- In Norway they use Teslas as taxis. Norwegians have the highest per capita ownership of the prestige plug-in. Taxi driver Trond Gustav Somme has owned his Tesla for the past two years, trading up from a Nissan Leaf. Mums and dads are also opting for a Tesla instead of a big Volvo; not only is it cooler, it’s cheaper. [New Zealand Herald]
- At least 12 cities in five countries have pledged in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to shift to 100% renewable-power sources to help fight climate change as early as this year. Four of the cities are in the US, one is in Canada, five are in Sweden, one is in Denmark, and one is in Norway. [Business Mirror]
- A planned 400-MW pumped hydro storage project in Montana could provide electricity when there are lulls in solar and wind power production. The project might be completed in 2017, and has support from Montana’s governor. Montana has wind resources to be the number three state for wind generating in the US. [CleanTechnica] Image Credit: PD-US Gov-Interior-FWS
- Less than two years after Vermont almost quadrupled the amount of renewable power that customers could sell back to their electric utilities, at least one utility has reached the cap. Vermont’s largest utility, Green Mountain Power expects to reach the net-metering cap of 15% of their peak load by early next year. [Rutland Herald]
- Local farmers in California may have to return to the polluting practice of burning their agricultural waste in the open air unless the state Legislature acts soon to subsidize struggling biomass power plants that run on such material, the executive director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District warns. [The Bakersfield Californian]
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