April 7 Energy News

April 7, 2019

World:

¶ “Harbour Air Is Switching Over To 100% Electric Seaplanes” • Harbour Air, based in Vancouver, Canada, will be the first seafaring airline to convert its complete fleet of aircraft to be powered by electricity. Its 41 aircraft will be converted to reach a longer lifecycle with highly improved efficiency and lowered maintenance costs. [CleanTechnica]

Harbour Air aircraft

¶ “Friends Of The Earth Netherlands Files Climate Action Lawsuit Against Shell” • As a Dutch company, Royal Dutch Shell is subject to the laws of the Netherlands. On April 5, Friends Of The Earth Netherlands filed suit against Shell seeking to force it to address its role in the climate emergency confronting the world and all its people. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Morocco Strives To Reduce Energy Bill” • Said Mouline, director-general of the National Agency for the Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, said there is an urgent need to change consumer behaviour regarding energy use and to encourage people to use modern technology to reduce energy costs. [The Arab Weekly]

Ouarzazate solar plant in central Morocco (AP photo)

¶ “NTT To Move Forward With A New ‘Smart Energy’ Business” • Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp plans to establish a company to promote the energy business in the first half of fiscal 2019 with the aim of doubling the sales of the NTT group’s energy-related businesses to ¥600 billion ($5.37 billion) by fiscal 2025. [Japan Today]

¶ “Lessons From India For The Power Sector In sub-Saharan Africa” • Developments in renewable energy present the African energy sector with unprecedented opportunities to leapfrog in to a renewable energy future. However, new business models are needed to address the credit issues of some Sub-Saharan African companies. [Observer Research Foundation]

African wind turbines (Jason Blackeye | Unsplash)

¶ “Renewables Contributed To 21% Of Australia’s Energy Mix In 2018” • In 2018, renewable power contributed to a record amount of the Australia’s energy mix, at 21%. And according to the Clean Energy Council’s annual report, Australia currently has 14.5 GW of new renewable capacity under construction or with a financial commitment. [CSO Magazine]

¶ “As Many As 50,000 Protest Climate Change In Switzerland” • Tens of thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday in several Swiss cities against climate change, the Swiss news agency Keystone-ATS reported. Around 50,000 marched in all, the news agency report estimated, including 15,000 in Zurich, which had the largest crowd. [The Local Switzerland]

Protesters marching in Lausanne  (Fabrice Coffrini | AFP)

¶ “Spain To Pay €1 Million For Solar Project In The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone” • Under an agreement with Ukraine, Spain will spend money from its state budget for the construction of a solar power plant in Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster zone, RIA reported, citing the country’s ecology ministry. It will be the second such facility in the area. [RT]

US:

¶ “Diesel-Killing Alaska Solar Power Company Walks The Green New Deal Walk ” • Alaska’s oil-based economy has not been kind to the many Alaskans living in villages that rely on aircraft, boats, and snow machines for transportation. Solar beats diesel on cost, creates new local jobs, and helps to level the socio-economic playing field. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array in Alaska

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Is #1 Luxury Car In USA” • In the first quarter of 2019, the Tesla Model 3 was again the #1 top-selling car in the US luxury car market. It was far and away the winner, with 160% of the sales of the #2 car. It was actually #13 in the overall US car market, and none of the other premium-class car even made the top 20. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Union Locals Build Support for the Green New Deal’s ‘Just Transition'” • National leadership among some labor unions have shown an early reluctance toward the Green New Deal. However, leaders at the local level are working to build support for the plan among their membership in hopes of pushing their unions in its direction. [Truthout]

Rally (Aurora Samperio | Nurphoto Via Getty Images)

¶ “Fourteen Automakers And Eight Additional Car Brands See Sales Drops In USA” • In total, fourteen auto brands saw their sales decline from March 2018 to March 2019, while another eight brands saw their net sales increase but their car sales go down. This is worth noting in the context of the Tesla Model 3’s burst onto the scene. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Three Mile Island Nuclear Reactor Dismantling Could Take Six Decades, More Than $1 Billion” • Exelon Generation, which plans to shut down Three Mile Island Unit 1 nuclear reactor in September unless Pennsylvania lawmakers come to its rescue, says decommissioning the site would take nearly 60 years and $1.2 billion. [Pocono Record]

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