- America’s warm, wild and costly weather broke another record with the hottest June, federal meteorologists say. They also say 2016 is flirting with the US record for most billion-dollar weather disasters. In the first half of the year, there have been eight of them; eight used to be average for a whole year. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
- The forward to a new report quotes National Grid’s head of energy insights as saying, “We are in the midst of an energy revolution.” Two years ago, National Grid expected solar capacity in the UK to be 8 to 17 GW by 2030. Today, they see 15 GW as a minimum, and believe capacity could be as much as 39 GW. [CleanTechnica]
- Average Alberta electricity prices tumbled in the second quarter to their lowest point since 1996. Overall demand for electricity is down 2.1%, putting the province on pace for its first drop in consumption since 1992. Several factors are battering the market, but two are the coal phase-out, and getting renewables online. [Calgary Herald]
- When big corporate customers demand renewable energy and threaten to take their business elsewhere if they don’t get it, the impact can be huge. In Nevada, when MGM Resorts recently said it would leave the grid, despite an exit fee of $87 million, it was saying it would take 4.9% of NV Energy’s demand with it. [Fox Business]
- Bernie Sanders’ still-impassioned campaign electrified debate over the Democratic Party’s platform, winning concessions on climate change. Sanders supporters cheered when they won environmental amendments that included support for pricing greenhouse gases, prioritizing renewable energy, and limiting fracking. [SFGate]
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