- An 18th century watermill in North Yorkshire has generated 1,000,000 kilowatt-hours of green power through a combination of traditional and new technology. Howsham Mill, which is run by the charitable Renewable Heritage Trust, has been generating hydroelectric energy, and exporting it to the National Grid, since the mid-2000s. [Gazette & Herald]
- Opinion: “Now there are air-pollution deniers, too” • There are very few people who believe air pollution – specifically “fine particulate” pollution, or PM2.5 – doesn’t cause death. But those who do are getting louder and gaining influence in conservative political circles and inside President Donald Trump’s administration. [Grist]
- The Australian Federal Government could fund a $2 billion expansion of the Snowy Mountains hydro scheme alone, if the New South Wales and Victorian state governments did not want to invest. The Turnbull Government is planning to increase the 4,000 MW output by 50%, by building a 27 km tunnel and power stations. [ABC Online]
- Energy company AGL just made a giant leap forward in the future of how energy is gathered and shared. It built the world’s largest residential virtual power plant in Adelaide, and now it has switched it on. The scheme connects multiple homes, generating power and storing it in onsite batteries, then sharing it on a network. [Business Insider Australia]
- The Trump administration’s budget proposal would cut spending at the DOE overall by $1.7 billion, or 5.6% from current levels, to $28 billion. But the money is redistributed. The National Nuclear Security Administration budget would grow 11.3% while the rest of the Energy Department’s programs would be cut by 17.9%. [Washington Post]
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