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September 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Dozen Renewable Energy Projects Approved” • The UK approved electricity supply deals for a dozen major renewable energy projects, including the world’s largest wind farm, the £9 billion Dogger Bank project off the Yorkshire coast. The projects will provide 6 GW of electricity, enough to power over seven million homes. [Construction Enquirer]

Offshore wind farm

  • “Countries Must Triple Climate Emission Cut Targets To Limit Global Heating To 2°C” • An assessment backed by the world’s major climate science bodies has found commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions must be at least tripled and increased by up to fivefold if the world is to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. [The Guardian]
  • “Climate Change: Impacts ‘Accelerating’ As Leaders Gather For UN Talks” • The signs and impacts of global heating are speeding up, the latest science on climate change, published ahead of key UN talks in New York, says. The data, compiled by the World Meteorological Organization says the five-year period from 2014 to 2019 is the warmest on record. [BBC]
  • “More Than 90 Heads Of State Are Descending On New York City. Here’s What To Watch For” • Before the UN General Assembly this year, the UN is to hold a special Climate Action summit. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told country leaders not to come to the podium without “concrete and transformative plans” for the climate. [CNN]
  • “Where Solar Energy Is Booming in the US” • Right now, amid the ebbs and flows of the solar industry, utility-scale solar may be the hottest business in town. According to the Q3 2019 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the utility-scale pipeline has hit an all-time high of 37.9 GW. [Motley Fool]

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

September 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Germany To Join Alliance To Phase Out Coal” • In the wake of the global student climate strike, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said Germany would move further in its efforts to phase out coal. Berlin is hoping to shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2038. The country will be joining the Powering Past Coal Alliance. [Deutsche Welle]

Mine and turbines (S Zeise | ©Picture Alliance | DPA)

  • “How Russia Seized Control of the Uranium Market” • Mines in Canada and elsewhere, which have supplied uranium for nuclear fuel, have been closing, as Russia and Kazakhstan put pressure on the market. The US imports 93% of its nuclear reactor fuel, and much of this is from Russia, but President Trump says this is not a problem. [The Market Oracle]
  • “Trump Administration Suppressed Over 1500 Climate Change Studies” • The Trump administration systematically suppressed and minimized the results of more than 1,400 studies related to climate change at the Department of Agriculture, information released by Sen Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) shows. Farmers are not getting facts they need. [The National Memo]
  • “Tesla Vs Porsche EV Rivalry Accelerates The Death Of Fossil Vehicles” • If Porsche wants its Taycan to keep pace with the Tesla Model S Plaid, Porsche will have to allow it to outperform the company’s current flagship Panamera combustion sedan. And that will only highlight the inferiority of vehicles powered by fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The Heat Is On The Rise And Climate Change Is Affecting Tampa Bay” • Climate change is real, and it’s happening now: That’s the message protesters wanted the nation to hear. Heat and coastal flooding are the main issues people in Florida are seeing. The water level in Tampa Bay is 7.8 inches above what it was in 1940, and it is rising. [WTSP.com]

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

September 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Climate Protests: Marches Worldwide Against Global Warming” • Millions of people around the world held a global climate strike on Friday, inspired by activist Greta Thunberg. Protesters across continents waved placards and chanted slogans in what could be the biggest ever demonstration over global warming caused by humans. [BBC]

Climate strike in Perth (Gnangarra, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Tropical Storm Imelda Will Likely Be Southeast Texas’ Fifth 500-Year Flood In Five Years” • Tropical Storm Imelda was incredible. Though it might be too soon to tell how climate change shaped the intensity and speed with which Imelda struck Texas, Imelda will likely be Southeast Texas’ fifth 500-year flood event in as many years. [The Texas Observer]
  • “After Stalling Last Year, Renewable Power Capacity Additions To Hit Double-Digit Growth In 2019” • After stalling last year, global capacity additions of renewable power are set to bounce back with double-digit growth in 2019, driven by solar PV’s strong performance, according to the International Energy Agency. [Modern Diplomacy]
  • “Germany Unveils $60 Billion Plan To Fight The Climate Crisis” • As tens of thousands took to the streets of Berlin to demand urgent action to tackle the climate crisis, Germany’s coalition government unveiled a €54 billion ($60 billion) package of policies to speed up the country’s transition to renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions. [CNN]
  • “AT&T Renewable Energy Purchases To Surpass 1.5 GW Of Clean Energy” • AT&T has announced that its renewable energy purchases will surpass 1.5 GW of clean energy capacity, the amount used by about 560,000 homes, with the addition of new Virtual Power Purchase Agreements. The agreements are with Invenergy and Duke Energy Renewables. [KFVS]

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

Climate Strike 9/20/19: Norwich to Hanover Human Chain

Protesters assembled early today at the Ledyard Bridge, which spans the Connecticut River from Norwich, Vermont, to Hanover, New Hampshire. The human chain event was kicked off at 7:15. Green Energy Times editor Nancy Rae Mallery estimated that over 700 people were there, based on a partial police count of 450 people. She said both ends of the chain were far out of sight from the place where she was standing.

We expect more reports and pictures, as the day progresses, and they will be added to this post. Here are a few of photos to start with:

Guinevere Riordan, Richmond Middle School, Hanover. Photo by N. R. Mallery, Green Energy Times.

 

Human Chain near Ledyard Bridge. Photo by Troy McBride, Norwich Solar Technologies.

 

Photo from Marjorie Rogalski

 

Photo from Melissa Scanlan

 

Photo from Laura Simon

 

Left to right: Ava Saemann, Blythe Adams, Clare Saemann, Clara Scanlan, Mary Westrich, Photo by Melissa Scanlan.

 

Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot Short Film on Climate Crisis

September 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Ørsted To Pioneer Deployment Of GE’s Next Generation Offshore Wind Turbine” • Subject to required approvals and final contract signing, Ørsted will deploy Haliade-X 12-MW wind turbines on the two offshore wind farms in Ørsted’s Mid-Atlantic cluster. They would put 120 MW off the coast of Maryland and 1,100 off New Jersey. [EnerCom Inc]

Offshore wind turbines (Andy DingleCleanTechnicay, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “US To Stage Its Largest Ever Climate Strike: ‘Somebody Must Sound The Alarm'” • Climate strikes will take place in more than 1,000 locations in the US on Friday, with major rallies in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Miami. Globally, more than 4,500 strikes are planned across 150 countries. [The Guardian]
  • “The Famous Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant Is Closing” • The famous Three Mile Island nuclear plant is officially shutting down September 20, a plant spokesperson confirmed to CNN. Exelon Generation announced in May that it would officially close the plant by September 30, citing a lack of state action in subsidizing clean energy. [CNN]
  • “Britain’s New Renewable Subsidies Hit Record Low On The Path To Net Zero” • Britain has awarded record low subsidies to twelve renewable energy projects capable of generating enough power for some 7 million homes, the government said, as a drop in the cost of offshore wind projects curbs the need for state support. [Euronews]
  • “Hot Springs, Arkansas Is Switching Over To 100% Solar Energy, Joining Only Six Other Cities In The US” • The city of Hot Springs, Arkansas has announced plans to switch to 100% solar energy. The City Manager says the switch to a renewable energy source will save the city an estimated $30 million over the next three decades. [Newsweek]

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

 

Final details for Norwich to Hanover HUMAN CHAIN

We will begin to assemble around 7:15 a.m. on Friday Sept 20th.  First arrivals please meet in the middle of Ledyard Bridge. We’ll fan outward from there.

(For those who don’t know, the Ledyard Bridge crosses the Connecticut River between Norwich, Vermont, and Hannover, New Hampshire.)

In the words of Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish girl who has ignited the youth movement for this event,  “Our House is on Fire – we need to put it out.”   To build on this theme, consider bringing a bucket and wearing red.   Can you make a sign?  Great! If not, just come and join us!

Getting there:  Please try to walk, bike,  or take Advanced Transit  to avoid traffic jams.   The Advance Transit Brown Route bus will stop Kendal-at-Hanover at 6:42 am and then make a stop at RIVERCREST and CRREL.   NH people, please consider taking this bus and getting off at West Street and W. Wheelock–just above the bridge.

If you are driving, please carpool.  In Hanover, there is limited parking downtown on West Wheelock but at that time of the morning you should find space in the parking  lots near School Street and Maple.

In Vermont, you may park in the parking lot (not driveway) of the Montshire Museum.

Watch for our monitors who will guide you to the nearest part of the chain.   As you walk on West Wheelock, Main Street and Lebanon Street, please join the CHAIN at its furthest point.    We’d LOVE to go all the way from the Norwich Green/MCS to Hanover High School.

N.B.  The main event will last from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.   This time slot was chosen so that people can participate and continue on to their classes/jobs.

If you can bring an appropriate sign that would be wonderful, and hopefully many of you will take photos and videos to post online.

But mostly just please come –bring your support, time, and energy.  THANK YOU!

SPREAD THE WORD or join thousands of people gathering across the country and the world in a location near you — to strike out in solidarity for the sake of our children!

PS – Learn more about climate strike events happening across the country HERE.

Free Event, September 27, 2019: The Bi-State Electric Vehicle Connector

 

The Vermont Clean Cities and Granite State Clean Cities Coalitions invite fleets, businesses and municipalities to attend the Bi-State Electric Vehicle Connector.

This FREE one-day event will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Hypertherm, 71 Heater Road, Lebanon, NH 03766. Registration check-in & refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.  The agenda runs from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Bi-State Electric Vehicle Connector features opening remarks from Peter O’Connor of Plug-In America.  Panel presentations, electric equipment and technology exhibits, as well as a ride-and-drive event with on- and off-road, light-, medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles, complete the day – including a delicious lunch.

 Private and public fleets are increasingly seeking ways to improve fuel and maintenance savings, reduce emissions and support their local economy. The Bi-State Electric Vehicle Connector will highlight the electrification of vehicles, equipment and technology as an option for fleet diversification.

Three reasons to attend this event:

  1. Get Inspired! Connect directly with the people who are using these vehicles, equipment, and technology.
  2. Experience! Sit behind the wheel of an electric vehicle, demo electric lawn equipment and charging stations – hop on the BYD 30’ Battery Electric Bus!
  3. Transform! Exhibits and presentations provide the latest insights on electrification. Learn how you can transform your fleet!

The event is free and requires pre-registration. To register, visit:

http://www4.des.state.nh.us/granitestatecleancities/

The Bi-State Electric Vehicle Connector is supported by many sponsor organizations.

For details, visit: https://www.granitestatecleancities.nh.gov/happening/events.htm

 

The Global Climate Strike starts during 11 Days of Global Unity on Sept 20th – Full info here!

The 11 Days TeleSummit continues with Jonathan Granoff, Alyn Ware, Jacqueline Murekatete, Monica Willard, Jon Ramer, Plus other extraordinary programs

The Global Climate Strike September 20-27, 2019: https://globalclimatestrike.net

Find a strike near you and RSVP – Globally! https://globalclimatestrike.net/#map

Join the Digital Climate Strike: https://digital.globalclimatestrike.net

Peoples Climate Movement Supports the Youth Led Strikes: https://peoplesclimate.org/support-youth-climate-strikes
https://strikewithus.org
 

On September 20, three days before the Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York City, young people and adults are striking globally to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.

Climate Strike New York City
A Call to Action
 Friday Sept 20

12 noon Foley Square, 31-51 Center Street, NYC
1:00 PM – March to Battery Park
3:00 – 5:00 PM – Rally at Battery Park

5:00 PM Greta Thunberg live speech, Battery Park

September 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Vegetarian Diets Not Always The Most Climate-Friendly, Researchers Say” • Scientists found that diets in which meat, fish, or dairy products were consumed only once a day would leave less of a footprint on climate change and water supplies than a vegetarian diet including milk and eggs, in 95% of countries they analysed. [Good Food]

Good food (Supplied photo)

  • “US Utility-Scale Solar Pipeline Tops 37.9 GW” • The US solar industry now boasts the largest pipeline of utility-scale solar projects in history with a record 37.9 GW of contracted solar, according to the latest figures, in the US Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association. [CleanTechnica]
  • “California Vows To Fight Trump Administration To Keep Higher Car Emission Standards” • Sacramento has vowed to fight Washington’s attempt to remove the state’s higher car emission standards. “It’s about the oil industry, period, full stop. It’s not about the car manufacturers, … it’s not about our economy,” Governor Gavin Newsom said. [KGO-TV]
  • “Greta Thunberg Has A Suggestion For Congress On How To Take Real Action On The Climate Crisis” • Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg appeared in front of Congress before a hearing on climate change, just days after she met with former President Barack Obama. She said, “I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists.” [CNN]
  • “Investors Turn Up The Heat On Companies Over Climate Change” • A group of 515 investors managing assets worth $35 trillion are sending a message to governments and companies: Do more to fight climate change. They urged policymakers to act with the “utmost urgency” to comply with the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. [CNN]

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