- As the recent fires in Northern California blazed through wine country, workers at Stone Edge Farm had to evacuate. The farm had no grid power for nearly a week, but workers controlled its microgrid over the internet. They maintained heavy irrigation, counteracting the extreme heat from the fires and minimizing the potential for fire to spread. [CleanTechnica]
- Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren proposed a bill earmarking $146 billion for reconstruction of the hurricane-hit US territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Sanders told journalists that the situation in the US Caribbean territories was “not acceptable” two months after the islands were hit by two hurricanes. [Daily Mail]
- Three of the top aviation engine engineering firms in the world, Airbus, Siemens, and Rolls-Royce, are now collaborating on the development of a hybrid electric aircraft engine, the companies have jointly revealed. The new collaboration aims to fly a demonstrator aircraft in 2020 after ground tests have concluded. [CleanTechnica]
- Two of the world’s biggest coal producers, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal, are headquartered in St Louis, and the city’s utility, Ameren, uses coal as its primary fuel for power generation. Nevertheless, St Louis lawmakers are working on a plan to get the city off of coal-fired power and switch to 100% clean energy by 2035. [GreenBiz]
- The EPA scheduled a single hearing on reversing the Clean Power Plan. It was in Charleston, West Virginia, capital of a state heavily dependent on coal mining. Bob Murray, head of Murray Energy Corp, gave three minutes of testimony, as did many miners. But many who spoke, including some miners, supported the CPP. [ETEnergyworld.com]
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