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  • Oil companies join corporate lobbying push for U.S. carbon tax May 21, 2019
    Oil companies, automakers and consumer products manufacturers will unleash a campaign for a U.S. tax on carbon dioxide emissions even though it may lead to higher prices for their products.
  • Xcel Energy sets course for coal-free, renewable-heavy future May 21, 2019
    This week, Xcel Energy announced plans to retire its last two coal plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled. The acceleration of the coal closures is part of the company’s clean energy transition that includes expanding wind and solar, using natural gas and operating its Monticello nuclear plant until at least 2040.
  • Australia's climate wars set to heat up after coal champion wins May 20, 2019
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s surprise victory in Australia’s election was a win for the coal industry and ensures the debate about tackling climate change will continue to polarize the nation.
  • Germans pessimistic on energiewende success May 20, 2019
    People in Germany are more pessimistic than the rest of Europe regarding their country’s progress on its energy transition, or engergiewende.
  • 20 MW of community solar available for purchase by Xcel customers in Minnesota May 17, 2019
    CleanChoice Energy on Thursday said it was opening an additional 20.51 MW of community solar capacity for residential customers of Xcel. The new capacity is being supplied by fifteen solar farms owned and operated by AltusPower America in various locations in Minnesota. CleanChoice Energy is the largest community solar provider in Minnesota with more than […]
  • CellCube to bring grid scale vanadium battery to South Australia May 17, 2019
    Renewables firm Pangea Energy and vanadium battery producer CellCube have signed on to build a 50MW storage system alongside a solar farm in South Australia.
  • Ameren tests software that could unlock future ‘transactive energy marketplace’ May 15, 2019
    Ameren is preparing to test a Canadian company’s software that could someday help usher in a radically different business model for the utility.
  • Former Massachusetts coal plant to be transformed into clean energy center May 14, 2019
    This week, diversified real estate acquisition and development firm Commercial Development Company and transmission developer Anbaric said they plan to build a renewable energy center at Brayton Point Commerce Center in Somerset, Massachusetts. The site is the former home of the Brayton Point Coal Plant, the cooling towers for which were demolished two weeks ago. […]
  • EESI to help rural co-ops and public power entities ‘ACE’ clean energy upgrades May 14, 2019
    Yesterday, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) announced the launch of the Access Clean Energy Savings (ACES) initiative. ACES provides technical assistance to help rural electric cooperatives and public power utilities apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Electric Savings Program (RESP), which provides zero-interest 20-year loans for improving energy efficiency.
  • Doing business better: Empowering women through solar energy May 14, 2019
    Incredibly, 1.1 billion people – 14% of the world’s population – still live without access to electricity. In rural, remote communities, many people simply have no light after sunset. That makes being productive at night—such as working and learning--extremely difficult. Limiting useful hours of the day by access to daylight holds back personal and economic […]