- “Carbon-Neutral In 15 years? The Country With An Ambitious Plan” • Finland has pledged to be carbon-neutral by 2035. That is twice as fast as the UK government target. But to achieve this, it will have to make big changes, particularly in the peat industry, which currently provides energy, heating and jobs. That will make it a hard goal to achieve. [BBC]
- “NY PSC Approves Measure to Lower Costs for Clean Energy” • The Public Service Commission issued an order allowing the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to offer a new contracting mechanism. The takeaway is that this change will make it cheaper and easier for NY to meet its clean energy goals. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
- “What The Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) Means For Clean Energy In PJM” • PJM, which coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states and DC, submitted proposed MOPR values in its last filing as required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They will support fossil fuels and raise costs for customers. [Resources Magazine]
- “Climate Experts Agree: ‘Steve Mnuchin Should Go Back To College’ – Not Greta Thunberg” • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was criticized by scientists after he claimed that teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg should not criticize American fossil fuel investments until she studies economics in college. They say he is the one who needs education. [Salon]
- “EPA Weakens Protections For Streams And Wetlands” • The Trump administration is removing some federal water protections, siding with requests from industry and farm groups over the advice of environmental experts and its own scientific advisers. It will no longer protect many smaller streams that flow seasonally or after rains, for example. [CNN]
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