- “Is Utah missing the renewable energy boat?” • Rocky Mountain Power intends to invest $3.5 billion for renewable energy infrastructure to supply power for Utah. The bad news for Utah is that the money will be spent in Wyoming and Idaho. So the question for elected leaders and legislators from Utah’s more rural counties is, “Why?” [Deseret News]
- Aside from the massive recurrent national grid investments in Nigeria, with costs running into several billion US dollars, the country is said to be spending N5 trillion ($14 billion) each year on distributed diesel generation, which has no connection with the national utility grid, but provides electricity for homes and businesses. [TODAY.NG]
- Montana coal production is more than 2 million tons ahead of where it was this time last year, although analysts say the future is far from bright for the fossil fuel. “A company that lost 30% of its market in the last couple years and gains back two points is technically doing better,” one analyst said. And new plants are just not being built. [Billings Gazette]
- This year, the number of juvenile flounder caught by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in its annual survey hit an all-time low. For decades, the fish have been declining in numbers off the Texas coast. Over-fishing is one reason, but a main factor is environmental. Climate change has made the water too warm for spawning. [WRAL.com]
- Solarplicity has revealed more details of its £1 billion solar program for social housing tenants. Details confirm that Maas Capital will invest £160 million to unlock a total of £1 billion. This will then be used for a residential installation program for 800,000 homes in England and Wales during the next five years. [Solar Power Portal]
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