December 2 Energy News

December 2, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “How To Travel Without Destroying The Planet” • A 2018 report by journal Nature Climate Change found that tourism accounts for about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that shopping and food are “significant” contributors. But many people are changing their habits. Awareness of climate change has driven an 8% increase in rail journeys. [CNN]

Eat local dishes (Courtesy Perry Aragon)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Biofuels Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 96%” • A report published by the National Academy of Sciences offers a cost-effective way to make biofuels that can be substituted for fossil fuels directly with few if any changes to the engines. They could reduce emissions up to 96% and cost a fraction of the fossil fuels they replace. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Climate Change: COP25 Talks Open As ‘Point Of No Return’ In Sight” • Political leaders and climate diplomats are meeting in Madrid for two weeks of talks amid a growing sense of crisis. Speaking ahead of the meeting, UN Secretary General António Guterres said, “the point of no return is no longer over the horizon.” [BBC via Albanian Daily News]

Spanish minister Teresa Ribera, COP President Carolina
Schmidt, and UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa (COP25 image)

¶ “Dublin Approves Debut Renewables Auction” • The Irish government approved the first capacity auction to be held under the country’s new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme. The round, which will open early next year subject to EU state aid approval, will deliver up to 3000 GWh of capacity, all of which is to come online by end-2022. [reNEWS]

¶ “Climate Crisis Forcing 20 Million People A Year From Their Homes, Oxfam Says” • Climate-fueled disasters have forced about 20 million people per year to leave their homes in the past decade, according to a new report from Oxfam. This makes the climate the biggest driver of internal displacement for the ten year period. [CNN]

Flooding in Cuba after Irma (Yamil Lage | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Portugal’s EPAL Turns To Renewables To Achieve Emission Neutrality” • Portugal’s capital water supply company EPAL announced plans to achieve emission neutrality by 2025. It is looking to produce its own energy from hydro, wind, and solar PV sources, and also take advantage of the storage in its existing water reservoirs. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Construction Starts On Pilot Green Hydrogen Plant In South Australia” • Australian Gas Networks, which operates natural gas transmission and distribution networks, announced beginning construction of a pilot facility that will produce green hydrogen and blend some of it into the local gas distribution network in South Australia. [Renewables Now]

Hydrogen facility (Image: ARENA)

¶ “New Scheme To Help Community Groups Generate Electricity” • In a major upheaval of the Irish energy sector, the Government has outlined how community groups can get into power generation under the first renewable electricity support scheme. While expanding solar and wind power, the scheme is includes “citizen energy” options. [Irish Times]

¶ “Huge Surge In Number Of Companies Targeting 100% Renewables By 2030” • The Climate Group has received more than double the number of corporate signatories first expected to its RE100 scheme. The target dates for 100% renewables now stand on average at 2028, according to its latest progress and annual insights report. [edie.net]

Solar array

¶ “Premiers Ford, Moe And Higgs Sign Deal On Development Of Small Nuclear Reactors” • The premiers of Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Ontario announced a deal to use small nuclear reactors to reduce carbon emissions. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said small reactors would be a “meaningful action” to address climate change. [Newstalk 1010]

¶ “Fukushima Melted Fuel Removal Begins 2021, End State Unknown” • Nearly nine years after the Fukushima Disaster, it is still largely uncertain how the plant will be decommissioned. In a revised road map, the toughest challenge is to remove the 800 tons of nuclear fuel that had melted and fallen to the bottoms of their primary containment vessels. [WIZM NEWS]

Fukushima Daiichi (Tomohiro Ohsumi | Pool Photo via AP, File)

US:

¶ “Solar Expected To Disrupt Texas Fossil-Fuel Apple Cart” • Texas produces far more wind-generated electricity than any other state. But when it comes to solar energy, Texas lags behind several other states. That is about to change, as Texas is expected to double its solar electricity output next year and then again the year after that. [Houston Chronicle]

¶ “Missouri Teachers Are Schooling Students On Climate Change Even Though It’s Not Required” • The visible impacts of climate change becoming a classroom topic. Teachers in Missouri are using real-world issues and collaboration to help their students understand the science of climate change and the effect it could have on local communities. [KCUR]

Little kids learning about solar power (Bigstock Images)

¶ “Colorado Rethinks Dam Safety As Climate Change Heightens Risk For State’s 27 ‘Unsatisfactory’ Structures” • A climate-driven shift toward extreme storms has compelled Colorado officials to rethink the safety of hundreds of dams across the state that hold water and mine waste. Included are 27 high-hazard dams already listed as deficient. [The Denver Post]

¶ “NJ Pushes For Clean Energy But Rate Agency Worried About Utility Bills” • Gov Phil Murphy is pressing ahead with a plan to change the way New Jersey gets its electric power, but this has New Jersey’s top consumer watchdog concerned for several reasons. For one, the plan relies on nuclear power even after the plant licenses expire. [New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio]

Have a marvelously invigorating day.

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