Weekly News Flash: Carbon Emission Decline, Home Energy Storage and More

Hey everyone! Here are the most interesting energy and sustainability-focused articles we read this past week. Please share other interesting articles with us at @GreentownLabs!

Associated Press: EPA chief: US Quickly Phasing Out Coal for Clean Energy

The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that the United States will meet its obligations to cut carbon emissions as agreed to in the Paris climate accord.

Biomass Magazine: USDA, DOE Invest $10 Million in Biofuel, Feedstock Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy announced a joint investment of $10 million in research on efficient biofuels production.

 Bloomberg: India Seeks to Shut 12% of Power Capacity in Anti-Pollution Move

 India is planning to shut down two aging coal-fired power plants with a combined capacity of 37 gigawatts in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CNN: Watly: The Computer that Provides Clean Water, Energy, Internet Access

Watly, an Italian-Spanish startup, has developed a solar-powered computer that could provide clean water, electricity and Internet access across rural Africa.

The Guardian: Dyson Could Become Next Tesla with its Electric Car, Says Expert

A new electric vehicle model under development by Dyson may use solid-state batteries, which would increase safety while stretching the car’s range to hundreds of miles.

The Hill: Feds: Energy Sector Carbon Emissions Dipped in 2015

Carbon emissions from the energy sector declined in 2015, primarily due to the decreased use of coal for energy generation.

Mashable: Nissan Unveils a Home Battery to Take on Tesla’s Powerwall

Nissan unveiled a new home energy storage device Monday made out of recycled batteries sourced from its Leaf electric cars.

New York Times: Potential Eyes in the Sky on Greenhouse Gases

Space agencies across the globe are calling for a new generation of satellites that could map greenhouse gas emissions from individual nations.

Quartz: Germany Had so Much Renewable Energy on Sunday that it Had to Pay People to Use Electricity

Last Sunday, Germany generated so much renewable energy that power prices went negative for several hours, meaning commercial customers were being paid to consume electricity.

Tech Insider: These 10 States are Leading the US in Solar Energy

Massachusetts has fourth-largest solar power capacity in the country, according to a new report.