A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- World leaders are meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to officially sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. At least 171 countries are expected to sign the accord today, setting a record for the most countries to sign an international agreement in one day.
- San Francisco became the first large city in the U.S. to require new buildings to have solar energy capabilities installed as a way to enable the city to meet its 100 percent renewable energy goal. The city’s goals include a greenhouse gas-free electric system by 2030 and a reduction in their greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2025. California already has legislation that requires new buildings to set 15 percent of their roof for solar installations. This newly enacted legislation applies to new residential and commercial buildings of 10 floors or less.
- The government of Venezuela has decided to turn off the country’s electricity for four hours each day in an attempt to conserve energy. Luis Motta, Venezuela’s electricity minister, said that the rationing is set to begin next week with the rolling blackouts lasting for approximately 40 days to allow for the water levels in the Guri Dam to stabilize (this dam provides most of the country’s electricity). This is the latest in a series of attempts the country has taken to conserve electricity as the dam has been affected by a drought in the region.