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[ CSP Eyes Strong Growth with Thermal Energy Storage to Compete Against PV ]

Concentrating solar power (CSP) has existed since 1866, but for the last couple of decades, photovoltaic (PV) has been the dominant solar technology. Now with technological advancements and energy storage, CSP is poised to make a significant comeback. 

[ Solar Now Third Largest Renewable Source of Electricity in US ]

In April, solar reached a new milestone, providing more than 2.3 percent of U.S. electrical supply, according to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information’s (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, with data through April 30, 2017. Consequently, solar has now moved into third place among renewable sources — behind hydropower and wind but ahead of biomass and geothermal.

[ New York Moves to Establish Energy Storage Procurement Target for 2030 ]

The New York State Legislature has sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo companion bills that would lead to the development of an energy storage procurement target for the state.

[ European Commission Approves Aid for Danish Coal-to-biomass Plant Conversion ]

The European Commission (EC) last week said that it has approved state aid for the conversion of a coal plant to biomass in Kalundborg, Denmark.

[ What Does It Take To Move A 10-Story Tree A Couple Of City Blocks? ]

An aerial view of the sequoia in Boise, Idaho, as workers prepared to transport it about two blocks. Heavy machinery had to be used to prune its roots and build a structure so they could move the roughly 100-foot tree, which was planted back in 1912.

That answer, as seen Sunday in Boise, Idaho: $300,000 and a lot of determination. St. Luke’s Health System, which moved the historic sequoia, says it “was never even an option” to cut it down.

(Image credit: Rebecca Boone/AP)

[ People Of Coal-Rich Northern Cheyenne Torn Between Jobs and Sacred Culture ]

Diana McLean says coal would be good for the North Cheyenne Tribe. "We

Despite high unemployment and poverty, the tribe has never touched the billions of tons of coal underneath its land. But new opportunities from the Trump administration could change that.

(Image credit: Shane Thomas McMillan for NPR)

[ Environmentalists Rejoice: Court Says Land Regulation Doesn’t Go ‘Too Far’ ]

The confluence of the St. Croix, top, and Mississippi Rivers, bottom, is seen from the air on May 31, 2012.

The court upheld a regulation preventing a Wisconsin family from developing part of their land, denying them government compensation. The decision is a huge win for regulators and environmentalists.

(Image credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

[ Some U.S. States Relax Restrictions On Cladding Suspected In Grenfell Tower Fire ]

Grenfell Tower in London. The unburned lower floors with untouched cladding are seen still in place.

Changes to building codes in some U.S. jurisdictions may allow the use of siding similar to that of Grenfell Tower in London. A fire at the apartment building killed at least 79 people last week.

(Image credit: Niklas Halle’n /AFP/Getty Images)

[ On Top Of Hong Kong’s High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root ]

Rooftop Republic

In one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, a gardening cooperative is helping residents rediscover farming — in the sky.

(Image credit: Deena Prichep for NPR)

[ New Island Forms Off North Carolina’s Outer Banks ]

In the ever-changing seascape off the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a new sand bar, possibly masking as an island. The questions now is how to get to it.