In 2008, Eigg became the world’s first community to launch an off-grid electric system powered by wind, water and solar – and this group of residents largely taught themselves how to do it. Before that, without access to a national grid, residents relied on noisy, expensive diesel generators that only ran for a few hours a day. The electrification scheme made 24-hour power available to residents for the first time.
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170329-the-extraordinary-electricity-of-the-scottish-island-of-eigg
As part of meeting its commitment under the Paris Agreement, the European Union announced it will build no more coal plants after 2020.
Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/europe-no-coal-after-2020-pledge-12d06e49a986
Britain has gone a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the 1880s, National Grid says.
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39675418
On April 30, Germany established a new national record for renewable energy use. Part of that day (during the long May 1 weekend), 85% of all the electricity consumed in Germany was being produced from renewables such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. Patrick Graichen of Agora Energiewende Initiative says a combination of breezy and sunny weather in the north and warm weather in the south saw Germany’s May 1 holiday weekend powered almost exclusively by renewable resources.
Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/05/08/germany-breaks-solar-record-gets-85-electricity-renewables/
In Yellowstone, the wolves quickly reclaimed their spot as top predator. Ecologist William Ripple of Oregon State University has been studying the wolves since their return. He found that, within a decade of their release, the wolves had cut the number of elk – their main prey – by half. The surviving elks avoided the wolves’ core range and stayed on the periphery. Woody trees like aspen and willow, which had been chewed and trimmed by zealous elks, now grew tall and lush.
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170516-when-wolves-return-to-the-wild-everything-changes
Traditional energy companies and mainstream financial publications are finally waking up to the new reality: The shift to renewable energy, electric cars, and a low-carbon economy is now unstoppable. The details of this transition are spelled out in a new, must-read, 4000-word article in the Financial Times, “The Big Green Bang: how renewable energy became unstoppable.” What is most remarkable about the article is that it appears in the Financial Times.
Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/renewable-energy-is-unstoppable-declares-financial-times-40c222f439bb