Archive for December 12th, 2019

December 12 Energy News

December 12, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Methane Pulse Detected From South Sudan Wetlands” • Scientists think they can now explain at least part of the recent growth in methane levels in the atmosphere. Studies point to a big jump in emissions coming from just the wetlands of South Sudan. Microbes in saturated soil produce methane, and soils in the area are saturated. [BBC]

Fishing in the Sudd wetland (Karen Conniff, Wikimedia)


¶ “Latest EDGAR Report Finds Concern Over Rising Global Carbon Emissions” • The European Commissions’ Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research released the 2018 statistics on global carbon emissions. They are alarming. They have increased enough that reaching targets laid out for 2030 will be exceedingly difficult. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Time Person Of The Year: Climate Crisis Activist Greta Thunberg” • Time magazine has chosen Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist, as person of the year. Thunberg, 16, is the youngest person ever chosen. “Thunberg has become the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote. [CNN]

Time Person of the Year

¶ “India Assures Global Investors Of Payment Security In Green Deals” • A payment security mechanism has been put in place to protect green energy investments, a official in India’s new and renewable energy ministry told investors. The investors are concerned about the Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to have a relook at contracts. [Livemint]

¶ “Cape Town Seeks Urgent Permission To Buy Renewable Energy” • The City of Cape Town is pressing ahead on demands that municipalities be allowed to buy renewable energy from independent power producers in accordance with the new generation capacity regulations in the Electricity Generation Act. South Africa is in an energy crisis. [ITWeb]

Cape Town

¶ “Leaders ‘Criminally Negligent’ If They Ignore Climate Science, Says Al Gore” • Former US Vice President Al Gore told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, “It is criminally negligent for the generation of leaders in power today to stick their heads in the sand and ignore what the scientists are telling us in ever more dire terms.” [Reuters]

¶ “Almost Two-Thirds Of Australia’s Coal-Fired Generation Will Be Out By 2040, AEMO Says” • Old Australian coal-fired power plants could be shuttered earlier than expected if competition from renewable generators and carbon budgets render them uneconomic, according to a new assessment by the Australian Energy Market Operator. [The Guardian]

Solar array (Mick Tsikas | AAP)

¶ “100% Renewables Means 95% Less Water Consumption For Conventional Power Generation” • According to a new study by Finland’s LUT University, solar PV consumes between 2% and 15% of the water that coal and nuclear power plants use to produce the same amount of electricity; for wind, this percentage ranges from 0.1% to 14%. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “UK Wind Generates New Record” • Wind power in the UK set a new generation record on 10 December of almost 17 GW, just 48 hours after setting the previous record, according to National Grid data. National Grid said that wind powered electric power generation hit has high as 16,873 MW between 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm on that day. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines in Scotland (reNEWS image)


¶ “Chevron Takes A $10 Billion Hit From Cheap Oil And Gas Prices” • America’s abundance of crude oil and natural gas is forcing Chevron to reduce the value of its energy portfolio. Chevron, the nation’s number two oil company, plans to take a $10 billion to $11 billion charge to reflect a gloomier outlook for oil and gas prices. [CNN]

¶ “Renewable Developers Raise Eyebrows Over GMP Green Energy Trading App” • An effort by Vermont’s largest electric utility to make it easier for business customers to buy green power is meeting resistance from some renewable energy proponents. This is because the app allows trades from already established renewable energy systems. []

Green Mountain Power solar array (Glenn Russell | VTDigger)

¶ “JFK Airport Gets NYC’s Largest Solar Energy Project” • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced New York City’s largest solar energy project, with 7.5 MW of PVs and 13 MW of storage capacity. The installation at John F. Kennedy International Airport, was awarded to SunPower and Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Group. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Dominion Energy, Vanguard Renewables Partner On Dairy Renewable Natural Gas” • Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables announced a nationwide strategic partnership of over $200 million to convert methane from US dairy farms to produce renewable natural gas to heat homes, power businesses, and fuel vehicles. [Biomass Magazine]

Vanguard Renewables facility (Business Wire image)

¶ “Baker Hughes Joins Growing List Of Companies Getting Power From Renewables” • Houston oil field services company Baker Hughes has joined a growing list of companies such as AT&T, Ikea, Google, and Amazon that get their power from renewable energy sources. Executives signed a 10 year renewable energy agreement with EDF. [Houston Chronicle]

¶ “With New Agreement, Fairfax County Schools, Buildings To Expand Solar Power Infrastructure” • Solar systems will be coming to dozens of public schools and facilities in Fairfax County, Virginia, with a large-scale renewable energy initiative. The county unveiled multiple power purchase agreements with solar service providers. [Reston Now]

Have a fantabulously copacetic day.

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