- Following two years of trials of the world’s first electric car ferry, operators are making the transition from diesel to comply with new government requirements for all new ferry licensees to deliver low-emission alternatives. Ferry company Fjord1 ordered three fully electric ferries that are scheduled to enter active service in January 2018. [BBC]
- Reuters surveyed 32 utilities with operations in the 26 states that sued former President Barack Obama’s administration to block its Clean Power Plan. Most of them have no plans to alter their multi-billion dollar, years-long shift away from coal, suggesting demand for the fuel will keep falling despite Trump’s efforts. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]
- A sweeping piece of legislation that aims to improve forecasts for everything from Category 5 hurricanes to El Nino has passed both houses of Congress. The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, HR 353, will become the first major weather legislation enacted since the early 1990s if signed by the president. [Washington Post]
- Facebook announced that it will construct a data center in Papillion, Nebraska. The 970,000 square foot campus will generate 1,000 construction jobs and 100 positions within the center once it is online. A wind farm will be built to power the data center, making it powered through 100% renewable wind-generated electricity. [Silicon Prairie News]
- PacifiCorp, which now generates nearly 60% of its electricity from coal, is planning to make a big new commitment to wind power. The six-state utility released a long-range power plan that foresees building 1,100 MW of new wind power capacity while also retrofitting an additional 900 MW, all by the end of 2020. [Portland Business Journal]
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