December 7 Energy News

December 7, 2019

COP25:

¶ “COP25: Evidence Of Climate Change Not Being Met With Urgency From Wealthy Nations” • The latest evidence reinforces the need for scaled-up climate action, but wealthy countries attending the UN climate talks in Madrid, including the world largest carbon emitters, have been accused of lagging behind in embracing urgent climate action. [Irish Times]

Protesters demanding urgent action at Madrid’s city
hall (Photo: Oscar Del Pozo | AFP via Getty Images)

¶ “COP 25: Renewable Energy Ambition In NDCs Must Double By 2030” • Countries are being urged to raise renewable energy ambition significantly and adopt targets to transform the global energy system in the next Nationally Determined Contributions round, according to a report to be released by the International Renewable Energy Agency. [REVE]

¶ “Oceans Finally Take Center Stage At COP25” • Oceans are a foundation for human life. The recently published Special Report on the Ocean and Crysophere in a Changing Climate, from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reveals the extent of the crisis facing humanity as the ocean and its systems begin to collapse. [The Japan Times]

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Science and Technology:

¶ “Indian Ocean Dipole: What Is It And Why Is It Linked To Floods And Bushfires?” • Flooding in East Africa and drought in Australia are both related to what is called the “Indian Ocean Dipole.” It is a phenomenon similar to El Niño, in which ocean temperatures are extreme. Models show that increased levels of CO₂ can make it more frequent. [CNN]

¶ “Permafrost Hits A Grim Threshold” • According to research based upon field observations conducted from 2003 to 2017, a large-scale carbon emission shift has occurred in the Arctic. The region had been a carbon sink, but the “entire Arctic” now emits more carbon than it absorbs. This can only be described as worse than bad news. [CounterPunch]

Collapsing permafrost (Boris Radosavljevic – CC BY 2.0)

World:

¶ “German SPD Wants To Renegotiate Climate Package” • The new leaders of Germany’s Social Democratic Party have called for a renegotiation of the country’s climate package. “The climate change package of the grand coalition is not enough,” SPD co-leader Norbert Walter-Borjans. He also challenged its fairness and effectiveness. [reNEWS]

¶ “Spain Will Hit 68% Renewable Power In 2030, But Needs More Flexibility – BNEF” • Spain will be able to meet 68% of its electricity demand with renewable energy by 2030 and 88% in 2050, according to a report co-authored by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Spanish renewables and infrastructure group Acciona SA. [Renewables Now]

El Andevalo wind farm (Iberdrola image)

¶ “BMW Group Joins ‘Getting to Zero Coalition,’ First Carmaker To Do So” • BMW Group joined the “Getting to Zero Coalition” ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid. By 2023, BMW Group will be offering 25 electrified models. Its factories in Europe have been powered by 100% green electricity since 2017. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Danish Renewables Auction Too Successful At Driving Down Public Cost Of Clean Energy” • The average price premium to be paid over wholesale electricity rates to the successful bidders has fallen 30% in a year, prompting Danish energy authorities to muse they may be allocating too much public money to support such projects. [pv magazine International]

Denmark (Image: SteenJepsen | Pixabay)

¶ “Australia Bushfires North Of Sydney ‘Too Big To Put Out'” • A “mega blaze” raging across a 60 km (37 mile) front north of the Australian city of Sydney cannot currently be put out, fire officials have warned. The severity of the blazes so early in the fire season has caused alarm, and prompted calls for greater action to tackle climate change. [BBC]

US:

¶ “County Endorses Renewable Power Push” • A resolution to power Grand County, Utah, with 100% renewable energy by 2030 passed unanimously at Tuesday’s Grand County Council meeting despite concerns over the potential cost to customers. The council agreed to the resolution with the caveat that an opt-out clause is included. [The Times-Independent]

Moab, county seat of Grand County (Wikipedia)

¶ “Trump’s Tariffs Cost Americans 62,000 Solar Jobs” • Trump’s tariffs have harmed Americans by raising prices, cutting jobs, and losing the US billions in investment opportunities. From 2017–2021, the Solar Energy Industries Association expects 62,000 fewer jobs in the solar industry, which is more than the entire US coal mining industry. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “FPL’s Turkey Point First US Nuclear Plant To Get License Out To 80 Years” • When the NRC authorized a subsequent license renewal for two units of the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating facility in Florida, it marked the first time a reactor’s lifespan has been extended from 60 to 80 years. It is an example of the NRC failing to do its job, opponents said. [Utility Dive]

Turkey Point (FPL image)

¶ “A 2.9-MW Solar Project For 10 Schools In Richmond” • A 2.9-MW solar project by Standard Solar is supporting Richmond Public Schools. Solar arrays were installed at ten elementary and high schools throughout the Richmond, Virginia, and Dominion Energy service area. The project should be completed by the end of this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Former Radioactive Site Collapses Into Detroit River, Raising Drinking Water Safety Concerns” • A site on the Detroit River that was used to produce radioactive materials during World War II collapsed last week. While officials in the United States say the water is free of radioactivity, the city of Windsor on the Canadian side is raising concerns. [CNN]

Have an entirely delightful day.

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