March 6 Energy News

March 6, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ The National Snow and Ice Data Center reports that Arctic sea ice extent is running not only well below average, but also below levels seen during 2012, which went on to set the all-time record for lowest Arctic ice extent (which occurs in the late summer or early fall). [Bowling Green Daily News]

Icebergs float in a bay off Ammassalik Island, Greenland. (AP photo / John McConnico)

Icebergs float in a bay off Ammassalik Island,
Greenland. (AP photo / John McConnico)

World:

¶ Electrification has been done in 6,000 of the 18,500 villages in India that had been without electricity, and the renewable energy capacity has reached 39.5 GW, a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was told. Progress of the initiative is being tracked in real-time. [The Hindu]

¶ South Africa has ramped up its green credentials by unveiling the continent’s first solar-powered airport. George Airport will meet 41% of its energy demand from a solar system with 3,000 PV modules. Power is being turned on incrementally and will finally deliver 750 kW of power. [CNN]

The George Airport is located along South Africa's Garden Route, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The George Airport is located along South Africa’s
Garden Route, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

¶ In the Philippines, many solar players are participating in the race to qualify for feed-in tariff incentives. Recently, three more solar projects are joining the race ahead of a government-imposed deadline, adding at least 200 MW of supply to the country’s power grid. [Philippine Star]

¶ Dam building on the lower Mekong River appears to be accelerating at a dangerous speed. People who live on the Mekong and its tributaries know that electricity is not the only product of the mighty river. The river’s many valuable assets include the world’s largest inland fishery. [Chiang Rai Times]

A boat makes its way down the Mekong River near the proposed Pak Beng Dam site, downstream of Chiang Khong district, Chiang Rai.

Boats on the Mekong River near the proposed Pak Beng Dam
site, downstream of Chiang Khong district, Chiang Rai.

¶ To respond swiftly to increasing demands of EV batteries, the LG Group’s battery unit is ramping up the production while mulling a plan to build an additional overseas production bases. The company has plants for lithium-ion batteries in Holland, Michigan and Nanjing, China. [The Korea Herald]

¶ In the early 1970s imported oil supplied 92% of Denmark’s energy. Today Denmark’s electric grid is over 40% renewably powered, and the country is aiming to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2035. It has a goal of 100% renewable energy in all sectors by 2050. [The Ecologist]

Wind turbines in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: CGP Grey via Flickr (CC BY).

Wind turbines in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Photo: CGP Grey via Flickr (CC BY).

¶ Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says he favors putting a price on carbon to help deal with climate change. In his keynote address to more than 1,600 convention delegates, Brown said he became a Progressive Conservative because of the environment. [National Observer]

US:

¶ This winter was a no-show throughout most of Alaska, forcing officials in charge of the iconic sled dog race known as the Iditarod to bring seven rail cars of snow from Fairbanks to Anchorage, where the race starts. A tarp will cover the snow in Anchorage in case it rains. [Mashable]

Iditarod start in Anchorage, 2008. Photo by David Weekly from Cupertino, CA. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Iditarod start in Anchorage, 2008. Photo by David Weekly
from Cupertino, CA. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ A scuba diver is suing Florida Power and Light after he became the second person to be sucked into an intake pipe at the St Lucie Nuclear Power Plant. He saw a yellow buoy, but no indication of any danger, so he went into the water to investigate it. The pipe led to a reservoir, where he resurfaced. [TheBlaze.com]

¶ In 2007, Minnesota lawmakers adopted aggressive renewable energy goals, calling for the state to produce 25% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025. Now, a report by the Minnesota Commerce Department says the state could beat its renewable energy goals. [TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press]

 

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