- “India to Achieve Emissions Control Targets Well Ahead of Time” • According to its Environment Minister, India will surpass its commitments on greenhouse gas emission checks and energy transition to renewables made under the 2015 Paris climate pact 10 years ahead of time, making it a world-wide leader in climate action. [India Climate Dialogue]
- “Thermal Power Plants Have Now Lost Their Cost Advantage to Renewable Energy” • Up to 62% of the existing coal capacity in India is now running at a cost higher than that of building new solar and wind capacity, according to a world-wide study of 6,685 coal plants by Carbon Tracker Initiative, a think tank based in London. [Quartz]
- “COP24 off to a Rocky Start as Previous Leaders Call for ‘Unequivocal Message'” • COP24 got underway to a bit of a rocky start, even as previous COP Presidents called for it to “send an unequivocal message for enhanced ambition by 2020 that puts the world on a trajectory compatible with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.” [CleanTechnica]
- “A Vision of Carbon Neutral Power Around the Globe by 2050” • A scenario in which no additional oil, coal, or nuclear capacity is built and renewables grow at 3% to 4%, would see solar comprise 69% of the global electricity system by 2050. According to an EU think-tank, this would boost manufacturing, creating jobs and prosperity. [pv magazine International]
- “Stanford to Go 100% Solar by 2021” • Stanford University announced that it will have a new 88-MW solar generating plant in central California. Together with an earlier plant, it will enable the university to use 100% renewable electricity in three years, more than two decades ahead of California’s goal of a carbon-free grid by 2045. [Stanford University News]
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