December 13 Energy News

December 13, 2015

COP21:

¶ A draft of the COP21 agreement was released in the afternoon for delegates to review. Following a break for last-minute corrections from the legal and linguistic group and the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, the body adopted it “with legal force” by acclamation. [CleanTechnica]

Laurence Tubiana, Christiana Figueres, and Laurent Fabius applaud the Paris Agreement

Laurence Tubiana, Christiana Figueres, and Laurent Fabius applaud the Paris Agreement

¶ The climate deal reached in Paris is “the best chance we have to save the one planet we have”, US President Barack Obama has said. He said it could be a “turning point” for the world to take on the challenge of a low-carbon future. China, the world’s biggest polluter, also hailed the deal. [BBC]

¶ Scientists point out that the Paris accord must be stepped up if it is to curb dangerous climate change. Pledges thus far could see global temperatures rise by as much as 2.7° C, but the agreement lays out a roadmap for speeding up progress. This article lists its key points. [BBC]

¶ “This is the end of fossil fuels” • For Selina Leem, an 18-year-old from a tiny part of the Marshall Islands in the middle of the Pacific, the adoption of Saturday’s “Paris Agreement” on climate change wasn’t about wonky diplomacy. It was about the survival of her country. [CNN]

Most of the land in the Marshall Islands is no more than three feet above the high tide mark. Photo by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons

Most of the land in the Marshall Islands is no more than three feet above the high tide mark. Photo by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons

¶ Earlier UN climate summits tried to impose targets on countries. This conference was different because it used “bottom-up” systems that allowed nations to volunteer their targets, reducing the chance any one country would walking out of the process. [The Australian Financial Review]

World:

¶ In a major shift in government policy, Australia’s prime minister lifted a ban on investing public funds in wind power. The sails of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation are back in motion as a new mandate reversed Tony Abbot’s restrictive practices. [9news.com.au]

¶ Plans for a 1.2-GW wind farm have been submitted by ScottishPower Renewables. The project is called East Anglia Three, and it is proposed for a location in the North Sea off the coast of Suffolk. It would have up to 172 turbines with capacities ranging from 7 MW to 12 MW. [CleanTechnica]

Image Credit: ScottishPower Renewables

Image Credit: ScottishPower Renewables

¶ Several Asian nations announced independent measures to curb climate change as 195 countries signed a deal in Paris this weekend that will change the world’s energy policies in a bid to limit fossil-fuel production. Governments in China and India are also taking local action. [Bloomberg]

¶ The chief executive of the Minerals Council of Australia says the COP21 agreement will increase demand for Australian coal, as Australia’s “high energy, low impurity coal” will be considered more desirable, even the renewables sector advances. [The Australian Financial Review]

¶ In India, the energy deficient state of Uttar Pradesh has drafted a solar mini-grid policy to provide electricity to rural areas while reducing burden on the main grid. It has also initiated deliberations on electrification of remote villages through solar-powered mini grids. [Business Standard]

Solar array in India

Solar array in India

¶ Capping years of negotiations, the prime ministers of India and Japan on Saturday sealed a broad agreement for cooperation in civil nuclear energy with the final deal to be signed after certain technical and legal issues are thrashed out. [Financial Express Bangladesh]

US:

¶ With the approval by Illinois regulators for its part of a 780-mile transmission line to carry wind power from the Kansas high plains to Eastern power grids, Missouri farmers are the only ones standing in the way of the $2.2 billion project. The farmers vow to remain steadfast. [Salina Post]

¶ SunEdison announced that it has signed a 20-year power-purchase agreement with the city of San Diego that will see 6.6 MW of solar installed across 25 city-owned sites. The city estimates that over the life of the agreement the solar systems will save its taxpayers $22 million. [AltEnergyMag]

Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development building in San Diego. Photo by SolarWriter. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development building in San Diego. Photo by SolarWriter. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ A large number of residents from Porter Ranch and surrounding areas of Los Angeles staged a major protest Saturday. They are angered by a continuing gas leak at Aliso Canyon that has forced many from their homes. The protesters called on SoCal Gas to shut the facility down. [CBS Local]

¶ The DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy today announced $33 million in funding for 12 innovative projects as part of its Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems program. Teams will develop technologies to match grid generating with demand. [Imperial Valley News]

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