- In 2017, a high-tech ocean vessel powered by the sun, wind and sea water will start a 6 year journey, visiting 50 countries. The vessel is powered by 130 square meters of solar panels, two vertical axis wind turbines, two electric motors and equipment for electrolysis, which will use sea water to create hydrogen fuel. [Energy Matters]
- According to the climate models used by researchers at UMass Amherst, the 48 contiguous US states are projected to cross the 2° C warming threshold about 10 to 20 years earlier than the global mean annual temperature. The Northeast is projected to warm by 3° C (5.2° F) by the time global warming reaches 2° C (3.6° F). [Fusion]
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for wind farms in Long Island waters earned rave reviews from environmental activists. Leaders from the regional energy and ecology sectors are cheering Cuomo’s call for the Long Island Power Authority to approve what would be the nation’s largest offshore wind farm. [Innovate Long Island]
- Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory will feature a giant 70-MW solar farm on the factory’s roof, the largest solar installation on a single rooftop in the world. Tesla’s goal is that the Gigafactory will be powered entirely with renewable energy. This installation will be more than seven times larger than the world’s next largest rooftop solar farm. [Yahoo News]
- A New York firm says it can decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant for far less money, and in much less time, than previously projected. But nuclear watchdogs of the Citizens Awareness Network say the “seductive” proposal needs intense scrutiny before regulators allow the deal to proceed. [Vermont Public Radio]
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