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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

State of New Hampshire

Public Utilities Commission

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FUND
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS #14-004
ISSUED NOVEMBER 25, 2014

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC or Commission) requests proposals from qualified parties to administer comprehensive energy efficiency programs for retail businesses and large energy usersfor a period of up to three years beginning on or about January 1, 2015. Total funding available under this RFP is dependent on revenues from New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The Commission anticipates that roughly $1.2 million will be available for programs funded through this RFP over a period of three years.

Applications are due December 22, 2014.

For more, please visit the RFP web page.

November 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • September and October were the hottest months ever recorded, continuing the record-breaking streak that started in April and almost assuring that 2014 will be the warmest year ever. Canadian ocean surface temperatures for September, shown in the NOAA images, approached 4oC above normal. This is where the entire planet may be headed by the end of the century. [Energy Collective]
  • Scotland has broken renewable energy generation records, producing 10.3 TWh of electricity in the first half of 2014 and overtaking nuclear as the country’s main source of power. The data also shows that nuclear accounted for 7.8 TWh, coal provided 5.6 TWh and gas-fired electricity generation produced 1.4 TWh during the same period. [edie.net]
  • A waste to biofuels plant operated by Enerkem in Northern Canada is the first in the world to transform solid waste into biofuels and chemicals. The waste is heated and converted into a gas, then changed into liquid methanol, which is then used in the production of local products, including windshield wiper fluid and gasoline. [OilPrice.com]
  • Renewable energy in the United States could take a significant leap forward with improved storage technologies. But an alternative is to “match” different forms of alternative energy systems in hybrid systems, with one form of renewable energy ramping up while another is declining to provide an even electric supply. [AZoCleantech]
  • Vega Biofuels, Inc announced it has entered into a joint venture to build and operate a manufacturing plant in Allandale, South Carolina to produce a product called Bio-Coal. Bio-Coal has a high energy density of up to 13,000 BTUs/Lb and meets the Renewable Portfolio Standards and Renewable Energy Credits in the United States. [SteelGuru]

GMP Becomes First Utility to Get B Corp Certification

GMP-Logo_NewColchester, VT – Green Mountain Power will be joined by Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry’s, and Jay Coen Gilbert/Co-Founder of B Lab to announce GMP’s B Corp Certification. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.  There are 1165 B Corporations in 37 countries and GMP is the first utility to become a member of B Corp.

 What: Green Mountain Power becomes First Utility to Receive B Corp Certification
Where: GMP’s Colchester office, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester

When: Monday, December 1, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

November 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Google engineers say renewable energy won’t solve climate change” Can climate change be solved with technologies like wind and solar energy? No, it can’t, according to a new report by two Google engineers. [Fox News] (You should be aware of this very widely published story. It is about a project Google terminated years ago. The data in it are comically out of date. It is misleading. But they call it “news.”)
  • NRG Energy, the second-largest conventional power generation company in the US, has broken ground on corporate headquarters touted as not just “green,” but “ultra-green,” and grid-resilient. NRG’s green, co-generation and solar-powered headquarters will showcase the ability of businesses to foster sustainability while reducing grid dependence. [Fierce Energy]
  • The Vermont Department of Public Service and its Clean Energy Development Fund are seeking proposals from qualified financial institutions with a physical presence in Windham County, Vermont that offer loans to residential customers interested in development of the Windham County Solar Finance Program. [Commons]
  • The nation’s first large-scale commercial anaerobic digestion facility, privately owned and operated by Zero Waste Energy Development Company, has proven successful. The facility is capable of digesting and composting 90,000 tons of organic waste per year and is expected to produce 1.6 MW of power and 18,000 tons of compost per year. [ECNmag.com]

November 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The federal government said Monday that it will hold its largest-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind development early next year. The area is more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts. If fully developed, the area could support as much as 5 GW of commercial wind generation, enough to power more than 1.4 million homes. [Houston Chronicle]
  • The World Bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects in “circumstances of extreme need” because climate change will undermine efforts to eliminate extreme poverty, says its president Jim Yong Kim. He was alarmed by World Bank-commissioned research from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. [Business Green]
  • The world record for power production by a wind turbine in a 24 hour period was broken early in October when an 8-MW turbine in Denmark produced 192,000 kW/h during steady wind conditions. The power produced by the turbine in one day was enough to supply the energy needs of approximately 13,500 Danish households. [Maritime Journal]
  • The US Department of Energy has granted Freeport LNG two final authorizations to export natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. The ruling authorizes Freeport to export up to 1.8 billion cubic feet of LNG per day for 20 years. Freeport LNG is owned by ConocoPhillips and Michael Smith. The plant is expected to cost $14 billion. [Energy Collective]

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November 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The cost of electricity from wind and solar has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. The trend has accelerated this year, with several companies signing power purchase agreements for solar or wind at prices below that of natural gas. [Boston Globe]
  • A recent study on critical resources for renewable power was performed by the Wuppertal Institute. The conclusion is that the problem of mineral availability for renewable energy technologies is not critical if we choose the right technologies and we are careful to recycle the materials used as much as possible. [Resilience]
  • A Power-to-Liquids demonstration rig which is the first of its kind in the world was officially inaugurated by Dresden-based sunfire GmbH. The new rig uses sunfire’s PtL technology to transform water and CO2 to high-purity synthetic fuels (petrol, diesel, kerosene) with the aid of renewable electricity. [RenewEconomy]
  • According to the latest monthly infrastructure report from FERC, wind power provided 68.41% of new U.S. electrical generating capacity in October, with 574 MW of new capacity. Biomass provided 102 MW, 12.16% of new capacity, and solar provided 31 MW, 3.69%. Natural gas came in at 132 MW, 15.73%. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • Germany could close eight additional coal-fired plants as it seeks to reach ambitious climate change targets. Reuters reports that the government is drafting legislation that would force energy companies to shut the plants down, as it looks to trim 40% from its carbon emissions by 2020. [International Business Times UK]

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November 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Australian energy provider AGL Energy gave some insight into how it was preparing for solar and storage. AGL plans to launch its own power purchase agreement model early next year that will allow solar and storage to be installed in homes at zero upfront cost. It says it aims to have one million “distributed” customers by 2020. [CleanTechnica]
  • India’s recently announced target to install 100 GW solar power capacity by 2022 could make it one of the largest solar power markets in the world and put it in direct competition with China. Essentially, India wants to do in five years what China plans to do in 10 years! [CleanTechnica]
  • Vattenfall has left the Magritte Group of big European energy companies over issues of incentives. The Magritte Group, established by Gérard Mestrallet of GDF Suez in May 2013, has pushed to stop or reduce radically subsidies for renewable energy, while seeking support for conventional power generation. [Financial Times]
  • Germany is arguably the leading renewable energy market in the world. It’s big in wind energy, biomass energy, and of course solar energy. Professor Doctor Bruno Burger of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has released a series of charts on the Germany renewable energy market. [CleanTechnica]

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Progressives put Sanders ahead of Clinton

Reposeted from the Burlington Free Press
By Nicole Gaudiano, Free Press Washington Writer

(Photo: Glenn Russel/Free Press)

(Photo: Glenn Russel/Free Press)

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is progressives’ runaway favorite for president in 2016, with Sen. Bernie Sanders in second place, a new poll shows.

Sanders, I-Vt., who says he’s considering a presidential run, edged out former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 24 percent to 23 percent, according to Democracy for America’s first 2016 Presidential Pulse poll of its members.

More than 42 percent of respondents wanted Warren to run for president, although she has said she’s not running. Warren’s strong showing wasn’t a surprise, but Sanders’ placement ahead of Clinton shows “the race for the Democratic nomination is far from locked” among progressives, according to the group, founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

Read more in the Burlington Free Press at This Link.

 

New Hampshire Voters Want Senator-Elect Shaheen to Tackle Climate Crisis

Survey Shows Strong Support for Clean Energy and the Clean Power Plan

See The Results Here

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Sierra Club released the results of a new post-election poll conducted by Hart Research Associates showing that, regardless of whom they voted for, New Hampshire voters who participated in the 2014 midterms want the next Congress to act on the climate crisis now.

In New Hampshire, fully 66 percent of voters want Senator-elect Jeanne Shaheen to support efforts to protect communities from climate disruption.

“These findings make it clear that no matter which party they identify with or who they supported in the midterm elections, New Hampshire voters did not vote for dirty air, dirty water, or climate denial,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “Large majorities of voters support the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants and want policies to grow New Hampshire’s clean energy economy. The next Congress better listen up.”

In fact, this new poll shows 65 percent of voters favor the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants for the first time ever, while 69 percent indicated they are more likely to support a candidate who wants to increase the use of renewable energy.

A Summary of Key Findings in New Hampshire:

  • 65 percent of voters favor the EPA’s plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants — including 93 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of independents, and 42 percent of Republicans.
  • 66 percent of New Hampshire voters would be more likely to support a candidate who supports that EPA plan over a candidate that does not.
  • 66 percent of voters favor candidates who accept the scientific consensus on climate disruption over those candidates who do not.
  • 66 percent of voters want Senator-elect Shaheen to support efforts to address the effects of climate change.
  • 69 percent of voters are more likely to support a candidate who wants to increase the use of renewable energy rather than a candidate pushing to increase the use of traditional energy.

This poll was conducted as part of a battleground state survey by Hart Research Associates for The Sierra Club. Approximately 500 voters in each of six states — including Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania – were interviewed via landline and cell phone between November 6 and 10, immediately following the mid-term elections. The margin of error is ±4 percentage points for each statewide sample.

See The Results Here

November 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Sir David King, former chief scientist and champion of the nuclear newbuild, says Britain might be able to do without atomic power altogether, and that the real priority should be on developing ways of storing electricity so as to be able to depend on famously intermittent sun and wind. [Telegraph.co.uk]
  • The market research firm IHS has just projected that the home energy storage market will grow 10 times over from 2014 to 2018, going from 90 MW in 2014 to 900 MW in 2018. Areas of growth are expected to include Germany, Australia, Italy, the UK, California and Hawaii. [CleanTechnica]
  • The weather may be cold across most of North America this week, but back in October, temperatures were soaring around the world, in some places, reaching record levels over what is normally seen during the month. With the trends seen so far in 2014, this year may take the top spot as the hottest year ever recorded. [The Weather Network]
  • Walmart has been showing off its green credentials lately. But look a little closer and this emperor’s outfit isn’t all that it appears to be. Only 3% of Walmart’s US power is supplied by its renewable energy projects and special green power purchases, according to data the company submits to the EPA’s Green Power Partnership. [Grist]

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