February 5 Energy News

February 5, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Why climate deniers target women” • Harassment is no stranger to the reporters, researchers and policymakers who work on climate change, but it is particularly severe for the women in those fields. Research into public understanding of climate change reveals an important link between sexism and climate denial. [eco-business.com]

2017 Women’s March (Image: Ted Eytan, CC BY 2.0)

¶ “How To Keep The Power On For A Booming Population” • Since 2000, Washington, DC’s population has surged, but its power grid has not. The city added renewable capacity instead of generators. It upgraded aged structures. It kept the lights on and costs down for the city’s poorest residents. Here is an interview telling how it was done. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ We have heatwaves more often and researchers are responding with practical climate strategies. Potential techniques for climate engineering include planting crop varieties bred to be lighter in color, use of more reflective mulch, leaving lighter stubble on cropped land, and use of no-till practices that have soil absorb less heat. [North Queensland Register]

Lighter colored land

World:

¶ South Australia’s project to install solar power and batteries on 50,000 homes started with a call for proposals for innovation in renewables and storage. Tesla’s submission was a virtual power plant with 250 MW of solar PVs and 650 MWh of battery storage. The new project will be the largest virtual power plant in the world. [Interesting Engineering]

¶ A fast growing market for solar products is driving an energy revolution in Ethiopia. But with high taxes, high interest rates, and a lack of foreign exchange, the state approved market sector is struggling to sell products. The black market, on the other hand, is thriving and operates with sales an order of magnitude greater. [CleanTechnica]

Ethiopian market

¶ GE is teaming up with Arenko Group to build grid-scale energy storage projects in the UK. Arenko has invested in a 41-MW battery energy storage system supplied by GE in the Midlands. The project will be operational later this year. The aim is to provide flexibility and a more balanced energy system, the partners said. [reNews]

¶ The Cuba Sustainable Energy Forum 2018 was held on January 30 and 31. It provided a platform for the Cuban authorities to present the country’s sustainable energy and foreign investment opportunities, and for the EU to showcase renewable energy technologies, lessons learnt, and financing instruments available to Cuba. [Modern Diplomacy]

Cuban renewable energy

¶ Thailand’s biggest wind power generator, Wind Energy Holdings, plans to invest into other sources of electricity including solar, hydro, and biomass, its CEO told Reuters. Thailand has emerged as Southeast Asia’s leading developer of renewable electricity, with providers obliged to guarantee minimum levels of supply. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ Four famous Sikh shrines in Delhi will go green by employing solar energy to meet their daily power needs from April. They will be provided with 3,125 rooftop solar panels having a total of 1 MW capacity. The expectation is that they will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 30,000 tons over a period of 20 years. [Millennium Post]

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi

¶ Last summer, the Belgian government revealed that seventy new cracks had been discovered in the boiler of the country’s Tihange 2 nuclear reactor. Though its people are alarmed, Germany is powerless to do anything about nuclear plants just across its borders, which pose the same safety risks to German citizens as domestic plants would. [Forbes]

US:

¶ Lake Tahoe’s iconic Squaw Valley ski resort and its sister resort Alpine Meadows plan to go 100% renewable by the end of this year and get a cleaner, more reliable and resilient grid, all at no added cost. Only weeks have passed since another major ski resort operator, Vail Resorts of Colorado, announced a goal of zero net emissions by 2030. [GreenBiz]

Squaw Valley

¶ As the coal industry continues to decline, many former fossil fuel workers across the US are training for new careers in renewable energy. In Casper, Wyoming, Goldwind Americas runs Goldwind Works as a wind energy technician training program that teaches former fossil fuel workers to operate and maintain wind technology. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Controlled Thermal Resources, an energy company from Australia, wants to develop 1,000 MW of electricity in the Mojave Desert over the next decade. And for a state that’s aiming to get half its electricity from renewable sources, that’s no small number. The geothermal potential of the area has been known for a long time. [WBUR]

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