- The River Bend solar farm, the largest in Alabama history, is now online and contributing about 75 MW of clean renewable energy to the electrical grid maintained by the Tennessee Valley Authority. There are about 300,000 solar panels in the 640 acre site. The TVA service area includes 9 million customers in seven southern states. [CleanTechnica]
- With the Trump administration rolling back federal programs on climate change, leaders of labor six unions sent a letter to the governor of New York asking him to incorporate principles of the Climate and Community Protection Act in the 2017-2018 state budget. They want the state to have 100% renewable electric sources by 2050. [Public News Service]
- Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels (as measured by NOAA at the Mauna Loa Baseline Atmospheric Observatory) rose at a rate of three parts per million for the second straight year in 2016, according to NOAA data. That brought atmospheric carbon dioxide levels (the average for 2016) up to 405.1 parts per million. [CleanTechnica]
- A report commissioned by the German government says that stopping global warming won’t just keep the planet habitable. It would also boost the global economy by $19 trillion, as the investment in renewable power and energy efficiency to keeping warming below 2° C (3.6° F) will increase the global economy around 0.8% by 2050. [Bloomberg]
- The signs are that renewable energy has all green lights ahead, despite the current White House’s emphasis on the expansion of traditional fossil fuels. Governors from 20 states and much of corporate America are going all-in to support sustainable fuels. Their reasoning is grounded in economics. And rural America is benefiting. [Forbes]
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