- “California Solar Sets Record, But That’s Not The Big News” • On March 16, California set a new solar energy record, when solar output peaked at 10,765 MW, breaking a record set last June and supplying 59% of grid demand for the state. That does not include distributed solar, however, which would bring the figure to nearly 16 GW. [CleanTechnica]
- “DC’s Trumpiest Congressman Says The GOP Needs To Get Real On Climate Change” • Florida’s 36-year-old congressman Matt Gaetz was deemed by GQ “the Trumpiest Congressman in Trump’s Washington. Nevertheless, asked about climate change, he said, “We can believe the climate deniers or we can believe our eyes.” [VICE]
- “First Utility Rebrands As Shell Energy Retail” • A year after Shell acquired First Utility it has rebranded the supplier as Shell Energy Retail and confirmed that it has switched more than 700,000 homes in Britain to 100% renewable electricity. SER said it will roll out a “range of smart home technology offers” throughout the year. [Utility Week]
- “CEA Projects Rise In Share Of Renewables In India To 36% By 2021-2022, Coal To Shrink To 26%” • With India’s plan to install 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022, the grid integration of intermittent renewable energy sources is expected to be a challenge. The Central Electricity Authority has released a report addressing the issues. [Mercom India]
- “Government Pledges To Generate 70% Of Electricity From Renewable Sources By 2030” • As part of a new climate action plan, the Government of Ireland has pledged to generate 70% of the country’s electricity supply from renewable sources by 2030. The figure is up from the current target for the period, which stands at 55%. [RTE.ie]
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