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Renewable Energy Around the World

Our leaders like to talk about “American exceptionalism,” but America is not so exceptional when it comes to renewable energy. In fact, we are falling far behind.

Countries all around the world are demonstrating that a transition away from fossil fuels is not only possible, but is a plausible, clean, and affordable path forward. Here’s a quick look at what other countries around the developed world are achieving:

  • In China, an entire province the size of Texas was powered on 100% renewable energy last year.
  • New Zealand recently released a plan to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035.
  • Iceland is running on 100% renewable energy mostly through geothermal plants.
  • Norway produces 98% of its power needs through renewable energy.
  • Holland’s entire train system now runs on wind power.

We can learn from these initiatives and join their commitment to reach 100% renewable energy.

In our latest video, Bill McKibben describes some of the monumental, and replicable steps that countries around the world are taking towards achieving this goal.

Renewable Energy Around the World

Our leaders must have the courage to admit that if we can learn from the successful energy policies of other countries, we could become a world leader in clean, sustainable energy production.

Thanks for staying engaged,

The Sanders Institute

Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) Training Workshops

Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties (CCE) is collaborating with the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Program (CRISP) and the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) to host two, single-session workshops that focus on efforts to monitor and manage native ash tree stands that have the best chance to survive the accelerating invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Attendees will learn how to contribute to ash conservation in the Catskills and the Northern Foothills.
 
Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) Training Workshops will be held: Monday, 7/23, 1:00-4:00 p.m.CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties, The Extension Center, 173 South Grand St in Cobleskill; will repeat on Tuesday, 7/24, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., OCCA, Mohican Farms, 7207 St Hwy 80, Cooperstown, approximately 8 miles north of the Village.
 
The workshops are free and open to the public with an emphasis on land and forest owners, master gardeners, high school and college students, and others seeking to play active roles in invasive species management. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register for the Monday workshop, call 518-234-4303, or email schohaire@cornell.edu; for the Tuesday workshop, call 607-282-4087, or emailprogramdirector@occainfo.org. Registration is open through Friday, July 20, 2018.
 
All workshops are presented by MaMA’s originators, Jonathan Rosenthal, Director of Earth Research Institute (ERI), and Dr. Radka Wildova, ERI Senior Scientist. Sessions include hands-on demonstrations of techniques used to establish mortality plots, conduct Ash/EAB surveys, and report lingering ash. Attendance at an ERI MaMA workshop is required for participation in the MaMA Monitoring Plot Network and MaMA Lingering Ash Search citizen science/land manager projects. 
 
The workshops also include: training in how to recognize ash and detect EAB; how to report EAB via the MaMA Ash/EAB Surveys Anecdata project; introductions to MaMA’s “Potential Lingering Ash Toolkit” to protect possible EAB resistant ash from being felled; and MaMA’s other tools and integrated approach to EAB management and ash conservation.  For more information on MaMA, visit MonitoringAsh.org or email outreach@monitoringash.org
 
CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties provides equal program and employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties prior to July 20.

NYSERDA Announces Completion of Largest Solar Installation in New York City

3.1-Megawatt System on Staten Island to Provide Electricity for Fordham University and Fordham Prep

System Supports State’s Goal of 50% of Electricity to Come from Renewable Energy Sources by 2030 to Combat Climate Change

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the completion of the largest solar system installed in New York City in Staten Island. The 3.1-megawatt solar array will offset a large portion of the electricity used by Fordham University and Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, supporting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy goal mandating 50 percent of electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

“This solar installation project on Staten Island, the largest in New York City, will provide clean energy and help protect the environment,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “The system further supports the state’s aggressive goal of 50% of electricity coming from renewable energy sources by 2030. While the federal government turns its back on protecting the environment, we’re continuing to work to combat climate change in New York.”

The announcement was made today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Staten Island. The solar array is comprised of more than 9,000 solar panels and will generate nearly four million kilowatt hours of clean solar energy each year, enough to offset 20 percent of Fordham University’s electricity use and 37 percent of Fordham Preparatory School’s use. The ground mounted system was installed on approximately 10 acres of unused industrial property in Staten Island.

Richard Kauffman, Chairman for Energy and Finance, New York, said,“Governor Cuomo continues to lead the nation in his efforts to ensure New Yorkers have access to affordable energy to combat climate change. This solar array is the latest example of how the state is investing in clean energy technologies and partnering with the private sector to reimagine our electric grid for the benefit of consumers and the environment.”

The solar project uses an arrangement known as remote net metering. Under this arrangement, solar that is installed at one site can offset electric bills for customers at different locations. With the continued cost declines associated with solar energy, the state is committed to ensuring that the policies and regulations that compensate solar production do so in a way that benefits all electric customers while also benefiting the electric grid and delivering the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.

“This new solar installation reflects Fordham University’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and the environment. We were very pleased to be able to partner with Governor Cuomo’s initiative, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) for New York,” said Marco A. Valera, Vice President for Facilities Management at Fordham University. “In addition to the Staten Island solar array, which will provide 2.6 Megawatt of solar power to the University, we have entered into an agreement with EnterSolar to install a new solar array of approximately 1 Megawatt on the roof our parking facility at our Rose Hill, Bronx, campus. This makes Fordham a leader in solar power both in the state and in the City of New York.”

President of Fordham Preparatory School, Rev. Christopher J. Devron, SJ, said, “Fordham Prep is pleased to be a partner as this project advances Fordham Prep’s mission by striving for a sustainable environment and teaches our students to be responsible stewards of our natural resources.  As a Catholic Jesuit school this partnership helps us answer the call issued by Pope Francis, who invites us to protect the global environment because it is sacred, both for its own God-given value and for the life and dignity of all humankind.”

Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion NY-Sun initiative provided funding for the project. NY-Sun is designed to scale-up solar across the state and move the state closer to a robust and sustainable market for solar energy. Since 2011, solar in New York State has increased more than 1,000 percent and leveraged more than $2.8 billion in private investments. There are more than 12,000 people engaged in solar jobs across New York.

Through private and public partnerships, New York has been successfully reducing the state’s carbon footprint by increasing the number of renewable energy sources statewide. As a cornerstone of Governor Cuomo’s clean energy and climate agenda, ensuring that all New Yorkers benefit from the clean air and economic development benefits of renewable energy resources will be essential as the state transitions to a more resilient, cost effective and modern energy system.

Read more at http://bit.ly/StatenIslandSolar

2018 VT Clean Energy Industries Report

The Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) commissioned Vermont Clean Energy Industries Report for 2018 is now available.
The report (the 5th CEDF has issued) details the number of workers in the different clean energy sectors of Vermont’s overall clean energy economy.
 
You can download a copy on CEDF’s ‘Reports’ web page:
 
and here is the direct link to the pdf:
 
The report contains a special section on Vermont’s wood energy sector. This sector continues to be the focus of CEDF’s incentives and market transformation efforts.
Here is a list of advanced wood heating incentives available in Vermont:
1.      Starting July 1st retails sales of “Advanced Wood Boilers” are exempt from Vermont’s 6% sales tax.   The Tax Department has information on this wood boiler exemption on their website here:
 
2.      Efficiency VT (EVT) has a new custom incentive for commercial/institutional installations of pellet heating systems. Contact EVT to get details on this new program: (888) 921-5990
a.      EVT also has a flat-rate incentive of $3,000 for pellet boilers. This can be combined with CEDF’s $3,000 incentive for a total of $6,000. EVT and CEDF have combine these two forms into one form to be available very soon.
                                                    i.     www.efficiencyvermont.com/rebates/list/central-wood-pellet-furnaces-boilers-business
 
3.      For residents of Windham and Rutland counties there are specific pellet stove programs designed for low to moderate income residents to change-out old cord wood stoves for new pellet stoves or to install pellet stoves even if they don’t have an old wood stove.
a.      In Windham County contact the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust: Tara Brown at 802-246-2119 or go to their web page:
                                                    i.     www.w-wht.org/homeownership-center/rehab-loan-program/
 
b.      In Rutland County (and towns in neighboring counties that boarder Rutland Co.) contact Melanie Paskevichmpaskevich@nwwvt.org at NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, (802) 797-8610)  The Rutland Heard had an article on this program:
                                                    i.     www.rutlandherald.com/articles/funds-offered-to-replace-old-wood-stoves/
 
4.      Members of Washington Electric Co-op (WEC) can get a $1,000 rebate on approved pellet boilers/furnaces. This can be added to the CEDF and EVT incentives for a total of $7,000:
a.      Call WEC for more information: 802-223-5245
 
5.      Members of the Vermont Electric Co-op can get a $150 credit on the purchase of an approved pellet stove:

6.      Stay tuned for information on a wood stove change-out program that will start later this year.

July 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Arizona Public Service spent nearly $11 million to combat a renewable energy ballot proposal, a liberal watchdog group’s report says. The measure sets a goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030. APS shelled out $6.4 million in three months to prevent it from reaching the ballot. Local reports say it even paid petition collectors to stop signing up voters. [Utility Dive]

Solar array at sunrise

  • “Is coal making a comeback? No, it’s just ‘dead cat bounce’” • At first glance, the latest figures make for uncomfortable reading. Overall energy demand is up. Coal consumption is also up, for the first time in four years. And, perhaps most shockingly of all, greenhouse gas carbon emissions are rising again. Does it mean we are in reverse? [Irish Times]
  • Carbon Brief reports the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions are already 38% below 1990 levels and are now equal to emissions not seen in that country since Queen Victoria sat on the throne. It says the decrease is attributable to a sharp drop in the amount of coal used in the UK to generate electricity, along with an increase in renewables. [Red, Green, and Blue]
  • Denver’s Mayor, now seeking a third term, pledged that the city will source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. In doing so, Denver became the 73rd city in the US to commit to a 100% renewable electricity target. Nine other Colorado cities have made a 100% renewable electricity commitment, but Denver is the largest. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Trump administration began an investigation into whether uranium imports threaten national security, a move that may lead to tariffs on the nuclear power plant fuel. US uranium miners supply less than 5% of domestic consumption for the metal and say it’s increasingly difficult to compete with state-subsidized companies abroad. [Yahoo Finance]

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

Josh Fox Live at Solar Fest

July 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Over the next year and a half, the Pacific island nation of Palau will shift to 100% renewable energy, at no cost to the government, in what is likely to be the fastest national transition to renewable energy ever to occur. In a new program, the partners behind the work in Palau plan to now help other small island nations do the same thing. [Fast Company]

A few of Palau’s many islands (Dr James P McVey | NOAA)

  • “Climate Change Scenarios: An Updated Summary Of Climate Change, Seal Level Rise, & Carbon Bubble Predictions” • If we do not change, we’re headed down a dark path. The Global Carbon Budget 2017 says that in order to avoid 2°C of warming, “global CO2 emissions need to decline rapidly and cross zero emissions after 2050.” [CleanTechnica]
  • “Investment in renewable energy drops as fossil fuel use rises” • Global investment in renewable energy is on the decline, the International Energy Agency said. Governments are failing to keep Paris Climate Accord promises. Investment fell by 7% to $318 billion last year, but fossil fuels’ share of energy investment rose for the first time since 2014. [Engadget]
  • New figures from the Australian PV Institute show that Australia impressively installed 1.3 GW of solar PV in 2017, a record for the country. But it may be just a prelude to 2018, which looks to be set to eclipse all previous years. The figures say 1.9 GW of solar currently under construction in Australia and a further 35 GW at various stages of development. [CleanTechnica]
  • The developer of the first offshore wind farm in the US is ramping up work on projects to supply energy to several states. Deepwater Wind’s CEO said they are beginning new phases of development for three wind farms. One is for Rhode Island and Connecticut, another for Long Island, New York, and a third for Maryland’s Eastern Shore. [Fairfield Citizen]

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

July 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A UK rail freight company said all its sites and offices will be powered by 100% renewable electricity. DB Cargo UK signed a three-year agreement with SSE Business Energy to supply its sites with green power. This is estimated to help reduce 5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year and equivalent to powering almost 4,000 homes. [Energy Live News]

UK rail transit (Image: DB Cargo UK)

  • China and the EU reaffirmed their commitments to the Paris climate pact and called other signatories to do the same, saying action against global warming is increasingly important. After President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the agreement, China and the EU have emerged as world leaders on climate change. [ETEnergyworld.com]
  • Ontario’s Energy Minister is refusing to say how much it will cost taxpayers to cancel 758 renewable energy contracts in an effort to save $790 million, as opposition parties accuse him of leaving Ontarians in the dark. “It’s still money out the door. The people deserve to know that,” said a Green Party Leader. “It’s very disturbing.” [Toronto Star]
  • A thought experiment published by London-based climate charity 10:10 Climate Action raises the question of whether the many lost rivers of London, now running through tunnels, could again become the lifeblood of one of the world’s great cities by using heat pumps to provide low cost, low carbon heating and cooling. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Danish Energy Agency developed a sophisticated modelling tool to calculate the levelized costs of energy. It provides costs of €30/MWh for electricity from onshore wind and €40/MWh for solar power. The cost of electric power from Danish offshore wind projects is €46/MWh, and this makes offshore windpower cheaper than nuclear power. [Business Insider Nordic]

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

July 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • We have seen news about a cruise ship, Energy Observer, which as caught the world’s attention as it sails around the world on a six-year voyage. It is going on this long trip powered entirely by solar, hydrogen, wind and water energy, without fossil fuels. News has been coming for some time, but now we have more. [Interesting Engineering]

Energy Observer (Gaël Musquet | Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Babcock Ranch In Florida Is To Sustainable Living What Tesla Is To Sustainable Transportation” • Tucked into a corner of Southwest Florida about a half-hour from Fort Myers, Babcock Ranch is what developer Syd Kitson calls the most sustainable new community in America. It was designed from the start as a green development. [CleanTechnica]
  • The prospects for Tesla’s proposed 250-MW virtual power plant in South Australia look significantly brighter after the success of its first trial and an enthusiastic response from the South Australia government. So far, some 100 Housing SA homes have received their 5-kW of rooftop solar PVs and the 13.5k-Wh Tesla Powerwall batteries. [RenewEconomy]
  • China is set to make more inroads into European infrastructure, as a state-owned company tries to gain full control of Portugal’s power grid. The EU Commission lacks the proper legal framework to “protect” EU common interests, and it could be a wake-up call to speed up the procedure to establish an investments screening mechanism. [EURACTIV]
  • While the US is deeply divided on many issues, climate change stands out as one where there is remarkable consensus, according to a Stanford research study that was conducted with ABC News and Resources for the Future, a research organization based in Washington, DC. Of those polled, 74% believe the world is warming. [Stanford University News]

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

Early Bird Special: Register for the Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair before August 1st

2018 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10-4
Doane Stuart School
 
The registration fee will be $35 for not for profit groups and $200 for businesses.  BUT… if you register BEFORE August 1, the cost will be $25 for not-for profit groups and $150 for businesses.
The first 10 businesses that register can put a short article about their business in the SNYFGP newsletter that goes out to 1500 people.
Registration can be done through this Google Form and payment can be made here. If you have any questions, my contact information is in my signature.
Click here for our Facebook event page, although we are continuing to improve and update it.