Bloomberg Pledges $64M To Support U.S. Transition Away From Coal

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In light of the Trump administration’s plans to rescind the Clean Power Plan, former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced a new commitment of $64 million to support the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign and other organizations working to advance the U.S. clean energy market at the state and local level.

To date, Bloomberg has invested over $100 million in protecting the environment and public health through its support of the Beyond Coal campaign. Since 2011 – when Bloomberg Philanthropies first partnered with the campaign – nearly 50% of the country’s coal-fired power plants have announced their retirement, and deaths related to coal pollution have decreased by 42%, the organization says.

Source: Solar Industry Magazine

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Could Puerto Rico go solar?

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With the island’s electrical system still in shambles from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has taken a step closer to revamping its power grid using Tesla solar technology, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Saturday.

Rosselló and Tesla chief Elon Musk had a 25-minute phone conversation Friday night where the two discussed relief efforts as well as Tesla playing a leading role, Rosselló said in an interview with USA TODAY.

Teams from Tesla and Puerto Rico’s energy sector will continue the talks early next week, Rosselló said.

“I told him because of the devastation, if there is a silver lining, we can start re-conceptualizing how we want to produce energy here in Puerto Rico and distribute it and do it in a more reliable fashion,” Rosselló said. “It was a very positive first step.”

Read more here:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/10/07/puerto-rico-electric-grid-solar/743129001/

Source: USA Today