Christian Science Monitor: Paris Climate Talks Will Go On, Organizers Say
After a wave of deadly terrorist attacks that killed 129 people in Paris Friday night, France says the climate summit scheduled for the end of November will go on as planned.
The conference, taking place Nov. 30-Dec. 11, has been planned for Paris since November 2013. The goal of the global meeting is to nail down a legally binding deal that will limit rising greenhouse gas emissions.
And despite France’s worse mass casualty attack since World War II on Friday, the conference “will be held because it’s an essential meeting for humanity,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls confirmed to TF1 television Saturday.
Star Tribune: Solar Garden Options Rolling Out for Xcel Energy Customers in Minnesota
At least 10 energy companies are offering community solar to Xcel residential customers, and most are ramping up marketing -- with door-to-door campaigns, civic group partnerships and advertising. They promise a no-hassle way to go solar and save on electric bills. Only one solar garden is operating, but hundreds are in the pipeline and likely to be built next year.
“Customers have just not had access to a solution like this,” said Paul Keene, vice president of shared solar for NRG Home Solar, a Princeton, N.J.-based company that has entered the Minnesota residential market with door-knocking sales crews. “We see a huge pent-up interest.”
San Francisco Chronicle: Nuclear's Last Stand in California
California’s largest power plant churns out enough electricity for 1.7 million homes, yet pumps no greenhouse gases into the sky. Unlike the wind farms and solar plants spreading across the state, its output doesn’t vary hour by hour, day or night. It needs little land and less fuel.
But the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., is the last of its kind in the state. And in less than 10 years, it could close, ending nuclear power’s long history in California at the very moment that the state -- determined to stop climate change -- needs carbon-free electricity more than ever.
Tech Portal: Nissan Wants to Make Wireless Charging for Electric Cars Mainstream
Nissan is reportedly working on a system that is rated at 7 kW. This system will be a huge upgrade from the current one from the company which is just under 3 kW (which the company calls a tease). A company official at Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, Japan in a recent visit after the Tokyo Motor Show, “3 kW is not enough, so we’re focusing on higher power.”
This new system could be easily used to charge high-capacity batteries for long-distance travels, like 60 kW packs that could take you about 200 miles. This could be a premium option for the Leaf or another vehicle.
The Indian Express: India Pledges to Hike Renewable Energy Output to 175 GW by 2022
Pledging to quadruple India’s renewable power capacity to 175 gigawatt by 2022 and cut fossil fuel subsidies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the world’s top economies to build support systems focused on nations that have the maximum growth potential. He also asked them to keep infrastructure financing in developing countries as a key priority.
In his lead intervention at G20 Working Lunch on Development and Climate Change, he offered seven points for consideration, which include shifts from "carbon credit" to "green credit" and an increase in the share of traffic on public transport in cities by 30 percent by 2030.