- In response to California’s ongoing tree mortality crisis and increased wildfire threat, Pacific Gas and Electric Co is working with local communities and power generators to dispose of dead tree debris and turn it into renewable energy. PG&E is operating sorting and chipping yards in eight counties hard hit by tree mortality. [Electric Light & Power]
- “Carbon Capture And Storage: An Expensive Option For Reducing U.S. CO2 Emissions” • While many technologies can reduce power sector emissions, carbon capture and storage has gained support in Congress. Analysis shows coal with CCS will always need significant subsidies to complete economically with wind and solar. [Forbes]
- The global installed capacity of distributed solar PV between 2017 and 2026 is expected to reach 429 GW, while an additional 591 GW of utility-scale solar are also expected to come online during the same period, according to new figures from Navigant Research in its latest Market Data: Global Distributed Solar PV report. [CleanTechnica]
- Legal issues are now the sticking point in discussions in the Trump administration over whether to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, according to a person close to the talks. The lawyers aren’t sure whether the US would expose itself legally if it remains in the Paris agreement, but decreases its carbon reduction goals. [CNN]
- E&E News reports President Trump will select Daniel Simmons, former director of the natural resources task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, to head the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Simmons also worked at one time for the Koch-funded Institute for Energy Research. [Utility Dive]
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