- The EPA recognized the University of California as a leader in renewable energy, UC officials announced. The UC ranked sixth among all participants in the Green Power Partnership for its on-site generation of renewable energy. The EPA commended the University for using more than 112 million kWh of green power annually. [Daily Bruin]
- Swiss voters have backed the government’s plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum. Provisional final figures showed support at 58.2% under the Swiss system of direct democracy, which gives voters final say on major policy issues. [Newshub]
- Scottish Power won the right to build two offshore wind farms in the US, which it says could eventually power 400,000 homes. The two sites combined are more than double the size of the energy giant’s operations in the UK. One farm, off the coast of Massachusetts, is expected to be complete in 2022 and the other, off North Carolina, in 2025. [BBC]
- With reduced federal action, local officials from throughout Colorado talked with climate experts in Aspen about whether local efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions will be enough to save a warming planet. An example of the issues importance is the state’s wildfires, which increased by a factor of ten over the past 50 years. [Vail Daily News]
- America’s forests are undertaking a slow migration. Scientists writing in the journal Science Advances looked at tree population surveys starting in the 1980s. What they found is that the trees in eastern America are moving north and west. Conifer trees like pines are moving north, and deciduous trees like maples and elms are moving west. [Newsy]
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from Green Energy Times http://www.greenenergytimes.org/2017/05/22/may-22-green-energy-news-4/