April 27 Energy News

April 27, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “China Leading The Way To Electric Car Future: BYD, BMW Highlight Beijing Auto Show” • There was a time when the world flocked to Detroit every January for what is grandly known as the North American International Auto Show, but today, if you want to know what’s hot in the world of automobiles, you go to Beijing to find out. [CleanTechnica]

GM’s dog in the fight, Buick Enspire all-electric concept SUV

¶ “California’s legislative session could be huge for state economy and world climate” • California’s clean energy policy may be coming of age, as leaders and significant players put programs together and answer policy questions. This progress can have a major impact on both California and the world well beyond it. [Environmental Defense Fund]

¶ “FirstEnergy’s 202(c) request is a bigger deal than you think” • Over the last decade, FirstEnergy made numerous bad business decisions and tried to force taxpayers or ratepayers to bail them out. Its current plea, however, is more dangerous than those it has made in the past. It would go beyond taxing consumers and trivialize national security. [pv magazine USA]

Sherco Generating Station (Image: Tony Webster
from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “The True Cost of the Chernobyl Disaster Has Been Greater Than It Seems” • The Chernobyl Disaster happened on April 26, 1986. While the immediate destruction was downplayed, the long-term effects have become clearer with time. The world has already been overwhelmed by one Chernobyl and one exclusion zone. It cannot afford any more. [Yahoo News]

¶ “The value of offshore wind energy: What the US is missing out on” • The only offshore wind farm in the US is small, with five turbines. It is a 30-MW installation off the coast of Rhode Island switched on in 2016. By comparison, Europe now has 15,780 MW of offshore wind, according to Wind Europe, 526 times the US capacity. [Ars Technica]

Block Island wind farm (Photo: David L.
Ryan | The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

World:

¶ Company execs of the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd announced plans aiming for a 20% carbon dioxide emissions reduction by 2020, compared to 2016. This move is reportedly part of broader company plans to participate in the reduction of global shipping industry emissions, as well as to switch to more efficient ships. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The EU’s Member states have voted in favor of an almost complete ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides across the region. Scientific studies have long linked their use to the decline of honeybees, wild bees and other pollinators. The move represents a major extension of existing restrictions, in place since 2013. [BBC]

Honey bees (Getty Images)

¶ Only weeks after Germans started talking seriously about bans on diesel vehicles, Bosch announced it has a new diesel emissions control system that may reduce emissions enough to extend the life of diesel. The company says the system will have emission levels 90% below the stringent new standards set to go into effect in Europe in 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate released a new energy policy. Among other things, it envisages phasing out of all of the country’s coal power plants and covering 50% of its energy needs with renewables by 2030. The ministry intends to reduce average support levels for renewables to DKK0.10/kWh (1.6¢/kWh). [pv magazine International]

Danish solar farm (Image: Wirsol)

¶ Siemens Gamesa announced that it had received its largest ever wind turbine order in India. It sealed a 300-MW supply contract with Sembcorp Energy India Limited for a wind farm in the state of Gujarat. Earlier in April, Siemens Gamesa announced that it had installed 5,000 MW of wind capacity in India since it started operations there in 2009. [CleanTechnica]

¶ As the United States works to revitalize coal and other fossil fuel industries, China is reaffirming its efforts towards renewable energy. China’s National Energy Administration announced that the country would “ease the burden” on renewable power generators, ordering local governments to give them priority access. [RenewEconomy]

Floating solar array (Photo: VCG | VCG via Getty Images)

¶ The bottom of the inside of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant’s crippled No 2 reactor has been revealed in a much clearer and wider range in footage released by plant operator TEPCO. The film shows the clearest pictures yet inside the containment vessel just below the pressure vessel of the nuclear reactor, which melted down in 2011. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ Anthropogenic climate weirding will drive increasing volatility in the climate of California, with severe drought-to-flood events becoming more common as time goes by, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The events could potentially be debilitating for the state’s agriculture and industry. [CleanTechnica]

After the drought, not a relief

¶ In a bid to help more New Mexican residents, businesses, power providers, and municipalities turn to solar power, US Senator Martin Heinrich has launched an online solar toolkit that offers resources for those considering solar power, along with solar success stories and information on potential funding sources. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Massachusetts offshore wind development could be worth $1.4 billion to $2.1 billion to the US state over the next 10 years, a report from Bristol Community College, UMass Dartmouth, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy said. It said deployment of 1.6 GW of offshore wind capacity could create between 2270 and 3170 jobs. [reNews]

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