- “Big Auto’s Existential Problem: Cannibalize Cash Cows Or Evolve Too Slowly” • Legacy automakers have a dilemma on their hands. Transitioning to electric cars is hard. A few German automakers have calmly voiced their concerns. Others have resorted to all-out whining. So what about Big Auto in America? Here is a look. [CleanTechnica]
- “Germany Hopes To Replace Coal With Hydrogen” • Germany is increasingly looking to hydrogen as an alternative to gas to end the dependence on coal. Last month the Economy Ministry announced funding for 20 hydrogen research labs, and natural gas pipeline owners asked for rule changes to allow hydrogen to be added to the mix. [Energy Reporters]
- “Colstrip Owner’s Losses Mount As Hunt For Cheaper Coal Continues” • With two of its four units shutting down this year, Colstrip Power Plant is still struggling to find cheap coal and retain employees, plant operator Talen Energy told Montana lawmakers. The company abruptly announced in June it would close two units three years early. [Billings Gazette]
- “Solar Power On The Rise In Susquehanna Valley” • Nine separate utility-grade solar energy projects are proposed to be built in Montour, Northumberland and Snyder counties, a database for the PJM electric grid shows. If constructed, each would tie into PJM, which serves 65 million people across 13 states and Washington, DC. [Sunbury Daily Item]
- “MECO Makes Next Big Push For Renewables” • Maui Electric Co had a goal of 30% renewable energy by 2020. It is already at 37%, according to its website, and it is on track to reach the state’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. A second phase in growth is to take it to 80% renewable energy, or maybe even close to 100%. [Maui News]
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