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February 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • In the years of 2000 to 2014, Colorado River flows declined to around 81% of the 20th-century average. Researchers found that the higher temperatures in the region since 2000 are responsible for between one-sixth to one-half of the river flow reductions seen since 2000. Forty million people rely on the river for their survival. [CleanTechnica]
Relying on the Colorado River for survival  (Erik A Ellison, Wikimedia Commons)

Relying on the Colorado River for survival (Erik A Ellison, Wikimedia Commons)

  • London has air pollution levels that sometimes exceed those of Beijing. NOx levels have gone well beyond EU legal limits; over a 5 day period in January, their levels exceeded the EU’s legal limit for a full year. The Mayor announced that central London will institute a £10 charge for entering vehicles that don’t meet Euro 4 standards. [CleanTechnica]
  • Renewable energy companies from three EU member nations, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands have just announced they will finance and build a total of 735 MW of wind power in Russia. All three have been victims of Putin-backed campaigns boosting anti-democratic candidates in an attempt to split and weaken the European Union. [CleanTechnica]
  • The main Standing Rock protest camp near the Dakota Access Pipeline was cleared Thursday, a day after a deadline to leave the area expired, authorities said. There were arrests, but no major conflict after police did not enter the camp. About 100 protesters left voluntarily. Protesters chanted, waved flags, and played drums as they left. [CNN]
  • California’s building standards mandate all new residential homes and commercial buildings under 10 stories to have a “solar ready” roof. The proposed California bill SB 71 would shift the focus from “solar ready” to “solar installed”. California would be the first US to requiring renewable energy installations by law. [Sun & Wind Energy]
  • Riverkeeper and the Natural Resources Defense Council claim a new study it commissioned puts to rest any lingering doubts over replacement power and shows that the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant can be done clean and green, without big increases in electric bills. Indian Points power units will be offline by 2021. [Mid-Hudson News]

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

Central NH Energy Expo Will Be Held APRIL 1st, 2017 – Free Event

The Dunbarton Energy Committee, Bow Energy Club, and Transition Dunbarton are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Central NH Energy Expo.

The Central NH Energy Expo is scheduled for Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at the Dunbarton Elementary School Community Center from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome. The Energy Expo will feature a gymnasium full of vendors coupled with topical workshop sessions held throughout the event and educational games for children.

Bob Ray of the Dunbarton Energy Committee emphasized, “The Energy Expo will have something for everyone. If you are considering a project and would like to learn more about various technologies (including solar panels, pellet fired boilers, domestic hot water alternatives, Geo-Thermal and air exchange heat pump systems, and financing opportunities) this is the place to come. If you’re responsible for paying the bills, we’ll have information on how to fund projects and generate savings through energy conservation. If you’re a do‐it‐yourself home owner, we’ll have practical hands on information for you.”

Mark your calendar now! For more information, like us on Facebook (Dunbarton Energy Committee – https://www.facebook.com/pages/ 195961943752074) or on our web page at: http://www.transition-dunbarton.org/projects/energy-expo/

Questions, contact us at: energy@dunbartonenergy.org

Dunbarton Energy Show

Citizens Climate Lobby NH South Central Group Meeting

Are you concerned about climate change, natural gas pipelines, US jobs, or national security?  Civic engagement is required to enable a shift in energy policy away from fossil fuels.  Discover a market-based, revenue neutral solution that will help the economy while making us healthier and safer without growing government at http://CitizensClimateLobby.org.  Browse the ‘About’ and ‘Our Climate Solution’ sections, then hit the ‘Join CCL’ button.  Next, attend a National CCL Intro call (register at https://citizensclimatelobby.org/join-weekly-intro-call), then join your local CCL group at a monthly meeting.  The NH South-Central region chapter’s next meeting is at the Hooksett Public Library on March 16, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.  The group site is http://CCLNHSouthCentral.org.

February 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • In Nepal, some communities are looking to harness the energy water produces with micro-hydropower systems. According to the Nepal Micro Hydropower Development Association, over 3,300 micro hydro plants are providing energy to villages around the country. In many places, impact has been significant for villagers. [CNBC]
River in Nepal (Anil Simkhada, Wikimedia Commons)

River in Nepal (Anil Simkhada, Wikimedia Commons)

  • The Indian government has approved a plan to double the capacity of solar parks and ultra-mega solar power projects to 40,000 MW from 20,000 MW. The power minister told news reporters a roadmap would be finalized shortly to set up at least 50 solar parks, each with a capacity of 500 MW except in hilly areas. [Times of India]
  • Over 7,500 pages of emails from the Oklahoma attorney general’s office shed light on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s relationship with Devon Energy, including allowing its top lobbyists to draft and edit letters sent to top federal officials on his behalf. They were obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy through an open records request. [CNN]
  • In the years from 2005 to 2014, there were at least 6,648 spills at hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells in just four of the states where fracking is done, according to analysis published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The states that were in the study were New Mexico, Colorado, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania. [CleanTechnica]
  • FirstEnergy, based in Akron, Ohio, made it clear that it is leaving the competitive power plant business, closing or selling all of its plants, including its nuclear plants, by the middle of next year. Closing the plants, which would probably take several years, would also have little impact on customer bills or power supplies. [cleveland.com]

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

New Hampshire Energy Week

The NH Clean Tech Council, The Nature Conservancy, the NH Community Development Finance Authority, NH Businesses for Social Responsibility and other partners are collaborating to engage leaders from all NH Sectors in discussion and work to ensure that NH’s Energy Future doesn’t leave anyone behind. NH Energy Week brings us all together to highlight the many ways NH is already making important progress toward a reliable, affordable, sustainable energy future.

To see the schedule and register for particular events please here.

Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in deploying NH’s energy future NOW!

NY Geothermal Conference – 10% discount ends March 1st

Learn About New York’s NEW Geothermal Incentive Program & Renewable Heating & Cooling Policy Framework !!!

10% Early Bird Registration Discount Until March 1st !
 The New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) presents New York’s premier geothermal conference:
NY-GEO 2017

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April 19-20
Albany, NY
Attendees at last year’s NY-GEO-2016 – Breaking New Ground in Renewable Heating & Cooling came  from 111 different communities in 25 states, 4 provinces and 5 countries.
Save the Dates Now – Check our website  NY-GEO.ORG for more details and $ave 10% with your Early Bird Registration until March 1st.

Workshops are keyed to Engineers, Architects, Building Owners & Managers, Installers, Designers, Contractors, Consultants and Policy Makers.   Get AIA, PDH and LEEDs Continuing Education Credits!

Be part of the geothermal surge!

Click Here to Learn More about Sponsoring or Exhibiting at NY-GEO 2017

11th Annual Soup Bowls for Hunger, 3/30, Rutland, VT High School

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Soup Bowls for Hunger which will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Rutland High School (RHS) Cafeteria.

Enjoy a bowl of soup, crackers, roll, dessert, and beverage and choose your own handcrafted bowl to take home. Bowls are being made by RHS Ceramics Program Teacher Darren Spafford, local high school students and professional potters.

This event is sponsored for the seventh year by Delta Kappa Gamma Society of women educators. All proceeds will be donated to the Rutland Community Cupboard and other local food shelves.

Tickets are $20 per person (make checks payable to: Soup Bowls for Hunger) and must be purchased at Rutland High School. There will be two sittings (4:45 PM and 6:15 PM) with top quality bowls available at each sitting.

There will also be raffles for various donated items and a silent auction.  Music will be provided by Dan Graves. To purchase tickets, contact Lynn Colomb at 770-1116, Rutland High School Main Office at 773-1955, or Ann Bannister at 747-0569, beginning March 1st.

February 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A new report on Australia’s rising power prices over the past decade, from the Australian National University, has undermined claims that South Australia’s high electricity prices have been driven by the state’s uptake wind and solar. It shows that its rises have been less in SA than in the states that are dependent on coal. [RenewEconomy]
Wattle Point wind farm near Edithburgh (Wikimedia Commons)

Wattle Point wind farm near Edithburgh, South Australia (Wikimedia Commons)

  • Almost every railway station in India will soon be fed with solar power if the plans in India’s new union budget are implemented. The Indian Finance Minister announced that the 7,000 railway stations across the country will be fed with solar power as per the Indian Railways mission to implement 1,000 MW of solar power capacity. [CleanTechnica]
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to enact a national carbon tax by 2018. After meeting with US president Donald Trump, he said that Canada would aggressively pursue its climate change goals. But according to a study by four leading environmental groups, Canadian fossil fuel subsidies totaled $3.3 billion last year. [CleanTechnica]
  • As the world’s number one exporter of crude oil, renewable energy may be the last thing that comes to mind when thinking of Saudi Arabia. But it is now turning to solar and wind power in a SGD 71 billion ($50 billion) bid to cut dependency on oil amid growing energy demands domestically, according to the Saudi energy minister. [VR-Zone]
  • A new study says Pacific Northwest utility ratepayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars if the region’s only commercial nuclear power plant is closed and its output replaced with renewable energy. The Portland-based McCullough Research consulting firm estimated savings from $261.2 million to $530.7 million over 10 years. [The Columbian]

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

February 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Tocardo Tidal Power is preparing to deploy the InToTidal project at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. The company said the Universal Foundation System is the start of Tocardo’s planned 20-year commercial demonstration project at the site. The semi-submersible platform features five 300-kW devices. [reNews]
Tocardo turbines (Tocardo image)

Tocardo turbines (Tocardo image)

  • Scientists have built a better flow battery. Using a predictive model of molecules and their properties, University of Utah and University of Michigan chemists developed a charge-storing molecule around 1,000 times more stable than current compounds. Their results are reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. [Phys.Org]
  • Research from the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz found a strong association between the diagnosis of acute lymphocytic leukemia among children and levels of nearby oil and natural gas development. Children living near oil and gas wells are far more likely to develop the leukemia than those that aren’t. [CleanTechnica]
  • Researchers from the University of California Irvine studied data collected from 1991 to 2015 on glaciers found in the Queen Elizabeth Islands in the Arctic. They found that, from 2005 to 2015, surface melt off of these glaciers rose by 900% – something they say is attributable to warming air temperatures in the region. [CBC.ca]
  • Kevin de León has promised to lead the resistance to President Trump, and a new bill could make good on that promise. The California Senate leader has introduced legislation that would have the Golden State get 100% of its electricity from climate-friendly energy sources by 2045. The current renewable energy mandate is 50% by 2030. [KHOU.com]

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

 

February 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Local Aboriginal tribes – the Ngadjuri and Nukunu – have both recognized and celebrated the abundance of South Australian wind and solar power resources. They added huge artworks to the base of two of the 105 massive wind turbines that will form the Hornsdale wind project outside Jamestown, near Port Pirie. [Aboriginal Art Directory News]
Celebrating wind power

Celebrating wind power

  • “Expect to see more emergencies like Oroville Dam in a hotter world” • Like many extreme events, the Oroville emergency is a combination of natural weather likely intensified by climate change. California regularly sees “atmospheric rivers” that deluge the state with rainfall, but a hotter world will make them worse, scientists say. [The Guardian]
  • Hundreds of scientists, some in lab coats, held a rally in Boston Sunday to draw attention to their concerns about the Trump administration’s policies. Speakers and signs criticized those in the administration who deny that climate change is real, who question the collection and distribution of data on science, and other policies. [Inside Higher Ed]
  • Business is booming for solar companies in Maryland, as sun-sourced energy becomes more affordable and accessible. The state added 1,160 solar jobs in 2016. This is a 27% jump from the previous year, bringing the industry’s employment to more than 5,400, according to an annual solar jobs census by the Solar Foundation. [Baltimore Sun]
  • Nevada lawmakers will debate a number of energy-related issues soon, including the state’s renewable portfolio standards and efficiency programs. NV Energy, a major utility in the area, is asking regulators to boost incentives for rooftop solar customers, arguing that it would make solar economically advantageous for customers. [Las Vegas Sun]

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