

More technology is coming through for the renewable energy sector to build out more solar and wind farms across the U.S. This is an exciting time to watch this industry expand. The major challenge they face is battery storage, and lithium-ion batteries have been boasted to be the best, but the come with a hefty price tag. MIT Technology Review charges in with details here.

1A tiny Scottish island has been using renewable energy technology for years, but their setting a standard for hydrogen power.

Because of the amount of wind and rainfall Orkney has the unique ability to not only power the entire island off of wind, they have an abundance of energy that they need to store. Enter hydrogen power, and a process called electrolysis that uses tidal energy to split water and make the hydrogen. CNN Business particularizes the rest here.