Archive for May 6th, 2018

May 6 Energy News

May 6, 2018


¶ “Plugging in” • Hard though this might be to believe for those who live in Alaska, where the single-engine Super Cub aircraft of the last century remains a cherished form of transportation, the world of aviation appears on the cusp of an electric revolution. Battery-powered aircraft, already certified and flying in Australia, are coming. []

Eviation’s nine-seat commuter (Eviation photo)

¶ “As Winter Warms, Bears Can’t Sleep. Plus They Truly Are Getting Into Trouble.” • As climate change leads to warmer winters, American black bears are changing their hibernation routines. In some cases, bears are not hibernating at all, staying awake all winter. But with droughts, they might not find enough food in the wild. [Independent Recorder]

¶ “In India’s last electrified village: ‘Around 5-6 pm, bulb came on… That night, not one of us slept…'” • Villagers in Leisang in Manipur hope the fame brought by a tweet from the PM means it won’t fall off the map again. They are getting ready for changes in how their children study and with such technology as satellite TV and computers. [The Indian Express]

Leisang in Manipur (Express photo by Jimmy Leivon)

Science and Technology:

¶ Extreme weather appears to be disrupting the life cycle of Europe’s bats. Scientists were alarmed to find that some bats in Portugal skipped winter hibernation altogether this year while others gave birth early. The findings add to growing fears that rising temperatures are having unpredictable effects on bats, birds and other wildlife. [BBC]


¶ Taiwan will install an offshore wind project along its western coast that will begin an energy transformation in the country and highlight Taiwan’s commitment to renewable energy. Speaking at a ceremony, President Tsai Ing-Wen said the project will not only provide a new source of power but will also help generate 20,000 jobs. [Devdiscourse]

Offshore wind project (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

¶ The Haryana government is making it mandatory for all public buildings, like schools, health centers, and offices, to have rooftop solar panels as part of a state-wide project. The program will be first implemented in Gurugram and Faridabad. Gurugram is the 11th most polluted city in the world, partly because of backup diesel gensets. [Times of India]

¶ HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, commissioned the 200-MW first stage of the 800-MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The electric energy will be generated for a cost of 2.99¢/kWh using PV solar panels. [Business Wire]

Dubai’s solar system (Photo: AETOSWire)

¶ India has achieved the ambitious target of setting up solar power plants of 20,000 MW capacity four years in ahead of schedule. The United Progressive Alliance government, at the launch of National Solar Mission in 2010, had set a target for deploying 20 GW of grid connected solar power by 2022. Now that goal has been met. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ With a brand-new factory and a cluster of specialised firms, the Basque city of Bilbao is the focus of Spain’s wind power industry, which is fighting to hold its own in the face of fierce competition from China and northern Europe. Iberdrola and Gamesa, two of the most important players in the sector, have their headquarters in the city. [The Local Spain]

Wind turbine blades in Bilboa (Photo: Ander Gillenea | AFP)

¶ North Korean authorities have ordered the inspection of two nuclear reactors abandoned before completion more than a decade ago, apparently to study if they can produce electricity to help jump-start the country’s stagnant economy. Experts are skeptical about the wisdom of allowing Pyongyang to use light-water reactors. [Asahi Shimbun]

¶ An action to develop cheaper and environmentally friendly power supply for Thai national parks is being drafted in a joint venture of the Department of National Park, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi. Diesel gensets are already being replaced with solar hybrids with diesel backup. [ThaiVisa News]

National park in Thailand


¶ BYD has teamed with US Hybrid Corporation, a company with 20 years’ experience, to develop a hydrogen fuel cell battery-electric bus. This bus, the first of its kind, will serve Honolulu’s Daniel K Inouye International Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in the US, with more than 21 million passengers going through it each year. []

¶ California’s Energy Commission is due to vote next week on new energy standards that would require virtually all new homes to be constructed with solar panels from 2020. Currently, around 20% of single-family homes being built have solar capacity. The new requirement would apply to all homes over three stories tall. [The Independent]

Workers installing solar panels (Getty Images)

¶ The state of California plans to build a 1,349-kW solar plant in Chino just 300 feet to the southwest of the California Institution for Women. The solar plant is part of the state’s effort to build solar facilities on prison property. A Chino spokesperson said the city was not provided with a notice or any information on the project. [Chino Champion]

¶ When the Tennessee Valley Authority settled with the EPA and environmental groups in 2011 to clean up its power generation, coal industry advocates warned about rate increases and lost jobs. But TVA managed instead to phase out over half of its 59 coal-fired units and add pollution controls on others while reducing the rates. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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