The Daily Populous

Saturday September 16th, 2023 night edition

image for Florida is now adding more solar power than any other state

Solar Market Insight report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

It’s the first time the state has taken the No. 1 spot in solar installations, marking a potential clean energy inflection point for a populous state with a dirty grid.

Florida gets just 6 percent of its electricity from solar and depends largely on fossil gas for the rest.

Florida doesn’t have a renewable portfolio standard and doesn’t allow power-purchase agreements — two policies that have accelerated investments in solar across the nation.

Solar policies in Florida have tended to favor utility-owned large-scale solar over residential and commercial rooftop power generation: Around 86 percent of the state’s solar installed in the first half of this year was built by utilities.

The state’s largest power company, Florida Power & Light, accounted for 1,769 megawatts over that period, followed by Duke Energy, which connected 389 megawatts.

Despite the lack of a renewable portfolio standard, a ban on power-purchase agreements and the dominance of utility-scale solar, Florida does still have net metering, a policy that pays rooftop solar owners for the excess power they export to the electrical grid. »

American XL bully dogs to be banned after attacks, Rishi Sunak says

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American XL bully dogs are a danger to communities and will be banned, Rishi Sunak has vowed, after a man was mauled to death.

But the Dog Control Coalition, which encompasses animal charities including the RSPCA, Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, said banning XL bully dogs will not stop attacks.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman also posted to X, saying: "Today's tragedy underlines the need to ban the American XL Bully. »

Twitter gives special counsel Jack Smith 32 of Trump’s private messages

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Twitter handed over 32 direct messages from Donald Trump’s account with the social media platform to special counsel Jack Smith as part of his election subversion probe, according to a new court filing.

But that has not stopped federal prosecutors from getting access to a string of Mr Trump’s private messages from the high-profile account.

Special Counsel Jack Smith has charged him with four criminal counts over his efforts to stay in power after the 2020 election. »

Chinese defence minister under investigation for corrupt procurement

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The probe into Li, who was appointed as defence minister in March, and the eight officials is being carried out by the military's powerful disciplinary inspection commission, those two people said.

The State Council and the Defence Ministry did not immediately return requests for comment.

The two men had prominent public-facing roles and also serve among China's five state councillors, a post outranking a regular minister. »