April 6 Energy News

April 6, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “30% Fuel Savings When Flying UTC’s Hybrid-Electric Regional Planes (Soon)” • Imagine airlines saving 30% on fuel by switched to electric mobility? A hybrid-electric aircraft is one way to do that. United Technologies Corp wants us to use such airplanes based on hybrid electric turboprops for future regional, and it is already testing them. [CleanTechnica]

UTC Hybrid Electric Airplane Project 804

¶ “Report: CO₂ At Highest Level In 3 Million Years” • Scientists announced in a report that CO₂, the gas that causes most global warming, is present in our atmosphere at the highest level in 3 million years. At that time, sea levels were as much as 65 feet higher than they are now, Greenland was mostly green, and Antarctica had trees. [USA TODAY]

World:

¶ “Norway Sovereign Wealth Fund To Shift Focus To Renewable Investment” • Norway plans to tighten restrictions on coal investments for its $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund while opening it up for renewable-energy infrastructure assets. The government proposes to add absolute caps on production of thermal coal. [Energy Voice]

Sognefjord

¶ “EU Accuses German Carmakers Of Colluding To Delay Clean Air Technology” • The EU has accused German carmakers of collusion. The European Commission said Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler broke antitrust rules by acting together to delay the introduction of two emissions cleaning systems between 2006 and 2014. [CNN]

¶ “Zambia Awards Three Joint Ventures 120-MW Solar Power Tender” • Zambia awarded three regional and international companies a total of 120 MW of solar power projects, a senior government official said. Zambia is dependent on hydropower and when a drought happened in 2016, it was forced to ration electricity to its mines. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar array

¶ “Stuttgart, Home Of Porsche & Mercedes, Has Banned Older Diesels” • Every diesel vehicle over 10 years old is now effectively banned from operating in any part of the entire city area of Stuttgart, which is home to Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and 630,000 residents. The move signals the first serious diesel ban in any German city. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “TenneT Plots 2-GW Substation Revolution” • TenneT, the Dutch transmission system operator, will deploy cables and converter stations with 2-GW capacity to bring electricity ashore from offshore wind farms planned for post-2024 period. Two 2-GW DC connections will be used for the IJmuiden Ver wind energy area, TenneT said. [reNEWS]

Borwin Gamma sets sail (Credit: TenneT)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Jumps To #1 In The Netherlands, Among All Cars” • Dutch plug-in PV market had another sales surge last month, with 4,721 plug-in registrations, up 252% year over year. There were 2,195 deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 in March. By comparison, the number 2 seller for all cars was the Volvo S/V60 PHEV, at 1,462. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Belgium To Boost Wind And Gas Power As It Phases Out Nuclear” • Belgium has decided to phase out nuclear power by 2025. This means the country needs to develop new capacity to replace its seven nuclear reactors, which generate around 50% of the country’s electricity. They will be replaced by wind and gas generators. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Wind farm

US:

¶ “Get Ready For 1.5¢ Renewable Electricity, Steven Chu Says, Which Could Unleash Hydrogen Economy” • Former Energy Sec. Steven Chu told a roomful of scientists in Chicago they should think now what they could do with renewable electricity that costs only 1.5¢/kWh. And, he suggested, those thoughts should include hydrogen. [Forbes]

¶ “Democrats Push For Storage Tax Credit” • Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle introduced a proposal to the US House of Representatives that would create an investment tax credit for energy storage projects. The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act aims to make energy storage an eligible technology for the ITC. [reNEWS]

US Capitol (US Congress image)

¶ “Fremont, California, Fire Station Is First In US With Solar Microgrid” • Planners in Fremont, California, appear to be the first to complete a solar microgrid system with battery backup for a fire station in the US, seeking to be more hardened against wildfire, utility blackouts, hurricanes, or other threatening events. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Is Costing The Air Force Billions” • Tyndall Air Force Base was slammed by Hurricane Michael, just one of several military bases hit by extreme weather in the past year. The high cost of repairs foreshadows a major upcoming problem for the US military. The Air Force is seeking $5 billion for repairs to just two of the bases. [CleanTechnica]

Offutt base on March 17, 2019 (US Air Force photo)

¶ “LA Could Replace Traditional Power Plants With Home Solar, Experts Say” • A report from San Francisco-based residential solar company Sunrun amounts to a sales pitch to Los Angeles city to expand the number of solar residences to at least 75,000. Together, they could replace a gas-fired power plant, saving $60 million. [NBCNews.com]

¶ “Hanover Moves Closer To Renewable Energy Goal” • The town of Hanover, New Hampshire, is making progress toward its goal of using 100% renewable energy for electricity by 2030. It is also upgrading some police vehicles to hybrid models as part of its goal to reach 100% renewable for transportation and heating by 2050. [Valley News]

Have an abundantly bountiful day.

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