- Blooming rhododendrons, with their conspicuous displays of deep red or pale pink flowers, have always heralded the arrival of spring in the Himalayas. Now, however, this has undergone a dramatic change, as peak flowering season is early February to mid-March, instead of the spring months from March to May. [eco-business.com]
- 2016 is shaping up to be a milestone year for energy, and when the final accounting is done, one of the biggest winners is likely to be solar power. For the first time, more electricity-generating capacity from solar power plants is expected to have been built in the US than from natural gas and wind, data from the DOE show. [AlterNet]
- Ethiopia has enjoyed a decade of strong growth, and to sustain the momentum, its government is pressing ahead with ambitious development plans. Clean energy is core to the mission. Ethiopia was among the most daring signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, committing to cut carbon emissions by 64% by 2030. [CNN]
- Allete Clean Energy announced plans to work with Montana-Dakota Utilities to expand the Thunder Spirit wind farm in North Dakota. They aim to reach the full 150-MW permitted capacity of the facility, partly developed in 2014 and 2015. Major construction on the $85 million project expected to start in May 2018. [Windpower Engineering]
- Ohio Governor John Kasich is not known as a champion of the environment, but apparently he knows a good deal when he sees one. The Republican governor vetoed a bill that would have undercut Ohio’s goals for renewable energy, explaining the veto by noting the importance of renewables to the state’s economy. [CleanTechnica]
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