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VPR News examines the rise and record of Bernie Sanders.

bernieListen Tuesday, October 6 at noon and 7 p.m. for ‘Becoming Bernie’, a look at the rise and record of Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

In the hour-long program, VPR News explores the forces that shaped the life and politics of the self-described democratic-socialist, from his early days in Brooklyn through his candidacy announcement in Burlington, Vermont in 2015.

‘Becoming Bernie’ revisits the slim victory that installed Sanders as the mayor of Vermont’s largest city and assesses his years in the job. The program considers Sanders’ tenure in the U.S. House and Senate, and his record in Washington. And it examines the line he has walked to balance his Independent status and his relationships with progressives, Democrats and socialists.

The project will include extensive digital features including archive and original photos, video, bonus audio and expanded reporting. The program is also being translated into French and Spanish.

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October 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Africa’s ‘Light Bulb Moment’ and Its Lead Role in the Global Renewable Energy Transformation” Africa’s lack of access to clean, affordable energy is a scandal. The poorest households in Africa are spending the equivalent of U.S. $10 per kilowatt-hour on lighting. But Africa’s energy deficit is not only a scandal. It is an opportunity. []
Cooking at the fire in Rwanda. Photo by Oorna.M. CC BY-SA 4.0. Wikimedia Commons

Cooking at the fire in Rwanda. Photo by Oorna.M. CC BY-SA 4.0. Wikimedia Commons

  • An expert report submitted to the Victorian government notes that in that state, as in many others in Australia, the current levy on PV exports to the grid pays rooftop solar owners around 6 ¢/kWh, which is then resold at 20 to 30¢/kWh, leaving 15 to 25¢/kWh to be shared as a “windfall profit” by the retailer and network operator. [RenewEconomy]
  • The International Energy Agency is revising its new renewable energy forecasts. In its recent medium-term outlook assessment it now expects renewable energy will account for two-thirds of net additions to global power capacity over 2015 to 2020. It expects installation of 700 GW of renewable capacity in the next five years. [Business Spectator]
  • Ten global food companies urged both the United States and world leaders to agree to address climate change in a joint letter. The CEOs from Mars, Unilever, General Mills, Nestlé USA, Kellogg Company, Ben & Jerry’s, New Belgium Brewing, Stonyfield Farm, Clif Bar and Dannon USA all signed the letter. [The Green Optimistic]
  • This month SolarCity will start producing a solar panel with 22% efficiency. The company plans to produce the majority of the new PV panels at its 1-GW-plus manufacturing facility in Buffalo, New York, which is expected to open in 2016. Until that plant opens, the PVs will be produced in a pilot facility. [SeeNews Renewables]

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

October 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “100 days to save the world” World leaders are set to meet again 100 days from Saturday. They have met in the past, and based on the experience we have had so far, it has become difficult to expect much out of diplomacy. This time they meet Paris. And, this time, against all odds, there’s ample evidence things finally will be different. [CNN]
Elephant Island, off Antarctica, shows climate change effects. Photographer: Lieutenant Philip Hall, NOAA Corps. Public Domain. CC BY SA 2.0.

Cloud bank at Elephant Island, off Antarctica. Moss growth on the island records the history of climate change. Photographer: Lieutenant Philip Hall, NOAA Corps. Public Domain. CC BY SA 2.0.

  • “G20 Energy Ministers Heart Renewables, Squash ‘Energy Poverty’ Case For Fossil Fuels” High-level energy ministers from G20 countries met got for the first time ever, and if fossil fuel stakeholders were hoping for a show of support from that historic event, they got bupkus. Fossil sector’s talk of “energy poverty” fell on deaf ears. [CleanTechnica]
  • Divisions over money between rich and poor countries re-emerged as nations submitted their plans for tackling climate change to the UN, with some developing countries saying they need help. 148 countries, out of a total of 196, have met a UN deadline for submitting a plan, termed an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution. [BBC News]
  • In the little agricultural town of Droogfontein in South Africa a quiet revolution is under way. And, fairly soon, one of the first renewable energy projects initiated by independent power producers will ensure that the town, situated near Kimberley in the Sol Plaatje Municipality, goes completely off the national grid. [Independent Online]
  • A contract between Hawaiian Electric Co. and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies to supply biodiesel for Oahu power generators was approved by regulators. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has approved a contract between Hawaiian Electric Co and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies to supply biodiesel for Oahu power generators. [West Hawaii Today]

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

Community Solar NY Solarize Workshops

The Creating and Implementing Your Solarize Campaign training prepares communities to implement a group purchasing campaign through the Community Solar NY initiative. In this session, a pre-requisite for communities that wish to participate in the second round of Community Solar NY, Solarize experts will discuss how to create a successful Solarize campaign. This includes how to develop a strong campaign team and outreach strategy, tips for implementing a campaign over several months, and lessons learned from previous Solarize campaigns in New York State and nationwide.

All applicants must attend one of the following Solarize Workshops in order to be eligible for a Community Solar NY award

Capital District – Albany October 5, 2015
North Country – Plattsburgh October 7, 2015
Long Island – Westbury October 8, 2015
NYC – Manhattan October 15, 2015
Finger Lakes – Geneva November 4, 2015
Western New York – Buffalo November 5, 2015

If you missed our Community Solar NY Solarize webinar from September 22, you may view it here. Please also review our list of frequently asked questions.

All program information can be found by visiting the NY-Sun webpage, .

Please email with questions about the program.

Community Solar NY Team

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

October 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The Friends School of Portland in Maine is the first Passive House school building in the state, and the third in the country. The neighboring OceanView Retirement Community is donating solar panels for the school to use, making the facility net zero energy. This was achieved in part through a special intergenerational partnership. [CleanTechnica]
Photo credit: The Forecaster, Friends School of Portland, ncob photo

Friends School of Portland uses net zero energy. Photo credit: The Forecaster, Friends School of Portland, ncob photo

  • Renewable energy plants in Scotland have helped displace 12.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2014, which is 119% more than in 2010. Scotland’s wind, solar and hydropower plants saved more CO2 from entering the atmosphere than what is released by every single car, bus and train journey in the country. [SeeNews Renewables]
  • Based on new research, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association estimates that roughly 90% of existing US single family homes are under-insulated. This wastes energy, costs more, and decreases comfort. The study focuses on how increased insulation across the US housing sector can decrease energy use. [CleanTechnica]
  • New Hampshire has just been given a front row seat in the battle for our energy future. Policymakers are facing a decision that could make or break the future of rooftop solar in the Granite State. Some state legislators want to expand net metering, but others are being influenced by lobbyists to increase importation of energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • SolarCity unveiled a new solar panel product that the company says will be the “world’s most efficient.” The new panel will be manufactured in the US, and will produce 30% to 40% more power than standard panels while costing less than the average panel now when manufactured at scale, according to the company. [TIME]

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

October 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Oil giant BP Plc’s second-quarter profit reported missed analyst estimates. The investor presentation accompanying the earnings call following the results announcement highlighted the difficulties faced by BP Plc as cash flow dries up. The company’s earnings did not cover costs. Other oil companies are also suffering. [Bloomberg]
Graph by BP.

Graph by BP. Please click on the image to enlarge it.

  • India has submitted its 2030 climate action plan to the United Nations in advance of December’s Paris climate talks. The plan includes a pledge to expand its renewable power capacity to 40% of its energy mix and cut greenhouse gas emissions 35% by 2030. It aims to install 175 GW of solar, wind and biomass power capacity by 2022. [PennEnergy]
  • Half of the world’s coal isn’t worth digging out of the ground at current prices, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The global metallurgical coal benchmark has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, hitting $89 a metric ton. “Further production cuts are necessary to bring the market back into balance,” an analyst wrote. [The Globe and Mail]
  • Florida Power & Light Company has revealed that three of the company’s solar PV projects are on track to be completed in 2016. Each of these facilities is expected to have a nameplate electricity generation capacity of about 74 MW. Once completed, the projects will effectively triple the firm’s current solar energy capacity. [CleanTechnica]
  • US utility Duke Energy Corp says it is taking steps to realise the first project under a plan to install up to 500 MW of solar power capacity in Florida by 2024. The company’s long-term plan for the state envisages installing 35 MW of solar by 2018, which will help the firm retire half of its Florida coal-fired fleet by 2018. [SeeNews Renewables]

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

GASWORK, The Fight for C.J.’s Law

From Josh Fox, Director of “Gasland,”
comes GASWORK, The Fight for C.J.’s Law

Josh will be on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes on October 2.

We are excited to share our new short film with you today. GASWORK, The Fight for C.J.’s Law investigates deadly working conditions in the oil and gas fields.

It has has rare interviews with oil and gas workers who have come forward to confirm what we’ve known for a long time – that the fracking industry is poisoning local communities and its own workers.

Hear from the workers – Watch GASWORK at  


For too long the industry has hidden behind a public relations front that claims fracking is clean and safe. The science says it’s not. And now we have workers and their families coming forward to shatter the ‘safe’ fracking myth.

We know this film can be a powerful tool to educate communities and politicians about the true nature of fracking. But that will only happen if you get involved.

Here’s what we need you to do today:

1. Watch and share the film at

2. Tune in to All In with Chris Hayes October 2 at 8pm. Josh will be on to share a clip of the film and talk about worker safety.

3.Tweet to your government officials who support fracking and ask them to watch GASWORK and support CJ’s Law. (or call/email them!)

4. Take action at our website to support worker safety laws and ban fracking.

Here are a few sample tweets. Unfortunately there are a lot of politicians who still support fracking so please adapt these to your area.

.@GovernorTomWolf ‘good’ jobs don’t poison communities and kill workers. #BanFracking #GoRenewable #SupportCJsLaw

.@hickforco ‘good’ jobs don’t poison communities, kill workers. #BanFracking #SupportCJsLaw @gaslandmovie

.@JerryBrownGov real climate leaders don’t poison communities and kill workers #UnFrackCal @gaslandmovie

.@JebBush America can do better than #fracking jobs that kill workers, poison people! Watch #GASWORK @gaslandmovie

.@HillaryClinton hear from fracking workers fracking causes climate change, poisons communities and kills its workers

Thank you for standing with us for worker safety and safer energy for our communities.

October 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Renewable power plants produced 31.3% of Spain’s power output in September, led by wind farms with 15.2% of total output. The wind farms generated 3,023 GWh, up 41.8% on the year. Hydro, PV and concentrated solar power plants registered shares of 8%, 3.5% and 2.5% of total generation, respectively. Demand was down 3.7%. [SeeNews Renewables]
Wind turbines in Spain. Author: petter palander. CC BY SA 2.0

Wind turbines in Spain. Author: petter palander. CC BY SA 2.0

  • Swiss engineering firm ABB has raised the upper limit for microgrid renewable-energy penetration without storage. Research by the company suggests up to 50% intermittent generation could be admitted to microgrids without needing storage, provided that automation systems are in place to keep the grid stable. [Greentech Media]
  • Capital buildings in the state of California will soon be powered 100% by renewable energy. Plans are also now in the works for all government buildings in the state to make the transition to 100% renewables in the near future as well. The move follows plans for a 50% renewable portfolio standard made it through the state legislature. [CleanTechnica] California capital building.
  • Energy storage just got a big vote of confidence from one of the world’s largest utilities. The CEO of NextEra Energy says he expects the company to deploy $100 million in energy storage projects in the next 12 months. He expects there will be no gas-fired peaking plants built after 2020 because of competition from batteries. [Greentech Media]
  • In Ohio, the Republican-controlled Energy Mandates Study Committee released a report recommending that the state not resume its march toward achieving 25% of its power from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and advanced sources by 2025. Ohio Governor John Kasich says the recommendation is “unacceptable.” [Toledo Blade]

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

September 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Western Power, the state-owned company that operates the grid in the south-west corner of Western Australia, may take some communities completely off grid so that it can save money on costly network upgrades and extensions. They are considering up to ten stand-alone systems, using solar, batteries, and back-up diesel. [One Step Off The Grid]
Margaret River, Western Australia, is one of the communities that may go off-grid. Photo by Rob & Jules. CC BY 2.0.

Margaret River, Western Australia, is one of the communities that may go off-grid. Photo by Rob & Jules. CC BY 2.0.

  • BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, did an analysis of climate change, and issued the findings in a report. The company says it believes climate change is real and that action will be taken. In fact, the introduction calls for an agreement to restrict global warming to 2 degrees warmer than pre-industrial levels. [Business Insider Australia]
  • International credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service expects battery storage to be economical within 3 to 5 years in the US. The biggest losers will be coal-powered generators and peaking gas plants. Moody’s says battery storage costs have fallen 50% in recent years, and their rapid fall is likely to continue in the next few. [CleanTechnica]
  • Solar energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Driven by lower installed costs, improved project performance, and a race to build projects ahead of a reduction in a key federal incentive, utility-scale solar PV power sales agreements are averaging just 5¢/kWh. []
  • North Carolina has surpassed 1 GW of installed solar capacity, the fourth US state to do so, according to the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. The state reached 1.04 GW of installed capacity as of September 24. California, Arizona, and New Jersey had already reached the 1-GW milestone. [CleanTechnica]

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

Renewable Energy 2015

Conference & Expo
Leading the Energy REVolution

Burlington, VT – Renewable energy businesses, technology leaders, energy generators, utilities and environmental organizations along with policy makers and communities will convene in Burlington next month to identify tangible strategies for converting the state’s fossil fueled economy to one driven by renewable sources.

Renewable Energy 2015 (RE 2015) is Vermont’s premier event exploring the transition to a clean energy economy. The 15th annual business conference, hosted by Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) is slated for October 8 and 9 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, VT.

With expert speakers on a diverse array of topics, this dynamic forum will look at the opportunities and hurdles involved in moving toward an integrated energy infrastructure addressing power, heating and transportation needs. The conference spans two days and features over 25 conference sessions with more than 65 speakers from throughout the region. Specific topics include:

  • October 8th, 10:50 – 12:30 pm: Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard
  • October 8th, 3:50 – 5:10 pm: Three Years On: Results from Vermont’s Wind Projects
  • October 8th, 2:10 – 3:30 pm:  Pricing Pollution
  • October 8th, 5:10 – 5:30 pm:  Renewable Energy Vermont Awards Ceremony
  • October 9th, 8:30 – 9:40 am:  Solar in a Complex Landscape
  • October 9th, 9:55 – 11:05 am: The Comprehensive Energy Plan and Total Energy Study

Learn more about these and other sessions in our detailed conference agenda, now available online at

About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV)

REV is Vermont’s only non-profit, non-partisan renewable energy trade association working to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy throughout the state and region.