December 10 Energy News

December 10, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait Torpedo COP 24 Climate Conference in Poland” • Kuwait, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the US gave notice that they do not intend to lift a finger to prevent Earth’s destruction. Guided by a denier and fossil fuels financing, the US even had the chutzpah to stage a pro-coal exhibit at the COP 24 conference. [CleanTechnica]

Climate change protest

¶ “Want to Solve Climate Problem? Nuclear Isn’t the Answer” • In keynote remarks a COP 24 event, Poland’s Minister of Energy said, “It is nuclear power that will be the main tool to reduce emissions.” There is more than a little irony in that statement. The event was organized by the only country withdrawing from the Paris accord. [Down To Earth Magazine]

¶ “The Technology, and New Thinking, Needed for 100% Renewable Grid” • For much of this decade Ivor Frischknecht was CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. With a unique perspective on Australia’s inevitable clean energy transition, he says it is not so much what renewable technologies dominate, but how we use them. [RenewEconomy]

Infigen Energy’s Lake Bonney wind farm

World:

¶ “Trump Coal Event Overshadowed at COP24” • An event endorsed by the White House is promoting use of fossil fuels at COP 24. But green campaigners are likely be cheered by news that 415 investors managing assets of around $32 trillion are calling for greater action on climate change and an end to coal as a source of energy. [BBC]

¶ “‘Exciting’ North-East Renewables Period Causes Spike in AREG Membership” • Jean Morrison, chairwoman of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, said big energy projects, including a surge in north-east based wave and tidal projects, have put north-east renewables on the map, sparking fresh membership over the last twelve months. [Energy Voice]

Aberdeen bay wind farm

¶ “Iran’s Renewable Energy Industry Growing Rapidly: Official” • Speaking at a press conference, the director of Iran’s Renewable Energy and Electrical Energy Efficiency Organization said even the “cruel sanctions” could not slow down the growth of the renewable energy industry in Iran, as local investment has now outstripped foreign. [Tasnim News Agency]

¶ “‘Historic’ Month as Wind Power Meets 109% of Energy Demands” • November has been hailed as a “historic month” after over 100% of Scotland’s electricity demands were met by wind power for the first time. Wind production last month broke previous records by generating enough energy for nearly six million homes. [STV News]

Wind turbines (STV image)

¶ “In Mauritius, Sugarcane Means Renewable Energy” • Far out into the Indian Ocean where it is forced to be self-reliant, the island nation of Mauritius is weaning itself off fossil fuels by turning to its main cash-crop sugarcane, for electricity. The sugarcane production waste is burned to reduce the nation’s reliance on coal and oil. [The Tribune]

¶ “Huge Desert Solar Initiative to Make Africa a Renewables Power-House” • Solar projects stretching across the Sahel region are expected to connect 250 million people with electricity by using the region’s abundant solar resource. The details of the “Desert to Power Initiative” have been outlined at climate change talks at COP24. [Brandspurng]

Solar system

¶ “Australia’s Silence During Climate Change Debate Shocks COP24 Delegates” • As four of the world’s largest oil and gas producers blocked UN climate talks from “welcoming” a key scientific report on global warming, Australia’s silence is being viewed as tacit support for the four oil allies: the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Kuwait. [The Guardian]

¶ “Strathclyde Experts Call for Government Action on Energy Storage” • Academics at Strathclyde University launched a discussion paper on pumped storage. Advocates believe that government policy design support – not subsidy – is necessary to put it on a par with other solutions to storing energy from renewables. [The National]

Loch Awe

¶ “Looking Beyond Oil” • Petronas is joining a number of large global oil and gas firms looking into renewables, including BP, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and Total, all of which are raising investment in cleaner energy. With low oil prices, Petronas has expressed interest over the last year to diversify into renewables, especially solar. [New Straits Times Online]

US:

¶ “Exxon Knows Renewables Are Cheaper, Even if Trump Doesn’t” • At Cop 24, the Trump administration may be touting coal and gas as the energy of the future, but leading US energy companies are doubling down on renewable energy. One large corporate buyer embracing the benefits of renewables is oil major ExxonMobil. [Climate Home]

Wind farm in Texas (Drew Kolb | Flickr)

¶ “Renewable Energy Now Key Component of Development” • As officials from the city of Hastings, Nebraska, have discussed a community solar project to diversify the local energy generation profile, one of the considerations most often talked about is how renewables may enhance economic development prospects and attract new businesses. [Hastings Tribune]

¶ “Falling Renewable Costs Wreaking Havoc on Tri-State” • Tri-State Generation and Transmission, a wholesale electric co-op serving areas of Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nebraska, is torn by demand for power from renewable sources. Montrose Electric Association wants to pull out, and United Power wants to change the bylaws. [Journal Advocate]

Have a positively rewarding day.

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