Archive for December 11th, 2018

December 11 Energy News

December 11, 2018


¶ “Australia Only Nation to Join US at Pro-Coal Event at COP24 Climate Talks” • Australia reaffirmed its commitment to coal by appearing at a US government-run event promoting the use of fossil fuels at the US climate talks in Poland. Patrick Suckling, Australia’s ambassador for the environment, spoke on the panel. His nameplate bore a US flag. [CNN]

Event protesters (Photo: Łukasz Kalinowski | Rex | Shutterstock)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Is Not Only Influencing Extreme Weather Events, It Is Causing Them” • Extreme weather events that spanned the globe in 2017 have been directly linked to – and in some cases were even caused by – continued warming of the planet by human influence, according to a report from the American Meteorological Society. [CNN]

¶ “East Antarctica’s Glaciers Are Stirring” • Nasa says it has detected the first signs of significant melting in a swathe of glaciers in East Antarctica. The region has long been considered stable. But satellites have now shown that ice streams have thinned and sped up. If this trend continues, it has consequences for future sea levels. [BBC]

Glacier in East Antarctica (Michael Studinger | NASA | Icebridge)


¶ “US Undermining ‘Last Chance’ Climate Talks, Experts Charge” • The nations of the world are meeting here to hash out a “rulebook” to help ensure the viability of humanity – preventing runaway global warming from causing even greater calamity. The American delegation came to promote coal. And the kids laughed in their faces. [CNN]

¶ “Luxembourg Makes All Public Transportation Free” • The government of Luxembourg says beginning in 2020 it will make public transportation free for all. The move is expected to reduce congestion in Luxembourg City, which is said to be among the worst in Europe. It will have the additional benefit of reducing air pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Congestion in Luxembourg (Credit: Luxembourg Times)

¶ “EU Forces German Network Operator TenneT to Open the Floodgates for Danish Wind Energy” • Denmark has massive physical grid capacity to export power to Germany, but it is limited to a maximum of 11% usage due to self-imposed rules at the German operator TenneT. But the EU has threatened huge fines over the matter. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Offshore helping ‘Drive 680 GW Global Wind Growth'” • Over 680 GW of new wind power capacity will come online in the next 10 years, with the offshore market accounting for nearly 40% of global generating installations at the end of that time, according to a new report from consultancy Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (Credit: reNEWS)

¶ “Construction Underway on West Africa’s ‘First Utility-Scale Wind Farm'” • Ground has been broken on the development of West Africa’s “first utility-scale wind power project,” located in Senegal. The 158.7-MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye is set to be completed in 2020. It will have 46 turbines made by the  Danish company Vestas. [CNBC]

¶ “Costa Rica Is Already 300 Days of Living on Renewable Energy” • Costa Rica broke its own record for running entirely on renewable energy in 2017, when the country managed to hold on to environmentally friendly electricity 299 days. In 2018, that record has been broken, as Costa Rica has run 300 days without using fossil fuels. [The Bobr Times]

San José, Costa Rica

¶ “Building New Nuclear Plants in France Uneconomical: Environment Agency” • Building new nuclear reactors in France would not be economical, state environment agency ADEME said in a study. The position contradicts the government’s long-term energy strategy as well as investment plans of EDF, the state-owned utility. [CNBC]

¶ “Australia’s Renewables Sector Doubles Output in Boom Year” • Australia’s renewables sector has doubled its output over the past 12 months, with more than A$20 billion ($14.4 billion) of projects now under construction, but the current boom will not last without policy certainty, according to the Clean Energy Council. [The Guardian]

Rooftop solar installation (Lucy Hughes Jones | AAP)


¶ “Voices of 100%: Abita Springs Fights for Community Solar in Louisiana” • Abita Springs has claimed the title of the first community in Louisiana and among a select number of towns its size nationwide committed to a 100% renewable energy future. Located in St. Tammany Parish, the community is home to only a few thousand people. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ohio Trucking Terminal Installs a Renewable Energy Microgrid” • Regional trucking and logistics company Pitt Ohio is deploying a renewable energy microgrid at a trucking terminal in Parma, Ohio. The microgrid uses solar, wind power, and a energy storage in a lithium-ion battery to optimize on-site power and distribution. [Microgrid Knowledge]

Trucking terminal with WindStax turbines (courtesy of WindStax)

¶ “Rhode Island Looks to Spare Green Space with Brownfield Solar Projects” • Rhode Island has a new state incentive that offers money to developers who build solar projects on polluted properties instead of forests or farmland. The program could help balance the state’s need for solar power and concerns for preserving green space. [Energy News Network]

¶ “US Must Start From Scratch with a New Nuclear Waste Strategy, a Stanford-Led Panel Says” • The government has worked for decades and spent tens of billions of dollars in search of a permanent resting place for nuclear waste. A study led by Stanford University recommends that the US reset its nuclear waste program and start over. [YubaNet]

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