- It’s cheaper and cleaner to replace retiring coal-fired power plants with wind and solar power and energy efficiency upgrades rather than more costly and climate-polluting natural gas plants, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Renewable power also shields consumers from natural gas price increases. [AltEnergyMag]
- “Note To Congress: Climate Change Is Real, And It’s Expensive” In 2016 alone there were 15 extreme weather and climate-related disasters that cost more than a billion dollars apiece. Climate change is contributing to worsening risks of loss from many of these types of events. And those risks are expensive to all of us. [Ecosystem Marketplace]
- The governor of Rhode Island, home to the first US offshore wind farm, has set forth an ambitious goal to grow renewable energy in the state. According to local coverage from Providence Business News, the goal calls for 1 GW of renewable energy by 2020 – a tenfold increase over Rhode Island’s current levels. [North American Windpower]
- For the third straight year, Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Department are running a grant program for non-profit organizations to help low-income Vermonters reduce their energy bills. The grant program has successfully delivered measurable energy savings while receiving positive feedback from program participants. [Vermont Biz]
- Analysts now warn that the outlook for natural gas may remain weak over the long term. The Houston Chronicle reports one as saying renewable energy, particularly rising solar power usage and better yields from wind power, are fundamental headwinds to natural gas demand that will limit the commodity’s upside in the future. [Investopedia]
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