- “Australia On Track for 50% Renewables by 2030” • Australia would reach 50% renewable energy by 2030 even if installations were cut two-thirds, Green Energy Markets estimates. At current installation rates for windpower, solar farms, and rooftop solar, about 78% of Australia’s power will be from renewable energy by 2030. [The Australian Financial Review]
- “Owls Roost at Scottish Wind Farm” • Planning conditions attached to the Crystal Rig wind farm’s consent required an ornithological monitoring plan, which specified the requirement for artificial nesting baskets for long-eared owls. Three pairs of nesting barn owls have successfully bred at the wind farm in the Scottish Borders, producing 12 hatchlings. [reNEWS]
- “More than 40% of World Coal Plants Are Unprofitable” • Over 40% of coal plants are operating at a loss due to high fuel costs, and that could to rise to nearly 75% by 2040, according to a report by environmental think-tank Carbon Tracker. The risk of stranded assets has institutional investors increasingly divesting from fossil fuel companies. [Reuters]
- “New Hampshire Democrats Look to Override Governor on Clean Energy” • With election wins, New Hampshire Democrats are getting set to push a clean energy agenda. Proposals are coming on solar net metering, a renewable electricity standard of 50% by 2040, and bolstering small hydro, offshore wind and energy efficiency. [Energy News Network]
- “US Solar Generation up by Over 30% in First Three-Quarters of 2018” • The Energy Information Administration’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through September 30, 2018) reveals that solar and wind both had strong growth with utility-scale solar expanding by 30.3% and wind by 14.5% compared to the first nine months of 2017. [Solar Power World]
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