- Four dams on the lower Snake River in Washington state provide about 4% of the region’s electricity, but they have been responsible for declining salmon populations. The energy they produce could be replaced by a mix of other clean energy sources, such as a mix of wind and solar power, according to a recent study. [The Spokesman-Review]
- A new lawsuit was filed against the EPA by 14 states over the agency’s slow action issuing federal methane emissions standards, reports say. The new legal challenge comes about 9 months after a federal appeals court ruled the EPA is not legally able to freeze enforcement of its methane leak rules relating to oil and gas operations. [CleanTechnica]
- Wind turbines in Scotland provided a 44% increase in power to the National Grid during the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, environmental groups say. In January alone, renewable wind from onshore turbines over 5,353,997 MWh, enough power for the equivalent of more than five million homes. [STV News]
- What are the risks climate change poses to the stability of financial institutions? What role should supervisors play to mitigate the risks? These questions were topics of discussion when 200 central bankers and financial supervisors from over 30 countries gathered for the first ever International Climate Risk Conference in Amsterdam. [CleanTechnica]
- The Munich city utility, Stadtwerke München has signed contracts for a geothermal plant to produce approximately 50 MW of environmentally friendly district heating for around 80,000 households in the city. Six wells have been contracted. They will be drilled to a depth of 4,000 metres to extract heat from deep in the Earth. [ThinkGeoEnergy]
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