- The wind energy industry reached an important milestone in 2016 when it passed the generating capacity of hydroelectric power for the first time to become the nation’s top renewable generating source. The total amount of wind capacity in the queue represents 34% of all generating capacity waiting to connect to the grid. [ThinkProgress]
- Since oil prices collapsed in 2014, Canada has lost more than 40,000 jobs in oil, gas and related industries, according to data released last year by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Thousands of employees of fossil fuel businesses left jobless following a plunge in oil prices are finding work with solar or wind energy. [ETEnergyworld.com]
- Wildfires can happen even in Greenland. They are very rare there, but unfortunately they are becoming more common. This year has been unprecedented far as numbers of fires go. This is particularly bad, as wildfires release soot, and soot that has been deposited on ice sheets or snow greatly increases the speed at which the ice melts. [CleanTechnica]
- When construction was halted on two nuclear power plants in South Carolina spiraling costs were blamed. But another equally important reason was that the demand for electricity has not increased as expected when the project was proposed in 2008. In fact, a report shows that US residential demand has declined from what it was ten years ago. [CleanTechnica]
- The US has over 20 offshore wind projects in the pipeline, with over 24-GW of potential installed capacity, according to the US DOE. Most projects are planned for the northeast Atlantic, but schemes are also in the pipeline in the southeast Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes, DOE said a report it released on wind energy. [reNews]
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