- The Dakota Access Pipeline protest is turning violent. About 400 protesters clashed with police as demonstrators lit cars on fire and police launched tear gas and water at the crowds. Police said that the protesters “attempted to flank and attack the law enforcement line from the west,” and described their actions as “very aggressive.” [CNN]
- “Solar And Wind Versus Nuclear: Is Baseload Power Obsolete?” Renewables coupled with efficient, cost effective energy storage make grids virtually obsolete. Utility companies are petrified they may become irrelevant and the trillions of dollars invested in building grids throughout the world will no longer produce income. [PlanetSave.com]
- A 90-MW battery energy storage system project was officially put into operation in Germany last week. To date, it is the largest implementation of its kind in the country. Six 15-MW lithium-ion battery-based systems have been deployed; one each in Bexbach, Fenne and Weiher and another three in North Rhine-Westphalia. [Energy Matters]
- President-elect Donald Trump promised get rid of the Clean Power Plan, and that, he says, would give a boost to the declining US coal industry. But even without the plan, he would probably not reverse a years-long movement away from coal in the US electric power industry, according to the head of one leading electric utility. [Tribune-Review]
- Internal carbon pricing is just starting to catch on in the global business community. Microsoft began what might be described as an internal carbon tax back in 2012. Now, some results are in. During the COP22 climate talks, the company released a white paper that makes a strong business case for an internal carbon fee. [Triple Pundit]
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