- For more than four years, McDonald’s has trying to find a way to produce “sustainable beef.” Now, the fast-food giant is setting out on a small but potentially significant project to measure and analyze the ability of cattle farming to sequester carbon in soil, using a style of grazing it has been researching called “adaptive multi-paddock.” [GreenBiz]
- Borrego Springs, California, is a quaint town of about 3,400 people in the Anza-Borrego Desert, about 90 miles east of San Diego. Summers temperatures are often above 100°, and power losses can threaten lives. In the past, the town has suffered from frequent power outages, but today, Borrego Springs has its own microgrid. [InsideClimate News]
- In October this year Australia managed to install 100 MW of rooftop solar, a major milestone but still below the record set in June 2012, which was fueled by a rush to take advantage of a solar tariff before it was ended. Then last month the industry managed to install 120 MW, breaking the 2012 record without that tariff. [RenewEconomy]
- Rooftop solar is reducing pressure on the Australian national grid and making demand response more attractive, a new audit reveals. And Australian states with higher levels of clean energy have lower wholesale prices. The news is made clear in an electricity update by the Australia Institute for October and November. [Energy Matters]
- In 2016, the Arizona Corporations Commission approved a plan of electric utility Salt River Project to charge extra fees for its customers with rooftop solar systems. SolarCity claims those fees are an illegal attempt to limit competition and are therefore prohibited by antitrust laws. The case will be going before the Supreme Court. [CleanTechnica]
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