- “Solar is looking ‘bright’ for the Tennessee Valley Authority” • TVA officials say renewable energy is an important part of the public utility’s long-term business plan. In particular, solar power is becoming a major part of TVA’s sustainable energy strategy. A spokesperson also added that the TVA will not be going back to burning coal. [Johnson City Press]
- “Trouble in Paradise: TVA studies whether to close more coal plants” • The Tennessee Valley Authority, which has already shut down more than half of the 59 coal-fired plants it once operated, has decided to launch a new study to determine whether it also may close its Paradise and Bull Run coal plants in Kentucky and Tennessee. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]
- “China’s Electric Car Sales Up 64% In July – CleanTechnica Report” • The Chinese plug-in electric vehicle market is in summer-chill mode, up only 64%. This is a slowdown from the three-digit growth rates of previous months, which is explained by reduced subsidies for vehicles with full-charge driving range lower than 150 km. [CleanTechnica]
- “Australia adds 514 MW of renewables under RET in a single month” • In July, large-scale renewable power plants with a combined capacity of 514 MW were accredited under Australia’s Renewable Energy Target. These add to the over 1.2 GW of assets accredited in the first half of the year. The 1,088 MW added last year was a record. [Renewables Now]
- “Morrison names leading anti-wind campaigner as energy minister” • Australia’s new prime minister has ended combining the energy and environment portfolios. He appointed one of the country’s most prominent anti-wind campaigners as energy minister and a former mining industry lawyer as environment minister. [RenewEconomy]
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