- While America’s slashed its coal-fired electricity generation by more than a third between 2006 and 2016, Nebraska raised the portion of its coal-fired power output by 6%, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. This was because coal-burning plants opened in 2009 and 2011, and the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant closed. [Bloomberg]
- In January, Taiwan’s parliament voted to phase out nuclear energy, which filled 14% of its power in 2015, by 2025. Now, global renewable energy companies are rushing to set up offshore wind farms, and investment applications filed with the government so far reached around NT$1.8 trillion (US$59.5 billion). [Nikkei Asian Review]
- A study by researchers working at the Materials, Science, and Technology Laboratory in Switzerland claims that particulate emissions from gasoline engines can be far greater than those from diesel engines. The research found the they can even emit more particulates than older diesels that were without particulate filters. [CleanTechnica]
- Kerala’s chief minister said the state has become the first in India to provide electricity to every home. To do this, it eased requirements like security deposits and land titles, and even mobilized funds from legislators to corporate sponsors for internal wiring of poor households, the electricity minister said in a phone interview. [Livemint]
- The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2017 report shows that as costs of solar and wind energy continue to fall dramatically, a total of 138.5 GW of wind, solar, and other renewable sources was installed worldwide last year. The report says this is up 8% from 2015, and clean power accounted for 55% of all new energy generation. [Proud Green Building]
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