The developer blames a softer market and a loss of interest among potential lenders

The developer of a 10-story mass timber tower in New York City has abandoned the project, citing a lukewarm response from lenders and a weaker real estate market.

According to an article posted at The Real Deal, a real estate magazine, the tower in the city's Chelsea district would have been the tallest wood condominium tower in the city. It also would have been and one of the tallest timber buildings in the U.S.

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How Amazon Could Boost Renewable Energy Use in Europe

The Amazon Echo smart speaker may not only prove useful for managing music playlists and ordering household items -- eventually, it could also help boost renewable energy consumption across Europe.

Availability of the $179.99 voice-activated home entertainment device in the U.K. “is really accelerating the sales of other products, like connected light bulbs [and] connected smart plugs,” said Arthur Jouannic, senior analyst at Edinburgh-based Delta Energy & Environment (Delta-ee).

Smart energy controls have so far failed to catch on because people forget about them or just can't be bothered to use them. Hooking them up to a voice-activated device such as the Echo, though, makes using the

A spate of recent polls indicate Donald Trump's victory in November should not be taken as a ratification of his energy policy.

Last month, a Republican polling firm in North Carolina published a survey of voters in that state that found strong bipartisan approval for candidates who support expanding renewable generation and energy efficiency. That's notable in this politically significant state, which swung for Obama in 2008 but voted Republican in the last two presidential elections. It elected Democratic Governor Roy Cooper in November, but he has to contend with a strong Republican majority in the legislature.

The pollsters have three years

It's been a busy couple of weeks, both for new executive moves and company downsizing.

First, to the layoff watch. PV Magazine covered recent layoffs at Spruce Finance. GTM confirmed that Spruce did issue layoffs in February, although the numbers involved were small enough not to require WARN notices. Spruce added that it has recently raised project and equity financing.

We covered the employee situation at bankrupt Sungevity here. California’s REC Solar has laid off 36 workers, or almost 20 percent of the company after a very weak 2016, according to reports and GTM sources. Gridpoint has laid off a small

Westinghouse’s Bankruptcy Threatens the Nuclear Revival

Westinghouse, of the most important players in nuclear, filed for bankruptcy protection last week. It's a potential blow to the global industry. After all, half of the world's nuclear reactors use Westinghouse technology.

The company has been working on two major nuclear power plants in Georgia and South Carolina -- both of which are now behind schedule and over budget. Will the reactors get built by the 2019 deadline?

We'll talk about what happened to the company, and consider what it means for nuclear in the U.S. and around the world.

Then, Brexit. Will the U.K. end its climate

European Utilities Say They’ll Stop Building Coal Plants After 2020

InsideClimate News: EU Utilities Vow End to Coal After 2020, as Trump Promises Revival

In a historic pledge, the European Union's electric utilities announced on Wednesday they will no longer build coal-fired plants after 2020, citing the need for action on climate change to guarantee "sustainability of the global economy."

The announcement came at an annual meeting of Eurelectric, the association representing 3,500 utilities across the EU. National energy companies in 26 out of 28 EU countries have joined the initiative, except for utilities in Poland and Greece.

"The power sector is determined to lead the energy transition and back our commitment to the

Report: Public Electric-Car Chargers Are Being Crushed by Demand Charges

A future where electric-car owners can charge up in minutes using public fast-charging stations at malls and grocery stores around the U.S. is in jeopardy, due to the high demand charges slapped onto bills by utilities.

That’s according to a new report published Thursday by the nonprofit research group the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). The report examined the charging and billing data from 230 public fast-charging stations operated by EVgo, the largest public electric-car charging company in the U.S.

The report, which was funded by EVgo, found that utility demand charges are “a significant barrier to the development of viable business models

The regional power-grid operator Southwest Power Pool has quietly become a leader in renewable energy, and recent improvements to its marketplace signal an opportunity for corporate buyers.

With an estimated 19 gigawatts of planned wind capacity additions in SPP territory (more than three times the current total of corporate off-take deals), corporate buyers will have plenty of projects to choose from. If the Mountain West Transmission Group decides to join the SPP footprint, customers with load in Colorado or Wyoming could gain access to all of that wind generation too.

For corporate buyers with significant load in the region, or others looking to diversify

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