December 9 Energy News

December 9, 2019

COP25:

¶ “Climate Change: UN Negotiators ‘playing Politics’ Amid Global Crisis” • UN negotiators meeting in Madrid have been accused of “playing politics” while the climate crisis grows. The talks are bogged down in technical details. Ministers are due to arrive in the Spanish capital this week to try to secure an ambitious outcome. [BBC]

Climate march (Getty Images)

¶ “Cities Are No Longer Waiting Around For Nations, Milan’s Mayor Says” • Because a small number of nations are blocking progress in implementing the Paris Agreement, and cities already feel their impact of climate change, they are ready to take the lead in fighting global warming, Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala told EURACTIV in an interview. [EURACTIV]

¶ “Thousands Join Greta Thunberg At Climate Change Rally In Madrid” • Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg is getting tired of all the attention she gets, and wants the media to focus on other activists as she prepares for two more events in Madrid. She said she is just a small part of a very big movement and she wants others to get attention. [EL PAÍS in English]

Indigenous Chilean activists (Ricardo Rubio | Europa Press)

¶ “COP25 Envoys Weigh Climate Loss And Damage Mechanism” • Two of the worst storms ever recorded hit developing nations this year, supercharged by the climate emergency’s rising global temperatures. Now there’s an international push to link the billions of dollars in devastation to climate change and compel rich, industrial nations to pay. [Bloomberg]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Renewable Electricity In The Mix” • When a river flows into the sea, the fresh and salt waters mix, releasing energy. If you add up the energy released at every river mouth around the globe, it is equal to the amount 2000 nuclear reactors produce. A new dialysis membrane for harvesting the energy costs only about 3% of earlier membranes. [Advanced Science News]

Mixing waters

World:

¶ “Industry, Climate Groups Issue EU Green Deal Plea” • The European Round Table for Industry, comprising the bosses of 55 of the block’s leading industrial companies, and the Coalition for Higher Ambition, a group of business, investor, trade unions, and NGO representatives, are both pushing the EU to do more to tackle the climate emergency. [reNEWS]

¶ “India Can Generate 18,000 MW Of Renewable Energy Using Biomass: Power Minister R K Singh” • India can generate around 18,000 MW of renewable energy using biomass and an additional 7,000 to 8,000 MW from bagasse cogeneration in sugar mills, according to the country’s power and renewable energy minister, R K Singh. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Biogas system

¶ “Power Prices Predicted To Fall As Much As 20% Over Next Three Years Thanks Mostly To Renewables” • The Australian Energy Market Commission forecasts that power prices will come down in all but two Australian states and territories over the next three years. The prices in Queensland are expected to fall by 20%. [NEWS.com.au]

¶ “Oil giant BP increases stake in solar developer Lightsource” • British oil and gas supermajor BP announced it will increase its stake in solar developer Lightsource in an effort to help speed up the company’s growth and its ambitions to develop 10 GW of renewable energy assets by the end of 2023. Lightsource has been renamed Lightsource BP. [RenewEconomy]

Floating solar array (Lightsoure BP image)

¶ “China Sets Up State-Owned National Oil, Gas Pipe Company In Drive To ‘Boost Competition’” • China has announced that a national oil and gas pipeline company has been established, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The move is to give investors fair access to infrastructure mainly controlled by China’s three national oil companies. [South China Morning Post]

¶ “Polluting Firms ‘Will Be Hit By Climate Policies'” • Carbon-intensive firms are likely to lose 43% of their value due to policies designed to combat climate change, according to a report commissioned by the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment. Meanwhile the most progressive companies will see an uplift of 33% in their value. [BBC News]

Burning fossil fuels (Getty Images)

US:

¶ “Oak Ridge National Lab Is Deep Into Second-Use Battery Control System Development” • A lithium-ion battery used to power an automobile degrades over time, to the point when it can no longer charge or discharge rapidly enough for use in a car. But when that point comes, batteries typically have 60 to 70% of their useful life remaining. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Alliance For Clean Energy New York Pushes For Carbon Fee On Thermal Generating Stations” • New York State has an energy standard calling for 70% of its electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. But the Alliance for Clean Energy New York says the state is unlikely to meet that goal without a fee on carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (Image: Alliance for Clean Energy)

¶ “Climate Activists Block Train Taking Coal To A New England Power Plant, Climate Organizer Confirms” • Climate activists blocked a train in Hooksett, New Hampshire, Sunday that was carrying a shipment of coal. They were trying to shut down the last major coal-fired power plant in New England, an organizer said. [NewsCenterMaine.com WCSH-WLBZ]

¶ “Kansas City Is First Major City In America To Offer Free Public Transportation. Is That A Good Thing?” • The city council of Kansas City voted 13-0 to make all city bus routes free. The city’s light rail is already free to use. This makes Kansas City the first major American city to make its public transportation free to use for all. [CleanTechnica]

Have a beautifully amusing day.

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