November 11 Energy News

November 11, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Fish being caught for our tables are shrinking according a survey of studies published in the journal Science. There has been a 23% decrease in commercial catches because of smaller body size, caused by rising ocean temperatures. This is particularly concerning because fish provide 17% of our protein. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Smaller catches (Photo: Andrew Quilty)

Smaller catches (Photo: Andrew Quilty)

¶ Climate change has already touched almost all life on the planet, even under moderate rates of global warming, according to a report published in the journal Science. An international team of researchers found 82% of key biological processes necessary for healthy ecosystems had been impacted by the phenomenon. [Huffington Post]

¶ Lappeenranta University of Technology’s global Internet of Energy Model uses a 100% renewable energy system for the electricity sector by 2030. Sych a system appears to be possible worldwide, as the total electricity cost would be around roughly €55/MWh to €70/MWh for all nine major regions of the world. [sciencefocus.com]

Energy for the future (Photo: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

Energy for the future (Photo: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

¶ A new analysis of the global climate from 2011 to 2015 by the World Meteorological Organization has highlighted the increasing link between human-induced climate change and extreme weather events. The new report, The Global Climate 2011-2015, investigated the warmest five-year period on record, 2011 to 2015. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ Politicians across Scotland’s islands have bitterly condemned the UK Government’s decision not to support renewable energy in the islands. The Government has not included the islands in the next round of Contract for Difference, a form of support that is required to make island renewable energy projects viable. [Island News & Advertiser]

South Uist community wind turbines

South Uist community wind turbines

¶ India and Japan today signed the civil nuclear agreement during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Tokyo. The deal would allow Japan to export nuclear technology to India, making it the first country to have such a deal with Tokyo that has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. But it would help counter an assertive China. [India TV]

¶ A Nuclear Cooperation Agreement between Japan and India will not save Westinghouse or Toshiba’s failing nuclear programs, nor will it deliver safe energy to India’s people, Greenpeace Japan and Greenpeace India warned in a joint statement. They say it will increase the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation in Asia. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Kudankulam Nuclear Plant (Photo via indiawaterportal.org, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Kudankulam Nuclear Plant (Photo via
indiawaterportal.org, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ A federal judge denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss the “climate kids” case, meaning their lawsuit over climate change will go to trial in federal court in Oregon, likely next year. The plaintiffs, ages 9 to 20, allege the federal government is doing far too little to keep dangerous global warming in check. [CNN]

¶ In 2017, non-hydro renewable-energy generating capacity should account for 9% of the country’s electricity-generation capacity, according to the US DOE’s most recent Short-Term Energy Outlook. That’s up from 8% this year, the agency says. Solar power is expected to account for most of the anticipated growth. [Green Car Reports]

Solar field at a VW plant in Chattanooga

Solar field at a VW plant in Chattanooga

¶ President-elect Donald Trump has selected Myron Ebell, a climate skeptic, to lead his Environmental Protection Agency transition team, a man whose beliefs are distinctly at odds with President Obama’s environmental policies. Ebell is also viewed by many as a top candidate to become the next head of the EPA. [WDEF News 12]

¶ Opposition from environmental groups and coal plant operators has kept bill that would bail out two nuclear plants from passing in the Illinois legislature. But Exelon is reportedly in negotiations with Texas-based coal power company Dynegy, and a compromise could benefit both the failing nuclear plants and coal. [Illinois Times]

Clinton nuclear power plant.

Clinton nuclear power plant.

¶ Federal regulators made final a rule on how wind and solar power companies lease public land. The rule from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management creates a competitive bidding process for the first time for renewable energy on federal land, similar to the process gas and coal companies use. [The Hill]

¶ President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to roll back federal environmental regulations will likely have little effect on New York’s efforts to combat climate change, according to the state’s top energy official. New York’s various clean-energy programs are independent of the federal programs such as Clean Power Plan. [WGRZ.com]

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