- German renewable power project developer BayWa re has acquired hybrid solar-diesel plant startup company OneShore Energy, which specializes in the analysis, planning, operation, and optimization of both diesel plants and solar-diesel hybrids. BayWa re said the deal will further expand its commitment to off-grid solutions. [Decentralized Energy]
- Reports are that US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw the US from Paris Climate Agreement after many long months of speculation. However, while some news outlets have all but confirmed the news, others suggest that the President has not yet made up his mind. (This story will be updated as news comes out.) [CleanTechnica]
- Shareholders in ExxonMobil have backed a motion requiring the company to assess the risks from climate change. The plan, proposed by investors including the Church of England, was supported by over 62% of those eligible to vote. Exxon will now have to consider how global efforts to mitigate climate change will impact their business. [BBC]
- California took a potentially important step closer toward clean energy when the state Senate passed a bill mandating 100% renewable energy by 2045. Lawmakers voted 25 to 13 to pass SB 100, and it now heads to the Assembly. In recent years, several gas-fired and nuclear plants have shut down due to lack of demand. [Courthouse News Service]
- Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced regulations to reduce methane emissions and air pollution from Canada’s oil and gas sector. California, Colorado, and North Dakota have already adopted such regulations. Methane, a greenhouse gas, is also toxic to human health and contributes to smog. [MRO Magazine]
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