May 22 Energy Week

May 22, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Solar Impulse has landed in Ohio following the 12th stage of its circumnavigation of the globe. The zero-fuel aircraft arrived in Dayton at 21:56 local time having flown from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 1,100-km journey took about 16 hours to complete, a relatively short hop for the plane. [BBC]

Solar Impulse's flight from Tulsa was fairly short, compared to some earlier stages. EPA.

Solar Impulse’s flight from Tulsa was fairly short, compared to some earlier stages. EPA.

World:

¶ Leaders of political parties in Sri Lankan parliament agreed to convert the Parliamentary complex from using grid power to solar power, the Government Information Department says. A Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy study found the conversion cost-effective. [Colombo Page]

¶ This fall, New Energy Corp Inc of Calgary will install a 25-kW EnviroGen hydrokinetic power system in the Winnipeg River for the Sagkeeng First Nation. The equipment does not require a dam and is anchored in the river. Sagkeeng also looks to install 50 kW of solar PVs. [Winnipeg Free Press]

The hydrokinetic turbine is ideal for isolated communities that rely on diesel generators. New Energy Corp Inc.

The hydrokinetic turbine is ideal for isolated communities that rely on diesel generators. New Energy Corp Inc.

¶ With major changes planned for Alberta’s electrical system as the government takes action on climate change, the Alberta Federation of Labour is fighting for thousands of workers impacted. At least 12 of the 18 coal-fired power plants are set to be closed by 2030. [Stony Plain Reporter]

¶ Doubling the world’s renewable energy capacity by 2030 could save the global economy between $1.2 and $4.2 trillion each year, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. By comparison, the entire US federal budget in 2015 was $3.8 trillion dollars. [Jefferson Public Radio]

Solar panels on Cape Cod, in Harwich, Massachusetts.

Solar panels on Cape Cod, in Harwich, Massachusetts.

¶ The sun will be contributing to the electricity in a number of homes as the Barbados Light & Power’s solar panel plant comes on line by the end of next month. The 42-acre, 44 000-panel site is projected to save the electricity company $10 million in fuel costs annually. [Nation News]

¶ Neighbouring countries also want to have their say about the situation regarding the Belgian nuclear plants near the borders. There will be a demonstration in Maastricht on Sunday, to protest against the continued use of the “cracked” Doel and Tihange centers. [The Brussels Times]

©Belga

Doel nuclear plant in Belgium. ©Belga.

US:

¶ Authorities say misaligned mirrors caused a small fire that shut down a generating tower at the world’s largest solar power plant. San Bernardino County fire Captain Mike McClintock says a malfunction focused sunbeams wrong, causing electrical cables to catch fire. [KTNV Las Vegas]

¶ Solar energy in the region of California’s Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties is about to cross a major threshold: 1 GW of solar power installed. This is enough electricity to power more than a quarter million homes in the area. Solar power has become mainstream. [Ventura County Star]

Parking lot of the Ventura County Government Center. Photo contributed by the Ventura Public Works Agency.

Parking lot of the Ventura County Government Center. Photo contributed by the Ventura Public Works Agency.

¶ Last week the EPA finalized rules to cut methane leaks. Missouri environmentalists say the new federal rules are a step in the right direction, but more needs to happen. The Sierra Club says the rules will save around $100 million worth of natural gas that would otherwise be wasted. [KMAland]

¶ The fate of a long-debated solar project proposed for a site on 30 acres in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, could be decided at a Planning Board meeting Monday. Some people say the site includes Native American burial grounds, The board has until June 5 to decide whether to grant the permit. [The Recorder]

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