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July 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Car Parts From Weeds: The Future Of Green Motoring?” • Cars are responsible for a lot of the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, but their manufacture can emit as much CO₂ as all the fuel they burn. Could plastics made from weeds, modular designs, and other innovations help the motor industry reduce its carbon footprint? [BBC]

Dandelions (Ion Chibzii, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Last Month Was The Hottest June On Earth Ever Recorded” • If you thought last month felt really, really hot, you were right. June 2019 was the hottest June on record for the globe. The sizzling average land and sea temperature of June 2019 was 1.71°F (0.95°C) above the global average temp, making June 2019 the hottest June in 140 years. [Live Science]
  • “New York Climate Law Aims To Drive Dramatic Changes Over Next 30 Years” • A bill signed into law by New York Gov Andrew Cuomo sets the nation’s most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions. The law is intended to drive dramatic changes over the next 30 years. It calls transitions in electricity, heating, and transportation. [PBS NewsHour]
  • “National Grid Increases Partners For Virtual Power Plant Project” • National Grid announced a partnership with SolarEdge Technologies for its ConnectedSolutions program in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Owners of solar inverters developed by SolarEdge will receive financial incentives for excess energy during demand peaks. [Smart Energy]
  • “Hawaiian Electric Finalizes Largest-Ever Renewables Procurement” • Hawaiian Electric Co says it plans to seek about 900 MW of new renewables, capable of generating about 2 million MWh each year. The requests for proposals are “among the largest single procurement efforts undertaken by a US utility,” the company said. [Utility Dive]

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

Statement of Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell on Vermont’s Progress Promoting Electric Vehicles

Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell joined Governor Phil Scott, members of his administration and other energy leaders on July 11, 2019 at a news conference highlighting state efforts to expand the adoption of electric vehicles and further the electrification of Vermont’s transportation sector to reduce carbon. Powell issued the following statement in support of the state’s work:
 
“We commend Governor Scott and state leaders for their ‘all-in’ commitment to reducing emissions from transportation. Transportation accounts for the largest source of carbon emissions in Vermont and that means in order to meet our state’s energy goal, we must focus our efforts on bold and aggressive strategies to make electric vehicles available to more Vermonters.
 
“The Governor and legislature have worked together to make important progress this year in helping more Vermonters switch to greener driving and Green Mountain Power (GMP) is doing its part to build on their good work and support our customers. 
 
“GMP customers are eligible for $2,500 in rebates when they buy or lease a plug-in hybrid or all electric vehicle. Since March, we have helped more than 200 customers make the switch to clean driving. A big part of our work is educating customers about the value, benefits and practicality of EVs. Additionally, we are enhancing outreach so all customers know about the incentives available including a free Level-2 charger ($600 value), the savings EV drivers get in the form of lower maintenance costs, lower cost to ‘fuel-up’, and helping to reduce costs for all GMP customers.
 
“We will have information available in the coming weeks about EV test drive events and more. We were proud to stand with so many leaders today to talk about our shared commitment to a cleaner Vermont and beyond.”

July 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Alaskan Village, Maine Company And Alaska Governor Launch Sustainable River Energy Project” • The Igiugig Village Council and Maine-based ORPC, have celebrated the launch of ORPC’s commercial RivGen® Power System, a unique sustainable solution now available to remote river communities in Alaska and worldwide. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

RivGen® system (Courtesy of ORPC)

  • “Rural Electricity Provider Announces Early Coal Plant Closure, Focus On Renewables” • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced plans to develop an “aggressive” energy plan to incorporate more wind and solar. The power provider currently relies on renewable energy for 30% of its power supply. [Colorado Public Radio]
  • “Rock Hill, SC Installs A New Free-To-Ride Fully Electric Transit Bus System” • The city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has added transit bus service for residents that is the manifestation of the future of transit in two key areas. First, the new bus fleet is fully electric from day one. Second, and perhaps most important, the new buses are free to ride. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Trump Invents Fake Emergencies. Congress Should Declare A Real One On Climate” • President Trump invents crises. He declared a fake national emergency to seize funds that Congress refused to give him to build a wall on the Mexican border. He declared another phony national emergency over Iran in order to sell Saudi Arabia weapons. [CNN]
  • “‘An Insanely Bad Move’: Experts Sound Alarm as Trump’s Nuclear Safety Agency Weighs Rollback of Plant Inspections” • For months, experts have raised an alarm over the nuclear power industry pressuring the NRC to roll back safety policies. Now, NRC staffers’ official recommendations include scaling back inspections to save money. [Common Dreams]

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

July 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewable Power Outstrips Fossil Fuels In Europe” • In the first and second quarters of 2019, for the second consecutive year, European renewables produced more power than fossil fuels. Renewable projects generated 245.8 TWh of electricity in the three months to June 30, while fossil fuels produced 202.7 TWh in the same period. [Business Leader]

Wind turbines

  • “PG&E Wildfire Policies Provide Opportunities For Tesla, Sunrun, And Others” • PG&E went bankrupt because fires started from its power lines. A Wall Street Journal story says that to avoid that problem, it has begun notifying customers in high risk areas that they may be without electricity for days at a time when the risk of wildfires is high. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Climate Change Driving Growth Of California Wildfires, Study Says” • Climate change caused the increase in size of wildfires occurring across California in the last 50 years, according to a study published in the journal Earth’s Future. The cause of the increase is simple. Hotter temperatures cause drier land, which causes a parched atmosphere. [CNN]
  • “Georgia Green Light For 2.2-GW Renewables Drive” • Regulators in Georgia have approved plans for Georgia Power to add 2260 MW of new renewables capacity and 80 MW of battery storage by 2024. Georgia Power’s renewables capacity will be increased to 5390 MW, representing 22% of the its generation portfolio. [reNEWS]
  • “Another Wisconsin City Commits To 100% Clean Energy” • The La Crosse City Council in Wisconsin has unanimously passed a resolution establishing a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy across the city by 2050. La Crosse joins Eau Claire, Madison, Middleton, and Monona as the fifth Wisconsin city to adopt this goal. [Windpower Engineering]

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

July 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Harley Davidson LiveWire – 0 To 60 In 3 Seconds, 145 Mile Range, $29,799” • Will an electric motorcycle make Harley Davidson great again? Five years in the making, its LiveWire electric bike will begin production soon, and you can reserve one online today. For $29,799, a buyer gets a bike that screams to 60 mph in 3 seconds. [CleanTechnica]

Harley Davidson LiveWire (Harley Davidson image)

  • “Abu Dhabi Is Replanting Mangroves In The Fight Against Climate Change” • The coastal city of Abu Dhabi is threatened both by rising sea levels and increasing heat of climate change. By planting mangrove trees along the coastline, it is protecting the land from erosion, wave surges, and floods, and it is drawing down CO₂ from the atmosphere. [CNN]
  • “When It Comes To Automotive CEO Longevity, Tesla’s Elon Musk Is Now King” • Elon Musk is famous for making bold claims and big bets, and then pulling off what seemed impossible. Now he has another interesting claim to automotive fame: he is the longest tenured CEO in the automotive world. That’s an amazing feat. [CleanTechnica]
  • New York Times: EPA To Limit Ability To Oppose Pollution Permits” • The EPA is working to change rules that allow individuals or community advocates to fight agency-issued permits that regulate how much pollution can be released by area power plants and factories, according to a report in The New York Times. [CNN]
  • “Ohio Gas Plant Project In Jeopardy If Nuclear Bill Passes” • LS Power said it would end a project to expand a gas-fired power plant in Ohio if the state’s lawmakers pass legislation to subsidize the state’s two nuclear power plants. The company said a subsidy for nuclear power could lead to “reduced reliability for Ohio’s electric generation fleet.” [POWER magazine]

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

July 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “A Pathway To 350 PPM Part 2: Carbon Farming Can Deliver” • Inefficiencies in how we obtain the energy to power the human body provide a lifeline for us to get out of the climate crisis. We have the land we need; we just have to use it better. By reducing the amount of land we need for food, we free up land for carbon sequestration in forests. [CleanTechnica]

Agroforestry plantation in Nicaragua (© Ryan Logtenberg)

  • “America Is Building Another Big Wall. This One Will Protect New York” • By 2025, New York’s Staten Island will be fortified by a towering seawall running 5.3 miles along the coast, an engineering feat designed to ward off a growing threat. The climate crisis is predicted to create more powerful and extreme weather systems all over the world. [CNN]
  • “Scotland’s Wind Could Power Every Home Across Scotland And North Of England” • Figures provided by Weather Energy, show that between January and June, Scottish wind turbines provided enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes for those six months. That is nearly twice the number of homes in Scotland. [WWF-UK]
  • “Germany Stares Into The Abyss And Sees A Price On Carbon As Inevitable” • With current policies, Germany is not going to achieve the carbon reductions it committed to in Paris, a cut of 55% by 2030, according to a report by Germany’s Council of Economic Experts. To get there, they recommend setting a price on carbon. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Alberta Company To Try To Harness Bay Of Fundy’s Powerful Tides” • Alberta-based Jupiter has been granted permission to try to harness electricity from the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy. Backers have long touted the massive energy potential of Fundy’s tides but large-scale commercial efforts to harness them have borne little fruit so far. [CBC.ca]

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

July 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “How Solar Micro-Grids Are Powering Myanmar’s Villages” • Yoma Micro Power is building solar power and micro-grids in Myanmar. Each of its 51 micro plants can power a small town and its surrounding areas. By the end of 2019, Yoma Micro Power plans to build 200 more solar power plants. And it is just one of the country’s microgrid pioneers. [GovInsider]

Myanmar (Stefano Alemani, Unsplash)

  • “Unprecedented Fires Burn The Arctic” • The wildfires now burning around the Arctic “unprecedented,” according to the World Meteorological Organization. The UN agency noted that over 100 intense fires burned in the Arctic Circle alone over the past six weeks, releasing more CO₂ into the atmosphere than Sweden does in an entire year. [Mashable SE Asia]
  • “Barry Moves Deeper Into Louisiana With More Rain On The Way” • Tropical Storm Barry moved deeper inland, dumping heavy rain and overtopping levees in areas along the Louisiana coastline. Tropical storm-force winds extended up to 175 miles outward from the storm’s center, but the rainfall always posed the greatest threat. [CNN]
  • “US Auto Sales Down For Nissan, Jeep, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Chevrolet, Honda, Mercedes, Infiniti, Audi, Mini, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Buick, And Cadillac In 2019” • Most auto brands saw their sales decrease in the US during the first half of 2019. Excluding Tesla (and Jaguar, which does not report sales), US auto sales were down 161,810. [CleanTechnica]
  • “As The World Heats Up, The Climate For News Is Changing, Too” • As Europe heats up, Greenland melts and the Midwest floods, many news organisations are devoting more resources to climate change. In Florida, six newsrooms with different owners have taken the unusual step of pooling resources and sharing their reporting on the issue. [TODAYonline]

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

July 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry” • The Mississippi River, which is usually at 6 to 8 feet in midsummer in New Orleans, is now at 16 feet, owing to record spring flooding along the waterway. Barry is threatening a storm surge of 2 to 3 feet at the mouth of the river, which will bring cresting at 19 feet. [CNN]

New Orleans, and the storm hasn’t even hit yet. (Matthew Hinton | AP)

  • “A Pathway To 350 PPM Part 1: Carbon Sequestration Is Vital” • According to Hansen et al, a safe level of atmospheric CO₂ to avert runaway global warming is below 350 PPM. We are at 414 and climbing. So we have our work seriously cut out for us not only to reduce our emissions, but sequester greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Indian Water Train Arrives With Desperately Needed Relief For Chennai” • A train carrying 2.5 million liters of water rolled into the southern Indian city of Chennai, providing desperately needed relief to residents who have been facing an acute water shortage for the past month. It is the first water train for the city’s 4.5 million people. [CNN]
  • “Ford And Volkswagen Autonomous And Electric Car Marriage Is Official” • Volkswagen put its MEB chassis on the table. Ford brought its newly acquired Argo AI division to the party. CNBC reports that spending on self-driving vehicle technology is expected to reach $85 billion annually by 2025, according to a June study by AlixPartners. [CleanTechnica]
  • “State Utility Regulators Approve Power Contract For Planned Hancock County Wind Farm” • A contract under which Emera Maine will pay the 72.6-MW Weaver Wind LLC 3.5¢/kWh, with increases of 2.5%, annually was unanimously supported by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, officials said. The wind farm is to be operational in 2020. [Bangor Daily News]

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

July 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Giant Batteries And Cheap Solar Power Are Shoving Fossil Fuels Off The Grid” • Los Angeles is expected to approve a deal for a solar farm and battery to provide 7% of the electricity for the city at 1.997¢/ kWh for the solar power and 1.3¢/ kWh for the battery. That’s cheaper than any power generated with fossil fuel or nuclear power. [Science Magazine]

Solar farm in California (8minute Solar Energy image)

  • “It’s Lindsey Graham Vs. Donald Trump On Climate Change” • Sen Lindsey Graham is sounding an alarm on climate change, and hoping to make it loud enough for President Donald Trump to hear. Graham said acknowledging – and embracing – climate change as an issue in the GOP can be a good thing, and the party is ignoring it at its own peril. [CNN]
  • “Why The Future Is Bright For 100% Clean Energy” • A city in Texas with oil derricks on its license plates. A Kansas town devastated by a tornado. An isolated Alaskan island, known for its huge bears. What do they have in common? All are in red states, yet their electricity is generated from 100% renewable energy sources. [WhoWhatWhy]
  • “Tropical Storm Barry Could Hit The Gulf Coast With ‘Unprecedented’ Flooding. Climate Change Is Likely To Blame” • The Mississippi River is already bursting as a result of months of flooding in the Midwest and South, and Tropical Storm Barry is about to make the situation really dire. Experts say it is a sign of things to come. [Time]
  • “High-Tide Flooding Is Only Going To Get Worse, NOAA Says” • US Coastal communities saw an uptick in flooding from high tides last year, and it’s not likely to get any better, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report. Last year tied the 2015 record for a national median of five days of high-tide flooding. [CNN]

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

READY FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION: REV APPLAUDS GOVERNOR’S TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVES

Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) joined Governor Phil Scott at the press conference on July 11, 2019 regarding vehicle electrification and offered the following statement.

“Recognizing the need for lower cost and carbon free transportation solutions, the Governor smartly proposed the State’s first incentive for electric vehicles and continued investments in necessary public charging stations.  As one of the only states in New England without a statewide customer incentive for EVs, Vermont needed this to get back on track.

The low carbon transportation investments being made by the state today to help more Vermonters access electric vehicles result in saving Vermonters more than $4 million.  For every $1 invested in EV incentives Vermonters save more than $3 on gas, car maintenance, and health bills.  The monetary savings for Vermonters in gas over 15 years would be an estimated $9,375,000.

To reduce the burden on electric ratepayers, the bill creates a much-needed path for greater private investment in electric vehicle charging services.  We look forward to seeing more Vermonters saving money and plugging into EVs.”

Find more information about electric vehicles at http://bit.ly/REV-EVFactSheet.