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March 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewable energy is conquering quirky nature of Britain’s climate” – Clever engineering is smoothing out the peaks and troughs of renewable power in Britain and having a positive effect on the power supply. It looks like this is making the nuclear industry redundant before a new station can be built. [The Guardian]
  • Conversion of biogas into compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) is now frequently considered when penciling out project financials. The US EPA expanded cellulosic fuel pathways to include CNG and LNG from biogas created in landfills and a variety of kinds of bio-digesting systems. [Biomass Magazine]
  • A documentary examining the deadly effects of smog on China’s population gripped the country after its release online this weekend. The 104-minute film, Under the Dome, explores how China’s noxious smog problem is harming urban residents. It has already been viewed tens of millions of times online. [Mashable]
  • Good news! Not only did China’s coal consumption fall by 2.9% in 2014, Glen Peters of the Global Carbon Project calculates that China’s CO2 emissions have also fallen, by 0.7%. So it’s clear that China’s efforts to cut its coal consumption and carbon emissions are not only real, but are already producing results. [Energy Collective]
  • Economist Jeremy Rifkin says a Digital Europe transition will revolutionize every commercial sector, disrupt workings of virtually every industry, bring unprecedented new economic opportunities, put millions back to work, and create a more sustainable post-carbon society, mitigating climate change. [Materials Handling World Magazine]

1 TO 5 MW SOLAR PV PROJECT REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS IN VT

Green Mountain Power has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit least cost proposals from solar energy developers for the purpose of entering into long-term contracts for up to 15 MW of distributed solar generation in our service territory. The RFP is open to new solar photovoltaic projects between 1 to 5 MW ac in size using a standard PPA with up to a 25-year term. See the full RFP here.
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March 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Spain’s renewable energy plants produced 48% of the country’s power in February. Wind power generation produced 27.6% of the total Spanish electricity production for the month. Hydroelectric produced 15.7%. Solar PV and concentrated solar power accounted for 2.2% and 0.9%, respectively. [SeeNews Renewables]
  • National Bank of Abu Dhabi, one of the biggest banks in the oil-rich Gulf countries, says fossil fuels can no longer compete with solar technologies on price. The NBAD report says the most recent solar tender showed even at $10/barrel for oil, and $5/mmbtu for gas, solar is still a cheaper option. [RenewEconomy]
  • According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, new funds invested into clean energy gained 16% in 2014 to reach $310 billion. The record is still $318 billion, set in 2011, but there was a significant upward trend last year. Overall, the world added about 100 gigawatts of solar- and wind-power capacity in 2014. [Investing.com]
  • Plans for a vast tidal lagoon power plant which could power every home in Wales have been launched. The lagoon, between Cardiff and Newport, would include 90 turbines set in a 14-mile breakwater and could provide enough electricity for 1.5 million homes, 8% of the UK’s electricity, for 120 years. [Sky News]
  • In Michigan, the Holland Board of Public Works, is replacing a coal-fired plant with a new fuel-efficient modern power plant. The CO2 emissions at the site will be reduced by approximately 50%. The plant’s surplus heat from in the circulating water system will go to expanding a downtown snowmelt system. [Renewable Energy Focus]

March 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea — 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations. That’s the weight of more than 356,000 Empire State Buildings. [Huffington Post]
  • Algeria is the leading natural gas producer in Africa and is the second-largest supplier of gas to Europe, but that is not slowing down the North African country’s plan to ramp up solar power generation. The country’s energy minister has announced a plan to install 13.5 GW of solar PV capacity by 2030. [CleanTechnica]
  • Although the Eureka, California, City Council voted to participate in the clean-energy financing program known as Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, in January, the council may take a second look after learning that the Federal Housing Financing Agency is actively opposing the measure. [Eureka Times Standard]
  • A series of bills that would repeal New Hampshire’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Renewable Portfolio Standard are going before the New Hampshire House and Senate. The Governor Hassan indicated she will likely veto the RGGI bill but has not indicated any executive action on the RPS bills. [Seacoastonline.com]
  • The UK’s Liberal Democrats set out plans to double the UK’s production of renewable electricity by the end of the next parliament and make Britain zero carbon by 2050. They say they have already created a low-carbon, pro-renewable, and more energy secure nation less reliant on unstable regimes for energy. [Liberal Democrats]

February 28 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “We Could Be Turning the Corner on Climate Change” – Efforts to reduce carbon emissions appear to be starting to work, and the link between economic growth and energy consumption is breaking. For example, last year, coal consumption fell for the first time in China, by 2.9% from 2013. [SustainableBusiness.com]
  • A redox flow battery designed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory more than doubles the amount of energy this type of cell can pack in a given volume, allowing it to rival lithium-ion batteries. If the device reaches mass production, it could find use in fast-charging transportation and grid storage. [Gizmag]
  • A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency published in January confirms that onshore wind-generation costs are competitive with those of the fossil-fuel sources. The latter are in the $45-140/MWh range, wind comes in at an average $55/MWh. Irena also confirms that costs are falling. [Windpower Monthly]
  • The Vermont House has advanced a wide-ranging bill on a Renewable Energy Standard and Energy Transformation program, or RESET. The requirement would be that utilities get 55% of their power from renewable sources by 2017, ramping up to 75% by 2032. Some have met or exceeded those goals already. [Valley News]
  • Massachusetts utility companies are preparing to buy enough renewable energy to power 136,000 homes under the major initiative announced for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island on Tuesday. The companies may buy up to 817 GWh of electricity per year under a request for proposals. [Boston Globe]

February 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The second Global Sustainable Investment Review report confirms that global sustainable investment reached $21.4 trillion by 2014, up from $13.3 trillion at the same time two years earlier. Sustainable investment now accounts for 30.2% of the professionally managed assets in the regions covered. [CleanTechnica]
  • India’s renewable energy industry is likely to generate business opportunities worth $160 billion in the next five years, the Economic Survey said the day before a budget that is set to boost clean energy funding. The Prime Minister set clean-energy targets that include raising solar capacity to 100 GW by 2022. [Reuters India]
  • If you haven’t installed solar panels on your roof because it’s too expensive, Google really wants to help. Google is once again boosting its investment in SolarCity’s residential solar power model by $300 million. SolarCity combined this with a new financing structure to produce a new fund worth $750 million. [ThinkProgress]
  • Electricity users would have to pay a little extra to help cover costs of Exelon’s nuclear power plants under Illinois legislation. Exelon maintains the bill would save jobs and keep service steady and reliable. It would also have residential customers pay about $2 more each month to keep the nuclear plants running. [Chicago Tribune]
  • A $3 billion deal will unite Iberdrola USA with UIL Holdings Co to create a massive power and utility company serving 3.1 million customers in New York, Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts. Iberdrola USA will pay $52.75 per share of UIL in a deal announced after the close of business Wednesday. [Portland Business Journal]

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Last Minute, Legislative Assault on Energy Efficiency

Take Action – Support Efficiency

Yesterday the House Ways and Means committee voted to pass an amendment that would limit Efficiency Vermont’s electric efficiency work. That work has saved Vermonters nearly $850 million. If enacted, this provision would increase the amount of money Vermonters spend on energy by $10-$14 million in the next 10 years.

Tomorrow, we expect the full Vermont House to consider another amendment that would eliminate Efficiency Vermont’s weatherization work.

Please take one minute right now to call the State House at 800-322-5615 and leave a message for your representative to let them know you support efficiency, and want them to oppose any cuts to efficiency programs.

The state has set a goal of weatherizing 80 thousand homes by 2020. If we continue with business as usual we will fall short by more than 40,000. We need to ramp up efforts to cut energy use, and cutting successful programs that do exactly that is a bad idea.

Again, please take a minute to call the State House and tell your representative to stand up for weatherization and efficiency programs that save Vermonters and ratepayers significant

 

Here’s how to leave a message for your representative at the State House:

  • Call toll-free 800-322-5616 as soon as you can. The office is open from 8am-4:30pm.Ask to leave a message for your Representatives.
  • Provide your Name, Town, and Phone Number.

A Potential Message:

  •  Please stand up for efficiency and weatherization, and vote against any attempts to cut efficiency investments.

 

February 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change awarded contracts worth more than £315 million to 27 projects. ScottishPower got one to build a 714-MW offshore wind farm, RWE Innogy GmbH won for three onshore wind projects totaling 166 MW, and Lightsource will build a 14.67-MW solar facility. [Bloomberg]
  • SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy development company, is planning to supply electricity to 20 million unserved people around the world. The initiative will be led by a company group focused on developing sustainable business models and technologies for renewable energy in rural areas. [AltEnergyMag]
  • Under a new plan by governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, electric distribution companies will collaborate with state agencies on a bidding process for proposals for clean energy resources including wind, solar, small hydro, biomass, fuel cells and other low-carbon sources. [Lexington Herald Leader]
  • Iberdrola Renewables, the owner and operator of the Blue Creek Wind Farm, along with Ohio State Senator Cliff Hite presented checks to Van Wert County, Ohio for more than $2,070,000, and Paulding County for $666,000. Iberdrola pays the counties $18,000 per year for each Iberdrola turbine they have. [Delphos Herald]
  • In Hawaii, the Big Island’s electric utility has asked Ormat Technologies to supply it with more geothermal power. The additional 25 MW will come from a new power plant at a new location, Hawaii Electric Light Co said Tuesday. The precise location has not yet been announced, under a nondisclosure agreement. [Thegardenisland.com]

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Rally to Save Cape Wind

Saturday, 1 pm, Boston Common
Better Future Project

Dear friends,

Our campaign to save Cape Wind has become more urgent than ever. Last Wednesday, National Grid announced that they were joining the effort to expand the Spectra gas pipeline — one of several polluting and unnecessary new gas pipelines proposed for our state. We need to tell Marcy Reed, President of National Grid in Massachusetts, to invest in wind turbines, not gas pipelines — starting with Cape Wind. By reinstating National Grid’s contract to buy 50% of the power from Cape Wind, Marcy Reed can save our nation’s first offshore wind farm and help put Massachusetts on the path to a clean energy future.

It may be cold out, but the campaign is heating up. Ten other organizations, including Clean Water Action, Environment Massachusetts, and Mothers Out Front, have joined us as partners, supporters or endorsers of the campaign, and hundreds of people have already RSVP’d for Saturday’s rally.

RSVP now for the Rally to Save Cape Wind!

WHAT: Rally to Save Cape Wind

WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 1 pm

WHERE: Boston Common — meet at the Park Street T stop (check out the rideshare board, if you need a ride).

RSVP now!

We know National Grid is listening – we’ve been invited to meet with Ed White, their vice president of customer and environmental strategy, tomorrow. We need to show National Grid the power of our movement, which means we need to make this rally as big as it can be.

RSVP now for the Rally to Save Cape Wind! 

Don’t forget to dress warm!

See you Saturday,

Laura Borth, Downing Cless, Carolyn Barthel, Sabine von Mering, Emily Hart, Emily Kirkland, Craig Altemose, and the rest of the Save Cape Wind team

PS: Nearly 2,500 people have signed our petition to National Grid asking them to reinstate their contract with Cape Wind. We’re delivering the petitions tomorrow, so time is running out – sign the petition now and send the link to your friends today!

February 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • President Barack Obama, exercising his veto power for the first time in five years, rejected on Tuesday a measure green-lighting the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. It is unlikely GOP lawmakers will be able to reverse Obama’s veto, as that would require a two-thirds vote in each chamber. [CNN]
  • As part of its first major retrofit in 30 years, two custom-designed wind turbines have started generating power for the Eiffel Tower. Located above the World Heritage Site’s second level, about 400 feet off the ground, the sculptural wind turbines are now producing 10,000 kWh of electricity annually. [ThinkProgress]
  • SunEdison Inc, a US solar panel maker and project developer, expects its annual installations to more than double this year. The company intends to complete solar and wind power facilities with 2,100 to 2,300 MW of capacity during 2015. Last year it completed 1,048 megawatts of solar farms. [Bloomberg]
  • The UK’s renewable sources of energy like wind turbines could soon generate more electricity than nuclear power stations. Nuclear power is in a slow decline from its peak of 25% in 1995 to its current 19%. The contribution of renewables more than doubled from 6.8% in 2010 to 14.9% in 2013, and it continues to grow. [New Scientist]
  • Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant will begin supplying power by March 1. The $6.5 million Gorge Farm Energy Park anaerobic digester in Kenya will consume an annual 50,000 tons of organic waste sourced from a neighboring 1,977-acre farm owned by VegPro Group, one of the plant’s investers. [Starr 103.5 FM]

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