December 11 Energy News

December 11, 2019

COP25:

¶ “Major emitters accused of blocking progress at UN talks” • Delegates from developing countries have reacted angrily to what they see as attempts to block progress at the COP25 meeting in Madrid. One negotiator told the BBC that the talks had failed to find agreement on a range of issues because of the blocking actions of some large emitters. [BBC News]

Climate protesters (Getty Images)

¶ “Innovative Hydropower Project Unveiled At COP25” • A major new energy innovation project to show how smart hydropower technologies can deliver a low-carbon, reliable, and resilient power system has been launched. The €18 million initiative was announced by the European Commission and a consortium of 19 partners at COP25. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Canada Applauded For Zero Carbon Commitment At COP25” • Climate advocates are applauding an international pledge by Canada to introduce legislation for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson made the pledge in a speech at the opening of high-level negotiations at COP25 in Madrid. [National Observer]

Environment Minister Wilkinson at COP25 (National Observer)

World:

¶ “Philippine Study Shows Evidence Of ‘Criminal Intent’ By Oil Majors, Says CIEL” • Evidence from a four-year investigation led the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines to find that 47 oil majors could be found legally and morally liable for human rights violations arising from anthropogenic climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Thick Bushfire Smoke Blankets Sydney, Causing Air Pollution To Rise 11 Times Above ‘Hazardous’ Levels” • Smoke from bushfires covered Sydney, creating unhealthy air quality conditions measuring up to 11 times the “hazardous” level. The New South Wales director of environmental health called the haze “unprecedented,” Reuters reported. [CNN]

Sydney Opera House (Rick Rycroft | AP)

¶ “The Rule Of Climate Law – Denmark Shows How It’s Done” • Binding climate legislation is now agreed upon in the Danish parliament. An astounding 167 seats out of a total of 179 agree that any sitting government in the country is now obliged to work actively towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% in 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Denmark Unveils 10-GW Energy Islands Initiative” • The Danish government is seeking possible locations for one or more energy islands that could support at least 10 GW of offshore wind. Energy islands could be either actual islands or artificial platforms. They will act as hubs for electricity generation from surrounding offshore wind farms. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Ørsted image)

¶ “UAE Developer Seals 700-MW Egypt Green Build” • UAE-based AMEA Power is to build a 500-MW wind farm and 200-MW solar plant in Egypt after securing power purchase agreements with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company for the projects. The solar farm and wind farm are due to be online in 2021 and 2023 respectively. [reNEWS]

¶ “‘World’s First’ Fully-Electric Commercial Flight Takes Off” • An all-electric powered seaplane has taken flight for a test flight in Vancouver. It was the first flight of what the operators say is the aviation industry’s “first all-electric commercial fleet.” The six-passenger Harbour Air aircraft is fitted with a magniX electric motor system. [BBC]

Takeoff (Harbour Air And magniX)

¶ “The Arctic Saw Near-Record Heat Again In 2019. It’s An Ominous Sign For The Future Of The Planet” • In 2019, average air temperatures in the Arctic were 1.9°C (3.42 °F) above normal, the second-hottest recorded since 1900, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual Arctic Report Card. [CNN]

US:

¶ “Green Mountain Power Introduces Plan That Allows Homeowners To Sell Solar Power Direct To Businesses” • Green Mountain Power is creating a platform that will allow residential customers with rooftop solar systems to sell the electricity they generate directly to businesses for the first time in America. The program is currently limited in scope. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop PVs in Vermont (PenelopeIsMe, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Court Clears ExxonMobil Of Misleading Investors About Cost Of Climate Change” • A New York judge ruled that ExxonMobil did not mislead investors about how it accounted for the cost of climate change regulations. A spokesman for the New York attorney general’s office told CNN the state is reviewing Judge Ostrager’s decision. [CNN]

¶ “93-MWh Tesla Megapack Coming To Alaska To Save Customers Cash ” • A new 46.5-MW, 93-MWh Tesla Megapack system installed in Alaska by the Homer Electric Association, Inc, will be used to offset electricity that otherwise would have come from a peaker plant. The new battery pack will be installed at the Soldotna Power Plant. [CleanTechnica]

Homer City Hall (michaelh2001, Wikipedia, public domain)

¶ “UArizona, TEP Renewable Energy Project Proposal Approved” • The Arizona Corporation Commission approved a renewable energy project of the University of Arizona and Tucson Electric Power. UArizona will be the largest research university in the country to have a plan in place to offset the entirety of it’s greenhouse gases. [KVOA Tucson News]

¶ “Georgia Power Lowers 2 Million Pound Shield Building Roof On Plant Vogtle Nuclear Reactor” • Georgia Power completed a pair of safety milestones related to the $25 billion Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project. The company released a video of the 2 million pound roof of the Vogtle Unit 3 shield building being set into place. [Atlanta Business Chronicle]

Have a radically nice day.

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