December 18 Energy News

December 18, 2018


¶ “COP 24 Wrap-Up: Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back” • COP 24 was primarily designed to establish the technical rules that will allow the world community to accurately assess which nations are meeting the carbon reduction commitments they agreed to in Paris 3 years ago and which are not. As such, it can claim some success. [CleanTechnica]

COP 24

¶ “Green New Deal Has Overwhelming Bipartisan Support, Poll Finds – At Least, for Now” • When asked “how much do you support or oppose” the individual of policies in the Green New Deal, 81% of registered voters, including 57% of conservative Republicans, say they either “somewhat support” or “strongly support” them, a survey showed. [HuffPost]

Science and Technology:

¶ “John Deere Unveils an Autonomous, Electric Tractor – With a Really Long Extension Cord” • John Deere is leading the charge into electric tractors with another innovation in partnership with GridCON. For 2018, the company is bringing out a new, fully autonomous, corded electric tractor model. Its power line is a kilometer long. [CleanTechnica]

John Deere autonomous electric tractor


¶ “Goats Cheese, Beer and Brioche Producers Plug-In to PV” • With regional food producers at the coalface of extreme climate conditions, and all Australian businesses impacted by rising electricity costs, many food and beverage companies are seeking future certainty and relief in low-cost renewable energies, a report says. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Vanuatu Threatens to Sue Biggest Carbon Energy Producers” • A tiny Pacific Island nation facing an existential threat due to climate change put the world’s biggest carbon energy producers on notice. Vanuatu’s top diplomat warned that producers of emissions might face lawsuits if they keep polluting. There is a growing trend of climate change litigation. [CNN]

Beach in Vanuatu (Phillip Capper, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Coalition Has an Energy Vision: No More Renewables, or Emission Cuts, Before 2030” • Australia’s Coalition government effectively confirmed what is already suspected – that it expects no further investment in large scale renewables, and no more significant emissions cuts, from 2022 all the way through to 2030 – should it stay in power. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Province Announces New Wind Energy Projects in Region” • The government of Alberta announced five windpower projects as part of the latest phase of the province’s renewable energy program. Their total capacity is 763 MW. One of the projects will be built near Medicine Hat, while two of the projects will be built near Brooks. [CHAT News Today]

Medicine Hat wind turbines (CHAT News Today File Photo)

¶ “Hopes Dwindle for Nuclear Plant Exports as Growth Strategy” • The Abe administration’s last hope of nuclear plant technology exports being a pillar of economic growth appears to be at a crossroads. And the signs are not good, considering Hitachi Ltd’s disclosure that it may have to ditch plans to build a nuclear reactor in Wales. [Asahi Shimbun]


¶ “New York Officially Ups Its Energy Storage Goal: 3 GW by 2030” • An initiative to increase New York’s energy storage targets has been approved by the New York State Public Service Commission. The state is now on a trajectory to deploy 1.5 GW of energy storage by 2025, before doubling and reaching up to 3 GW by 2030. [pv magazine USA]

Niagara Falls (Pixabay image)

¶ “New York Governor Cuomo Calls for 100% Carbon-Neutral Electricity by 2040 via Green New Deal” • Not satisfied with launching the most ambitious initiative for whole scale overhaul of the utility sector through Reforming the Energy Vision, Gov Cuomo announced a carbon-neutral electricity supply by 2040 as one of his legislative priorities. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Solar on Schools Advances with Open Source Contracting” • School board members in Arlington, Virginia, found that putting solar PVs on rooftops did not negatively impact teacher salaries or getting textbooks? A solar power purchase agreement had no capital cost, and could save on operating costs, meeting any concerns people might have. [pv magazine USA]

Arlington school (Image: Arlington Public Schools)

¶ “Revenue-Neutral Carbon Fee Legislation Draws Bipartisan Support” • New legislation sponsored by three Democrats and two Republicans in Congress would create a revenue-neutral fee structure for carbon emissions. Mark Reynolds, executive director of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, calls the legislation a breakthrough. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Administration Sets Rules for NJ Rejoining Regional Initiative to Curb Pollution” • In New Jersey, the Murphy administration proposed new rules for rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to curb climate-changing pollution from power plants, a top priority that triggered much debate over how steep the cuts should be. [NJ Spotlight]

Power plant

¶ “Black Hills Energy Seeks to Build $57 Million Wind Farm in Wyoming” • Black Hills Energy submitted a proposal to South Dakota regulators seeking approval for a Renewable Ready Service Tariff to offer renewable energy resources. It would offer large customers a way to get 100% renewable energy through subscriptions. [Rapid City Journal]

¶ “Springs to Close Coal-Fired Plant” • Colorado Springs Utilities is joining the energy movement away from coal-fired power. The city-owned utility plans to shut down one of the two remaining turbines at its Martin Drake Power Plant. Some Colorado Springs utility board members now expect that to happen as soon as next year. [Bent County Democrat]

Have a consummately great day.

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