- In his 2018 State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo proposed an agenda to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and growing the clean energy economy. New York aims to reduce emissions from existing fossil-fuel power plants and advance clean energy technologies. [Windpower Engineering]
- The Australian microgrid market is forecast to increase to more than $20 billion annually, with around half of all Australian homes expected to have rooftop solar panels installed, by 2024. This will put the country at the forefront of movements that are transforming electric generation and transmission worldwide. [The Sydney Morning Herald]
- The attorneys general of California and New York filed suits in federal court that seek to block the new so-call tax reform act from taking effect and force the federal government to enforce the methane capture rules of the Obama administration. The federal administration is unacceptably pitting profits against people’s lives. [CleanTechnica]
- A flurry of state regulatory activity takes place this month in two companies’ request for approval of the sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. On Thursday, Jan 4, the three-member Vermont Public Utility Commission will host a public hearing on the petition to allow Entergy to sell the dormant plant to NorthStar for decommissioning. [Commons]
- According to the Electric Power Research Institute, US electric utilities have a $1.3 trillion opportunity to cut operating costs over the next decade by adopting technologies and processes enabled by the internet of things. We heard similar estimates at the Energy Information Administration’s annual conference last summer. [Capitalist Times]
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