With 1.5 million residents now under orders to evacuate their homes in preparation for Hurricane Florence’s landfall in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, the region faces the possibility of catastrophe should the storm damage one or more of the nuclear power plants which lie in its potential path. As the Associated Press reported on Monday, “The storm’s potential path also includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous eastern hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons.” The plants thought to lie in the path of the hurricane, which is expected to make landfall on the Southeastern U.S. coast on Thursday, include North Carolina’s Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant in Southport, Duke Energy Sutton Steam Plant in Wilmington, and South Carolina’s V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville.
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US nuclear plants in several Southeastern states are readying for Hurricane Florence and may have to shut ahead of the arrival of hurricane-force winds, utilities said Tuesday.
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California’s governor has signed a bill setting a 100% clean energy goal for the state and issued an executive order setting a target to achieve carbon neutrality, both by 2045. Senate Bill 100, signed yesterday by Governor Edmund Brown, increases the amount of electricity to be supplied by renewables to 60% by 2030 – up from the current target of 50% by 2030 – with all of its retail electricity supply to come from renewable energy and zero-carbon resources by 2045. The bill also requires the state’s Public Utilities Commission and its Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to take steps to ensure that a transition to a zero-carbon electric system for California does not cause or contribute to greenhouse gas emission increases elsewhere in the western grid.
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Governor Ed Brown has signed legislation setting a goal of 100% clean energy for California, a move that could accelerate plans to build floating offshore windfarms off the coast of the Golden State. The bill signed by the governor, SB 100, advances the state’s existing Renewables Portfolio Standard, which establishes how much of the electricity system should be powered from renewable energy resources, to 50% by 2025 and 60% by 2030. It also puts California on the bold path to implement a zero-carbon electricity grid by 2045.
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