Archive for April 28th, 2019

April 28 Energy News

April 28, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Major Report To Highlight ‘Natural And Human Emergency'” • Scientists and government officials are in Paris to finalize a report examining humanity’s relationship with nature. One author says the report from the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services highlights a “social and ecological emergency” the world faces. [BBC News]

Kingfisher (Getty Images)

¶ “EPA’s Document At Odds With Chief On Climate Change” • The US EPA published a 150-page document last week with a straightforward message for coping with the fallout from natural disasters across the country: Start planning now for the fact that climate change is going to worsen such catastrophes as floods, hurricanes and wildfires. [NWAOnline]

¶ “The Agriculture Industry Is Responsible For Multi-Drug Resistance And Resulting Deaths” • Agricultural applications are building drug resistance across multiple human infections. One yeast, Candida auris, is killing immunocompromised patients in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. In the US, drug resistance kills 23,000-100,000 annually. [CleanTechnica]

Wheat field (Pixabay image)

¶ “China’s Quest For Clean, Limitless Energy Technology Heats Up” • A ground-breaking nuclear fusion reactor built by Chinese scientists underscores Beijing’s determination to lead on clean energy technology, as it eyes a fully functioning plant by 2050. The plant is sometimes called an “artificial sun” for its heat and power. [ETEnergyworld.com]

World:

¶ “The Swiss And Austrian Posts Announce Commitment To 100% EVs By 2030” • The Swiss Post and the Austrian Post both committed to converting their significant delivery fleets to 100% electricity by 2030 in a move that puts more pressure on automakers to step up to the challenge of building functional, affordable electric vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels in Switzerland

¶ “Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory On Track To Produce Cars As Early As September” • Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China, is on track to roll the first Model 3 off the production lines in September of this year, Tencent News reported. At the end of this year, production is expected to be at 1,000 to 2,000 cars per week. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Off-Grid Solar In Kenya” • Safaricom, the largest, most profitable corporation in East Africa, started offering money services, via cell phone, in 2011. By 2018, 44% of the total GNP of Kenya went through these mobile money systems. Since 2011, they have offered cheap solar electricity, with battery, lighting, radio, and cell phone charging. [CleanTechnica]

Safaricom electric system

¶ “Major Solar Power Complex And Renewable Energy Project Inaugurated In Ninh Thuan” • In Vietnam, a solar power complex with a total peak capacity of 330 MW, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, was inaugurated by Vietnamese BIM Group. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam called for more renewable energy projects. [Nhan Dan Online]

¶ “Jamaica Aims To Boost Its Power Sector With Renewable Energy Projects” • Jamaica, which had depended on fossil fuel for its energy sector, is seeing some changes. Estimates are that Jamaica will reduce its oil dependency to 50% in 2019. The major shift came after approval of Jamaica’s Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement Project. [Devdiscourse]

Renewable energy (Credit: Wikimedia)

¶ “UN Climate Chief Warns Current Path Leads To ‘Catastrophe’” • The UN climate chief says world leaders must recognize there is no option except to ramp up action to tackle global warming, warning that continuing on the current path will lead to “a catastrophe. She said we can still act, “but the window of opportunity is closing very soon.” [The Seattle Times]

¶ “CopperString Is Back, With Plan To Unlock Outback Wind And Solar” • The so-called CopperString project in north Queensland is now firmly back on the state government’s agenda, with the $1 billion transmission line declared a “co-ordinated” project, and with the promise of unlocking a vast tract of outback wind and solar resources. [RenewEconomy]

Kennedy Wind Park

US:

¶ “Democrat-Controlled Statehouses Endorsing Clean Energy” • The National Conference of State Legislatures says eleven states either flipped the governor’s seat from Republican to Democrat or saw Democrats win new legislative control in the elections of 2018. All have passed or are weighing legislation that would expand renewables. [The Columbian]

¶ “Big Automakers Grudgingly Buy Into EVs. Oil Majors Still Lag Behind” • The startups at the vanguard of the shift to EVs are celebrating their growing popularity, while big US automakers, though still firmly committed to trucks and SUVs, are grudgingly starting to build electric cars . And oil majors are just starting to build charging stations. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S at an EVbox charging station (EVBox image)

¶ “Utility Directors In Colorado Calculate Changes As Prices Drop, Energy Concerns Rise” • Amid worries about greenhouse gas emissions, Directors of the La Plata Electric Association were told by consultants that the utility could maintain reliable power and save money by buying power with much higher levels of renewables. [Summit Daily News]

¶ “Ohio Nuclear Bailout Bill Has Split The Business Lobby In Columbus” • Ohio House Bill 6 is a bail-out for the state’s nuclear power plants. Based on subcommittee testimony last week, it is obvious that House Bill 6 has split the Statehouse’s business lobbies. And that sends a mixed message to General Assembly members. [cleveland.com]

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