- About half of the US military’s infrastructure has been affected by climate-related risks, according to a Pentagon report obtained by a nonpartisan climate think tank. The report surveyed over 3,500 US bases worldwide. It found that about 50% of them reported effects from events like storm surge flooding, wildfire, drought and wind. [Science Magazine]
- King Coal’s reign in India is about to come crashing down. Coal supplied 80% of India’s total power mix in 2016-2017, but new wind and solar is now 20% cheaper than the average wholesale power price of existing coal-fired generation, and 65% of India’s coal power generation is being sold at higher rates than new renewable energy. [Forbes]
- Swiss outfit ABB has successfully tested the 500-MW HVDC Maritime Link enabling the exchange of electricity between Newfoundland and the North American grid in Nova Scotia. The project includes two 230-kV AC substations in Newfoundland, one 345-kV AC substation in Nova Scotia and two cable transition stations. [reNews]
- With the continued help of the production tax credit, US windpower developers installed 7,017 MW of new wind capacity in 2017, bringing the country’s total to 89,077 MW, the American Wind Energy Association reported. The new windpower capacity installed in 2017 reportedly represented $11 billion in private investment. [Platts]
- An agreement has been signed between the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and Salt River Project to double the capacity of the Kayenta Solar Farm. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the agreement is a step toward making the tribe energy self-sufficient and establishing the Navajo Nation as an energy producer. [Navajo-Hopi Observer]
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