- A new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit has concluded that Europe’s coal consumption has been in long-term decline, and the region’s reliance on it is not as uniformly high as many assume. Much of the decline in coal for Europe has been centered in the UK, which has been closing coal power plants regularly. [CleanTechnica]
- Republicans in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee suspended committee rules in order to advance Scott Pruitt’s nomination as head of the EPA amid a Democrat boycott. The committee’s unanimous approval, with an 11-0 vote, now pushes his nomination to the full Senate floor for a final vote on approval. [UPI.com]
- Ohio regulators are reviewing an application for the Icebreaker freshwater offshore wind project in Lake Erie, about 13 km (8.1 miles) off the coast of Cleveland. Icebreaker Windpower plans to install six MHI Vestas V126 3.45-MW turbines, for a combined capacity of 20.7-MW. The Lake Erie Energy Development Co (Leedco) initiated the project. [reNews]
- A fund meant to spur Vermont’s small-scale renewable energy developments will expire by 2018 unless legislators find another source of revenue, according to a legislative report published this month. The state’s Clean Energy Development Fund holds more than $5 million, but the payments that generated that amount have ceased. [vtdigger.org]
- Opinion: “Not just Toshiba – the global nuclear industry is in crisis everywhere” • The collapse of Toshiba, the direct result of its failing nuclear ventures, is indicative of a crisis faced by nuclear contractors and utilities worldwide. Another sign of the poor outlook for the industry: no major commodity had a worse 2016 than uranium. [The Ecologist]
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