- Opinion: “How Lies, Greed, & Mismanagement Blew Up The ‘Clean Coal’ Myth” • The clean coal and carbon capture process was promised to make electricity with the lowest carbon footprint of any fossil fuel. The problem is, they lied. Despite investments of hundreds of millions of dollars by the federal government, the technology does not work. [CleanTechnica]
- The Internal Revenue Service released a private letter ruling determining that a residential energy storage facility may qualify for federal solar tax credits, as it is charged completely by an onsite solar array. The ruling only applies to a single case, but it indicates how agency staff views application of tax law in a specific situation. [Utility Dive]
- There is only one member of Congress who currently holds a PhD in science, but Bill Foster (D-IL), a physicist who formerly worked at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, may soon have some company. More than 60 candidates running for federal office in 2018 have backgrounds in science and technology, according to HuffPost. [The Scientist]
- In Australia, 3.5 million solar panels were installed on rooftops last year, surpassing the previous record, which had been set in 2012. Their total capacity of 1,057 MW will produce power equivalent to a medium-sized coal-fired power station. In Australia, a fully installed 5-KW system has an average price of A$5,930 ($4,610). [The Guardian]
- Australia’s top gas distribution network operator, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, plans to mix hydrogen into its supplies to take advantage of excess renewable generation. The company announced plans for an A$11.4 million ($8.9 million) hydrogen power-to-gas demonstration plant, to be built in Adelaide, South Australia. [Greentech Media]
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