December 1 Energy News

December 1, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “In The Fight Against Climate Change, No One Can Stand On The Sidelines” • Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund: We can avoid this bleak future, and we know what we have to do – reduce emissions, offset what cannot be reduced, and adapt to new climate realities. No individual or institution can stand on the sidelines. [CNN]

Pollution (Kevin Frayer, Getty Images)

¶ “The Five Corrupt Pillars Of Climate Change Denial” • The fossil fuel industry has spent the past 30 years sowing doubt about the reality of climate change where none exists. The latest estimate is that the world’s five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies spend about $200 million a year on lobbying to undermine binding climate policy. [EconoTimes]

Science and Technology:

¶ “NZ Scientists To Probe Climate Threat Frozen Underground” • Scientists estimate the icy reserves of permafrost now keep about twice as much carbon as is contained in the atmosphere. Probing Antarctica’s frozen ground will give scientists from New Zealand more insight into a potentially massive sleeper source of emissions. [New Zealand Herald]

Dry valley in Antarctica (Photo: Jamie Morton)

World:

¶ “Masdar In 400-MW Armenia Solar Power Project” • Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has entered into a formal agreement with the Armenian National Interests Fund to develop solar power projects with a total capacity of 400 MW in Armenia, an investment of between $300 million and $320 million. [Khaleej Times]

¶ “Germany Is Closing All Its Nuclear Power Plants. Now It Must Find A Place To Bury The Deadly Waste For 1 Million Years” • Where do you safely bury more than 28,000 cubic meters of deadly radioactive waste for the next million years? This is the “wicked problem” facing Germany as it closes all of its nuclear power plants in the coming years. [CNN]

Cooling tower demolition (RWE Image)

¶ “Global Call For Biogas To Address Climate Change” • Major companies in the biogas industry are calling on the world’s governments to act urgently to unlock the sector’s potential to cut global greenhouse gases emissions by at least 12% within the next 10 years, contributing towards meeting Paris Agreement targets. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Sweden Turning Into Europe’s Wind Power Hot Spot” • The Markbygden wind farm is huge, but more than that is happening in Sweden. Several other big projects are underway, including OX2 AB and Arise AB. The wind power output in the Nordic region’s largest economy is expected to double in the next three years. [Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]

Worker preparing a wind turbine tower for installation

¶ “Wind Power Capacity To Double Over The Next Decade” • Installed wind power capacity will reach about 1,100 GW globally by 2028, up from 562 GW at the end of 2018, according to the industry forecast report from Fitch Solutions. The growth is to be fueled mainly by China, as it seeks to invest in renewable sources. [The National]

¶ “Climate Protesters Storm German Coal Mines” • Several major coal mines in eastern Germany were hit by protests as activists criticized the German government’s climate change plans and urged an immediate coal phase-out. Authorities said more than 1,000 people took part in the protests at mines in Brandenburg and Saxony. [Deutsche Welle]

Protest at mine (H Schmidt | DPA | Picture Alliance)

¶ “South Korea Pumps Money Into Overseas Coal Plants That Would Be Banned At Home” • A Greenpeace report identifies South Korea as the third-biggest public investor in overseas coal-fired power plant projects among the G-20 group of major economies. The money is going into projects that would be illegal in South Korea. [The Wire]

US:

¶ “Xcel Sees Financial Payoff In Push For Wind-Power Development” • Xcel Energy filed a document with Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission asking it to approve bringing more than $100 million of wind-energy projects into the calculations of regulated electricity rates. And the news is that the new power will be cheaper. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Wind turbines (Xcel Energy | Star Tribune)

¶ “Pelosi To Lead Group Of Democratic Lawmakers To UN Climate Change Conference” • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will lead a group of Democratic lawmakers to a United Nations conference on climate change less than a month after the Trump administration began formally withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Is #3 Best Selling Vehicle In California Through September” • The California New Car Dealers Association recently released its California Auto Outlook report. It shows that the Tesla Model 3 was only about 300 units short of being the second best selling vehicle in California for the period of January to September 2019. [CleanTechnica]

Have a faultlessly idyllic day.

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