- For decades, the Block Island Power Company ferried up to a million gallons of diesel fuel a year from the Rhode Island mainland to power Block Island. The fuel is a costly and dirty energy source whose CO2 emissions are second only to burning coal. Now, America’s first offshore wind farm is delivering it electricity. [InsideClimate News]
- With electricity prices spiralling and a rush towards green energy, fresh figures show the rate of solar panel installations across Australia led by West Australia is gathering pace. The southern Perth postcode of Baldivis is Australia’s solar capital, with more than two-thirds of houses generating their own power from the sun. [The West Australian]
- A proposal to build an electric transmission line to carry Canadian power through Vermont on its way to southern New England would reopen public debate about the use of the land that began nearly two decades ago. The proposal by National Grid would install the power line alongside an existing transmission line. [The Recorder]
- Negotiators have reached a bipartisan agreement on a spending package to keep the US federal government funded until the end of September, according to congressional aides. It is very different from what the president proposed. The EPA’s budget is at 99% of current levels and also includes increased infrastructure spending. [The Guardian]
- Over the past decade, battery storage has taken great leaps toward mainstream use, expanding exponentially alongside renewable technologies. In the US, battery storage is now clearly an established market. Battery storage deployments grew to 336 MWh in 2016, doubling the amount deployed in 2015. [POWER magazine]
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