Archive for December 23rd, 2018

December 23 Energy News

December 23, 2018


¶ “An Indian Perspective on the Poland Climate Meeting: Not Much Help for the World’s Poor and Vulnerable” • COP 24 ended with a deal that was vital, though limited. From my perspective as a social scientist focusing on conservation and development, however, the meeting failed to match the urgency of needed climate action. [PBS NewsHour]

Flood (Rupak De Chowdhuri | Reuters)

¶ “Here Is How Climate Science Will Be Affected by the Government Shutdown” • Among the bodies a shutdown will hit hardest are the National Science Foundation, NASA, and NOAA, which have been operating under temporary funding for most of the year. They are responsible for critical scientific research, including on climate change. [ThinkProgress]

¶ “How New Jersey (Almost) Missed the Boat on Offshore Wind” • The US offshore wind industry is roaring into life, though for New Jersey the change is bittersweet. In 2015, US Wind nailed down a lease off the New Jersey coast for just over $1 million. Last week, they turned around and sold the same lease to EDF Renewables for $215 million. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind ares off New Jersey and New York

Science and Technology:

¶ “Science Extra: IPCC Report Warns Earths’ Climate Is in Serious Trouble” • Australian Broadcasting Company online environment reporter Nick Kilvert discusses the year’s biggest environment stories with science editor Jonathan Webb. At the top of the list, the IPCC report warns that world must act now on climate change. [ABC News]

¶ “EVA Autonomous Air Taxi Has Extended Wings and Can Function as Search and Rescue Aircraft” • Electric air mobility startup EVA has a promising electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. The eVTOL is small, 100% autonomous, and ingeniously configured. EVA says it is months away from certifications and from flying the machine. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Climate Change Will Worsen India’s Farm Crisis and Increase Income Inequality, Find Studies” • Of the top 10 carbon polluters in the world, only India and Canada are making clear progress on dealing with climate change, analysis found. But India’s efforts will still not be enough to limit global warming, and the ongoing farm crisis in India will worsen. []


¶ “As Trains Cross the DMZ Between the Koreas, Hopes Rise for an Energy Supergrid” • Trains crossing the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea are carrying more than just hopes for peace. Also riding the track with them is a plan to connect the Korean peninsula to Eurasian transport and energy networks. [South China Morning Post]

Train about to cross the Korean DMZ (AP image)

¶ “Climate Commitments by over 9,000 Cities: UN Yearbook” • Commitments to climate actions have been made by more than 9,000 cities from 128 countries, around 240 states and regions from over 40 countries and more than 6,000 businesses in 120 countries, says a UN yearbook for 2018. Together, they represent $36 trillion. [Outlook India]

¶ “Masdar Signs $1.6 billion Refinancing Deal for Dudgeon Wind Farm” • Masdar, Equnior, and China Resources Group have signed a hybrid refinancing agreement worth $1.6 billion for the 402-MW Dudgeon wind farm JV. Dudgeon is off the coast of Norfolk. Both financing tranches were oversubscribed, Masdar said. []

Offshore wind turbines (Andy Dingley, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Saudi Arabia ‘On Its Way to Become a Nuclear Power’” • Saudi Arabia plans to build two large nuclear power reactors as part of a program of delivering as many as 16 nuclear power plants over the next 20 to 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. It has projected 17 GW of nuclear capacity by 2032 to provide 15% of expected demand. [ZAWYA]


Wind turbines

¶ “LG Electronics Enrolls Five Facilities in Purely Green Sustainability Program” • RPD Energy arranged the supply of wind energy and concurrent Renewable Energy Certificates for five LG Electronics USA facilities in Texas, Illinois, and New Jersey. The LG facilities are served under the Purely Green affinity program. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Partner to Transform the Future of Sustainable Energy” • Smithfield Foods, Inc and Dominion Energy are forming a joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)℠ with projects in North Carolina, Virginia, and Utah. It will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into clean energy. [Hartsburg News]

¶ “Logan County’s Sugar Creek Wind Project Changes Owners, Scheduled for 2019 Construction” • Development of the Sugar Creek Wind project in Logan County, Illinois, will change hands as it was announced that project was sold to a subsidiary of Canada-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. Construction on the 202-MW will begin in 2019. [Herald & Review]

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