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March 5, 2018

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Massachusetts Could Win Big In Offshore Wind Energy

By Frederick Hewett, WBUR  •    •  Posted 2018-03-05 04:19:05

When the Massachusetts Legislature committed to building the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the Americas 18 months ago, the state became the front-runner in a race to foster an industry with potential for dynamic growth. Now, as more states join the offshore wind chase, that leadership position is in doubt. And the economic stakes are high. [ read more … ]

The World Is Embracing S.U.V.s. That’s Bad News for the Climate.

By HIROKO TABUCHI, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-03-05 04:13:31

It’s the car of the future. It’s taking off in markets all over in the world. The electric vehicle? Hardly. It’s the S.U.V., the rugged, off-road gas-guzzler that America invented and the world increasingly loves to drive. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Study: Renewable energy now Minnesota’s 2nd-largest electricity source

By Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2018-03-05 04:13:56

Renewable energy is overtaking nuclear as Minnesota’s second-largest source of electricity generation, while coal remains the largest source, according to a report released Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Coal made up 39 percent of the energy Minnesota generated inside its borders in 2017. That percentage is expected to go down dramatically in the next decade after Xcel Energy retires a large portion of its Sherco coal plant in Becker. [ read more … ]

NJ regulators to accelerate offshore wind development, launch solicitation process for 1.1 GW

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-05 04:14:18

The United States had no offshore wind at all until recently, but states and developers have taken note and are moving quickly. Governors from Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, are collectively aiming for 7.5 GW of a resource that currently sits at 30 MW. [ read more … ]

Norway wealth fund to assess climate risks in power, oil, materials

By Gwladys Fouche, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-03-05 04:14:37

Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund will this year step up its assessment of the risks posed by climate change to its investments in power producers, oil firms and basic materials companies, its CEO told Reuters on Tuesday. Separately, the board of the central bank will soon decide whether to blacklist from the fund one or more companies — either in the oil, steel or concrete sectors — for producing too much greenhouse gases, the central bank chief told Reuters. [ read more … ]

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