- “Advocate to Use 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030” • In Illinois, Advocate Aurora Health officials announced they will power its 27 hospitals and 500-plus outpatient facilities on 100% renewable energy by 2030. They will increase wind, solar, and geothermal infrastructure at its existing buildings and only buy power from renewable sources. [Chicago Daily Herald]
- “A Clean Energy Revolution Is Rising in the Midwest, with Utilities in the Vanguard” • Midwestern utilities are abandoning fossil fuels. First Xcel Energy of Minnesota said it would go to zero carbon emissions. Next came Consumers Energy in Michigan and NIPSCO in Indiana. They made 2018 the fulcrum year in the energy transition. [InsideClimate News]
- “As Trump’s Political Clout Teeters, His Energy Policies Are Becoming Irrelevant” • While political uncertainty fills the New Year, energy security is not an issue. The US is shedding coal-fired power plants and replacing them with natural gas and renewable resources. And this is being done despite the efforts of the president. [Forbes]
- “Solar Slashes Peak Electricity Demand on New Year’s Eve” • EnergyAustralia has claimed that solar power costs ratepayers $45 per year. But the Australia Institute said rooftop solar cut peak electricity demand in New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia enough to save ordinary customers possibly $1 billion in just three days. [Solar Quotes]
- “Bill McKibben Has a New Year’s Message About Climate Change – Act Quickly” • Have we waited too long to take bold action on climate change? McKibben argues there is still a slim chance that a total collapse of the Earth’s ecosphere is still mathematically possible. “Win soon,” he said, “or suffer the consequences.” [CleanTechnica]
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