- “Germany’s Electricity Generation Was 60% Renewable In February – With Wind Power Replacing Lignite Usage” • There were a set of new records set in Germany for monthly electricity generation during February. Wind power generated 45.8% of German electricity. Solar power contributed 4.2%. And at 11%, lignite usage hit a new low. [pv magazine USA]
- “‘Expensive And Underperforming’: Energy Audit Finds Gas Power Running Well Below Capacity” • Energy analyst Hugh Saddler, from Australian National University’s Crawford school of public policy, found the combined-cycle gas plants in the national grid – those described as “baseload” – ran at just 30% capacity across the past 18 months. [The Guardian]
- “Pro-Trump Climate Denial Group Lays Off Staff Amid Financial Woes, Ex-Employees Say” • The Heartland Institute, an influential climate-denial think tank bankrolled by President Donald Trump’s far-right billionaire donors, has laid off nearly a dozen staffers amid financial troubles, according to three former employees. [HuffPost]
- “7 Things To Know About Decarbonization In The American Energy Innovation Act” • A new legislative package on energy is on its way through the Senate. The American Energy Innovation Act is a compilation of dozens of energy bills that have passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, most with bipartisan support. [CleanTechnica]
- “Zinc – The Future Of Renewable Power Storage” • Two years ago, scientists found a way to make zinc batteries rechargeable on a commercial scale. Since then, companies including Zinc8, NantEnergy Inc, and e-Zn Inc have been targeting their use for utilities, where they can accrue energy over an entire day and utilize it at night. [MyBroadband]
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