- “Trains, E-Bikes, And Blimps – Bill McKibben Envisions Slower, Cleaner Transportation” • Years ago, a group of people in France founded a “slow food” movement, celebrating the joy of dining rather than downing a burger with fries and dashing back into life’s fray. Could we be ready for a “slow travel” movement? McKibben certainly thinks so. [CleanTechnica]
- “Microgrids For Anyone” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory published a description of the improvised controls that saved NREL during its own outage. It describes a microgrid approach that sidesteps the central controller, an expensive and complicated component, to make microgrids easy and low cost where they are needed most. [CleanTechnica]
- “Can Agrivoltaics Fuel The Growth Of Sustainable Farming?” • The Inflation Reduction Act, lauded as the largest climate change investment in US history, features a $369 billion investment in clean energy. It includes more than $20 billion for climate-smart agricultural practices, and that will likely produce more grants or subsidies for agrivoltaic projects. [CleanTechnica]
- “Babcock Ranch Was Designed To Be Resilient. Hurricane Ian Was Its First Real Test” • Florida Power & Light is invested in building community solar facilities. It installed battery storage as part of the solar plant at Babcock Ranch, creating a microgrid. But compliance with a strong building code was an important factor in keeping BR safe. [CleanTechnica]
- “Vermont’s New ‘Replace Your Ride’ Funds Cleaner Options For Transportation” • Under the Replace Your Ride program, incentives of $3,000 are available on a first-come, first-served basis to income-eligible Vermont residents who retire a working high-polluting vehicle that is at least 10 years old and switch to a new or used plug-in EV. [CleanTechnica]
- “Youngkin Plan Calls For Reevaluating Major Clean Energy Law” • On Monday, Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin called for expanding nuclear power generation in Virginia, reevaluating a recent clean energy law celebrated by environmentalists, and restoring greater authority to state regulators who oversee the state’s powerful utilities. [AP News]
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