December 12 Energy News

December 12, 2015

COP21: Agreement!

Adieu Fossil Fuels

Adieu Fossil Fuels

Eiffel Tower light show

Eiffel Tower light show

The world now has its first universally accepted plan to limit climate change! The agreement will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from human activities to curtail dangerous atmospheric warming and related climate changes, BBC News reported at 3:40 am. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Organizers of COP21 say a final draft text has been reached after two weeks of intensive negotiations. An official in the office of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the draft would be presented to ministers at 10:30 GMT. No details of the draft have been released so far. [BBC]

¶ Campaigning organization Friends of the Earth Scotland has launched Fossil Free Scotland, a campaign to end the use of fossil fuels, in Paris during the final days of COP21, with a tagline to ensure “A just transition to a 100% renewable, nuclear-free, zero-fossil-fuel Scotland.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ Greenpeace activists poured yellow paint on the Arc de Triomphe’s famous roundabout to turn it into the sun when seen from the sky. At the top of the Champs Elysees, activists used bikes to pour the paint on the cobblestone street. Paris traffic spread it around the monument. [CNN]

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

¶ The Philippines announced at COP21 that it will launch an investigation into whether fossil fuel companies are to be held responsible for the impacts of climate change. This follows a petition was made by Greenpeace Southeast Asia, which had over 100,000 signatures. [CleanTechnica]


¶ The Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition has been grading the solar industry since 2009, and SolarWorld aside, they started with very little disclosure. A lot has changed and the newly released sixth annual solar scorecard shows a marked improvement over last year. [CleanTechnica]

SolarWorld Recycling solar panels in 2009 from Spot Us via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)

SolarWorld Recycling solar panels in 2009 from Spot Us via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)

¶ SunEdison Inc has signed a 10-year agreement with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator to supply 5-MW/20-MWh of battery storage to the province. In addition to leveraging the battery’s storage capability, the IESO will learn from the project. [North American Windpower]

¶ China’s central government wants to transition away from coal, but local officials are resisting. That’s one reason why heavy smog frequently blankets major cities despite talk of building an “eco-civilization.” This week saw Beijing issue its first-ever red alert for air pollution. [Deutsche Welle]

¶ Already battered by plunging oil prices, Western Canada has another big problem: the collapse of coal. Alberta and British Columbia are suffering from the fallout of a severe downturn in global coal markets, brought on partly by China’s rapidly cooling industrial demand. [The Globe and Mail]

Westshore coal terminal in Delta, BC. Jeff Vinnick / for the Globe and Mail

Coal terminal in Delta, BC. Jeff Vinnick / for the Globe and Mail


¶ Hundreds of members of the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform and the Christian Coalition brought a pro-environmental message to Washington, DC at a summit co-sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association, saying renewable energy resources strengthen US. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Focus charging in Germany. © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Ford Focus charging in Germany. © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Just in time to undercut the threat of an “affordable” Tesla EV, the Ford Motor Company has pledged a massive five year, $4.5 billion investment including 13 new EVs and plugin hybrids, bringing its electrified vehicle portfolio up to more than 40% of its global nameplates. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A former coal-burning power plant in western Massachusetts, is being considered as a site to produce renewable energy. A year-long study into redeveloping the Mount Tom Power Station has come up with three reuse options for the 128-acre property. Each includes solar power. [WAMC]

¶ The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted Entergy Corp’s request to change Vermont Yankee’s emergency planning requirements, allowing for the discontinuance of the 10-mile emergency planning zone required of operating nuclear plants. [The Keene Sentinel]

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