December 1 Energy News

December 1, 2015

COP21:

¶ The 12th part of the second session of the COP21 Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-12) convened a day early. Sunday evening, November 29, 2015, saw the first Paris session of the ADP, which is the body mainly responsible for forging a unanimous declaration of international will. [CleanTechnica]

ADP Contact Group stocktaking in Bonn (October, iisd.ca)

ADP Contact Group stocktaking in Bonn (October, iisd.ca)

¶ World leaders opened talks Monday in Paris saying the stakes are too high to end the conference without achieving a binding agreement to help slow the pace of global climate change. Their main goal: agree on legally binding greenhouse gas emissions reductions to hold increase in global average temperatures short of 2° C. [CNN]

¶ Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, led a group of philanthropists in vowing to plow $2 billion into clean energy through personal investments and a new fund to be set up next year. Gates will be joined by 26 private investors and the University of California in the so-called Breakthrough Energy Coalition, he said in a briefing. [Independent Online]

Kandi Mossett joins Human Chain, Paris

Kandi Mossett joins Human Chain, Paris

¶ Indigenous Peoples in Paris at COP21, are exposing the facts of the polluters destroying their homelands, and the green schemes designed for the rich to get richer. “Our world is melting,” said Allison Akootchook Warden from Alaska Arctic village Kaktovik. “Climate change and global warming is a reality in my home.” [The NarcoSphere]

World:

¶ Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Turkey of shooting down a Russian war plane to protect supplies of oil from ISIS to Turkey. On the sidelines of the COP21 conference, Putin said the downing of the plane was a “huge mistake”. It was not the first time that Putin has claimed that Turkey buys oil from ISIS. [News24]

¶ Crude oil just capped off a third straight week of declines, as WTI nears the $40 per barrel threshold. Goldman Sachs is once again raising the possibility of oil dipping into the $20s per barrel. Oil and gas companies have laid off more than 250,000 workers around the world, a tally that will rise if oil prices remain in the dumps. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Dong Energy has agreed to conduct a feasibility study to explore developing a wind farm in Manx waters off the north-east coast of the Isle of Man. Dong Energy will carry out preliminary surveys to determine the practicality and commercial viability of installing wind turbines within the island’s territorial sea. [CleanTechnology News]

Image: Isle of Man is looking to harness offshore wind resources to generate clean electricity. Photo: courtesy of xedos4 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Isle of Man is looking to harness offshore wind resources to generate clean electricity. Photo: courtesy of xedos4 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

¶ If all coal plants in the pipeline were built, emissions from coal power would be 400% higher by 2030 than what is consistent with a 2˚C pathway, according the Climate Action Tracker. Even without new plants, 2030 coal emissions would still be more than 150% higher than what is consistent with holding warming below 2˚C. [NewClimate Institute]

¶ Ahead of the Japanese prime minister’s India visit in December, 13 villages in Jaitapur, Maharashtra, have declared their opposition to the proposed nuclear project by passing a unanimous resolution. The reactor is to be built by Areva, a French company, but Mitsubishi would supply crucial components. [COUNTERVIEW]

US:

¶ The transportation of people and goods accounts for about 25% of all energy consumption. Passenger transportation, in particular light-duty vehicles, accounts for most transportation energy consumption, and light-duty vehicles alone consume more than all freight transportation, such as heavy trucks, marine, and rail. [CleanTechnica]

Source: US Energy Information Administration, International Transportation Energy Demand Determinants model estimates

Source: US Energy Information Administration, International Transportation Energy Demand Determinants model estimates

¶ Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh became a climate change activist at age 6 when he saw an environmental documentary. Now 15, the long-haired, hip-hop-savvy Coloradoan is one of 21 young activists joining climate scientist James Hansen in suing the Obama administration for failing to ditch fossil fuels, saying it is not doing its job. [CNN]

¶ As COP21 kicked off in Paris on Monday, a key committee in San Diego pushed ahead with a blueprint for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and powering the city using only green energy within two decades. Members of the City Council’s environment committee unanimously approved the proposed plan. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

¶ Think of cities across the country where solar power is booming, and some obvious sunny spots come to mind: Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Antonio. There’s another city, however, that beats them in solar energy production. Try sunny Newark, New Jersey, which ranks eighth in a survey of 65 large US cities, per capita. [NJ.com]

A 13-acre solar producing 3 MW of power in Kearny has been in operation for about three years. (Aristide Economopoulos | The Star-Ledger)

A 13-acre solar producing 3 MW in Kearny, New Jersey, has been in operation for about three years. (Aristide Economopoulos | The Star-Ledger)

¶ A partnership between NRG Home Solar and Airbnb will deliver incentives to Airbnb members in the form of rebates and/or travel credits. According to the results of a study conducted by Cleantech Group for Airbnb, using a green home sharing service while traveling can create significant environmental benefits. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Obama administration is boosting the amount of corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels in the US gasoline supply despite sustained opposition by an unusual alliance of oil companies, environmentalists and some GOP presidential candidates. The EPA issued a final rule designed to increase use of ethanol. [NewsOK.com]

 

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