- The European Union will start to phase out coal subsidies and reduce its energy usage by 30% before 2030 pursuant to the terms of a major clean energy package announced in November. It expects to lower household utility bills, integrate renewables into power markets, and limit use of unsustainable bio-energy, among other benefits. [CleanTechnica]
- Cape Light Compact, the electric utility serving the 21 towns in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, has announced that its aggregation power supply load is going with 100% renewable power. The Compact has teamed up with NextEra Energy Services to provide low price electricity to all of its customers. [CapeCod.com News]
- The Dutch government released a long-term energy plan stipulating that no new cars with combustion engines may be sold from 2035 on. Also, all of the houses in the country, which has been for over 50 years the EU’s largest natural gas producer, will be disconnected from the gas grid by 2050. The measure has broad parliamentary support. [CleanTechnica]
- Renewable energy demand from companies in the Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 “is significant and growing quickly,” according to a report published by US business group Advanced Energy Economy. Of the Fortune 100 companies, 71 have set renewable energy or sustainability targets. This is up from 60 just two years ago. [CleanTechnica]
- The staff at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station appear to be “overwhelmed” and struggling to improve performance at the facility, which has a poor safety record and is set to close in less than three years. This is according to an internal memo from a federal regulator, which had been inadvertently sent to a local environmental advocate. [The Boston Globe]
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