December 26 Energy News

December 26, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Ho Hum. Air Pollution Is Harming Your Children. So What Else Is New?” • Thanks to the billions of dollars spent by fossil fuel companies, a significant portion of the population believes Al Gore is a raving lunatic, climate scientists are just hired guns with big salaries, and climate change is a Chinese hoax. But we know pollution hurts our children. [CleanTechnica]

Playing in smog

¶ “Looking for a Shred of Good News on Global Warming? Consider the Explosion of Cheaper Clean Energy” • It is clear that 2018 was a terrible year for Earth’s climate, with long lists of weather events and dire assessments. While it may seem there is nothing to be optimistic about, there is one very good reason for hope: renewable energy. [Common Dreams]

¶ “How Twelve Communities Are Fighting Climate Change and What’s Standing in Their Way” • Tiny Imperial Beach is suing Big Oil. College students are educating their generation and their elders. Regulators and business owners are finding new ways to expand clean energy, and states are starting to commit to 100% renewable energy. [InsideClimate News]

Exposed to rising sea levels – Imperial Beach,
California (Credit: David Hasemyer | ICN)

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘It’s Warm Water Now’: Climate Change Strands Sea Turtles on Cape Cod shores” • Every year, as ocean temperatures off Cape Cod drop below 10°C (50°F), dead and stricken sea turtles that failed to migrate south wash up on the shore. In the 1980s, the numbers averaged in the dozens. Today, the number has risen to well over a thousand. [The Guardian]

World:

¶ “Fresh Capacity Addition in Thermal, Hydro Power Tanks 69% in April to November” • In India, additions of thermal and hydro capacity hydro power plunged 69% in the period of April to November, as renewables gained momentum. One industry source attributed the decline to fear of stranded assets and difficulty accessing finance. [Business Standard]

Emissions

¶ “Another First for East Africa as Round-the-Clock Hybrid Power Grids Start Operations” • Uganda is set to be East Africa’s first country to use hybrid solar and hydrogen technology to power areas not on a national grid. Tiger Power signed an agreement for a hybrid plant to power 3,000 households and businesses in three villages. [The East African]

¶ “Karnataka Now Number One in Renewable Energy Production” • With 12,640 MW in cumulative installed capacity of renewable energy, Karnataka this year became number one state in India in enhancing its renewable energy capacity. It is the only state in the country to have added over 5265 MW of installed solar capacity. [Deccan Chronicle]

Solar plant in Tumakuru district

¶ “Five-year Jail Terms Sought for Ex-TEPCO Execs over Nuclear Crisis” • Five-year prison terms were sought for three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc for their alleged failure to prevent the Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. [Kyodo News Plus]

¶ “2018: The Year of Day Zero and the Mega-Drought” • In 2018, Cape Town, South Africa, one of the wealthiest cities in Africa, faced the prospect of running out of water. This city of four million people was counting down the days to “Day Zero,” when their taps would be dry. Conservation measures have put off reaching Day Zero, for now. [DeSmog]

A sign (Photo courtesy of the University of New South Wales)

US:

¶ “Solar Farm Approvals on Deck; BN Group-Buy Matches First” • McLean County, Illinois, is on track to have 18 solar farms considered for state approval this spring, after another group-buy program for small-scale solar development. County officials will consider four farms in January in addition to fourteen already approved. [Bloomington Pantagraph]

¶ “Local Group Pushes for 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Energy in Athens” • When it comes to climate change, if the federal government does nothing about it, then we must do it ourselves. A new group, 100% Athens, is pushing for Athens-Clarke County to get all of the electricity for Athens from renewable energy resources. [Flagpole Magazine]

Solar farm in Tennessee (Credit: Thomas R Machnitzki)

¶ “Report Sounds Cautionary Warning for Future of Navajo Generating Station” • A report from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said the Navajo Transitional Energy Co can expect to lose about $170 million during the years of 2020-2027 because of its investment in the coal-burning Four Corners Power Plant. [Navajo-Hopi Observer]

¶ “Regulators Approve NV Energy Plan to Build Six New Solar Power Plants” • With little fanfare or discussion, Nevada regulators have unanimously approved a major energy supply plan that will result in construction of six major solar projects and conditionally retire one of the state’s two remaining coal-firing power plants by 2021. [Sparks Tribune]

Have a fabulously delightful day.

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