October 19 Energy News

October 19, 2017

How can I help the people of Puerto Rico?
One way is to donate at [this crowdfunding website].

Opinion:

¶ “A more climate-resilient Puerto Rico?” • As Puerto Rico faces a devastating humanitarian crisis, an emerging viewpoint is that the island should think twice about restoring its electrical system as it’s existed in the past. Instead, this reasoning goes, Puerto Rico should plan for more resilient, distributed infrastructure. [Yale Climate Connections]

Trees and power lines downed by Hurricane Maria
(Photo: SSgt.Michelle Y Alvarez-Rea, USAF)

¶ “What is electricity resilience worth to you?” • Power outages are a nuisance to some, an economic burden to others, and even lethal in some cases. It is impossible to place a price on electric resilience that could be applied to everyone. So it is crucial that customers know what power loss could cost them as they weigh needs for microgrids. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ “Making a swift transition in the energy sector” • Many in the energy industry have been surprised at how fast things are changing. And no sector has been as surprising as renewables. The pace of reduction in costs can be seen as wind and solar dominate new capacity additions in the power generation landscape. [Petroleum Economist]

Renewable energy

Science and Technology:

¶ It’s known as the windscreen phenomenon. When you stop your car after a drive, there seem to be far fewer squashed insects than there used to be. Scientists have long suspected that insects are in dramatic decline, but new evidence confirms this. German research suggests flying insects have declined by more than 75% over almost 30 years. [BBC News]

¶ A study from The Nature Conservancy presents twenty steps that can be taken to mitigate the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere naturally. Taken together, the effect on carbon levels would be equivalent to stopping the use of fossil fuels entirely. The study was published in the Proceedings Of The National Academy of Sciences. [CleanTechnica]

Ash trees

World:

¶ SunPower announced that it will provide 505 MW of products in two rounds of French energy regulator’s tenders for solar projects. Of this, 291 MW is for projects in the second round, which will include ground mount, carport, and rooftop projects in continental France, as well as storage and self-consumption in non-interconnected zones. [CleanTechnica]

¶ ABB has become one of the world’s leading EV charging station suppliers. Now it is leading the way in the compelling Indian market. Its Indian subsidiary has given a glimpse of its aggressive plans to capture a major share of this potentially giant market as India pursues its mission to adopt electric vehicles on a large scale. [CleanTechnica]

ABB electric bus charging station

¶ GE Renewable Energy and Sapphire Wind Power Co Ltd have installed an emergency medical center on the premises of the 52.8-MW Sapphire Wind Farm in Pakistan. The collaboration’s aim is to bring fundamental medical emergency services to Sapphire Wind employees and the community in a timely manner. [North American Windpower]

¶ LM Wind Power has unveiled a new 75.1-meter blade in China for Goldwind’s 6.7-MW offshore wind turbine platform. The LM 75.1 P is the longest blade in the Chinese market and was made at the company’s Jiangyin plant. The turbine was designed for wind class I offshore areas in south China off the coasts of Fujian and Guangdong. [reNews]

Unveiling the longest blade in China

¶ Australian conservation groups condemned the Turnbull government for abandoning the renewable energy target the country’s chief scientist recommended to comply with the Paris Climate Accord. The government plans to require utilities to provide a certain minimum amount of power from coal, gas and hydroelectric generation. [News24]

¶ The pros and cons of nuclear power generation have become a major focal point in the upcoming elections for the Japanese House of Representatives. The ruling party insists on moving forward the resumption of nuclear power plant operations. Some opposing parties favor nuclear power, but a number of them are rejecting it. [The Japan News]

Sampling seawater for radiation near Fukushima Daiichi
(IAEA Imagebank, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ Hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico will soon get help from Irving-based engineering and construction firm Fluor as part of federal efforts to return power to 3 million people. The Army Corps of Engineers awarded Fluor a $240 million contract to help restore the island’s electric grid. After a month, about 86% of Puerto Rico is still without power. [Dallas News]

How can I help the people of Puerto Rico?
One way is to donate at [this crowdfunding website].

¶ About 1 million Americans are without running water. There are 3 million without power. “You wake up and it’s this mess as far as the eye can see,” one man said. One month after Hurricane Maria, these realities are starting to feel less like an emergency and more like the new way of life – a nightmarish loop that resets each day the sun rises. [CNN]

FEMA water delivery

¶ With President Trump planning to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, a new poll found that 55% of Americans want their local and state governments to fight global warming. States, regions, cities, businesses and colleges are stepping up efforts to reduce carbon emissions in and meet the US pledge for the Paris Climate Accord. [Phys.Org]

¶ Target announced a new climate policy and goals to further environmental progress. Target’s new policy and goals align with those of the Science-Based Targets Initiative, as it aims to cut back on carbon emissions, minimize water use, produce more eco-friendly products and foster a more sustainable supply chain. [Sourcing Journal Online]

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