- “Why This Republican Mayor Spoke at Bernie Sanders’s Climate Town Hall” • Georgetown, Texas, went solidly for Trump in 2016, and for Romney in 2012. But last year, the Austin exurb became one of the greenest places in the state: It was the first Texan city to convert to 100% renewable energy to power its grid, and the largest in the US so far. [CityLab]
- “Portugal aims for 100% renewables by 2050” • Portugal’s Minister of Environment and the Energy Transition João Pedro Matos Fernandes has presented the country’s new plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The government envisages Portugal covering 100% of its total power demand with renewable energy by 2050. [pv magazine International]
- “Xcel Energy Vows 100% Carbon Reduction by 2050” • Colorado’s largest utility announced ambitious new carbon reduction goals beyond their current target of 60% reduction in the state by 2026. Xcel Energy now plans for a carbon reduction goal of 100% by 2050, across the eight states where it provides electric power. [Colorado Public Radio]
- “US Coal Consumption Drops to Lowest Level Since 1979” • Americans are consuming less coal in 2018 than at any time since Jimmy Carter’s presidency, according to an Energy Information Administration report, as cheap natural gas and other sources of energy frustrate the Trump administration’s pledges to revive the US coal industry. [Associated Press]
- “Natural Gas Prices Fall Below Zero in Texas” • Surging US oil production in the Permian basin has helped crash oil prices. But the Permian is also home to skyrocketing natural gas production, and output is growing so fast that drillers are trying to give it away for free. When they cannot do that, they just burn it off into the atmosphere. [Baystreet.ca]
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