- The Vermont Public Service Board held a series of meetings on proposed sound standards for wind turbines. The board released its draft version of the new rules in March, and its members held four meetings this week to hear from the public and from wind and sound experts as they get ready to finalize the sound standards. [Vermont Public Radio]
- The US has no plan yet for how to meet its 2020 climate target and has made no analysis of the impact of recent policy changes, according to an official submission to the UN. The US submission for the Multilateral Assessment, which was published this week, says “jobs, economic growth and energy independence” are its priority. [Carbon Brief]
- Utility-scale solar installations grew at an annualized rate of 72% from 2010 to 2016, according to the Energy Information Administration. Though the first utility-scale solar plants were installed in the mid-1980s, but more than half of all currently operating solar capacity came online over the last two years. [Power Engineering Magazine]
- Oil prices are down by about 15% since the start of the year, despite OPEC’s agreement in November which cut output by 1.8 million barrels a day. Oil is at its lowest level since November, when producers’ cartel OPEC struck a deal to cut output. Most recently, Brent crude has fallen to $47.49 a barrel, while US crude dropped $44.58 a barrel. [BBC]
- Combined, Queensland and New South Wales have 1980 MW of large-scale renewable energy projects under construction or slated to begin construction in 2017, a Clean Energy Council report says. Politics kept Western Australia to only 20 MW, but now it must close 240 MW of aged coal-fired units. Now, it must turn to solar and wind. [RenewEconomy]
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