- There are 80,000 dams in the US, and 97% do not produce electricity. There are only 2,500 dams that are actually retrofitted with hydropower. Of those 80,000, 54,000 more could be retrofitted at one MW or greater capacity, according to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Upgrading and modernization is a low-hanging fruit. [Manufacturing.net]
- At the beginning of the decade, Cape Verde authorities set a goal of getting 50% of its power from renewables by 2020. The country is already supplying 25% of the electricity consumed in Cape Verde from 30 wind turbines spread across its 4 largest islands. Now, it has moved its target of 100% renewable power up to 2020. [CleanTechnica]
- The Paris Agreement on climate change is expected to meet all criteria to enter into force Wednesday when the European Union submits its ratification papers to the United Nations. The European Parliament is expected to endorse the deal formally and submit official papers to the United Nations on Wednesday. [Scientific American]
- Government support for the aging Borssele nuclear power station, the only nuclear power plant in the Netherlands, would have major financial risks attached, according to a report by consultancy Spring Associates. Keeping the plant open would only be profitable if electricity prices double, the report said. [DutchNews.nl]
- There’s good news on the transit front from Atlanta. Atlanta travelers will enjoy one of the newest fleets nationwide, after using one of the oldest for years. Boosting ridership enhances urban development, and Atlanta is hoping that is the effect it will see. But that isn’t the only approach the transit authority is taking to achieve its goals. [CleanTechnica]
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