- Weeks after its mayor joined hundreds of other mayors across the country denouncing the White House’s move to reject the Paris climate accord, Philadelphia announced it is committing to using 100% clean energy by 2035. Currently, energy used by buildings and industry in Philadelphia accounts for 79% of its carbon pollution. [Curbed Philly]
- Sarasota, Florida, and Columbia, South Carolina, committed to transitions to 100% renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. The Sarasota City Commission adopted a goal of 100% renewable power by 2045. The Columbia City Council voted unanimously to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2036. [North American Windpower]
- Vermont state and local leaders joined with businesses and nonprofits to announce an initiative to galvanize support for addressing climate change, after the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Governor Phil Scott announced the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition. [vtdigger.org]
- A study from the Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP law firm and the Power Research Group questioned the underlying finances of the merchant electric generating industry. It said that with flat demand for electricity, low gas prices and high penetrations of zero marginal cost renewables, merchant generators cannot recover fixed costs. [PR Newswire]
- Researchers from Michigan Technological University published a study saying that ditching coal in favor of solar power would save nearly 52,000 lives in the United States each year. It says external costs of use of coal for generating electricity amount to 27¢/kWh. Bureau of Labor Statistics data says the US has 51,000 coal miners. [CleanTechnica]
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