- The recently announced 30% solar tariff could be offset and overwhelmed by new plans announced this week by the Rocky Mountain Institute and 35 solar energy industry leaders. They committed to developing an ultra-low-cost solar product to reduce costs to the point that fully installed costs would only reach $0.50 per watt. [CleanTechnica]
- French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to shut all of his country’s coal-fired power plants by 2021. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he said, “We’ve also decided to make France a model in the fight against climate change.” Mr Macron’s speech stressed the economic benefits of innovation. [SteelGuru]
- Fluence Energy Storage is developing the world’s largest battery energy storage facility as part of a $2 billion repowering project in Long Beach, California. The battery will combine with efficient combined-cycle gas capacity to replace ageing natural gas peaking plants, meeting local reliability needs within the California’s environmental goals. [CleanTechnica]
- Maine Gov Paul LePage imposed a moratorium on new wind energy permits in his state and established a commission that will meet behind closed doors to study the economic impacts of wind turbines on the state’s tourism industry. It will be exempt from Maine’s Freedom of Access laws and will not have to meet in public. [Lewiston Sun Journal]
- Over $90 billion in investments have now been pledged for the development of electric vehicles and associated battery tech by the world’s top auto manufacturers, according to Reuters analysis. This includes $52 billion by automakers in Germany, $21 billion by those in China, and at least $19 billion by automakers in the US. [CleanTechnica]
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