- South Lake Tahoe, California became the 26th municipality in the US and the latest in a growing coalition of communities to commit to 100% renewable electricity. The city council approved a measure that sets a goal to switch entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2032. Winter tourism is the region’s leading industry. [Windpower Engineering]
- Sound Transit has signed a 10-year agreement with Puget Sound Energy that will enable Seattle’s Link light rail network to operate on 100% renewable energy from 2019. Sound Transit will purchase electricity generated by wind turbines through PSE’s Green Direct Program, reducing its exposure to fluctuations in utility prices. [International Railway Journal]
- “Fusion reactors: Not what they’re cracked up to be” • After having worked on nuclear fusion experiments for 25 years at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, I began to look at fusion more dispassionately. I concluded that a fusion reactor would be far from perfect, and in some ways close to the opposite. [Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]
- San Francisco reached an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gases locally two years ahead of schedule, according to city officials. Recently compiled figures show the city’s overall greenhouse gas emissions had fallen to 28% below 1990 levels by 2015. The city’s goal, set in 2008, was to hit 25% below 1990 levels by 2017. [SFBay]
- Thanks to another strong year for wind energy growth, US wind power added jobs over nine times faster than the overall economy in 2016, the American Wind Energy Association said. Installing more than 8 GW of new wind power for a second straight year, the industry supports a record-high 102,500 jobs in the country. [North American Windpower]
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