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1.Apple’s Transition to “Green” Energy Sources. Did you know that apart from the production of high-quality devices, Apple has been one of the leaders in Greenpeace’s list of “green” companies for three years now? However, it looks like not enough for the guys from Cupertino. Thus, last week, Apple stated that it had switched to 100 percent alternative energy sources. It should be noted that Apple reported on its environmental success two years ago. At that time, 93 percent of the company’s capacities operated with the help of clean electricity. Interestingly, a few days ago, Google also announced that starting from the end of 2017 all its global operations had been supported solely by renewable energy sources. More precisely, Google purchases more renewable energy than it uses. Similarly, Apple does not provide itself with renewable electricity for all 100 percent but purchases the necessary volumes from other companies. It means that offices, shops and other facilities receive the same electricity from the city’s electricity grids as the buildings located nearby. However, “traditional” electricity is then substituted by “clean” energy. At the same time, Apple pays special attention to the fact that it not only purchases “clean” electricity but also develops and uses the appropriate infrastructure. In particular, Apple financed two-thirds of the power required to cover the company’s own energy needs at its own expense. And this is confirmed by the facts – just look at the new energy-efficient building of Apple Park. Global corporations will continue to orchestrate technology trends, and it is very remarkable that these trends are actively spreading to the world’s energy sector.
2.Energy Community Legislative Observatory Launched. On April 11, 2018, the Energy Community Secretariat officially launched an online platform for monitoring national secondary legislation adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Energy Community to implement the Energy Community acquis. This new online tool indicates the key obligations envisaged by the Energy Community directives and regulations as well as provides the relevant reference to the national legal act specifying this key provision. Moreover, with the help of a new platform, it is possible to investigate cases of non-compliance of national legislation with the rules of the Energy Community and the EU. The observatory will also provide a list of national authorities responsible for the development and adoption of relevant legal acts. The Secretariat notes that the new instrument will enhance transparency and provide investors, international financial organizations and civil society with more detailed information about the status of compliance with the legislation in each of the Contracting Parties. The online monitoring platform will be constantly updated and improved. It now covers the fields of electricity and gas (for those Contracting Parties that have implemented the Third Energy Package), renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, environmental impact, statistics and oil. The platform will soon cover all areas of the Community’s operation and will become public. Therefore, it will be easier to monitor the European integration efforts in the energy sector.
3.Brand New All-Electric Fire Engine. How long will it take to convert each type of ground transport to an electric motor? What about special vehicles? The Austrian startup Kreisel Electric, known for its unusual electric car projects, together with Rosenbauer and Linz AG are accelerating this process. The enterprises developed a fire vehicle with a fully electric engine. Marcus Krassel, the company’s CEO, noted that utility vehicles, as well as fire engines, were ideal for electric propulsion. “Utility vehicles such as fire trucks are an ideal area of application for electric drives: in many cases, they only have to cover short distances and charging can be done between uses. I am particularly thinking of stations in the districts of large inner cities, in town centers and small communities in the countryside or at airports,” he said. The brand new development is based on a light truck Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, equipped with 620 kilograms of batteries. Batteries with the capacity of 86 kWh allow the fire truck to enable up to 160 kilometers of range. The Austrian company develops batteries for electric vehicles and demonstrates positive results in this area: they equipped an electric motor with the classic Porsche 910, which can accelerate to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds. An all-electric Hummer H1 with electric engine was one of the latest Kreisel Electric projects, introduced in 2016. The presentation welcomed Arnold Schwarzenegger, for whom Kreisel Electric constructed “green” Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Therefore, it is possible that not only urban transport but also specialized vehicles will soon become electric. We will continue to follow the development of the electric engines sector.
4.The United Kingdom to Spend £ 6bn on Energy Efficiency. The UK government has announced the launch of £ 6bn package to stimulate energy efficiency innovations. This means that around a million low-income households will be able to implement energy-saving solutions free of charge according to the new plan. Moreover, along with a number of other energy initiatives from the UK Government, electricity bills will be reduced for thousands of British families by 2028. When developing the new plan, a special consultation has been launched to focus on the existing energy efficiency plan called “Energy Company Obligation” (ECO). In turn, the proposed amendments will additionally allow almost 1 million households to improve energy efficiency, in particular, isolation and heating systems, by March 2022. A separate consultation also deals with the changes to the Warm Home Discount, a special discount for families who receive less than £ 16,190 a year. Both consultations are currently open and will last until April 29, 2018, so the public would be able to take an active part in the implementation of the new plan. It is worth noting that the announcement of funding is the latest step in delivering the British government’s strategy called “Clean Growth Strategy,” aimed at increasing energy efficiency in the country. It is also worth reminding the EU is implementing similar measures. January 29, 2018 marked the start of a new initiative by the European Commission – the EU Energy Poverty Observatory. Undoubtedly, such actions serve as a good example of a responsible energy policy.
5.How Pakistan Increases Its Power Capacities. The Minister of Power Division of Pakistan Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari reported to the National Assembly on the development of the country’s energy system. In particular, he mentioned that the Government of Pakistan had added 10,973 MW of capacities to the energy system. In addition, the minister indicated that the current installed capacity of the Pakistani power system amounted to 30,195 MW. At present, there are 1,572 hydropower plants and 2092 generating companies in the country. According to the minister, the peak load on the country’s grid reached the level of 16,728 MW last year. Moreover, Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari spoke on the development of renewable energy sources in Pakistan. Currently, alternative energy projects generate 1,370.1 MW, having added to the national grid in recent years. He provided a detailed assessment of wind, solar and biomass energy resources throughout the country and noticed that the government decided to develop the energy potential of wind and the Sun in the nearest future. It is worth reminding that the energy market in Pakistan is relatively large and dynamic, with a steadily high demand for energy equipment and technologies for the construction of energy facilities and infrastructure. At the same time, the situation in Pakistani energy market is characterized as critical. On one hand, this stimulates demand; on the other hand, this requires significant investments. This is why the government is resorting to external macro-financial assistance and loans from the IMF, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and financial support from foreign policy partners, especially China. Nevertheless, we see the country’s steady pace in the development of its energy system.