- “Europe heat wave: Side effects felt by zoo animals, sprout farmers and more” • Europe could break an all-time temperature record in the next few days. And parts of southern Spain and Portugal are forecast to go above 47° C (116.6° F), surpassing national records. Here are photos of some of the things the heat wave has caused in Europe. [BBC]
- “Corporate Giants Are Buying so Much Clean Power This Year They Already Broke 2017’s Record” • Non-utility companies and agencies, acting to curb climate change have agreed to buy 7.2 GW of clean energy worldwide so far this year, already shattering the record of 5.4 GW for all of 2017, according to a report from Bloomberg NEF. [Bloomberg]
- “Germany’s power system weathers heat wave despite fossil plant curbs” • As Germany is in an extended heat wave and drought, with temperatures rising up to 40° C, some of its coal and nuclear power stations struggle to keep operations running because of cooling problems. But wind and solar power are meeting demand. [Clean Energy Wire]
- “UK power market transition: Big Six under pressure” • The UK’s Big Six energy firms’ market share of domestic customers is dwindling and fell to a record low in 2017, as smaller rivals lured customers away with cheaper deals. The six largest electricity suppliers’ market share dropped to 78% at the end of 2017 from 85% a year earlier. [Power Technology]
- “Coal piles up at power plant as cheap natural gas wrecks Eastern Kentucky’s economy” • Kentucky Power’s Mitchell plant could not generate electricity as cheaply as facilities fueled by natural gas, so the regional grid manager has ordered power from it less often. It has a long-term contract to buy coal, which it wants to sell. [Lexington Herald Leader]
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