- Germany’s green energy transition project, Energiewende, is boasting significant progress compared to one year ago. For the first time, in 2014, renewable energy sources were the most important source in the country’s power mix. With a share of 27.3%, renewables replaced lignite for first place. [EurActiv]
- German power sector greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2014, hitting their second-lowest level since 1990, according to German think-tank Agora Energiewende. The sector emitted 301 million tonnes of CO2 last year, down from 317 million in 2013. The previous low was 294 million in 2009 [Argus Media]
- Fuel subsidies have been a constant issue for the Indonesian government for more than a decade. The growing consumption and the volatility of global oil prices have taken a toll on the state finances, reaching $19.6 billion in 2014, roughly 15% of the state budget. Now, the state is ending the subsidies. [Jakarta Post]
- California broke ground on its long-sought high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in under three hours. The $68 billion project faces challenges from Republican cost-cutters in Congress and Central Valley farmers. [TriValley Central]
- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting next month in Brattleboro to hear from the public about the impending decommission of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which shut down permanently last month. The February 19 meeting will be at the Brattleboro Quality Inn. [Rutland Herald]
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