- “State Regulators Approve Xcel Energy’s Plan For Battery Storage In Becker” • The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved an Xcel Energy project that will test a 10-MW Form Energy iron-air battery system. Xcel expects will begin operating in late 2025. The system will be able to store a 100 hour supply of energy. [MPR News]
- “Community Power Coalition Announces New Rates” • In New Hampshire, Community Power Coalition customers will get a new electricity base rate of of 10.9¢/kWh starting in August. The reduction is expected to generate $5.5 million in savings and $1.7 million in community financial reserves for the 75,000 CPCNH customers. [Eagle Times]
- “Last Month Was The Planet’s Hottest June On Record By A Huge Margin” • Earth’s temperature was off the charts in June. An Analysis from the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service found that last month was the hottest June by a “substantial margin” above the previous record. The nine hottest Junes have all occurred in the last nine years. [CNN]
- “High Summer Heat Means ⅔ Of North America At Risk Of Energy Shortfalls” • If temperatures spike this summer, parts of the US could face electricity supply shortages. The latest summer reliability report from NERC warns that two-thirds of North America is at risk of energy shortfalls this summer in times of extremely high electricity demand. [CleanTechnica]
- “Amazon Deforestation Down By A Third In 2023, Says The Brazilian Government” • Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon fell by 33.6% in the first six months of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s term compared with the same period in 2022, Brazil’s government says. Lula has pledged to end deforestation, or forest clearance, by 2030. [BBC]
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