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This brand-new Arizona law is a big blow for green energy and local governance

Arizona governor Doug Ducey (R) signed House Bill 2686 into law on Friday. The new law declares that a “utility provider’s authority to operate and serve customers is a matter of statewide concern.”

In other words, the new law removes the power of every town, city, and county in Arizona to choose their own energy infrastructure.

Green Energy Stories Yesterday

UK’s Sheffield installs thousands of smart sensors to slash energy use

Sheffield, England, is becoming a smart city to reduce energy consumption. Infrastructure support service provider Amey is installing thousands of sensors in garbage cans, trees, and drains that will be hooked up to a network and fed into tech company Connexin’s CityOS platform.

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Analysts are using pollution to gauge China’s industrial activity during the coronavirus crisis.
  • Sheffield in the UK is installing smart sensors all over the city to reduce energy consumption.
  • Germany and France team up on a floating offshore wind project.

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Green Energy Stories February 21

Texas leads the US in wind power — and now it’s ramping up solar, too

Texas likes to do things big. The Lone Star State leads the US with the most energy generated by wind power, and now it’s ramping up solar, which is projected to be the fastest-growing contributor to the state’s power grid in the next three years.

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • A report sent out by JP Morgan to clients says climate-change inaction could be catastrophic.
  • The Farmers for a Sustainable Future coalition has been formed by 21 agricultural groups.
  • EV software solutions provider Electriphi signs with the largest fleet of e-school buses in North America.

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Tesla is partnering with a solar firm and Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes to quickly deploy energy systems in order to help the communities affected by the devastating wildfires in Australia. expand full story

Green Energy Stories February 19

Mandy Gunasekara, the self-proclaimed “chief architect of the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord,” is tipped to replace Ryan Jackson, the EPA’s chief of staff, who will step down on February 21. (Michael Molina will be acting chief of staff.) Jackson is to become the top lobbyist for the National Mining Association (yes, really).

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • More towns and cities are buying electricity in bulk — it’s called community choice aggregation.
  • Startup Notpla makes edible, biodegradable pods for beverages and sauces that replace plastic.
  • Fossil-fuel advocate Mandy Gunasekara is tipped to become the next EPA chief of staff.

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Green Energy Stories February 18

Electrek compiled how three environmental and political groups — The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, Build a Movement 2020, and Greenpeace — grade the presidential candidates on environmental and climate-change issues.

As we previously wrote in Climate Crisis Weekly, The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reported that among all registered voters, global warming is ranked fifth and environmental protection is ranked eighth as the “most important issue” when it comes to deciding who they’ll vote for.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion in grants to explore new ways of tackling the climate crisis.
  • The US East Coast’s largest oil refinery is officially, legally dead.
  • Scientists at UMass Amherst are “literally making electricity out of thin air.”

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