- “Fortune 500 Companies Betting on Kansas Wind” • Earlier building surges sprung from tax breaks and from pressure on utilities to wean themselves off fossil fuels. But now, Fortune 500 companies that are new to the electricity business are risking their own money on the straight-up profit potential of prairie breezes. [The Hutchinson News]
- “COP24 Climate Change Deal to Bring Pact to Life” • In Poland, Negotiators finally secured agreement on a range of measures that will make the Paris climate pact operational in 2020. Rows over carbon markets delayed the end of the conference by a day. And some observers say it is not sufficiently strong, given the urgency of the climate problem. [BBC]
- “California Says All City Buses Must Be Emission Free by 2040” • A dire government report about the devastating impacts of climate change has motivated cities and states to act. California is the first state to mandate that mass transit agencies buy fully electric buses only starting in 2029 and have fully electric fleets by 2040. [TechCrunch]
- “Erstwhile Powerless Palawan Communities Lit Up for the First Time” • Around 16 million people in the Philippines live in communities without electricity. But now, the Access to Energy program of Pilipinas Shell Foundation is bringing renewable energy to people of one of the most stunningly beautiful places in the world. [Business Mirror]
- “Solar Could Power Up in 2019” • Work on large scale solar power farms in southeast Alberta could move ahead in 2019, according to developers and industry observers. Reduced capital costs and rising power prices have many considering making final commitments. They may even be ready to forgo stable prices to feed the grid. [Medicine Hat News]
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