- “Gujarat Says ‘No’ To New Thermal Plants” • In a major development, the government of Gujarat has decided not to allow any new thermal power plants to be built in the state from now on. The decision comes following the state government’s commitment to encourage clean environment and green energy in the state. [The Hindu BusinessLine]
- “Marine Heatwave Hits Pacific, Raising Fears Of A New Hot ‘ Blob'” • The ocean off the western coast of North America is 5°F hotter than usual after warming at an unusually rapid rate. If the abnormal patch does not dissipate soon, it could become as destructive as the so-called “blob” of warm water in the same area in 2014-2016. [The Guardian]
- “Why US Renewable Energy Production Declined 1.1% In The First Half Of 2019” • Renewable electricity generation declined 1.1% from the year-ago period, according to data compiled by the US Energy Information Administration. The observation is far from ideal, but it should be only a short-term hiccup. There are promising numbers as well. [Motley Fool]
- “Dark Days Ahead As Huge Arctic Wildfires Spew Soot” • Fire is a natural part of the ecology of the vast boreal forests that girdle Earth in northern latitudes. But the amount of vegetation that has been on fire across Alaska, Canada, and Russia since June is highly unusual. Even Greenland, mostly covered in ice, has seen fires. [South China Morning Post]
- “Santee Cooper Plans To Add Solar, Pay Down Debt In Hopes Of Halting Sale” • Santee Cooper is planning to pay down chunks of its roughly $4 billion debt from the failed VC Summer nuclear project.To stave off a possible sale, Santee Cooper plans to add a large amount of solar energy and consider other options. [Charleston Post Courier]
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