Archive for December 16th, 2019

December 16 Energy News

December 16, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Why Madrid Climate Summit Fell Short Of Global Expectations” • COP25 climate negotiations, the longest in 25 such gatherings, ended with major polluters resisting calls to ramp up efforts to keep global warming at bay. Here is a look at the main issues resolved, and the sticking points for future negotiations. [Christian Science Monitor]

Greta Thunberg (Andrea Comas | AP)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Converting Coal Plants To Biomass Could Fuel Climate Crisis, Scientists Warn” • Plans to shift Europe’s coal plants, including the giant Drax complex, to burn wood pellets instead of coal could accelerate rather than combat climate crisis and lay waste to forests equal to half the size of Germany’s Black Forest per year, according to campaigners. [The Guardian]

¶ “The AppScooter Is The Tesla of Scooters” • We are all familiar with electric cars, but many of us tend to overlook the scooter category of EVs. This may be because there has been no example that shines like a beacon of hope the way Tesla does. Until now, that is, and the scooter we are talking about today is the Etergo AppScooter. [CleanTechnica]

Etergo AppScooters (Etergo image)

World:

¶ “Bringing Renewable Power To Solomon Islands” • The Government of Solomon Islands and the International Finance Corporation announced a financing agreement for the Tina River Hydropower Project. Solomon Islands, now reliant on imported diesel oil, will get most of its electricity from renewable energy, reducing power costs and emissions. [Scoop.co.nz]

¶ “‘Cleaner And Cheaper’: Sunny Spain Is Banking On Renewable Energy” • Although the outcome of COP25 may not shine, its host, Spain, welcomed the opportunity to spotlight its fast-tracked shift to renewable energy sources. Spain currently has 28.5 GW of renewables and an additional 62.9 GW that has got permits but is not yet operational. [News24]

Wind turbines (Iago Casabiell González, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “The Top Renewable Energy Countries Revealed” • Recently, Smart Energy International reported the energy consumption of 21 nations to observe which are the most driven by renewable energy, and which aren’t. This included analyzing their total consumption of solar, hydropower, wind and bioenergy. Here are some results. [Energy Matters]

¶ “IDB Invest Loans $5 Million For 6.4-MW PV Project In Honduras” • IDB Invest, the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank, granted a $5 million (€4.5 million) loan for a rooftop solar system in Honduras. With a capacity of up to 6.4 MW, the PV array is expected to meet 25% of the energy needs of its site, an industrial park. [Renewables Now]

Industrial park in Honduras (Grupo Kattan)

¶ “UK Moorside Nuclear Mission Unsure After Toshiba Writedown” • The future of Britain’s new Moorside nuclear plant is in doubt after Toshiba Corp, its co-developer with France‘s Engie, said it planned to pull out. Toshiba had earlier delayed reporting its earnings, after posting a $6.3 billion hit to its US nuclear unit, Westinghouse. [Wellston Journal]

Australia:

¶ “Australia Bushfires: ‘Mega Blaze’ Destroys Homes Ahead Of Heatwave” • Australian authorities issued fresh warnings about a “mega blaze” after it spread beyond containment lines and razed 20 houses near Sydney. The fire, burning over about 400,000 hectares, has moved further into the Blue Mountains – a popular tourist area west of the city. [BBC]

Bushfire near Sydney (Nina Lipscombe)

¶ “Queensland University Powers Up Tesla Batteries On Way To 100% Renewables” • The University of Queensland has flicked the switch on its own Tesla energy storage system as part of the university’s aim to become 100% renewably powered by onsite generation. The $2 million system will provide 2,000 kWh of energy storage. [One Step Off The Grid]

¶ “Yallourn Could Be Replaced With Renewables And Batteries By 2023, Says Report” • Victoria’s electricity network could safely accommodate the early closure of EnergyAustralia’s ageing Yallourn Power Station with renewable energy and battery storage, even with just the minimum three years’ notice, a study has found. [RenewEconomy]

Yallourn Power Station

US:

¶ “Georgia Power Inaction On Renewables May Lead To Loss Of Large Industrial Customer” • Last April, Georgia Power filed a complaint with the Georgia Public Service Commission to block a competing utility from providing Nestlé Purina with renewable electricity at a lower price than its own. The case is now being considered. [Energy and Policy Institute]

¶ “All The Good (Under-the-Radar) News About Renewable Energy” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory came out with three reports last week that should give stakeholders in fossil fuel the willies. Big solar arrays and wind farms make big headlines, but these reports deal with behind-the-scenes research that carries more weight. [CleanTechnica]

Block Island wind farm (NREL image)

¶ “Summit County, Park City Have Partners In Renewable Energy Plan” • Summit County and Park City are two Utah communities saying they want to participate in the Community Renewable Energy Program with Rocky Mountain Power. The program allows communities to choose to get their electricity from 100% renewable sources by 2030. [KPCW]

¶ “Westinghouse Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Ten Years After Acquisition By Toshiba” • US nuclear energy company Westinghouse Electric has filed for bankruptcy protection, as the subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba cites more than $6 billion in cost overruns in the construction of four nuclear power reactors in the US. [Stock Daily Dish]

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