Seven of the 15 coal plants still working in Spain will cease operations today, after their owners – the electricity companies – decided that it does not make financial sense to adapt them to European regulations. Four more will shut down soon.
The mayors of Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta, Georgia, Tacoma, Newark, Saint Paul, Jackson, Compton, Shreveport, and Stockton have joined Mayors For A Guaranteed Income, a coalition advocating for UBI policies, or the idea of giving out recurring cash payments to all individuals without any strings attached.
The institutions represent a variety of faiths, including those from Catholic, Methodist, Buddhist, Quaker, Baptist, and Anglican traditions and over $1 billion in assets. The coalition is urging governments to focus on a just, low-carbon future following the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 2020 was also the first month ever when renewables beat out coal altogether in the U.S.
This impressive stretch began on March 25, when utility-scale solar, wind and hydro collectively produced more electricity than coal-fired generation, and has continued for at least 40 straight days through May 3, the EIA’s Hourly Electric Grid Monitor shows.
A milder than expected winter led to lower demand for electricity and so the decision was made to close the entire facility now instead of waiting until 2022.
A new report from the American Wind Energy Association, Iowa is now generating more than 10,000 megawatts of wind energy, accounting for more than 40% of the state’s electricity.
Austria has shut down its last coal-fired power plant as part of a plan to end the use of fossil fuels for energy production by 2030.
After four coal plants in Kentucky either retired or were retrofitted, local asthma-related hospitalizations dropped and individuals used their inhalers less frequently.
Two major coal plants have now officially closed in the U.K and there are formal plans to shutter all remaining plants by 2024.