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    Daily Digest 6/2 – Good News Friday: The World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant, India To Go All Electric By 2030

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, June 2, 2017, 4:24 PM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


Automatic Voter Registration OK’d by Illinois Lawmakers (sv)

A previous version passed both chambers last fall but Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed it over concerns it didn’t do enough to prevent voter fraud. Republican state Rep. Mike Fortner of West Chicago says this bill addresses all parties’ concerns.

India aiming for all-electric car fleet by 2030, petrol and diesel to be tanked (sv)

About offshore wind projects, Goyal said these are more like an R&D project. The minister suggested that big PSUs, including NTPC, can initially invest in such projects that will lead to development of this segment in coming years.

Goyal said that in the last 3 years, India’s energy consumption has grown by about 6.5 per cent CAGR (compounded annual growth rate), more than the figure for the last 10 years.

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord (sv)

Ms. Figueres, who described the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw as a “vacuous political melodrama,” said the American government was required to continue reporting its emissions to the United Nations because a formal withdrawal would not take place for several years.

The world’s largest floating solar power plant just went online in China (DT)

This transition to solar is in large part due to the rapidly plummeting cost of the technology itself. By 2020, China could reduce prices offered to PV developers by more than a third with solar power plants projected to rival coal facilities within a decade. The nation has also announced plans to increase its use of non-fissile fuel energy sources by 20 percent.

As U.S. retreats, EU and China seek climate leadership at summit (sv)

“The EU and China consider climate action and the clean energy transition an imperative more important than ever,” the statement, by European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Li, will say.

“The increasing impacts of climate change require a decisive response,” they will say.

Exxon investors clash with executives, vote in favor of annual climate report (jdargis)

In late 2015, Exxon came under fire when New York’s attorney general opened an investigation into whether Exxon misled investors about the effects of climate change. Exxon’s scientists had allegedly been telling company leadership that climate change was an issue as early as the 1970s and ‘80s, but Exxon executives cast doubt on the idea publicly for decades. Rex Tillerson, the current US secretary of state and a former Exxon chairman and CEO, has been caught up in the ensuing state lawsuits as well, most notably for apparently using the undisclosed e-mail alias “Wayne Tracker” to communicate with other Exxon executives.

Kentucky Is Making It Easier for Organizations to Donate Extra Food (jdargis)

“We had found that there are organizations out there that wanted to donate food but were hesitant to do that because they were afraid of a frivolous lawsuit,” Quarles told the Public News Service.

An inside view of Hong-Kong’s hidden rooftop farms (JM)

Born out of a fear of contaminated foods, the city’s budding interest in high-altitude gardening may help heal an increasingly fractured – and ageing – society.

Food production is only one of the project’s aims, however. Their greater goal is to revolutionise the city’s fast-paced culture. Like most urban areas, Hong Kong’s society is highly stratified, and its citizens are often isolated to their particular niche, formed of their colleagues and close friends. The Rooftop Republic team hope that the farms can help break through those barriers. “It’s a bit of a social experiment,” says Tsui.

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