- Representatives of Vermont’s solar industry are for the most part looking to the future with cautious optimism, hoping that the established nature of the no-longer-novel industry will serve as a bulwark against policies that the administration of President Donald Trump, with its skeptical view of renewable energy, might impose. [Vermont Biz]
- Emerging energy markets are expected to add nearly 81 GW of stationary energy storage capacity by 2025 to today’s 1.9 GW of non-hydro energy storage installations, according to Navigant Research. An amount coming to 52.3 GW, about 65% of the new energy storage capacity, will be deployed in East Asia and the Pacific. [SeeNews Renewables]
- The California Air Resources Board released a soup-to-nuts review of its Advanced Clean Car program today. The 658-page report confirms that the popular program, which establishes smog-forming and carbon pollution limits for new cars and trucks, can be met on time, with known technologies, and at reasonable cost. [CleanTechnica]
- The US transport sector is emitting more carbon dioxide than power generation for the first time since the 1970s, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. A shift away from burning coal to cleaner natural gas and renewable sources has seen power sector emissions trend downwards since 2007. [Climate Home]
- The President-elect’s nominee to head up the EPA, Scott Pruitt, faced some tough questioning in his senate confirmation hearing but remained staunchly intent on restricting and minimizing the role of the EPA. Mr Pruitt has been an outspoken critic of the agency and has out-and-out denied that climate change is even happening. [CleanTechnica]
- At his confirmation hearing, Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry fiercely defended the mission of the DOE and said he now believes in human-caused climate change. Perry has previously been steadfast in his support of the fossil fuels industry, and until the hearing, expressed doubts about established climate science. [Climate Central]
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