- Japanese companies are developing a plant that, when it is completed, will be the world’s largest single geothermal power station. All together, the three facilities at the Sarulla plant will be able to generate 320 MW of electricity. The No 1 unit is already generating power, ahead of its official launch by the end of the year. [Nikkei Asian Review]
- French president Francois Hollande has said that the US must respect their commitments made under the COP21 Agreement in Paris. Speaking at climate talks in Marrakech, Mr Hollande said that the pact was irreversible “in law and in fact.” President Hollande said France would defend the deal in talks with the new US leader. [BBC]
- Spanish infrastructure group Acciona SA said it would spend some €2 billion ($2.1 billion) on renewable energy over the next five years. The company aims to reach 10,500 MW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2020, with approximately 80% of the planned investment for projects in developing countries. [SeeNews Renewables]
- The US Army Corps of Engineers delayed construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to hold further “discussion and analysis” with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has strongly opposed the project. Protests have gone on for months over the oil pipeline, which would go 1,172 miles from North Dakota to Illinois. [CNN]
- An Alaska Airlines jet has made the first renewably fueled commercial flight. Tree limbs and branches, the byproducts of the timber harvest that typically would have been burned as waste, made up some of the fuel that powered the Boeing 737 along its journey from Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport to Washington DC’s Reagan National. [Newser]
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