December 9 Energy News

December 9, 2015

COP21:

¶ The European Union has formed an alliance with 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in a final push for agreement at COP21. The new alliance has agreed to a common position on some of the most divisive aspects of the proposed deal. The EU will pay €475 million to support climate action in the partner countries up to 2020. [BBC]

The EU and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries announced a new alliance at climate talks in Paris

The EU and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries announced a new alliance at climate talks in Paris

¶ Some of the best news of 2015 about our ability to resist and adapt to climate change is the powerful increase in numbers of subregional and panregional governments, businesses, and cities taking action. Part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, Energy Day at COP21 put the focus squarely on this key to approaching and surviving climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Mainstream Renewable Power chief executive Eddie O’Connor has called for a rethink on how investment for renewable energy projects is funded in growing markets. He said at COP21, “By far the best way to do this is to put a price on carbon. A €30 price per tonne of CO2 would rapidly accelerate the transition to sustainability.” [reNews]

¶ The huge French pavilion that was built for the COP 21 climate conference includes over a dozen spacious stands showcasing France’s leadership in various fields of science, technology, education and ecology. But nowhere does the pavilion mention nuclear energy, completely dismissing this key French sector from the country’s energy landscape. [FRANCE 24]

Archival picture shows the Civaux Nuclear Power Plant in Western France on September 22, 2015 | © Guillaume Souvent, AFP

Archival picture shows the Civaux Nuclear Power Plant in Western France on September 22, 2015 | © Guillaume Souvent, AFP

¶ A coalition of 38 countries and over 20 industry and other partners joined forces at COP21 to lift geothermal energy’s place in the global energy mix. The Global Geothermal Alliance was formed with an aim to achieve a 500% increase in geothermal power generation and a 200% increase in geothermal heating by 2030. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ The United Arab Emirates has delivered its national statement on climate change at COP21 at the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention, UNFCCC, in Paris, France, encouraging nations to protect future generations from the impacts of climate change and stressing the economic and social benefits of climate action. [Gulf Today]

¶ Australia’s government is sticking to a familiar theme: it has invested heavily in fossil fuels with long-life assets to retain and, anyway, coal is still good for humanity. Its foreign minister used a forum hosted by Indonesia called “Pathways to a Sustainable Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Economy” to push the case for Australian fossil fuels. [RenewEconomy]

World:

¶ Tidal company Atlantis is “on target” to deliver power to the grid in 2016 from its 6-MW Meygen project off the Scottish coast. The developer said it has completed a “very successful construction campaign” in 2015 and that 2016 will be a “watershed year.” An onshore power distribution center should be weather-tight by Christmas. [reNews]

Onshore works for Meygen (Atlantis)

Onshore works for Meygen (Atlantis)

¶ New figures from researchers at the University of East Anglia and the Global Carbon Project suggest that global carbon emissions would stall in 2015. The researchers predict that not only might the growth of CO2 emissions slow or stall this year, but that there might even be a chance emissions growth would decline by 0.6% in 2015. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ Alaska is suffering significant climate impacts from rising seas forcing the relocation of remote villages. Governor Bill Walker says that coping with these changes is hugely expensive. He wants to “urgently” drill in the protected lands of the Arctic National Wilderness Refuge to fund them. The state gets 90% of its revenues from oil and gas. [BBC]

¶ Rising global temperatures are helping to speed up slow moving landslides across Alaska. Known as frozen debris lobes, they are threatening a major highway. The warming climate is said to have hastened some of them to a heady speed of five meters a year. Engineers believe that they must either keep the ground frozen or move the roadway. [BBC]

Alaska's famous Dalton Highway runs through the valley of the slow moving landslides. UAF

Alaska’s famous Dalton Highway runs through the valley of the slow moving landslides. UAF

¶ The Korea Midland Power Corporation announced on December 8 that it kicked off a PV project in Boulder City, Nevada with the completion of the project scheduled for October next year. The 100-MW plant, which can supply electricity to 15,000 households, constitutes the first phase of the 200-MW solar power project of the city. [BusinessKorea]

¶ Marketing by some solar businesses in Vermont wrongly leads customers to believe they are using locally sourced solar power or are contributing to the state’s renewable energy capacity, the state’s Attorney General and the Department of Public Services say. Developers of community-scale projects must make credits clear to customers. [BurlingtonFreePress.com]

¶ Deepwater Wind is proposing to build a 90-MW offshore wind farm combined with 15 MW of storage capacity by General Electric to serve the South Fork peninsula in New York state. The US company said its plan involves the 15-turbine Deepwater ONE – South Fork project for a lease area it won on the Outer Continental Shelf. [SeeNews Renewables]

Offshore wind farm. Author: Beverley Goodwin. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

Offshore wind farm. Author: Beverley Goodwin. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ A study from the University of Michigan, released during COP21 negotiations on the globe’s first internationally binding climate agreement, found that most economic analysis of carbon capture and storage technology for coal-fired power plants severely underestimates the technique’s costs and overestimates its energy efficiency. [Space Daily]

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