August 12 Energy News

August 12, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “Airbus Zephyr Solar Powered Plane Sets New Record, Stays Aloft For 26 Days” • An Airbus Zephyr S solar-powered plane took off from Arizona on July 11 and stayed aloft for 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes. The plane has a wingspan of 82 feet and weighs a feather-light 165 pounds. Its two propellers were powered by solar panels and batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Airbus Zephyr S

¶ “Black Widow Spiders Are Heading North Due To Climate Change” • As the climate change warms, black widow spiders are moving north. Canadian researchers published a report saying that over the past 60 years the northernmost point black widow spiders live has moved north, into southern Canada. They believe this is due to climate change. [Newsweek]

¶ “Mountain Goats Influenced By Climate Change” • US wildlife scientists are studying mountain goats, which they believe could reveal important information not only about climate change, but how it affects wildlife. Observing wild animals in their natural environments is no small task, as a fair amount of treacherous terrain must be tackled. [Gaming Post]

Mountain goats in the Yukon

World:

¶ “Shanghai Government Opens Arms To Tesla Gigafactory 3” • According to an official Shanghai government video, Tesla’s Chinese gigafactory will be in “Lingang.”  This would seem to be Nanhui New City, a planned urban area that is a bit infamous as a ghost city. The population of the city may begin with the large number of Tesla employees. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Surge in number of community-owned renewable energy projects in Scotland” • The Community Empowerment Act and the Local Energy Challenge Fund are among efforts that have helped communities develop their own low-carbon energy. Now 456 Scottish communities benefit from wind, solar, hydro, heat pump, and biomass projects. [The National]

Westruther, Scotland (Renata, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Israel to stop using coal by 2025-2030” • Israel will stop using coal between 2025 and 2030, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said. The governmental decided to close four out of eight coal units at Israel’s power stations by the summer of 2022. The four coal units produce a quarter of Israel’s air pollution, according to the ministry. [SundiataPost]

¶ “Mexico’s largest wind farm to be inaugurated Monday” • A new wind farm that will be Mexico’s largest and one of the biggest in Latin America is being inaugurated in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. The $600-million Reynosa I project will have the capacity to produce 424 MW of energy, which is enough to supply the annual power needs of 900,000 people. [Mexico News Daily]

Reynosa I wind farm in Tamaulipas

¶ “Vestas to deliver 112 MW turnkey solution for Palisade’s Granville Harbour Wind Farm, will power more than 46,000 Tasmanian households” • Palisade Investment Partners Limited ordered 112 MW of Vestas wind turbines for a wind farm in Tasmania. The wind farm will provide power for over 46,000 local homes. [Bay City Observer]

¶ “Russia on an international offensive to sell its nuclear plants” • Russia is stepping up its overseas sales of nuclear power plants, with state-run nuclear energy company Rosatom agreeing in July to cooperate in building a plant in the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan and reaching an accord with China to build a plant in that country. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Installing a reactor dome (Getty Images)

US:

¶ “Xcel Energy wants Pueblo City Council’s support on energy plan” • Xcel Energy’s area manager for Southern Colorado wants the Pueblo City Council’s support for the utility’s Colorado Energy Plan. It calls for decommissioning two coal-fired units at its Comanche Station south of Pueblo and replacing them with solar and wind power. [Pueblo West View]

¶ “California’s Climate Goals May Go Up in Smoke Because of Recent Wildfires” • California blazes are spewing enough carbon into the air to undo some of the good done by the state’s climate policies. What is even worse is that climate-warming compounds will continue to be released by the charred forests long after the fires are extinguished. [Times of San Diego]

Fire in Orange County (Courtesy Cleveland National Forest)

¶ “Green groups to protest Canadian, New England leaders’ meeting in Stowe” • Vermont environmental groups will protest at the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference in Stowe, starting August 12. The 350Vermont and the Sierra Club are among those saying regional leaders have done little to stem climate change. [vtdigger.org]

¶ “Protecting the power grid: TVA beefs up security as cyber threats grow” • Within the Tennessee Valley Authority’s new cybersecurity center, where two dozen computer technology specialists stare at their terminals to scan email messages, twitter feeds, and network activity looking to spot any signs of cyber threats. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

TVA cybersecurity center

¶ “SunCrate© and Leading Technology Providers Deliver Critical Power Support to Puerto Rico School Children” • Eleven months after Hurricane Maria, 140 students in the picturesque Yabucoa district have reliable power for their school. Electricity is provided by an innovative module pioneered by SunCrate Energy with Black & Veatch support. [The Bakersfield Californian]

¶ “Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million as jury rules weed-killer caused man’s cancer” • A jury ruled that Monsanto was liable for a terminally ill man’s cancer, awarding $289 million in damages. The jury found that the company had “fought science” and had neglected to warn him of the dangers of its product, Roundup. Monsanto said it will appeal. [The Guardian]

Have a stunningly lovely day.

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