- A new experimental “smart town” based especially around the technologies of solar energy and battery storage is being developed in Japan by Panasonic Corporation and others. The new 1000-household-strong town recently had its grand opening, with the first residents moving in earlier this year in the spring. [CleanTechnica]
- The well-regarded CEO of Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, recently made the rather notable comment that one of the main reasons his company was pursuing the adoption of electric vehicles aggressively was because of climate change. Ghosn called to climate change an “unprecedented humanitarian challenge.” [CleanTechnica]
- Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June. Wind and solar costs are now a mind-blowing 46% lower than the EPA estimated last summer. As a result, an additional 14 million-plus homes could be given clean power. [Energy Collective]
- The Western Governors’ Association has joined a growing chorus of groups recognizing the importance of action to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. Methane is a potent heat-trapping pollutant that is believed to be responsible for about 25% of current warming patterns. [Energy Collective]
- Two of Florida’s top utility companies want customers to pay $750 million each year to cover risky exploratory fracking. Environmentalists are comparing the plan to a 2006 law allowing utilities to charge hundreds of millions of dollars for nuclear-power plants that may never be built. [Naples Daily News]
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