March 2021 Media Brief

The Energy in COVID-19 monthly research briefs collect the latest news read by our working group members. Each month, a different working group member takes the lead in writing up summaries and the brief’s framing, always in conversation with the full working group. The overall aim of the briefs is to showcase how disasters instigate policy changes, particularly around economic crises. 


While the past couple of months saw energy news headlines shift away from discussions of COVID-19, there seems to be a thread in discussions of energy transitions, energy futures, and energy justice. As more news coverage turns towards  a post-pandemic world, we have seen increased  focus on investments in clean energy (once again), safe indoor environments, and equitable distribution of energy incentives. The articles collected by the Energy in COVID-19 group document interesting mid-Atlantic trends in clean energy employment patterns and clean energy gains. One of the successes documented in this brief pertains to Pennsylvania’s prospect to move into RGGI, a long overdue action. Another success story  from the Detroit region, where community renewables is taking concrete form through the Hope Revitalization Program. While energy news has not focused as much on COVID-19 as it was at the beginning of the pandemic, many of the discussions presented in this brief do take on perspectives that emerge from a COVID-19 centered world. It would be irresponsible not to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected energy distribution, demand, and consumption. For better and more interesting discussions on energy transitions, justice, and futures please read the snippets here provided, as well as the articles linked. 

Contractors work on a portion of Highway 101 in Petaluma, California, on March 22. Improving roads and bridges is a key part of Biden's infrastructure plan.

Cite as: Briana Leone, Ali Kenner, James Adams, Andrew Rosenthal, and Morgan Sarao. "Media Brief - March 2021." Energy in COVID-19. The Energy Rights Project. Platform for Experimental and Collaborative Ethnography.

The Energy in COVID-19 monthly media briefs collect the latest news read by the Energy in COVID-19 working group members. The overall aim of the briefs is to showcase how disasters can shore up policy changes, particularly around economic crises. All media briefs can be found in this timeline essay.

Visit the Energy in COVID-19 main page for more information about the working group.


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May 1, 2021

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Andrew Rosenthal, Alison Kenner, Briana Leone, Morgan Sarao and James Adams. 1 May 2021, "March 2021 Media Brief", The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 8 August 2022, accessed 1 March 2024.