Weekend reads: - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Solar, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  April 14, 2018

Weekend reads: How Apple reached 100% RE; Trump's attack on energy markets & more

Kick back with these must-read energy stories from around the web:

Shell to invest 'up to $2 billion' in New Energies (Windpower Monthly)  Oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell expects most of its planned investments in its New Energies division until 2020 to be in power, and solar, wind and gas generation, the company confirmed. The company reaffirmed its intention to spend between $1 billion and $2 billion in the division each year until 2020 in its Energy Transition report.

BP launches wind & battery storage project with Tesla (Windpower Engineering & Development)  BP Wind Energy, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Rolling Thunder I Power Partners LLC, has signed a purchase agreement to install a high-storage battery at its Titan 1 Wind Farm in South Dakota. The project is the first of its kind in BP’s U.S. operated wind business and a potential step forward in the performance and reliability of wind energy.

Apple Now Runs on 100% Green Energy, And Here’s How It Got There (Fast Company)  You have to see Apple’s Reno, Nevada, data center from the inside to truly understand how huge it is. It’s made up of five long white buildings sitting side by side on a dry scrubby landscape just off I-80, and the corridor that connects them through the middle is a quarter-mile long. On either side are big, dark rooms–more than 50 of them–filled with more than 200,000 identical servers, tiny lights winking in the dark from their front panels. This is where Siri lives. And iCloud. And Apple Music. And Apple Pay.

Trump May Greenlight An $8 Billion Attack On Competitive Energy Markets (Forbes)  President Trump may soon grossly distort competitive markets for electricity. Last week, he announced his consideration of a request for “202(c),” by which he means an $8 billion proposal to bail out all merchant coal and nuclear plants in a region that spans across 13 Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic states.

Cement Industry Initiative Releases Technology Roadmap to Cut CO2 Emissions 24% by 2050 (SDG Knowledge Hub)  The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA), has launched a technology Roadmap titled, ‘Low-Carbon Transition in the Cement Industry.’ The document provides a pathway to decreasing cement industry CO2 emissions by 24% below current levels by 2050.

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