November 13 Energy News

November 13, 2016


¶ “Trump Won’t Stop Global Climate Action, Might Accidentally Help” • Donald Trump disputed the existence of anthropogenic climate change. However, a Trump presidency isn’t the disaster one might think for climate action globally or in the US. In fact, he might actually reduce US emissions, however unintentionally. [CleanTechnica]

King Canute, trying to stop the tide Nature has a way of ignoring our most ardent wishes.

King Canute, trying to stop the tide
Nature has a way of ignoring our most ardent wishes.

¶ “Trump’s influence on the future of clean energy is less clear than you think” • Like almost every president since Richard Nixon, Donald Trump promised US energy independence. But the Trump energy plan doesn’t account for the economic reality of coal and renewable energy. In fact, it doesn’t even add up to a coherent policy. [The Guardian]


¶ Amid concerns over the threat by US President-elect Donald Trump, who has earlier vowed to cancel last year’s Paris climate agreement, the COP22 President, Salaheddine Mezouar said that one country walking out of the deal will not mean anything. The Paris agreement is already in force and the rest of the world is moving on. [Web India 123]

Marrakesh (photo by yeowatzup, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Marrakesh (photo by yeowatzup,
CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ China will continue to be an active player in climate talks and its policies will be unaffected by any external changes, according to a Chinese negotiator at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22). He remarked on the issue on the sidelines of the conference in Marrakesh. [The Nation]


¶ The Indian government is looking at promoting solar powered charkhas (spinning wheels) as well as rickshaws in the country. It has invited views from stakeholders on designs and prices of the products. Charkhas are used mostly in rural areas without an assured electric supply, so solar energy is an important potential power source. []

Lady spinning yarn in a Charkha in Bangalore

Lady spinning yarn in a Charkha in Bangalore

¶ Another top auto-manufacturer, Renault, is facing a criminal investigation in France related to possible diesel emissions test manipulation, according to recent reports. French prosecutors were sent findings of an inquiry into the matter by a consumer fraud watchdog. The same organization is also looking into other companies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ While many nations are thinking about energy independence, Aruba is diving in. In 2012, the island nation pledged to go to 100% renewable energy within eight years. Today, nearly 40% of its energy is from clean sources, and more solar and wind farms, plants to convert waste to energy, and energy efficiency, are coming. [EcoWatch]

The Vader Piet wind farm in Aruba (Justin Locke)

The Vader Piet wind farm in Aruba (Justin Locke)

¶ Yamanashi Prefecture, Toray Industries Inc, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc, and Takaoka Toko Co Ltd have concluded an agreement to jointly promote the technological development and experimental study of a “P2G system” (power to gas system) for realizing a fully CO2-free “hydrogen energy society.” [Japan Today]

¶ Spain will quickly ratify a global pact aimed at taming climate change, a step which had been delayed for months by politics, the Environment Minister said. The newly installed Conservative government, which was sworn in last week, has introduced the agreement in parliament already, so it can be ratified “as soon as possible.” [The Local Spain]

Wind farm in Catalonia, Spain (Photo by Maria Rosa Ferre, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Wind farm in Catalonia, Spain
(Photo by Maria Rosa Ferre, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ In Colorado, low-cost, reliable wind power has been an important driver of the state’s growing and diversified energy sector, and the state is already on track to meet the Clean Power Plan’s targets. Today, wind energy already supplies over 14% of Colorado’s electricity, and wind supports 7,000 jobs in the state. [Pueblo Chieftain]

¶ California is a step closer to achieving its renewable energy goals with the commissioning of the Blythe and McCoy Solar Energy Centers. The projects took $1.2 billion of investment and have over four million solar panels with trackers. Together, they have a generating capacity of 485 MW, enough for 181,000 homes. [Desert Independent]

Blythe and McCoy

Blythe and McCoy

¶ Florida’s utility industry steered more than $20 million of their profits into a failed constitutional amendment to impose new barriers to the expansion of rooftop solar energy generation. The Florida Solar Energy Industry Association estimates that 2,315 MW of solar electric capacity will be installed in the next five years. [Miami Herald]

¶ Crippled by blows from a historic, game-changing fracking revolution that imploded energy markets across the world, the US nuclear industry is trying harder than ever to market itself as an irreplaceable ally in the war against climate change. But half of the current fleet of nuclear plants could be uneconomical as early as 2020. [Toledo Blade]

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