- “California’s Wild Climate Will Only Get More Volatile As Temperatures Rise” • The record rains soaking California this winter seemed an impossible reprieve: The state’s driest years on record was followed by a possible record amount of rain and snow. But that precipitation may just be the beginning of new water woes. [Huffington Post]
- New York State Governor Andrew M Cuomo has announced that three New York ski resorts have pledged to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2030. The three state-owned ski areas are joining the I AM PRO SNOW 100% Committed campaign of The Climate Reality Project founded by former Vice President and climate activist Al Gore. [First Tracks]
- Lexington, Massachusetts could be in line to get all its power from renewable sources in the coming years. The Board of Selectmen approved a plan to pursue a contract with energy producers allowing all of Lexington’s energy to be sourced from renewable sources under Community Choice Aggregation. [Wicked Local Lexington]
- The EIA’s Electric Power Monthly shows that the portion of electricity that the nation gets from solar grew nearly 40% in 2016, from around 1% of total generation to 1.4%. Wind is likewise growing, with the share of electricity from wind rising from 4.7% in 2015 to 5.5%. Renewable energy provided 15.3% of US electricity. [pv magazine]
- As his first move as administrator of the EPA, Scott Pruitt has ended an Obama-era request for oil and gas companies to provide the agency with information on greenhouse gas emissions. Pruitt said that he would assess the need for gathering such information, but the Information Collection Request would be withdrawn immediately. [Oil & Gas 360]
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