- According to Agora Energiewende, shutting down twenty lignite-burning power plants in Germany would not lead to electricity shortages in the country, even during the coldest parts of the winter; it would only mean a reduction in the amount of electricity is exported. It would also get the country halfway to its carbon reduction goals. [CleanTechnica]
- Electric buses have been selling like hotcakes in China. The EV-loving city Shenzhen is taking it one step further. In Shenzhen, electric buses will make up all public bus transportation by the end of this year. The city already has 14,000 electric buses on the streets, with only has a few hundred diesel-powered buses left to replace. [CleanTechnica]
- Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause of the expected growth is greater use of coal in China as its economy expanded. Researchers are unsure of whether the rise in emissions is a one-off or the start of a new period of CO2 build-up. [BBC News]
- An effort by Vermont utility regulators to settle the long-standing and contentious issue of how much noise neighbors of industrial wind projects should be subject to ended up satisfying no one. Both proponents of wind power and those who say the noise poses a health risk to people who live near turbines were upset with the result. [Westport News]
- TDI New England wants to lay a high-voltage transmission cable under Lake Champlain. It has pledged $20 million for low-income energy retrofits in Western Massachusetts if its New England Clean Power Link wins a major contract in the Bay State. The retrofits would include things other programs do not pay for, a spokesperson said. [MassLive.com]
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