- The US EPA has a formula to evaluate nuclear power in its carbon reduction plan. It says 5.8% of existing nuclear capacity was at risk of being shut for financial reasons, and thus for states with nuclear reactors, keeping them running would earn a credit of 5.8% toward that state’s carbon reduction goal. [New York Times]
- The 10th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index has good and bad news. The index compares the 58 top carbon-emitting nations. It reveals that global carbon emissions have reached a new peak. However, the index indicates that countries have recently developed a new readiness to take action on climate change. [Triple Pundit]
- The Philippines’ Renewable Energy Act signed was into law in 2008 to cut its reliance on fossil fuel. Since that time, the Department of Energy has approved renewable energy contracts totaling 10,040 MW capacity, including 404 hydropower, 68 solar, 54 wind, 43 biomass, 41 geothermal, and 5 ocean energy projects. [Rappler]
- RES Canada, one of three companies selected for a 450-MW Hydro-Québec tender, announced it has been selected to provide 147.2 MW of wind power. The wind project will be established about 50 kilometers east of QuébecCity, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region and will consist of forty-six 3.2-MW Siemens turbines. [Energy Matters]
- A recent analysis says the wind energy industry has created more than 10,000 jobs in Kansas and generates $26 million a year in lease payments to landowners. But renewable portfolio standard laws have come under attack in Kansas and other states from conservative groups such as ALEC, which call to repeal the laws. [Lawrence Journal World
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