- Shanghai is a port city on the edge of the ocean. Vulnerable to flooding from both sea and rain, it is to become one of the Chinese “sponge cities.” It will be able to absorb large quantities of water quickly then slowly release it. The concept involves green roofs, wetlands, natural vegetation, and, especially notably, permeable concrete. [CleanTechnica]
- Ehang, based in Guangzhou, China, is a maker of video-flying drones that is entering the autonomous aerial vehicle market. It says its Ehang 184 AAV is “the safest, smartest, and eco-friendly low altitude autonomous aerial vehicle, aiming on providing medium-short distance communication and transportation solution.” [CleanTechnica]
- The US DOE’s proposed rulemaking on power grid resiliency may have been directly influenced by Murray Energy executive Robert Murray, a major figure within the coal industry, news media reported. Murray denied any influence peddling and slammed “green groups” for making the allegations, The Hill website said. [Electric Light & Power]
- A subsidiary of National Grid is seeking a presidential permit to bring Canadian wind power into the US at a border crossing between Quebec and Norton, Vermont. The Granite State Power Link would bring 1,200 MW of electricity to southern New England through transmission lines to be built alongside existing power lines. [New Delhi Times]
- Avangrid Renewables started commercial operations at the Deerfield Wind Farm. Readsboro and Searsburg will receive direct annual payments expected to total $6.8 million over the life of the project, and the wind farm will generate an estimated $6 million in tax payments to the state to support education funding. [Windpower Engineering]
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