- New England is leading the East in a transition to renewable energy. Old fossil fuel plants are being retired, and in some cases are being given severance pay to retire early. A number of proposals are on the table for renewable power and energy storage coming from within New England or to be imported from other areas. [RTO Insider]
- Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong, has a population of a bit less than 12 million. Shenzhen also has a lot of buses, 16,359 of them, to be precise. And as of this moment, every one of them is electric. Next, the city intends to make all of its more than 17,000 taxis electric. That may not be too hard, as 12,518 of them already are. [CleanTechnica]
(Last month, there were a bit fewer than 300 electric buses in the US.)
- Chinese authorities stopped production of 553 passenger vehicle models on January 1st, 2018 because they fail to meet government fuel consumption standards, according to Xinhua, the state news agency. Beijing Benz Automotive, Chery, FAW-Volkswagen, and Dongfeng Motor Corp are among those with models banned. [CleanTechnica]
- As existing plants fail to sell all the electricity they can produce, Indian power producers have cancelled some coal-fired projects. In fact, nearly 40% of the country’s coal-based capacity is going unused. A rapid increase in renewable power following Modi’s pledge to provide clean energy is exacerbating the glut of electric power. [The Business Times]
- For the first time in 150 years, more of the global middle class will be in Asia rather than the West. This is largely due to China taking a lead in lifting people out of extreme poverty. As the Chinese people expect increased economic well-being, their government is turning to renewable power sources to supply their power. [The National]
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