Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
In the news today…
- Solar Power World reports that solar accounted for 40% of all new U.S. generating capacity in 2019, its highest share ever and more than any other electricity source, according to a new report.
- The Champaign News-Gazette carries an op-ed arguing that Illinois does not need another coal plant due to environmental consequences.
- Inside EPA reports CO2 Concrete, a California firm, has found a way to easily capture carbon dioxide in concrete.
- Argus reports Arch Coal said the US Federal Trade Commission is using an antiquated view of energy markets to challenge the company’s joint venture with Peabody Energy.
- Argus reports the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has asked a federal bankruptcy court judge to order coal producer Revelation Energy to “cease its pattern of blatantly defying” environmental laws.
- Fast Company reports renewables are now cheaper than coal in major markets around the globe.
- E&E Greenwire reports environmental regulators are moving towards permitting a copper mine in central Montana.
- E&E Greenwire reports Twin Pines Minerals will shrink the size of its proposed titanium dioxide amine near the Okefenokee Swamp.
- Mining.com carries an op-ed from Bloomberg which asserts the mining industry has talked about emissions decreases but has not come to a consensus on what that means.
- The Los Angeles Times reports Oakland based Lilac Solutions and the Australian company Controlled Thermal Resources announced they’re partnering to develop a lithium-extraction facility at the Salton Sea.
- Fast Company reports copper’s natural antimicrobial properties make it an ideal material for frequently used surfaces.
- Argus reports Minnesota lawmakers are considering making renewable energy a priority in the utility planning process but must consider the role of nuclear energy.