- Aspen Electric achieved 100% renewables in 2015, and now the residential rates for Aspen’s customers rank among the lowest in Colorado. This month, upgrades to a wind farm near Kimball, Nebraska, of which Aspen Electric is a major customer, will push the utility’s costs even lower, dropping about 15% annually, or $475,000. [Energy News Network]
- Central Arizona Project, which supplies water to a large part of Arizona and is the main buyer of electricity from an Arizona coal plant on the verge of closure, said on it will instead source its electricity largely from a solar power project, ignoring an appeal by the US Interior Department to buy more power from the plant to keep it open. [Reuters]
- “Photos don’t lie. Plan needed for sea-level rise” • Florida Senator Bill Nelson addressed the US Senate: “During 2017, the average high-tide flooding was the highest ever recorded. And in 2018, NOAA predicts that high-tide flooding will be 60% more frequent across US coastlines than it was in 2000, primarily because of sea-level rise.” [Sun Sentinel]
- A renewable energy boom in Ohio is all but inevitable, a report that has support from a number of major companies said. The Powering Ohio report says the state can attract investment worth billions of dollars by embracing clean energy and by building on the state’s strengths such as industrial research and automotive manufacturing. [Energy Manager Today]
- After strong growth in 2017, wind power now supplies more than 30% of the electricity in four states: Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. The industry’s latest trends and milestones from 2017 are detailed in the American Wind Energy Association US Wind Industry Annual Market Report 2017 released in May 2018. [Facility Executive Magazine]
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