- “Two US Electric Utilities Have Promised to Go 100% Carbon-Free – and They Admit It Is Cheaper” • Two US electric utilities recently declared something remarkable: It’s cheaper to tear down their coal plants and build renewable-energy plants than to keep the old boilers running. Get ready for more, as economics and politics come to a consensus. [Quartz]
- “Renewable Energy Is Bringing Good Jobs to the Midwest. Is Anyone in Washington Paying Attention?” • A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council lays out how clean jobs are more numerous than those of fossil fuels just about everywhere in the Midwest. Renewable energy jobs are growing while fossil fuel jobs fall. [CleanTechnica]
- “US CO2 Emissions Increase by 3% in 2018, Says Trump’s Own Administration” • The Energy Information Administration published new numbers this week showing energy-related CO2 emissions for 2018 will increase by 3%, undermining its own fragile attempts to highlight the drop in CO2 emissions that happened in 2017. [CleanTechnica]
- “German Renewables Share Hits 38%” • Renewable energy is expected to have accounted for 38% of all electricity consumed in Germany in 2018, up two percentage points on-year, according to the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry. The country is still set to miss its 65% by 2030 renewables goal unless it increases construction. [reNEWS]
- “Sydney and Melbourne Vow to Ditch Coal Power” • Australia’s two largest cities committed to phasing out coal in a move at odds with the aggressively pro-coal national government. The cities of Sydney and Melbourne joined an international coalition of states, regions, cities, and businesses committed to ending coal power generation. [Climate Home]
- “Congress Passes Farm Bill with Renewables Funding Intact” • The House and Senate have passed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, keeping intact funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in agriculture. The legislation has maintained the Rural Energy for America Program at $50 million per year. [North American Windpower]
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