- The South Australian Premier has signalled to voters that Labor will continue its world-leading push into renewable energy, by committing his government to a 75% Renewable Energy Target by 2025 and, for the first time, a Renewable Storage Target. The state is already close to eclipsing its current 50% Renewable Energy Target, set in 2014. [ABC Online]
- The amount of renewable power produced in 2017 could have powered Britain for the whole of 1958, a report shows. Britain’s output from wind, biomass, solar and hydro grew by more than a quarter to 96 TWh of power, according to the latest Electric Insights report, from researchers at Imperial College London in collaboration with Drax. [The Independent]
- In its benchmark annual Energy Outlook, BP forecast a 100-fold growth in electric vehicles by 2040. Its chief economist Spencer Dale painted a world in which we travel much more, but instead of using private cars, we increasingly share trips in autonomous vehicles. It is the first report in which BP forecast a peak in fossil fuel demand. [The Star Online]
- The New Hampshire House narrowly voted last week to “tap the brakes” on the state’s policy to expand use of renewable energy, though critics might say it could bring the policy to a screeching halt. The action would be a major pullback from requiring utilities to get 25% of their energy from renewable sources by 2025. [New Hampshire Business Review]
- The Maine Renewable Energy Association is asking the Kennebec County Superior Court to nullify an executive order by Governor LePage. The order, issued on January 24, halted the issuance of new wind power permits and created a secretive advisory commission to explore potential changes to the permitting process. [Press Herald]
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