April 27 Energy News

April 27, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “The World’s Oceans Are Becoming Stormier” • The world’s oceans have become more turbulent over the past 33 years, with higher waves and stronger winds, a study by scientists at the University of Melbourne shows. One author said stormier oceans make coastal flooding more likely and erosion worse, increasing risks for coastal settlements. [CNN]

Wave (Owen Humphries | PA Images via Getty Images)

World:

¶ “China Plastic Ban Has ‘Created A Major Shock In The Global Market’” • For years, China took scrap plastic from around the world and processed much of it into material that could be reused. But in 2018, China closed its doors to almost all foreign plastic waste, and now developed nations are struggling to find places to send it. [Southeast Asia Globe]

¶ “World’s First 100% Solar Powered Train” • The Byron Bay Railroad Company’s charming 100% solar-powered train has been featured in a Fully Charged video, showcasing the possibility of zero-emission public transport. The train is super efficient, running on a 6.5-kW rooftop solar array and a lithium-ion battery. [CleanTechnica]

Byron Bay’s Solar Powered Train (Image: Fully Charged)

¶ “World Bank Provides Over $200 Million For African Off-Grid Solar” • The World Bank Group announced that its Board had approved over $200 million in funding for off-grid electrification projects in West Africa and the Sahel region, designed around stand-alone solar systems. The program will bring electricity to 1.7 million people. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bye Aerospace Announces 60 Electric Airplanes Sold To OSM Aviation” • Bye Aerospace, based in Colorado, announced the successful maiden flight of the Sun Flyer 2, in April 2018. Now, just a year later, Bye Aerospace has announced that 60 of the aircraft, which have been renamed eFlyer 2, have been sold to OSM Aviation, based in  Norway. [CleanTechnica]

Sun Flyer Prototype

¶ “Germany’s RWE Says It Won’t Invest In New Coal Power Plants” • German energy company RWE says it will not invest in new coal-fired power stations and is scrapping plans for a lignite-fired plant. RWE operates several of Europe’s most-polluting power plants, but it said in a statement that it will focus on renewable sources. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Wind And Solar Investment Must Reach $13 Trillion Over 30 Years To Meet Emissions Targets” • Investments in wind and solar will need to reach $13 trillion over 30 years to reduce CO₂ emissions by 64% in 2050 compared to current levels, according to a report published by the global economists and strategists department of Dutch bank ING. [CleanTechnica]

Renewable energy in the mountains

¶ “New Solar Power Projects Inaugurated Under UAE-Caribbean Fund” • Three solar power projects in the Bahamas, Barbados, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have been inaugurated under the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund. The three projects have combined capacities of 2.35 MW of solar and 637 kWh of storage. [ArabianBusiness.com]

¶ “Citizens In Countries Where China Is Making Big Investments In Coal Prefer Renewables” • Citizens of countries participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative strongly prefer clean energy over the coal projects that Beijing brings them, a survey shows. China is the world’s biggest investor in coal power development overseas. [Pacific Standard]

Steam rising from coal waste near an unauthorized steel mill

¶ “Remembering The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, 33 Years Later” • April 26 marks the anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear disaster to date at the Chernobyl power plant in northern Ukraine. Following the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl’s reactor number four, radioactive material spread across much of the Northern Hemisphere. [The Moscow Times]

US:

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Secures 487-MW US Wind Turbine Order” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced that EDF Renewables North America had awarded it a contract to supply 96 wind turbines. The turbines will go to two US wind farms, one in Texas and one in New Mexico with a combined capacity of 487 MW. [CleanTechnica]

Siemens Gamesa wind turbine

¶ “Solar And Wind Energy Advocates May Hold Swing Vote In Pennsylvania’s Divisive Nuclear Rescue Debate” • The debate over Pennsylvania’s proposed $500 million nuclear rescue package pits the natural gas and nuclear industries against each other. Renewable power advocates believe they hold the swing vote and want a seat at the table. [Philly.com]

¶ “California Restaurants Can Now Add A 1% Surcharge To Help Fight Climate Change” • People eating at California restaurants may start to see an optional 1% surcharge added to their bill. The money will go to a public fund that helps farmers who use practices that reduce carbon in the atmosphere. Payment would be optional for customers. [CNN]

Restaurant payment (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Tucson Electric Power Draws Scrutiny Over Ties To Pro-Coal Advocacy Group” • Tucson Electric Power Co has drawn scrutiny from state regulators over its involvement with a utility group, Utility Air Regulatory Group, that has lobbied against stiffer federal clean-air rules and is under investigation by Congress for alleged ethics violations. [Arizona Daily Star]

¶ “Arizona Public Service Secretly Funded Regulator Campaigns In Bid Against Solar Power” • Facing what it saw as a threat to its monopoly from a surging rooftop solar industry, Arizona’s largest utility secretly funneled millions of dollars to back favored candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates it. [Electric Light & Power]

Have a mystifyingly happy day.

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