- “Election 2018: Clean Energy’s Future Could Rise or Fall with 36 Governor’s Races” • Some of the most consequential elections for climate policy this fall could be the 36 governors races, where a blue wave could position clean energy advocates as a significant counterforce against the Trump administration’s fossil fuel agenda. [InsideClimate News]
- “South Australia’s Tesla battery on track to make back a third of cost in a year” • The Tesla lithium-ion battery in South Australia is on track to make back a third of its construction costs in its first year of operation, new financial documents show. The capital cost of the 100-MW/129-MWh battery was A$90.6 million (€56 million, $65.8 million). [The Guardian]
- “Utility Solar + Storage Accelerates Ahead Of Expectations” • The US utility market for energy storage this fall is warming ahead of expectations, with requests for proposals accelerating from a mild demand level earlier this year. The 2018 market was not expected by some storage system manufacturers for another two years. [CleanTechnica]
- “Virginia To Challenge For Top Offshore Wind Spot In US – 2 GW By 2028” • Hot on the heels of New Jersey’s decision to solicit 1.1 GW of offshore windpower capacity, southern cousin Virginia is positioning itself to become the South’s first offshore wind giant with a goal of installing at least 2,000 MW in the coming decade. [CleanTechnica]
- “Increasing Number of Banks Say No to Financing Coal-Based Projects” • British multinational banking and financial services company Standard Chartered pulled the plug on any upcoming coal-fired power plants across the globe. Doing so, it has joined an ever-increasing list of banks that have shown a commitment towards the environment. [Mercom India]
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