Solar jobs and wind project records, Harry and Meghan’s electric Jag

Climate Action: New York to end all coal-fired power by 2020

May 21, 2018
New York State has proposed strict new carbon dioxide standards which will lead to coal plants having to change the way they operate, or close down.

New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, made the announcement last week, calling coal “a relic of the past”.

The move forms part of Governor Cuomo’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 40 percent by 2030. It also follows through on a pledge he made in 2016 to restrict coal use across the state.

The Department of Environmental Conservation published the new rulings last week, which limit all coal plants to producing no more than 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour of electricity generated.
»» Read the full article at Climate Action

Energy Manager Today: Number of Wind Power Projects Hits Record High

May 22, 2018 by Emily Holbrook
Aerial photo - wind turbines at sunsetThe American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says that the number of contracts signed for wind power projects hit a record of 3,500 MW in the first quarter of 2018, a possible predictor of a strong year for wind power.

According to, AWEA noted that six companies, including Adobe, AT&T and Nestle, signed wind PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements) for the first time while several other corporations were repeat customers. Utilities also stepped up to the plate, with PacifiCorp announcing plans for a $2 billion wind farm in Wyoming.

The site claims there are two major factors contributing to the increase in wind energy projects: greater certainty around tax policy and the fact that developers are eager to meet the deadlines imposed by the Congressionally mandated phase out of the production tax credit (PTC).
»» Read the full article at Energy Manager Today

TruthOut: Solar Beats Coal – and everything else – on U.S. Jobs

May 21, 2018 by By Emerson UrryEnviroNews

Washington DC—The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued its second annual US Energy and Employment Report (USEER) in January of 2017, and the numbers didn’t bode well for the fossil fuels industry. On the other hand, the statistics for the solar industry were impressive, demonstrating it creates more electricity-generation employment than oil, gas, coal and nuclear combined.

Wind power came in third in DOE’s analysis, behind solar and fossil fuels, but ranks second as a standalone when the fossil fuels are broken down individually by technology. The analysis was conducted by BW Research using data compiled from the “Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW, Quarter 1), together with a detailed supplemental survey of business establishments across the United States.”
»» Read the full article at Truth Out

Gas2: The story behind the making of the Royal Wedding Jaguar XK-Zero

September 8, 2017 by Steve Hanley

“Converting classic cars to electric power is a new craze that is gaining popularity all the time as shade tree mechanics around the world yank out old internal combustion engines and replace them with batteries and electric motors. Jaguar Land Rover’s Classics division has just finished a superb restoration of one of the most desirable cars ever built — a 1961 XK-E drophead coupe, the car Enzo Ferrari famously called “the most beautiful car ever made.”

Called the XK-E Zero, it is exactly the same as the original — same suspension, same dampers, same brakes, same independent rear suspension. What is different is that the iconic XK dual overhead cam straight six engine fitted with triple SU carburetors which lived beneath that magnificently sculpted bonnet when the car first left the factory has been replaced with a battery pack that occupies the same space and eerily echoes the look of that engine.

»» Read the full article at Gas2

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