- Professional actors were paid to support Entergy’s proposal of a gas plant at New Orleans City Council meetings, according to some participants. “They paid us to sit through the meeting and clap every time someone said something against wind and solar power,” said one actor, who heard about the opportunity through a friend. [The Lens]
- After months of acrimonious wrangling over a new energy policy already delayed by more than a year, the Connecticut Senate overwhelming passed a plan that will fundamentally reimagine how the state values the solar energy people generate on their roofs. Environmental and solar groups opposed the bill to no avail. [The CT Mirror]
- Environmental groups are pushing back against a bill that outlaws building solar facilities and other renewable-energy projects on forestland. It was introduced to address cutting trees to build large solar-energy projects. The bill prohibits the building of renewable-energy systems in, or connected to, a wooded area of 250 acres or larger. [ecoRI news]
- The renewable energy industry created over 500,000 new jobs globally in 2017, a 5.3% rise on the previous year, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. IRENA’s latest edition of “Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review” says there are 10.3 million people employed in renewables worldwide, the first time the figure was over 10 million. [reNews]
- At the 2018 ACT Expo green transport conference in Long Beach, California, representatives from UPS, Navistar, and Cummins joined with speakers from Honda and the California Air Resources Board to express support for the fuel economy standards put in place by the Obama administration. Much of the reason was economic. [CleanTechnica]
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