Trump orders Perry to take steps to curb coal plant shutdowns

June 4, 2018 by  
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It seems President Donald Trump doesn’t want to let coal die. Bloomberg reported he ordered Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to take steps to stem closures of nuclear and coal power plants. An emailed statement from White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders read, “Impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities are leading to a rapid depletion of a critical part of our nation’s energy mix and impacting the resilience of our power grid .” Coal and nuclear plants are losing money as cheaper renewable energies and natural gas gain steam. Trump’s administration alleges that declines in nuclear and coal power jeopardize America’s security. According to the White House statement, the president told Perry “to prepare immediate steps to stop the loss of these resources and looks forward to his recommendations.” The Department of Energy’s strategy, as detailed in a memo Bloomberg obtained , could be to draw on power given by federal laws to create a “strategic electric generation reserve” and compel grid operators to purchase power from plants that are at risk. The National Security Council was to meet last week to talk over the idea. Related: Biggest grid operator in US attacks Perry’s proposal to prop up coal One purpose of this draft plan, Bloomberg reported, is to buy time for a two-year study probing vulnerabilities in the country’s energy delivery system. Administration officials have already used up a year of this time. Following an Energy Department grid reliability study, Perry suggested a rule that would have compensated nuclear and coal plants — and federal regulators killed the proposal. Major grid operator PJM Interconnection said in a statement its grid “is more reliable than ever” and “there is no such need for any such drastic action.” The company said it has analyzed planned deactivations of nuclear stations and found no immediate threat to reliability. PJM said, “Any federal intervention in the market to order customers to buy electricity from specific power plants would be damaging to the markets and therefore costly to consumers.” Electric Power Supply Association president John Shelk said, “National security is being invoked by people who once favored markets. Everybody loses in a fuels war.” Via Bloomberg Images via Depositphotos (1, 2)

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Gigantic recycled cardboard Windmill Robot pops up in Taiwan

June 8, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaBbQOQIGoM Collective Paper Aesthetics , a Netherlands-based studio founded by Noa Haim, was commissioned to design the exhibit for Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Museum , where it will be on display until August. The giant robot is made from recycled cardboard printed directly with colorful ink. Related: Recycled cardboard playhouses for pets look just like historical landmarks Building the colossal structure meant more to the team than simply assembling boxes. Haim explains, “Energy is more than physical or mechanical power. Energy is about social strength, collaboration and inclusion.” Each of these values is represented in the Windmill Robot, from conception to execution. The very design of dozens of individual pieces making up one giant, collective structure reflects how communities can work together to build better industries for the future. + Collective Paper Aesthetics Images via Noa Haim

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India wants to become a 100% electric vehicle nation by the year 2030

March 28, 2016 by  
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Electric vehicles are steadily gaining market share around the world, but no government has a more ambitious plan to encourage the growth than India . Recently, the nation’s Minister of Power suggested a zero down payment incentive that would make purchasing electric cars even more affordable and aid in rolling toward a nationwide goal of filling roadways with 100 percent electric vehicles by 2030. The idea is still in the works but this move could make a huge dent in the country’s greenhouse gas emissions —if done right. Read the rest of India wants to become a 100% electric vehicle nation by the year 2030

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