- A hydro-electric plant in the UK’s Lake District finished its first year of operation. The Hayeswater micro hydro plant, which is owned by the National Trust, generated more than one million kWh of electricity, enough to meet the power needs of more than 300 properties. The plant sells power to provide income for a conservation charity. [The Westmorland Gazette]
- The Arctic saw its smallest winter sea ice coverage on record in 2017. Drawing attention to this fact, NOAA’s annual report has the interesting subtitle, “Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent past decades.” In fact, NOAA even has a new name for the area at the top of the world, which it calls “New Arctic.” [CleanTechnica]
- German spot power prices plunged below zero for much of Sunday and the early hours of Christmas Day. Thanks to the country’s effort to encourage investment in green power generation, German electricity prices have dipped below zero more than 100 times this year, according to the EPEX Spot trading exchange. [The New York Times]
- Southern California Edison proposed to meet energy needs in Ventura County with a new transmission and power storage. The plan, submitted to a division of the California Public Utilities Commission, is seen as a significant road block or even a dead end to fossil fuel power plants proposed in Oxnard and Santa Paula. [Ventura County Star]
- After the Trump administration ordered a halt to work on a study of the health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining, the prestigious National Academy of Sciences is pursuing private funding to complete the work. A spokesperson for the National Academies said private donors have expressed interest in paying to complete the study. [WKU Public Radio]
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Source: Green Events
December 25 Green Energy News