December 2 Energy News

December 2, 2016


¶ “Mayors could override Trump on the Paris climate accord – here’s how” • In a recent op-ed, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote, “If the Trump administration does withdraw from the Paris accord, I will recommend that the 128 US mayors who are part of the Global Covenant of Mayors seek to join in its place.” [Business Insider]

Sunny day flooding now hits Miami regularly, thanks to rising sea levels. (Photo by B137, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Sunny day flooding now hits Miami regularly, thanks to rising
sea levels. (Photo by B137, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ Blueprint documents for the wind and hydro sector from China’s National Energy Administration showed that the country is set to spend at least ¥1.2 trillion ($174 billion) between 2016 and 2020, according to Reuters. Construction of new wind farms is expected to provide approximately 300,000 new jobs by 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ All new single-decker buses for use within the center of town
in London will be zero-emissions models from here on out, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced. He was speaking at a public event unveiling of the “world’s first” hydrogen fuel cell double-decker bus, which will be trialled in London in 2017. [CleanTechnica]

London zero-emissions bus

London zero-emissions bus

¶ The Canadian province of Alberta, known for its notoriously dirty oil sands, has just made a symbolically significant about-face on energy policy, with potentially major implications for North American wind power. First up is a tender for 5 GW of wind power. Alberta will also pay its coal plants $1 billion to shut down. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Offshore wind projects have fewer delays and cost overruns than other large power and utility projects, according to a new report from EY. While offshore wind averaged about 15% over budget, with delays of less than six months, hydropower, water, coal and nuclear projects were over budget by 49% on average. [reNews]

London Array (Credit: reNews)

London Array (Credit: reNews)

¶ The global solar PV market is set to increase nearly 70 GW in 2016, reaching 294.69 GW, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. A new report from GlobalData investigating the global solar PV market concluded that capacity will increase from around 225 GW in 2015 to 294.69 GW by the end of 2016. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid, and Athens said their cities will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade to improve air quality. They will give incentives for alternative vehicle use and promote walking and cycling. The commitments were made in Mexico at a biennial meeting of city leaders. [BBC]

Air quality in Paris (Getty Images)

Air quality in Paris (Getty Images)

¶ EU countries are on track to meet their 2020 targets for renewable energy and emissions cuts but could fall short of longer-term goals, according to the European Environment Agency. “The EU’s 2020 targets on energy and climate are now well within reach,” its executive director said in a statement. []

¶ Gamesa won a contract to deliver 55 of its G114-2.1MW turbines for a wind farm in Chile. The company will install the machines at the first phase of the Cabo Leones 1 wind farm in the Comuna de Freirina, which is being developed by EDF EN and Ibereolica. The turbines will be delivered by the end of the first half of 2017. [reNews]

4.5 MW wind turbine (Gamesa image)

4.5 MW wind turbine (Gamesa image)

¶ A Senate inquiry has recommended closing all 24 of the coal-fired power stations in Australia over the next ten years and the creation of a comprehensive energy transition plan to help with the ordered closure of the plants. The Retirement of Coal Fired power Stations Inquiry made four energy recommendations. [Green Left Weekly]


¶ Xcel Energy’s Courtenay Wind Farm, a 200-MW project in North Dakota, is now fully operational. The project is in an area ideal for wind development. The project comprises 100 Vestas turbines and is now delivering enough energy, on average, to power approximately 100,000 homes, according to Xcel. [North American Windpower]

Wind farm under construction

Wind farm under construction

¶ The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted a misleading article at Breitbart about the state of the global climate. It read, “Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists.” Senator Bernie Sanders responded to the tweet, asking, “Where’d you get your PhD? Trump University?” []

¶ The green energy tariff that regulators approved for a $250 million Facebook data center under construction in New Mexico could trigger a “sea change” for renewable energy in the state, according to a public utilities attorney who had been retained by Facebook to negotiate with Public Service Company of New Mexico. [Albuquerque Journal]

Facebook data center for Los Lunas (Source: Facebook)

Facebook data center for Los Lunas (Source: Facebook)

¶ A technology developed at the University of Chicago, and now being commercialized by a University startup, is addressing the intermittent nature of some renewable energy sources. It uses a selectively evolved, unicellular microorganism that helps convert electricity into bio-methane gas, a renewable replacement for natural gas. [Phys.Org]

¶ Two Illinois nuclear plants on life support got at least 10 more years after Exelon won a bid for ratepayer-financed subsidies. The governor and Democratic legislative leaders agreed on legislation requiring ratepayers statewide to finance hundreds
of millions annually in support for the nukes along with clean energy. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

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