October 22 Energy News

October 22, 2017


¶ “Trump’s moves to ease regulations, revive coal industry bring little relief” • As the Trump administration dismantles programs dealing with climate change, it invokes the suffering of those whose livelihoods depend on coal. But with the end to what has been called the “war on coal,” Homer City, Pennsylvania, is not any less under siege. [Tribune-Review]

Football, an aerobic workout, under the stacks

¶ “Pollution Has Been Linked To A Staggering Number Of Deaths Worldwide” • The recent Lancet report said 4.2 million people die each year from air-borne particulates. The pollutants do not simply strike people dead on the spot; they cause diseases of the heart and lungs and a wide range of other life-threatening or debilitating medical conditions. [Refinery29]

Science and Technology:

¶ A study published in the journal Science Advances suggested warming oceans could push fish species away from the equator, while driving a decline in the diversity of invertebrates like crabs and octopus. The research offered the first evidence of how ecological interactions affect marine species’ abundance at global scales. [New Zealand Herald]

Diver exploring a South Australian reef (Photo: Graham Edgar)

¶ Researchers from Stanford University have developed a cheap alternative to lithium-ion batteries. They created a sodium-based battery that can store the same amount of energy as a lithium-based battery at less than 80% of the cost. There have been sodium-based batteries in the past, but this new approach may be more cost-effective. [Futurism]


¶ Australia’s Genex Power Ltd said it has optimized the design of its 250-MW pumped storage hydro project at the old Kidston Gold Mine in North Queensland, increasing its storage capacity to over 2,000 MWh from 1,500 MWh. The optimization also will include variable speed pump-generator turbines for greater flexibility. [Renewables Now]

The Kidston Gold Mine (Genex Power image)

¶ Taiwan is likely to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2050, its vice president told an environmental forum in Taipei, adding that the coal-fired facilities should be refined before then to reduce air pollution. France plans to shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2023, and Finland is to ban the use of coal for energy production by 2030. [Taipei Times]

¶ With the government of Rwanda seeking to increase access to electricity to 100% by 2024, sector players say that subsidization of off-grid power will go a long way in reaching energy targets. A system with three lights, a 100-watt panel, and 55-amp hour battery goes for Rwf400,000 ($474) or Rwf12,000 ($14.22) monthly. [The New Times]

Installing the solar panel that will power a house (BBOXX image)

¶ The Rockefeller Foundation, which committed $50 million for mini-grids in India, is looking for public private partnerships to facilitate setting up projects, according to a senior official. The foundation has already facilitated setting up mini power grids in 106 villages and aims to have 1,000 such projects within three years. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ South Korea’s President said the government would continue to phase out nuclear-generated electricity, following a public opinion survey that dealt a blow to his plans to do so. Moon’s statement came after a public opinion survey found a majority of almost 60% in favor of resuming the stalled construction of two reactors. [South China Morning Post]

Nuclear power plant in Taiwan


¶ The five living former US presidents gathered for a concert in aid of victims of the hurricanes which ravaged the US this year. Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush and Jimmy Carter appeared in Texas on Saturday for The One America Appeal, set up to help those caught up by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. [BBC News]

¶ Five US municipalities are already powered 100% by renewable sources (and saving a lot of money). Since Donald Trump was elected, the number of cities and towns that have committed to using only clean power sources has more than doubled, with 46 cities, including Atlanta and San Diego, promising a move in that direction. [HuffPost]

Rock Port, Missouri’s wind farm

¶ As part of an ongoing demonstration project being funded by the California Energy Commission, Motiv Power Systems will be deploying two all-electric, zero-emissions garbage trucks in the City of Los Angeles. This news follows the earlier deployment of California’s first all-electric refuse/garbage collection vehicle in Sacramento. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Evolution and climate change are returning to New Mexico’s education standards. The Public Education Department announced they would use uncensored Next Generation Science Standards for science, technology, engineering, and math. Their earlier proposed censored version created an uproar from the scientific community. [DeathRattleSports.com]

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