- “Vigor Chooses ABB Battery Electric Power For New Ferries In Washington” • Washington State operates the one of the largest ferry fleets in world. It burns about 20 million gallons of diesel fuel a year, making it a major polluter. Three of its biggest ferry boats, each burning about 5 million gallons, are being converted by Vigor Shipyards to run on electricity. [CleanTechnica]
- “Plot Brewing To Blanket US In Solar Panels And Pollinator-Friendly Plants” • A change is under way. Solar arrays that once sat on barren ground are now festooned with plants that attract bees, birds, and butterflies. Even the DOE is getting into the act. Here is a look at four new solar power plants built to benefit our pollinators. [CleanTechnica]
- “Warming Temperatures Threaten Hundreds Of Fish Species The World Relies On, Study Finds” • As the planet’s oceans and rivers warm, increased heat could pose a grave threat to the fish populations the world depends on by the end of this century. That’s the alarming conclusion of a study published in the journal Science. [CNN]
- “Volvo Penta Begins Field Trials Of Battery-Electric Fire Truck” • Volvo Penta has been working with Rosenbauer, a European maker of fire trucks, to develop an electric drivetrain for those vehicles. Rosenbauer will soon begin real-world customer testing with fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dubai, a Volvo Penta press release says. [CleanTechnica]
- “Thirteen Towns Join Electricity Aggregation Program” • In Massachusetts, a dozen Franklin County communities and the town of Huntington have joined together to develop municipal electricity programs with the goal of combating climate change and increasing renewable energy use. Customers will see a small drop in rates. [The Recorder]
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