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August 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The governor of Montana is worried about climate change. The eastern half of the Montana is now in the most severe drought in the nation. July farm losses are nearly $400 million more than last year’s, according to figures from the US Forest Service. And the state’s wildfire season is costing Montanans more than a million dollars a day. [MTPR]
A difficult year in Montana (Credit: Nate Hegyi | YPR)

A difficult year in Montana (Credit: Nate Hegyi | YPR)

  • Most Europeans can choose who they buy their power from and can choose to purchase power from renewable power plants, instead of accepting a “grey default” power offer. More and more consumers prefer to buy clean energy from solar, wind, hydro, geothermal or bio. Growth in demand for renewable power stands at 39% this year. [Press Release Rocket]
  • In Milan, architect Stefano Boeri created two high-rise apartment blocks that are adorned with a massive number of trees and plants, including 800 trees and 16,000 other plants. Combined, the two towers can convert around 44,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into oxygen annually. They also filter dust from the air. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Nederland, Colorado, city council unanimously voted to power their city with 100% renewable energy by 2025. The vote came shortly after Orlando, Florida, and Nevada City, California, established similar goals last week. The Sierra Club said that Nederland is the 42nd US city to commit to 100% renewables. [North American Windpower]
  • As climate change pushes US cities to build protections against more powerful storms and more frequent floods, the Rockefeller Foundation is helping with a kind of financing that transfers some of the risk of innovative projects from cities to investors. The environmental impact bonds were pioneered by The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. [Bloomberg]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

EVENT THURSDAY: Talkin’ Trash

Talkin’ Trash with Olivia Lapierre

When: Thursday August 17th

Where: Kilton Library Community Room in West Lebanon

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Co-sponsored by: Be Zero & the Sierra Club Upper Valley Group.

What does “zero waste” mean? Join Olivia Lapierre for the “Talkin’ Trash”event in which she defines zero waste, shares her journey to living low waste, and the benefits of this lifestyle. She will share tips on simple steps people can implement in their daily life. Olivia will also talk about the socio/cultural challenges of the lifestyle and why representation matters in climate activism!

About Be Zero: 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization – To inspire, educate, and activate individuals to dramatically reduce their individual plastic and trash footprint and to create simple and sustainable lifestyle habits.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 76WEST CLEAN ENERGY COMPETITION

Dallas-Based Skyven Technologies Named $1 Million Grand Prize Winner – Will Expand Business to the Southern Tier; Grow Southern Tier’s Clean Energy Economy

Competition Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” – the Region’s Strategic Plan to Generate Robust Economic Growth and Community Development

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the six winning companies of the 76West Clean Energy Competition, one of the largest competitions in the country that focuses on supporting and growing clean-energy businesses and economic development. Skyven Technologies, a solar heating company from Dallas, Texas, has been awarded the $1 million grand prize, and will expand its operations in the Southern Tier. The competition complements “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s comprehensive strategy to generate robust economic growth and community development.

“New York is setting a national precedent in growing clean-energy businesses and battling climate change, and this momentum continues with the 76West Competition,” Governor Cuomo said. “Skyven Technologies and the rest of the winners from this competition will bring jobs and economic growth to the Southern Tier and beyond, ensuring that New York remains at the forefront of the new clean energy economy.”

A total of $2.5 million was awarded to six innovative companies from New York and across the United States. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced the winners at an awards ceremony in downtown Binghamton today, joined by more than 100 elected officials, entrepreneurs and local business leaders. The event also named a $500,000 winner and four $250,000 winners.

As a condition of the award, companies must either move to the Southern Tier or establish a direct connection with the Southern Tier, such as a supply chain, job development with Southern Tier companies, or other strategic relationships with Southern Tier entities that increases wealth creation and creates jobs. If the companies are already in the Southern Tier, they must commit to substantially growing their business and employment in the region.

The 76West winners are:

$1 million grand prize winner

  • Skyven Technologies – Dallas, TX: uses solar heating techniques to reduce fossil fuel consumption in agriculture and other industries
$500,000 award winner
  • SunTegra – Port Chester, NY (Mid-Hudson Valley): develops solar products that are integrated into the roof to provide clean energy and an alternate look to conventional solar panels
$250,000 award winners
  • Biological Energy – Spencer, NY (Southern Tier): provides technology that increases wastewater treatment capacity while reducing energy use
  • EthosGen – Wilkes-Barre, PA: Captures and transforms waste heat to resilient, renewable on-site electric power
  • SolarKal – New York, NY (New York City): provides a brokerage service to help businesses simplify the process of going solar
  • Visolis – Berkeley, CA: produces high-value chemicals from biomass instead of petroleum, which reduces greenhouse gases
 The second round of the 76West Competition was launched in December 2016 and received applications from around the world, including Switzerland, South Africa and Israel. Of these, 15 semifinalists were chosen and participated in a marathon pitch session on July 11, at Alfred State College. Judges selected eight finalists, who then pitched their companies to a different panel of judges on July 13, in Corning, New York with six winners being selected.

In addition to announcing the 76West winners, Lt. Governor Hochul recognized Binghamton for being the first city in the Southern Tier designated as a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The Clean Energy Communities initiative recognizes municipalities that complete four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions. To earn the designation, Binghamton converted all city street lights to energy efficient LED technology, installed an electric vehicle charging station, completed energy code enforcement training, and streamlined the approvals process for local solar projects. The city is now eligible to apply for $250,000 in grants to fund additional clean energy projects.
NYSERDA administers the 76West Competition which supports New York’s nation-leading Clean Energy Standard which will ensure that 50 percent of the state’s electricity comes from renewable energy by 2030, under the comprehensive Reforming the Energy Vision, a strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. 76West fosters cleantech economic development and leadership and expands innovative entrepreneurship in the Southern Tier.

August 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A year or so from now, electric customers of Rochester, New York, could have easy access to 100% renewable energy at a price lower than their current rates. The mayor is preparing legislation stating the city’s intent to pursue community choice aggregation, which would let the city negotiate an energy-supply contract. [Rochester City Newspaper]
Rochester, New York (Evilarry, Wikimedia Commons)

Rochester, New York (Evilarry, Wikimedia Commons)

  • A study from the University of California, Berkeley gives us more reason to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The study says the US wind and solar power boom has helped prevent the premature deaths of thousands of people and has saved the country billions of dollars in healthcare and climate-related costs in a single year. [AlterNet]
  • Soon plastic waste will no longer clog up Costa Rica’s landfills. The country announced it will have a ban on single-use plastics by 2021. Costa Rica wants to become the world’s first country to achieve a comprehensive national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics, a goal that coincides with a 2021 goal of being carbon neutral. [CleanTechnica]
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan launched plans to turn his city into the world’s first National Park City and one of the greenest cities on Earth. He will create a £9 million fund to increase the cities’ trees and green infrastructure, and proposed building more green roofs, walls, and rain gardens. The first goal is to protect London’s Green Belt. [CleanTechnica]
  • Dutch Airports will run on 100% renewable energy generated in the country starting next year. Dutch airport owners Royal Schiphol Group made a deal with energy firm Eneco, which will provide 200 GWh of clean power annually for the next 15 years. Wind farms will be built to support the airports in the years ahead. [Innovators Magazine]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

August 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Residents of a remote community on the central coast of British Columbia received funding to build a run-of-river hydroelectric plant. The Wuikinuxv Village, on the banks of the Wanukv River, has about 80 people in it. It is accessible only by float plane or boat, so life is challenging, and it has depended on diesel power in the past. [BCLocalNews]
Wanukv River (Photo: CCIRA)

Wanukv River (Photo: CCIRA)

  • “Huge Climate Opportunity If RGGI Governors Step Up” • The governors of nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states are about to make a momentous decision: how much they will cut power plant pollution, and how fast they will cut it. Big carbon cuts could add $3.2 billion to state coffers and reduce air pollution. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
  • A coalition of business, environmental and community leaders has backed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make offshore wind the focus of New York’s renewable energy plan. The New York Offshore Wind Alliance voiced its support for developing green energy off the state’s coastline ahead of a series of public meetings. [reNews]
  • New analysis of flow rates and precipitation suggest flooding in urban areas is intensifying while rural areas dry up. To identify links between global warming and river flow patterns, scientists at the University of New South Wales surveyed flow rate and rainfall data from 5,300 river monitoring sites and 43,000 rain gauges in 160 countries. [UPI.com]
  • The US DOE’s recently commissioned study on the national electric grid hit a new legal road block this week when the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the agency to reveal the third parties consulted on the study, according to Reuters. Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered the 60-day study in April but its release has been delayed. [OilPrice.com]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

August 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A tiny Tesla house is on a tour of Australia, showing off the Powerwall and educating the public on how to generate, store and use renewable energy. Oh yes, and the tiny home is towed by a Tesla Model X. The tiny home is completely powered by renewable energy courtesy of a 2-kW solar power system and a Powerwall battery. [Gizmodo Australia]
Tesla Tiny House in Melbourne (iStock photo)

Tesla Tiny House in Melbourne (iStock photo)

  • Last year, California’s 1.4 million dairy cows fell under a statewide mandate to find a way to curb their environmental footprint in order to achieve the state’s goal to reduce methane emissions 40% from 2013 levels by 2030. The state government says now it is receiving more applications for anaerobic digesters than it can currently fund. [Triple Pundit]
  • Alberta produces about 80% of Canada’s oil. But as oil prices have dropped, there have been lay-offs, and the unemployment rate in the once-booming province stands at nearly 8%. Now Alberta’s renewable energy capacity is doubling roughly every two years, and interest in green energy training has been growing swiftly. [Huffington Post Canada]
  • A proposed solar thermal power plant in South Australia’s mid-north has been contracted to supply all the state government’s power needs. Work on the A$650 million SolarReserve facility will start in 2018. The state government said the 150-MW plant, to be ready in 2020, would dispatch energy to the grid even when the sun was not shining. [The Guardian]
  • Despite moves made by Ohio’s legislature to thwart large-scale wind farm development, there is still a steady demand for small installations to power factories and small businesses. Projects with just a few turbines put Ohio among the top 10 for wind capacity installed since 2003, according to a report from the US DOE. [Midland Daily News]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

August 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A 1-MW solar array in Tres Piedras, New Mexico, started soaking in the sun and pumping power to the grid last week. Kit Carson Electric Cooperative announced plans earlier this year to eventually provide its 30,000 members with 100% renewable energy. The Tres Piedras solar array is the first of seven the co-op plans to build this year. [taosnews]
Solar array in New Mexico

Solar array in New Mexico

  • Records are being set in the UK. There was not a single major plant generating purely solar power in 2007, but now, there are 277. The current UK target calls for 30% of electricity to be generated from renewable sources by 2020, and according to provisional figures, the number for the first three months of 2017 was 26.6%. [domain-B]
  • The clean energy standard, developed by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, qualifies only zero-carbon producers that became operational after December 31, 2010, for clean energy credits. The Pilgrim nuclear plant is too old to get any subsidies. [SouthCoastToday.com]
  • Norway’s plan to ramp up oil and gas production in the Arctic threatens efforts to tackle climate change, a study said. It says 12 gigatonnes of carbon could be added by exploration sites in the Barents Sea and elsewhere over the next 50 years. This is 1.5 times more than the Norwegian fields currently being tapped or under construction. [The Guardian]
  • In Mahwah, New Jersey, a Ramapough Lenape Nation’s prayer ground now has electricity, courtesy of renewable energy technology donated by Princeton University graduates. The energy system, which arrived in a 20-foot metal shipping container, has solar panels, a small wind turbine ready to be raised, and energy storage. [NorthJersey.com]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

August 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of the largest and most polluted lakes in California can be transformed into one of its most productive and profitable. The 350-square-mile Salton Sea has high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff. Some algae that thrive on these elements may be used to make biofuel. [Biomass Magazine]
Abandoned Salton Sea bait shop (Conn, Kit | Wikimedia Commons)

Abandoned Salton Sea bait shop (Conn, Kit | Wikimedia Commons)

  • Growth in the deployment of offshore wind in Europe must triple if countries are to have any chance of meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement, a study said. Research by a joint team from Ecofys and parent company Navigant found that 45% of Europe’s power requirements would need to come from offshore wind to meet the target. [reNews]
  • Last month, the New York Independent System Operator’s CEO told a House subcommittee that it planned to integrate a price on carbon into its market dispatch within three years after the Brattle Group published a report on potential impacts. The Brattle Group has released the report, so the clock has started on carbon pricing in the state. [Utility Dive]
  • India installed an impressive 4.8 GW worth of solar in the first half of 2017, according to new figures published by Mercom India Research. This fact is all the more impressive when you consider that the country only installed 4.3 GW in all of 2016. Utility-scale solar accounted for 4,290 MW and rooftop solar 475 MW. [CleanTechnica]
  • Capital investment in global oil and gas supply fell by 38% between 2014 and 2016, the IEA said, but still comprises around 40% of the total. This drop has allowed spending on low-carbon energy supply, including electricity networks, to reach a record 43% of the global, total spend last year. This is a rise of 12% from 2014 levels. [Petroleum Economist]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

No Pipeline Here Rally -Upper Valley

Stop the Fracked Gas Pipeline Planned for the Upper Valley

from towns across the Upper Valley will gather on Saturday August 12th from 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm for a rally demonstrating community wide opposition to Liberty Utilities’ proposed natural gas depot and pipeline distribution system in Hanover and Lebanon.

Speakers at the rally include: New Hampshire State Representative Lee Oxenham, Jon Chaffee, Lebanon resident and Intervener in Pipeline proceedings, Stephanie Scherr, Director of ECHO Action NH, Rachel Smolker, PhD, co-founder of Protect Geprags park (pipeline in VT), Poli Sierra-Long, Olivia Lapierre, Rev. Gregory Wilson

Sponsored by: The Upper Valley Transformational Action Affinity Group, Upper Valley 350, Upper Valley Young Liberals, Upper Valley Affinity Group, Upper Valley Democrats, Action Together Upper Valley, Sierra Club/ Upper Valley

WHAT:  No Pipeline Here Rally
WHEN: Saturday August 12th, 12:00pm – 2:30pm
WHERE: Colburn Park, Lebanon NH 

Save the date for the annual Vermont Rail Action Network dinner!!

VRAN

Vermont By Rail
Vermont Rail Action Network’s
Annual Award & Dinner Celebration
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Rutland, Vermont

The VRAN Board is pleased to introduce its new Executive Director, Larry Lewack, two new board members, Ben Elmore and David Schilling, new offices in downtown Burlington, website improvements, and ambitious rail advocacy plans for the year ahead!

Join us for an evening of networking and fun with delicious food, special guest speakers, and awards. Come raise a glass to the coming ‘Golden Age’ of passenger rail in Vermont!

We encourage everyone to arrive by rail for the dinner. Stay tuned for schedules and station announcements. Details about registration, cost and a link to our new website will be provided in our next announcement.
All Earth Rail