- French utility Engie announced it is now offering contracts for renewable electricity at no additional cost to new residential and small business customers. Engie aims to sign up one million new contracts by the end of 2017, its CEO said in a press statement. At present, the company has three million electricity customers in France. [SeeNews Renewables]
- Southern Spain will be reduced to desert by the end of the century if the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, researchers have warned. With anything less than extremely ambitious and politically unlikely carbon emissions cuts, ecosystems in the Mediterranean will change dramatically. [malaysiandigest.com]
- Connecticut energy officials canceled plans for major natural gas pipelines and other regional gas projects, citing recent court and administrative rulings in other New England states that raised doubts about regional cooperation to pay for such big projects. There has been growing opposition to use of natural gas. [Hartford Courant]
- US developers are building or about to install 20.3 GW of wind capacity across the country as the sector gains momentum, according to AWEA. The near-record pipeline of projects was boosted in the third quarter of the year by 2501 MW of new construction announcements and another 1216 MW entering advanced development. [reNews]
- For the first time, more than a third of Iowa’s electricity is generated by wind power, according to a study published this week. Wind energy provided 35.8% of the electricity generated in Iowa from August 2015 to July 2016, according to the report published by the American Wind Energy Association. [Mason City Globe Gazette]
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