Coal Is Going Down, Even Without the Clean Power Plan

Last week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he will repeal the Obama administration’s regulation to curb power plant carbon emissions, telling coal miners in Kentucky that “the war on coal is over. Despite the rhetoric, however, Pruitt and and President Trump can’t alter the harsh reality of the U.S. coal industry: Terminating the Clean Power Plan isn’t going to bring coal back.

1400 Companies Now Put an Internal Price on Carbon

According to CDP, almost 1,400 multinational companies now factor an internal carbon price into their business plans. That number is an impressive leap, as it amounts to an eight-fold increase from 2014.

London’s Mayor Urges German Automakers to Contribute to Air Quality Fund

Last week, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, called out Germany’s leading automakers, urging them to contribute to the city’s air quality programs. Khan has argued that diesel vehicles manufactured by BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen have been contributing to London’s worsening air pollution and as a result, increased public health problems.

Catholic Church Accelerates Divestment in Fossil Fuels

Today, approximately 40 Catholic institutions reportedly will announce that they will divest from fossil fuels. The mass fossil fuel divestment campaign is timed with the anniversary of the death of St. Francis of Assisi, the Catholic Church’s patron saint of the environment and animals.

Fossil Fuel Companies Prepare to Square Off with Trump Over NAFTA

Mexico’s privatization of its oil and gas sector is big news for U.S. fossil fuel companies. But there may be a wrinkle when it comes to American companies being willing to take the risk of future foreign investment, and it starts with President Trump’s vision of NAFTA.

China’s Solar Industry: What a Trade Dispute Could Mean for Solar Installers

President Trump is determined to ensure that U.S. businesses aren’t overshadowed by foreign industries. But what happens when a U.S. industry that that has relied for years on international suppliers suddenly finds that its resources are being impacted by U.S. tariffs designed to “boost” a relatively small domestic group of manufacturers? Some say that’s the worrisome future of the U.S. solar industry.

UK Switches on First Subsidy-Free Solar Farm with Battery Storage

This week, the United Kingdom launched a new solar plant outside the town of Flitwick, about an hour’s drive north of London. A 6MW battery battery storage unit will complement the 10MW solar installation, and the entire project was completed without any government subsidies.