- France added a record of almost 2.8 GW of new renewables capacity to the mainland grid in 2017, according to a report. It said 2,763 MW of new capacity was installed last year, with wind and solar representing 65% and 32% respectively. Total installed capacity of 48,685 MW takes France 94% of the way its 2018 target. [reNews]
- China filed complaints with the World Trade Organization this week, seeking talks on compensation with the United States for the recent tariffs that President Donald Trump signed off on for imported solar cells and modules and washing machines. China claims the tariffs are inconsistent with two international trade agreements. [CleanTechnica]
- Wind overtook nuclear to become the UK’s second biggest power generator in January. Independent energy market monitoring specialists, EnAppSys, released data showing high wind generation has recently propelled wind energy to second from the top in the UK’s energy pecking order, after gas-fired power. [Power Engineering International]
- Scott Pruitt, the head of the EPA, who has previously denied that carbon dioxide is a key driver of climate change, suggested that global warming may be beneficial to humans. It is another departure from mainstream climate science, and his suggestion that warming temperatures could benefit civilization caused consternation among scientists. [Grist]
- ISO New England, the non-profit organization that operates the region’s six-state power grid, announced that it had secured 34,828 MW of capacity to meet peak demand in the 2021-2022 season. The target was 33,725, leaving a 1,103-MW surplus. The forward capacity auction produced the lowest clearing price in five years. [MassLive.com]
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