- “Study: Sea level rising 3x as fast since 1990 as figured before. Meanwhile, feds censor climate info.” • A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says sea level is rising three times as fast as it was before 1990. Trillions of dollars are at risk. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is censoring references to climate change. [Daily Kos]
- Tucson Electric Power signed a power purchase agreement for a system with 100 MW of PVs and 30-MW, 120-MWh of storage. Exact prices are confidential, but a release pegged the PPA for the solar portion of the project at below $0.03/kWh. Both solar and storage are to be developed by an affiliate of NextEra Energy. [Utility Dive]
- FPL is the nation’s third-largest electric utility. It boasts a typical household bill 25% below the national average and is closing coal plants to keep its rates going down. In a filing to the Florida Public Service Commission to close its St Johns River Power Park coal plant, the company detailed exactly why coal is not coming back. [CleanTechnica]
- Donald Trump’s top budget adviser defended the sweeping cuts proposed to social, foreign aid, and environmental programs in the President’s budget, arguing that the White House could no longer ask taxpayers for money to fund programs they believe to be inefficient. The budget will now be taken up by the congress. [CNN]
- Six Democratic state attorneys general, including New York’s, are asking federal regulators to place new restrictions on crude oil trains that pass through their states. The trains carry crude oil through densely populated areas without any explosiveness or flammability limits. In 2013, a tanker explosion killed 47 people in Quebec. [PennEnergy]
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