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Upper Valley Green Power Challenge

On behalf of Sustainable Hanover, we are reaching out to you and other clean energy advocates to  announce the Upper Valley Green Power Challenge.  We invite you to join us in introducing this unique opportunity for everyone in your community to switch from “brown” to Green-e certified electricity.

The Challenge is a buying group which originated in 2015 as the Hanover Green Power Challenge.  In its first year, Challenge members bought 2.5 million kilowatt hours of Green-e certified electricity avoiding greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to driving over 4 million miles!

Many neighbors from surrounding communities are already in the Challenge along with Hanover residents and businesses. Our new name – the Upper Valley Green Power Challenge – recognizes that the growing support for renewable energy is region-wide.

We are proud to have the support of Vital Communities to let people know that there is a way to access 100% renewable energy even if they’re not able to solarize independently at this time. Any resident or small business is eligible if they have a NH utility account.

The program is detailed on the FAQ available here. The FAQ includes the link to sign up online.

Please note enrollment in the buying group is time-limitedEnrollment ends on October 31, 2016.

Thank you for all that you do for our sustainable future.


Yolanda Baumgartner and Marjorie Rogalski

Co-Chairs, Sustainable Hanover

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October 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • As the western Energy Imbalance Market continues to yield proven benefits, the California Independent System Operator and El Centro Nacional de Control de Energia have announced that the Mexican electric system operator has agreed to explore participation of its Baja California Norte grid in the real-time market. [North American Windpower]
Desert wind and solar energy (iStock image)

Desert wind and solar energy (iStock image)

  • Scientists have accidentally discovered a way to reverse the combustion process, turning carbon dioxide back into the fuel ethanol. Because the materials used are relatively cheap, they believe the process could be used in industrial processes, for example to store excess electricity generated by wind and solar power. [The Independent]
  • The Victorian Government has ruled out offering financial incentives to the French owner of Hazelwood power station to stave off the threat of the ageing coal-fired plant’s closure. The speculation has it that Hazelwood could permanently shut as early as March, with the loss of up to 1,000 Latrobe Valley jobs. [ABC Online]
  • A newly unearthed audio tape gives credence to the idea that the solar amendment on Florida’s November ballot was designed to mislead voters and would “completely negate” future solar power initiatives. The Center for Media and Democracy published a talk with the James Madison Institute, a libertarian think-tank. [WMNF]
  • The US opened its first new nuclear power plant in 20 years amid growing uncertainty for the industry and the need for regulatory changes at both the state and federal level. The TVA declared the $4.7 billion Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant open for business, a project that has been decades in the making. [Washington Examiner]

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

October 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The UN’s world heritage body made an urgent intervention to stop the construction of a coal power station in Bangladesh. A fact-finding mission found that the proposed site of the plant, which is 65 km north of the Sundarbans world heritage area, would expose the downriver forests to pollution and acid rain. [Climate Home]
Sundarbans mangroves, home to a quarter of all Bengal tigers (Photo: MN Gaurav / Commons)

Sundarbans mangroves, home to a quarter of all Bengal tigers (Photo: MN Gaurav / Commons)

  • In remote rural areas in Africa, electrification through grid extensions is often not viable. The long distances involved and low electricity demand do not justify bringing the national grid to these places. Existing mini-grids based on diesel can be retrofitted to be powered by hybrid sets of renewables. [ESI Africa]
  • Flexitricity, the UK’s largest demand response aggregator, has plans to harness the potential of combined heat and power plants to help drive a renewable revolution. There are 2,102 of these plants in the UK, with a total capacity of 19,900 GWh per year, enough to power over more than 4.8 million UK households. [Your Renewable News]
  • South Burlington, Vermont is planning to put a solar array on top of an old landfill to get renewable energy and financial savings out of a piece of land that cannot be used for much else, officials said Tuesday. It is estimated that the project will save the municipal and school districts $5 million over its lifetime. [Vermont Public Radio]
  • Wind energy is changing the economy of the Midwest. Wind is the fastest growing source of electricity in the United States, and about 70% of wind power is located in low income counties. Farmers benefit directly from wind turbines to tune of between $7,000 and $10,000 per turbine in annual leasing fees. []

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

It’s Time to Divest New York

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Today we’re launching an exciting new divestment push: together, a broad coalition of faith, health, business, and climate justice organizations are calling on New York’s comptrollers to divest the city and state’s massive pension funds from fossil fuels, and reinvest in just solutions to the climate crisis.

There’s never been a better moment for New York to divest. We’re approaching the 4-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, and the Paris agreement will officially take effect in just a few weeks. Right now our comptrollers are falling short in addressing climate change — an existential threat to New Yorkers — and we need way more ambition.

It’s wrong for New York to invest in the fossil fuel companies that caused Superstorm Sandy. Click here to add your name to the petition.

New York boasts among the largest pension funds in the nation, one of the most iconic cities, and the financial capital of the world. If New York were to divest, it would send a powerful message that the age of fossil fuels is over.

Oil giant Exxon is among the funds’ largest investments, and we know its executives lied about climate change since the 1970’s — our own NY attorney general is investigating them. New York’s comptrollers must choose a side: fossil fuel companies still recklessly and knowingly perpetrating the climate crisis, or the people.

More than 600 universities, faith groups, pension funds, and other institutions have already divested from fossil fuels. Here in New York, local activists have made headway pushing Comptroller Stringer on coal divestment, but it’s time to take the next step.

Tell New York’s comptrollers to divest the city and state’s $350 billion pension funds from all fossil fuels. In a few days, State Senator Liz Krueger will meet with representatives from Comptroller DiNapoli’s office to discuss divestment, and we’ll make sure they get your message.

We’ll be ramping up this push after the election, but as someone that’s supported divestment before, we wanted to give you the chance to join in early. There will be lots of ways to help on the road ahead, and we’ll keep you updated with how best to plug in. We know it’ll take a lot more than one petition or one meeting to win — it’ll take a movement.

Let’s do this,



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Lakes Region Community College Free Teacher Energy Workshop Nov. 10

Making NGSS More Meaningful for Students:
Creating Energy and Climate Change Story Lines with VEEP and LRCC
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  at LRCC in Laconia
Preregistration required:    (UNH Events)

Nov10'16 Teacher PD


The highly successful Vermont Energy Education Program will be guiding teachers to develop lessons and activities that help students “figure out” instead of “learn about” science and energy.  Participants will take part in electricity investigations, wind, solar, and hydro challenges, climate science modeling, and using energy equipment.

This workshop is made available at no cost to participants with grant support from the UNH EPSCoR program.  Thank you also to NH Science Teachers Association for their co-sponsorship.  For more information contact VEEP’s Jess Angell, or LRCC’s Andy Duncan.

NYSERDA Announces Completion of State’s First NY-Sun Community Shared Solar Project

More than three dozen residents come together and participate in new clean, affordable solar power project in Southern Tier Region
Complements Governor’ Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision Strategy to Lead on Climate Change and Grow New York’s Economy
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the completion of New York State’s first Shared Solar Project, which enables multiple residents to purchase solar panels in an off-site solar array and receive credit for the power the array produces on their individual monthly electric bills The completion of this shared solar projects helps New York achieve its goal for a 40 percent reduction from 1990 levels in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and meet the state’s mandate for 50 percent of electricity come from renewable energy by 2030.
The announcement was made at a ribbon-cutting event at the Renovus Solar array in the Southern Tier earlier today. Solar energy is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers and to the Clean Energy Standard mandate that 50 percent of electricity used in the State come from renewable energy by 2030.
The project was designed, constructed and self-financed by Renovus Solar, an Ithaca, New York-owned and operated solar developer.
Three dozen residents in Tompkins, Steuben and Schuyler counties have purchased more than 1,100 solar panels in this project. The 359.1 kilowatt ground-mounted solar array is located in Trumansburg. The energy produced by the array is equivalent to the electricity needed to power approximately 60 average-sized homes. The project will reduce greenhouse gases by 220 metric tons annually, equivalent to taking approximately 50 cars off the road.
The Renovus Solar community shared solar project received funding through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, which is building a self-sustaining solar industry in New York and helping achieve strategic energy goals under REV and the Clean Energy Standard. NYSERDA administers NY-Sun.
The New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) announced the state’s Shared Renewables initiative last July, with the goal of providing opportunities for renters, homeowners, low-income residents, schools and businesses to join together to set up shared renewable energy projects resulting in healthier and stronger communities. Shared Solar is part of this initiative.
From 2012 -2015, New York has seen an increase of 575 percent in the amount of solar power installed and in development, which has also generated a significant increase in the number of solar-related jobs across the State. According to a national report announced earlier this year, New York’s solar industry is now the fourth largest in the nation and currently employs more than 8,250 workers, an increase of more than 3,000 jobs since 2013. In 2016, double-digit job growth is expected to continue with another 1,000 additional jobs created as a result of the state’s robust solar project pipeline.

                                                          New York’s First Shared Solar Project

About NY-Sun
NY-Sun is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move New York State closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. The growth of solar in the State has increased more than 300 percent from 2011 to 2014, twice the rate of U.S. solar growth overall. NY-Sun web site.
About Reforming the Energy Vision
Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York’s economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency, in part through the recent adoption of New York’s Clean Energy Standard which requires that 50% of the state’s electricity needs be generated from renewable energy sources by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600% growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor’s $5.3 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975.  To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs, visit

Catamount Solar is now accepting applications for their 2016 Community Grants Program – Deadline November 15

A progressive company operating as a workers’ cooperative, Catamount Solar sets goals beyond bottom line profits in assessing the impacts of its efforts. These include the desire to motivate positive social change in the areas they serve. To achieve this goal, Catamount Solar allocates 5% of its annual profit to support community and environmental programs and initiatives.

Co-founder Kevin McCollister heads up the grants program. “We hope that these investments will provide examples of successful, pro-active community change leading to more compassionate, livable and sustainable communities where we live and work”, said McCollister.

The funds are provided to 501(c)3 charitable organizations via targeted donations or as part of occasional solicited funding rounds.  In 2015 Catamount Solar donated more than $40,000 to community organizations in Vermont.  In 2016 the company will donate approximately $70,000.  The current fall proposal solicitation will distribute nearly $50,000.

Guidelines for the Fall 2016 Community Grants Program

This year Catamount Solar desires to focus its charitable giving in the communities where they do the majority of their work in the solar business.  Grants of up to $5,000 are available to 501(c)3 organizations that are based in the following Vermont counties:

  • Washington
  • Orange
  • Windsor
  • Caledonia
Local Community organizations from these counties may submit brief proposals detailing how they would utilize these grant funds.  Priority will be given to proposals supporting discrete projects that:
  • Support the basic needs (health, food, housing, employment) of low/moderate income people
  • Encourage environmental activism, particularly awareness and/or action related to climate change
  • Community enrichment – Arts, cultural activities or other projects that that bring people together and celebrate community spirit.

Proposals that link two or more of these sector goals are encouraged.

More information on qualifying and instructions for applying to Catamount Solar’s 2016 Community Grants Program are available at CatamountSolar.comApplicants must complete and submit the online or downloadable application by November 15. Grant funds will be distributed to awardees in December. Qualified projects should be completed by June 2017.

October 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Park City, Utah is on the front lines of global warming as it grapples with decreasing snowfall and a shorter winter season that traditionally draws thousands of skiers and snowboarders from around the world. But the mountain community isn’t waiting to act. Park City just committed to 100% renewable energy by the year 2032. [Inhabitat]
Park City (Images via Raffi Asdourian)

Park City (Images via Raffi Asdourian)

  • Energy companies are on the cusp of “an epic battle” with technology companies thanks to the inexorable rise of renewable energy and smart home systems, says Citigroup’s global head of energy strategy. He said the challenge to the conventional oil and gas business “is only going one way,” with market changes. [The Australian Financial Review]
  • France produced the most power from fossil fuels for the month of September in 32 years to help meet demand as nuclear generation dropped. Output from coal and gas plants more than doubled as EDF had to keep reactors offline for inspections to rule out potential anomalies on steam generators at 18 of its 58 units. [Bloomberg]
  • China’s economy could grow six-fold by 2050 with renewable energy accounting for 69% of national electricity supply if it transforms its energy system and increases efficiency across all sectors. The report “Reinventing Fire: China” claims that CO2 emissions could go 42% below the 2010 level at the same time. [ChinaFile]
  • The US government launched the largest ever clean energy plant in Arizona, as part of the White House’s bid to drastically increase solar power on a national level. The 150-MW Mesquite 3 solar array will help power California’s electric grid and will contribute one-third of the energy used on 14 naval bases in the state. [Opposing Views]

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

October 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The HY4, the world’s first four-seater hydrogen fuel cell plane, took off for the first time at the Stuttgart airport in Germany. The plane was developed by researchers from the German Aerospace Center with help from Hydrogenics, Pipistrel, H2FLY, the University of Ulm and Stuttgart Airport. [Composites Manufacturing Magazine]
HY4 hydrogen fuel cell aircraft

HY4 hydrogen fuel cell aircraft

  • According to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change report, biomass sourced from whole trees and other large-diameter wood is a high-carbon fuel, increasing carbon emissions compared to coal and natural gas for decades, well beyond timeframes relevant for solving climate change. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
  • With a capacity factor of 51.9%, the 2,000-MW Sandstone Energy facility is equivalent to a 1.15 GW Nuclear Power plant. Over a 25-year lifetime, it will produce 227 billion kWh. At an expected cost of $5 billion, with a 30% federal tax credit, the system can be expected to generate electricity at a cost of 2.8¢/kWh. [Electrek]
  • Natural gas generators are a dominant source of power, especially for peak electricity demand periods in New England, but natural gas supply methods haven’t kept up. As a result, most of the region is vulnerable to volatile electricity prices, said Tom Dunn, CEO of VELCO, which manages transmission lines for utilities. []
  • Tidal energy technology is being tested for the first time in Tasmania. A tidal energy turbine has been installed to investigate and optimize the device’s performance. Researchers from the Australian Maritime College will conduct field experiments with a prototype in partnership with developers MAKO Tidal Turbines. [PACE Today]

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


October 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Iowa is seeing heavier rains and more flooding as climate change takes its toll, yet the state has little idea how much it would cost to protect its homes, schools, factories and other infrastructure, let alone how to pay for it. Iowa communities have $1.4 billion in plans for flood protection, but it is not enough. []
Flooding in Iowa (Rachel Mummey / The Register)

Flooding in Iowa (Rachel Mummey / The Register)

  • According to a new study in the journal Science Advances, a geothermal hotspot softened the mantle rock beneath Greenland in a way that ultimately distorted their calculations for ice loss in the Greenland ice sheet. This caused them to underestimate the melting by about 20 gigatons (20 billion metric tons) per year. [Net Newsledger]
  • Many Ohio residents believe the 2016 election has put the country at a crossroads on climate change. They see it almost as a referendum on anything from the state of Ohio’s coal industry to combating western Lake Erie’s algae-plagued water. While both major presidential candidates favor fracking, they differ on most of the rest. [Toledo Blade]
  • Opinion: “In Scotland, ray of hope for future of clean power” • For the first time ever, on August 7, the white turbines that have sprouted across the lush countryside generated enough electricity to power all of Scotland. Scotland has joined Portugal, Denmark, and Costa Rica among those that have achieved this goal. [The Columbian]
  • After introducing stringent penalties in the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill 2015, the Indian government has finally put in place a satellite based monitoring system that will help the nation get rid of illegal mining. They say that the Mining Surveillance System is a fool-proof monitor. [EnergyInfraPost]

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

Free Energy Workshops Planned by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will be conducting a FREE energy workshop titled “Save Energy, Save Dollars”.  This workshop will be offered WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016, 9:30a.m.-11:00a.m. at the Catholic Charities Oneonta office Conference Room, 176 Main Street, Oneonta, and is sponsored by Catholic Charities.

Fall 2016 is the perfect time to take steps to make your home more energy efficient. Learn how to reduce energy bills with low-cost, no-cost actions. Each workshop household participant will receive free information and a courtesy CFL (compact fluorescent light bulb) or LED to use in their homes.

Pre-registration is required as workshop size is limited. For more information or to register for the workshop CALL 607 865 6531 or

These workshops are offered through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The next workshop is:

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 9:30a.m.-11:00a.m.

Location: CATHOLIC CHARITIES-Conference Room –  176 Main Street, Oneonta, handicap accessible and parking

Preregistration is requested:   Sign up with Cornell Cooperative Extension-Delaware County

CALL: 607 865-6531 or EMAIL:

To learn more about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County’s community programs and events call 607-865-6531 or visit us online