December 13 Energy News

December 13, 2019

COP25:

¶ “Crunch Time At Climate Talks Amid Discord On Carbon Markets” • Officials from almost 200 countries are poring over revised drafts, preparing for a last push at an annual UN summit to finalize rules for the Paris climate accord amid signs that resolving the issue of international carbon markets may be postponed for another year. [RiverBender.com]

Greenpeace activists at COP25 (Paul White | AP photo)

¶ “COP25 Hears Of Sharp Rise In Climate Court Cases Against Governments, Corporations” • Climate litigation against governments, corporations and fossil fuel companies continued to increase across the world during 2019 with more than 1,000 cases in train, according to litigants who at COP25 outlined a range of high profile cases being pursued. [Irish Times]

¶ “Youth Climate Activists Storm COP25 Stage” • Young activists took over and occupied the main stage at the COP25 climate conference in Madrid, Spain. They demanded world leaders commit to far more ambitious action to address the ecological emergency. “World leaders have left us no choice,” said 14-year-old Alexandria Villaseñor of New York. [EcoWatch]

Young activists (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez | Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Rumor: Tesla Gigafactory 4 Slated To Produce 500,000 Cars A Year And Employ 10,000” • Though it has not been confirmed by Tesla, the German newspaper Bild reports that when fully completed, the new Tesla factory in Germany will be capable of building up to half a million vehicles a year and employ as many as 10,000 workers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Confirms Debut Deal For Onshore Titan” • Siemens Gamesa confirmed an order for 35 of its 5.8-155 machines for the 231MW Skaftasen wind farm from developer Arise AB and investor Foresight Group. The machines have flexible power rating up to 6.6 MW. Installation will take place in the second quarter of 2021. [reNEWS]

Siemens Gamesa wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “47.86 GW Of Renewable Energy Capacity Installed In Last Six Years” • A total of 47.86 GW of renewable energy capacity has been installed in India during the six years from March, 2014 to October, 2019. The Government has a target of installing 175 GW of renewable  capacity by the year 2022, including 100 GW from solar, and 60 GW from wind. [pv magazine India]

¶ “New Report Envisages 10-Fold Increase In Global Wind Power By 2050” • An International Renewable Energy Agency report says deep electrification, accelerated deployment of renewables, and greater energy efficiency, can together achieve over 90% of the energy-related CO₂ emissions reductions needed by 2050 to meet Paris climate targets. [UN Environment]

Block Island wind farm (Ionna 22, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Supply Turbines For Sweden’s Latest Cypress-Equipped Wind Farm” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it was selected by Holmen as the wind turbine supplier of 26 turbines for the 143-MW Blåbergsliden wind farm, Sweden. The project is GE’s second Cypress-equipped wind farm in Sweden. [POWER Magazine]

¶ “Rather Than Fight The Power, This German Town Went Fully Renewable” • The German town of Wolfhagen is particularly demonstrative of what can be achieved when municipalities adopt innovative approaches to the ownership and governance of energy infrastructure. Significant lessons can be drawn from Wolfhagen’s hybrid ownership model. [Inverse]

Wolfhagen (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Tokyo 2020 Showpiece Event Being Billed As ‘Recovery Olympics’, But For Many In Fukushima Life Remains A Struggle” • With the Fukushima nuclear disaster nearly nine years past, Tokyo organizers and Japan’s government are calling upcoming Olympic games the “Recovery Olympics.” But many Fukushima evacuees still cannot go home. [Firstpost]

US:

¶ “Moorhead Homeowners Can Go With 100% Renewable Energy In 2020” • Minnesota utility Moorhead Public Service will give customers a 100% renewable energy option next year. The utility reports that 63% of its power is already renewable, but by paying 0.5¢/kWh extra, customers will get 100% of their electricity from renewable sources. [INFORUM]

Wind turbine

¶ “US Solar Energy Industry In A Slump? Not So Fast!” • The 2019 third-quarter report from the Solar Energy Industries Association shows a strong year-over-year growth rate of 45% for the quarter. That’s not the most significant thing about it, though. The real action is in some of the 15 states reporting their best quarter ever. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Natural Gas Plant Replacing Los Angeles Coal Power To Be 100% Hydrogen By 2045: LADWP” • Los Angeles’ municipal utility is planning to convert a Utah power operation from coal to natural gas, and then to 100% hydrogen by 2045. The gas-fired generation is replacing a 1,800-MW coal plant, which will cease operations in 2025. [Utility Dive]

Coal-burning power plant (Phil Konstantin | Wikipedia)

¶ “EDF Renewables North America And Array Technologies Announce New Partnership Deal” • Array Technologies, makers of single-axis solar tracking, and EDF Renewables North America announced a new partnership between the two companies for the purchase of single-axis solar tracking equipment for nearly 2 GW of PVs over the next several years. [Business Wire]

¶ “Mortenson Chosen To Add 750 MW To Wyoming’s Wind Energy Portfolio” • Rocky Mountain Power chose Minnesota-based developer Mortenson, to build the TB Flats I & II Wind Energy Project and the Ekola Flats Wind Energy Project in Medicine Bow, Wyoming. The two projects will have a combined capacity of 750 MW. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Have a gloriously gorgeous day.

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