December 1 Energy News

December 1, 2018

World:

¶ “Polluters in the Room: Big Energy ‘Undermining’ UN Climate Talks” • Oil and coal giants are exploiting a lack of conflict-of-interest protection at UN climate talks to push for continued fossil fuel use, several sources have told AFP. Just days before COP 24, host country Poland announced three state-run coal giants would sponsor it. [Yahoo News]

Coal-burning power plant

¶ “Renewables Power Ahead, but Emissions Still Rising” • In Australia’s National Energy Market, renewable generation set its fifth consecutive monthly record high in November, having new solar farms online, an audit shows. However, evidence coming from the Federal Government reveals a continuing upward trend in emissions since 2013. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “State and Regional Governments Responding to Climate Change Faster than National Governments” • A report by The Climate Group and others shows that leading states and regions worldwide are committed to emissions reductions of 6.2% per year, 3.2% faster than G20 governments and just short of the rate needed for a 2°C pathway. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm

¶ “EGPE Begins Construction of Three New Spanish Solar Plants” • Enel Green Power España, a renewable energy division of utility company Endesa, has begun construction of three Spanish solar plants with a combined capacity of around 127 MW. The three solar facilities will be built with an investment of nearly €100 million. [Power Technology]

¶ “Germany to Increase Wind and Solar Power Production” • Germany intends to increase energy production from wind and solar farms by a further 8 GW over the next three years as the government tries to compensate for its decision to abandon strict emissions targets. This is in addition to the 5 GW Germany is adding each year. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Renewable energy

¶ “Japan Approves Offshore Plans” • Japan’s parliament approved a new law to promote offshore wind projects, according to the Japanese Wind Power Association. The association said the law should come into effect next spring, following three months for “fixing detail ordinances”, with the first auction in the spring or summer next year. [reNEWS]

UK:

¶ “Party Time at Rampion” • EON has officially opened the 400-MW Rampion offshore wind farm off the south coast of England. The project features 116 MHI Vestas V112 3.45-MW turbines located between 13 km and 20 km off the coast of Sussex. Rampion has taken three years to construct, with 750 people working on the project at peak times. [reNEWS]

Rampion turbines (Photo: EON)

¶ “BT Rings Up Renewables to 94% of the Business” • BT, a telecommunications giant in the UK, signed two deals enabling 96% of its global operations to be powered entirely by clean sources of electricity. Mobile network EE, which is part of BT, is now powered by 100% certified renewable sources such as wind farms and solar plants. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Windy Weather Carries Britain to Renewable Energy Record” • Storm Diana brought strong winds that helped set a renewable energy record. Wind farms supplied about a third of the UK’s electricity from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, peak demand time, on November 28. Output hit a high of 14.9 GW, beating a previous record of 14.5 GW. [The Guardian]

EON’s Rampion windfarm (Darren Cool | EON | PA)

US:

¶ “More Americans and Most Republicans Now Believe in Climate Change” • A growing number of Americans believe that climate change is happening, a shift in public opinion from three years ago. About 8 in 10 Americans, including two-thirds of the Republicans, believe the climate is changing, causing extreme weather. [CNN]

¶ “The US Could Cut Emissions by 80% for Less than the 2018 Federal Budget” • As President Trump continues to dismiss the all-but-irrefutable scientific consensus on climate change, multiple federal reports make it clear that failing to rein in greenhouse gas emissions will cost the US far more in the long run than tackling the crisis head-on. [HuffPost]

Mendocino fire (Noah Berger | Associated Press)

¶ “Renewables Account for 18% of US Electricity Generation” • The Energy Information Administration published data showing that renewable energy sources provided nearly 18% of the country’s electrical generation through the first nine months of the year, while solar and wind grew substantially from the same time a year ago. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Solar Bonus is the Latest Clean Energy Incentive for Massachusetts Farmers” • A solar incentive launched this week in Massachusetts is the state’s latest effort to make it easier for farmers to adopt renewable power and become more energy efficient. The incentive promotes PV projects that coexist with agricultural uses. [Energy News Network]

Harvesting hay in Montague, Massachusetts

¶ “Coal Boss Who Pushed for Industry Bailout Doubts Trump Will Deliver” • Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, who pushed the Trump administration for a coal bailout that would have cost consumers billions of dollars a year, has admitted the president probably won’t be able to keep his campaign pledge to save the dying industry. [Common Dreams]

¶ “TVA Scraps Bellefonte Sale to Haney” • Franklin L Haney said he is ready to complete a $111 million purchase of the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant. The Tennessee Valley Authority, however, says it cannot complete the sale because Haney did not get a necessary NRC approval to transfer the plant’s construction permits. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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