Bloomberg: Tesla and SolarCity's Minority Resort
There's been much gnashing of teeth in the possibly soon-to-be Disunited Kingdom about how 52 percent of 72 percent of the population -- so about 37.4 percent overall -- had the power to take the country out of the EU.
Now consider SolarCity. It's unlikely any troubles there will necessitate a global financial freakout. But its election math is starting to look even more tenuous. Two more directors have recused themselves from voting on whether to recommend Tesla Motors' takeover proposal, announced last week. That brings the number of abstainers to five out of eight.
Scientific American: With Britain Gone, Europe Unclear on How to Meet Climate Goals
As the dust settles on Britain’s unexpected decision to depart the European Union, there are more questions than answers about what the pullout means for everything from trade to energy policy.
Bewildered European policy analysts -- many of whom assumed the “Brexit” referendum would deliver a narrow victory for the “remain” camp -- are still grappling with Thursday’s result. What will the split between Britain and the other 27 nations of the European Union mean for British ex-pats? Do a tumbling pound sterling and nervous markets presage a long post-split recession? And what does Brexit mean for Britain’s access to the single market and for its climate policy, which is now a mixture of domestic law and international engagement that is likely to take years to untangle as Britain departs?
InsideClimate News: Government Think Tank Pushes Canada to Think Beyond Its Oil Dependence
A Canadian government think tank is calling for the country to make a seismic shift away from its economic dependence on oil production or risk being left behind as the world moves rapidly away from fossil fuel use.
The draft report, by Policy Horizons Canada, is an unusually frank assessment by a government agency on the uncertain future of fossil fuels, especially considering the large role that oil plays in Canada's economy. The report is titled "Canada in a Changing Energy Global Energy Landscape," and says that Canada should begin to adjust its energy priorities to prepare for the significant changes in the energy landscape expected to occur within the next 10 to 15 years.
Guardian: How the London Array Blows Away the Competition in Green Energy
At the widest point of the Greater Thames estuary, 12 miles north of the Kent coast and 12 miles south of Essex, lies the London Array -- the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world. Completed in 2013, after 10 years of planning and construction, it covers an area of 40 square miles -- roughly the same size of Bristol -- and comprises 175 individual turbines laid out in neat rows like an enormous nursery flower bed.
“Standing on a boat in the middle of the wind farm surrounded by these machines is awesome,” says Jonathan Duffy, the farm’s general manager. “Knowing the turbines around you are generating electricity for more than half a million homes from the breeze passing through is a great feeling.”
The Denver Post: Are Hillary Clinton's Energy Goals Achievable?
As Hillary Clinton headed into her last big day of primaries -- including contests in California, Montana and New Mexico -- she placed an opinion piece in the San Jose Mercury News highlighting her plans for using the public lands of the West to help achieve her goal of turning the United States into a “renewable energy superpower.”
“While protecting sensitive areas where development poses too great a risk, we can accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy by increasing renewable energy generation on public lands and offshore waters tenfold within a decade,” Clinton wrote.
Clinton has been talking about clean energy and climate change since she launched her campaign. But as she establishes herself as the presumptive Democratic nominee, her plans for the country’s energy and environmental policy take new prominence.