November 29 Energy News

November 29, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Indigenous Communities Are At The Forefront Of Climate Resilience” • Indigenous land overlaps with areas that hold 80% of Earth’s biodiversity. Indigenous communities depend intimately on this ecological richness for their economic, social, and cultural well-being. And that makes them powerful actors in the fight against climate change. [Climate Home]

Fort William First Nation (Tony Webster | Flickr)

World:

¶ “India Pollution Regulator Threatens To Shut Coal-Fired Utilities Around New Delhi” • India’s federal pollution regulator has warned coal-fired power plants around New Delhi that they could be shut down for failing to comply with deadlines to meet emissions standards, according to sources and a letter reviewed by Reuters. [The Japan Times]

¶ “Boris Johnson Replaced By Ice Sculpture After Dodging Election Debate On Climate Crisis” • Boris Johnson was criticized by party leaders and represented by a dripping ice sculpture after refusing to appear in a televised election debate focusing on climate change. His Conservative Party offered a replacement, but Channel 4 refused that. [CNN]

Channel 4 News Climate Debated (ITN News)

¶ “Enel Plugs 220 MW Of Solar Into Mexico Grid” • Enel as started operations at its 220-MW Magdalena 2 PV plant in Mexico. Magdalena 2, the first clean energy project in Tlaxcala, is the first solar farm in the country to sell its entire electricity output, around 640 GWh per year, to private offtakers on the country’s wholesale electricity market. [reNEWS]

¶ “Russia’s Taymyr Plan: Arctic Coal For India Risks Pollution” • In a decree last year President Putin ordered Russian firms to boost cargo traffic on the Northern Sea Route to an annual 80 million tonnes by 2024. Ambitious energy co-operation deals were signed with India in October, including deals for coking coal, used to make steel and aluminium. [BBC]

Russian ships on the Northern Sea Route (Getty Images)

¶ “UK Already Has The Tools To Achieve Net-Zero, Says CAT Report” • The UK could reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions using only proven technology, without relying on the promise of future developments, says a new report, Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency, from the Centre for Alternative Technology. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Ellen, World’s Largest Electric Ferry, Has Battery Equivalent To 50 Tesla Model S Batteries” • The 750-ton Ellen is the most powerful 100% electric ferry in the world. She can carry 30 vehicles and 250 passengers. She can charge at up to 4.4 MW, and battery size is 4.3 MWh, which is equivalent to about 50 Tesla Model S batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Ellen, 100% electric ferry (Photo via European Commission)

¶ “Regulator: Venting At Fukushima Reactor Failed” • Japan’s nuclear regulator says it believes that the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant failed to properly vent a vessel containing one of the plant’s reactors in the days after the March 2011 accident. It seems TEPCO had tried to vent the containment vessel of the No 2 reactor but failed. [NHK WORLD]

¶ “Croatia Aims To Boost Renewables To 36% By 2030” • Croatia is looking to increase its share of renewable energy to 36.4% by 2030. The consultancy GlobalData said the rise in renewable capacity from around 1% in 2008 to 17% in 2018 occurred because of revised targets under Zagreb’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan. [Energy Reporters]

Cres-Lošinj (Photo credit: NeedPix)

Australia:

¶ “‘Not Something To Celebrate’: Drought And Flood Cause Drop In Emissions” • Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions flatlined due to the effects of the drought, which has caused a large drop in CO₂ from the agriculture sector. But that drop and the increasing use of renewables were almost entirely offset by growing use of liquified natural gas. [The Guardian]

¶ “Meet The Farmers Embracing Climate Change And Thriving” • To Jeff Burch, modern Australian farmers need to respond to climate change. “I’m not a science specialist on weather, I just know the facts are that we’re getting less rainfall, we’re getting more different weather patterns,” he said. Mr Burch reckons the naysayers “might have to get real.” [ABC News]

Jeff Burch (Caitlyn Gribbin | ABC News)

¶ “Record Year Delivers 1770 MW Of New Renewables For Victoria” • As Australia heads into what could be a new low in investor confidence for future renewables development, a booming Victorian market has delivered a bumper year for solar and wind power, with twelve new licences issued to generate renewable electricity. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “Utility To Close Coal-Fired Plant” • New Mexico’s largest electric provider says continued operation of a coal-fired power plant using carbon-capture technology wouldn’t be in the best interest of customers. Public Service Co of New Mexico made the declaration in testimony on the San Juan Generating Station’s pending closure. [KUNM]

San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico
(Steven Baltakatei Sandoval, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Dominion To Remove Virginia Plant From Its Renewable Energy Portfolio After Backlash” • Dominion, Virginia’s largest utility, finally allowed regulators to remove one of its power plants in South Virginia from its renewable energy portfolio after backlash it received after it was discovered by advocates and environmental scientists. [Public Wire]

¶ “Innergex Announces The Signature Of A Long-Term Power Purchase Agreement For The Hillcrest Solar Project In Ohio” • Innergex Renewable Energy, based in Québec, announced that it signed a long-term power purchase agreement with an unnamed US corporation for its 200-MW Hillcrest solar PV project in Brown County, Ohio. [Canada NewsWire]

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