March 26, 2018

One of World's Dirtiest Oil Sources Is Closing Coal Plants

Alberta—known for its production of tar sands oil—is closing several coal-fired power plants and has increased its tax on carbon emissions by 50 percent to help Canada reach its Paris climate agreement goals. At the same time, however, the province is increasing its high-emissions tar sands output.

March 23, 2018

Proposed Law Could Let Arizona Utilities Easily Skirt Renewable Energy Requirements

The Arizona Senate passed a bill aiming to thwart a proposed constitutional amendment that would require half of the state's energy to come from renewables by 2030. The bill would require public utilities that violate the renewable energy standard to pay a fine of $100 to $5,000 — an amount so small critics say utilities could ignore the rules completely.  

California Utility to Cut Power in Areas at Grave Fire Risk

Pacific Gas & Electric says it will switch off power to minimize sparks in vulnerable areas during periods of extreme fire danger. State investigators are looking at whether the utility's equipment set off deadly wildfires last year. PG&E and other utilities have resisted preemptive power cutoffs in the past.

March 22, 2018

New Mexico Regulators OK 2 Massive Wind Farms

New Mexico regulators approved a $1.6 billion plan by Xcel Energy to build two huge wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border and to buy additional wind power from NextEra Energy Resources. Xcel says the three efforts will be able to power more than 440,000 homes.

March 21, 2018

March 20, 2018

British Wind Power Output Hits Record

Britain's wind farms generated a record 14.7 gigawatts of power last Saturday, representing 34 percent of the country's electricity generation. Britain plans to add 2 more gigawatts of wind farms this year as coal and nuclear plants retire.

March 19, 2018

Lithium a Lifeline for Oil Majors in Clean Energy Future?

Lithium, a key ingredient in rechargeable batteries, could be a lifeline for oil companies as they shift toward renewable energy and away from fossil fuels, an executive with an investment bank that advises energy companies says. Demand is projected to rise from 200 metric tons in 2016 to 7,845 metric tons per year by 2030.

A Bold, Divisive Plan to Wean Californians Off Cars

In an effort to get Californians to stop driving as much and reduce emissions, a new bill would allow eight-story buildings near major transit stops, even if local communities object. The proposal, opposed by major environmental groups, points to a divide over how far the law should go to reshape urban lifestyles.

March 15, 2018

Solar Installations Forecast Slashed After Trump Slaps Tariffs on Panels

Last year marked the second straight year of double-digit growth in the solar industry, despite uncertainty around Trump's solar tariffs, according to an annual review from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. But researchers forecast the U.S. will install less solar capacity in the coming years than previously expected.

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