December 30 Energy News

December 30, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “More Republicans Than You Think Support Action on Climate Change” • New polls suggest that Republicans’ views on global warming may be at a tipping point. While the media have been focusing on splits between Democrats and Republicans, the more important gap may now be between Republican voters and the leaders they elected. [New York Times]

Time to agree (Rose Wong)

¶ “China’s Climate Progress May Have Faltered in 2018, But It Seems to Be on the Right Path” • China is among the biggest drivers of the increase in world carbon emissions expected for 2018. It accounts for 27% of global carbon dioxide emissions. But based on my research on China’s climate change policies, I see grounds for optimism. [DeSmog]

¶ “Green New Deal: What Is the Progressive Plan, and Is It Technically Possible?” • A survey from the Yale Climate Change Communication program says that 81% of voters backed its description of a Green New Deal. It would move us rapidly to clean energy, and it is technologically possible, but it does not have support from politicians.  [The Guardian]

Advocates of the Green New Deal
(Michael Brochstein | Zuma Wire | Rex | Shutterstock)

¶ “China Will Still Go Massively Nuclear but Does Not Want Western Reactor Technology” • Chinese nuclear reactors are completed in four to five years and at a half or a third of the price of those in the US and Europe. Plans for American or European reactors were over budget and late in China, so it is investing in its own technology. [Next Big Future]

¶ “Climate Change Dominated This Year’s Maine Gardener” • It’s beginning to feel like I am as much an environmental writer as a gardening columnist. Almost half of my columns in the past year involved climate change to some extent or actions people could take to make the world a better place. That is not the way they used to be. [Press Herald]

Seedling

World:

¶ “Coal India Aims to Join Big League of Miners” • Coal India’s decision to reposition itself as a holistic energy entity and harness its strength in mining by diversifying into metals will place the government-owned major in the big league of global mining. The metals mining move will help it hedge against the impact of renewable energy. [Lakeland Observer]

¶ “24 Million Jobs Could Be Created from Meeting Paris Climate Agreement Targets” • To justify leaving the Paris Agreement, Trump has repeatedly said that it will eliminate millions of US jobs. But according to International Labor Office research, his position is unfounded, as most countries, including the US, will see a net gain in employment. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines

¶ “Clean Energy Leader Costa Rica Turns Attention to Electric Cars” • Costa Rica likes to advertise itself as an ecological paradise, with over 98% of its electricity coming from clean energy. But just 600 out of 1.4 million private vehicles run on electricity instead of gas or diesel. Experts believe that is about to change, however. [The Tico Times]

¶ “Two Solar Power Bases Launched in Northwestern China” • Two solar power bases in northwest China’s Qinghai Province, with a total installed power generating capacity of 1 GW, were launched and connected to the grid, Trend reported citing Xinhua. One of them is selling power at a rate below the going rate from coal-fired plants. [AzerNews]

Solar power plant

¶ “EU to Chop New Automobile Emissions by 37.5 % by 2030” • The EU forged ahead with plans to slash carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and vans by 2030 despite industry concerns that the targets could be unrealistic. They will require new cars sold in 2030 to emit 37.5% less carbon dioxide on average compared to 2021 levels. [Infosurhoy]

¶ “Zimbabwe Saves Fortune on Energy Bill” • Zimbabwe’s bill for energy imports dropped from at least $48 million to about $1.2 million monthly, as efforts to invest in local electricity generation to underpin economic growth begin to bear fruit. With new power projects, Zimbabwe is moving towards energy self-sufficiency. [Bulawayo24 News]

Kariba Dam, Zimbabwe (Rhys Jones, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “NV Energy Mulls Retiring 254-MW Coal Unit in Nevada Ahead of Schedule” • Reports indicate that the public utility firm NV Energy is planning to retire a 254-MW coal-fired generating unit, located in Nevada’s power constrained region, by the end of 2021. This would be four years ahead of the schedule for it to be closed down. [Global4Energy News]

¶ “Climate Change is Affecting Northeastern Pennsylvania” • The Fourth National Climate Assessment, completed last month, reinforced what scientists have long known: Climate change is already making its mark on Pennsylvania, and the state faces a future that will be warmer, wetter, and challenged by extremes that keep getting more extreme. [Tribune-Review]

Trail biking in winter (Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review)

¶ “Ørsted, with the Support of PSEG, Submits Bid to Build First NJ Offshore Wind Farm” • Ørsted submitted a bid to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to build its Ocean Wind project in response to the first offshore wind request for proposal under Governor Phil Murphy’s clean energy agenda, according to a release. [Cape May County Herald]

¶ “Construction Underway Near Cashton on Second Community Solar garden” • Xcel Energy announced that construction of the second Solar*Connect Community project is underway. The solar garden, part of Wisconsin’s largest community solar garden program, is being built by OneEnergy Renewables, a leading developer across the US. [La Crosse Tribune]

Have an impressively uplifting day.

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