December 9 Energy News

December 9, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Xcel’s Pledge to Be Carbon-Free by 2050 Makes Good Business Sense” • Xcel Energy put out a pledge to be carbon-free by 2050. This is not just because Colorado and Minnesota lean to the left. It is something Fortune 500 companies favor also. And providing what people want is fundamental to what a successful business does. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Xcel Energy wind project (Matthew Staver | Bloomberg)

COP 24:

¶ “Coal for Christmas at the UN Climate Conference” • At the COP24 convention pavilions, delegates found mounds of coal displayed behind glass, like objets d’art, and arrangements of coal-based cosmetics and coal-encrusted jewelry. For some, the coal-stuffed climate summit is completely absurd. One put it “beyond parody.” [The New Yorker]

¶ “Protesters Demand Tougher Action on Global Warming During UN Climate Talks” • Thousands of people from around the world marched through Katowice, the Polish city hosting this year’s UN climate talks, demanding tougher action to curb global warming. Among the protesters were farmers, environmentalists, and students from many countries. [NBCNews.com]

Climate protest (Martyn Aim | Getty Images)

¶ “COP24 Fails to Adopt Key Scientific Report” • When it was released in October, the IPCC report impacts of temperature rises of 1.5°C had a significant impact. Scientists and many COP24 delegates were shocked as the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait objected to the meeting “welcoming” the report and reference to it was dropped. [BBC]

¶ “Thai Farmers Feeling the Heat of Climate Debate” • Many Thai farmers have reported losing crops to irregular weather patterns and unexpected disasters such as drought and flooding. Some even fall into debt due to their income losses. Thailand is to introduce a new climate plan at the COP24 conference in the Polish city of Katowice. [Bangkok Post]

Thai rice farms (Flora-Victoria, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Lithium Werks Announces Construction of a Battery Gigafactory in China – 8 GWh to Start” • Lithium Werks, a lithium-ion battery manufacturer based in the Netherlands, announced that construction of a battery gigafactory in China is set to start in 2019 and that the factory will have “an initial annual production capacity of 8 GWh.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hanergy Inks $18 Million Deal to Bring HanWall to Australia” • Hong Kong-based Hanergy Thin Film Power Group signed a deal with Australia’s Environmental Technology Solutions to bring HanWall to the Australian market. HanWall is claimed to be the world’s first commercial system for solar PVs into building wall components. [Energy Digital]

City in the sun

¶ “China’s Green Finance Market to Maintain Fast Expansion: JPMorgan Chase” • US financial giant JPMorgan Chase said the fast expansion of China’s green finance market would continue as the government strengthens environmental protection. The market is expected to grow strongly as the government has made environmental protection a top priority. [ecns]

¶ “Australian School Kids Lead Mass Coal Mine Protests” • Australian schoolchildren led thousands of demonstrators in nationwide rallies calling for a suspension of plans by Indian mining company Adani to construct a controversial coal mine in the country’s north-east. The rallies followed student climate change protests of last month. [The Straits Times]

Schoolchildren protesting (Photo: EPA-EFE)

US:

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Completely Crushing US Luxury Car Competition – 10 CleanTechnica Charts” • No one outside of Tesla knows Tesla’s monthly sales figures. For both global and US sales, they can only be estimated. Nonetheless, one thing is obvious: Tesla is completely crushing the competition in the midsize luxury car segment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Trump’s Great American Forest Liquidation Sale” • Logging Alaska’s mature stands could exacerbate climate change. It could cripple Southeast Alaska’s recreation, tourism, and salmon fishing industries. But the state’s governor petitioned the US Forest Service to remove protection from Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. [Truthout]

Bear and bald eagle (Photo: USDA | Flickr)

¶ “PRPA Board Unanimously Endorses 100% Non-Carbon Electricity by 2030” • The Platte River Power Authority has officially made a renewable energy future part of its guiding documents. It unanimously approved a policy that calls for Platte River to pursue a 100% non-carbon energy portfolio and to reach that goal by 2030. [Loveland Reporter-Herald]

¶ “SC ratepayers still vulnerable to next billion-dollar disaster” • Another multi-billion dollar disaster could be coming for South Carolina, after the $9 billion fallout from abandoning two nuclear reactors that were being built at the VC Summer site. SCE&G and Santee Cooper customers could end up paying for that debacle for decades. [Charleston Post Courier]

Have a simply magnificent day.

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