- “US Energy Officials Hail ‘Freedom Gas,’ ‘Molecules Of Freedom” • Two DOE officials referred to natural gas produced in the US as “freedom gas” and “molecules of US freedom” in a press release announcing the expansion of a natural gas facility in Texas. The expansion could double the output of the facility by 2020. [CNN]
- “China Gears Up To Use Rare Earths As A Weapon In Trade War As Summit Approaches” • Chinese media reports, including an editorial in the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party, raised the prospect of Beijing cutting exports of the commodities that are critical in the US defense, energy, electronics, and automobile sectors. [Los Angeles Times]
- “‘Stranded Costs’ Mount As Coal Vanishes From The Grid” • Milwaukee-based We Energies announced in 2017 that it would close the 1,210-MW Pleasant Prairie coal-fired plant to save both itself and its customers money. And so it will, despite the fact that the plant has not yet been paid down and will not be for another twenty years. [E&E News]
- “Cost Of Renewable Power Dropped To A Record Low In 2018: Report” • Renewable power generation costs declined in 2018, an IRENA report says. Global costs declined 26% year-on-year for concentrated solar power, 14% for bioenergy, 13% for PVs and onshore wind, 12% for hydropower, and 1% for geothermal and offshore wind. [Saurenergy]
- “Britain Nears 12 Days Without Coal” • Great Britain is on its way to going 12 days without burning any coal for electricity. This smashes the record set only a few weeks ago and shows coal’s increasing irrelevance in the British energy mix. May is definitely a record setting month, with a total of over 600 coal-free hours (25 days). [CleanTechnica]
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