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If a house were on fire, would you add more gasoline and oil to put the fire out?  Likewise, should we be extracting and burning fossil fuels in this time of the planet being “cooked” by greenhouse gases?

Nonetheless, there is a proposal to send two pipelines filled with fracked Bakken gasoline and oil up, down and across the Hudson River affecting Albany, East Greenbush and Rensselaer, NY. This is not only dangerous, it’s counter productive.

Did you know that?

  • Two parallel fracked oil pipelines are proposed to run from Albany-Rensselaer, NY for 178 miles to Linden, New Jersey. Two proposed Hudson River crossings would occur at the Port of Albany, NY to the Port of Rensselaer, NY and a second from  East Greenbush, NY to Glenmont, NY.
  • Any spill would be washed up and down with the river tides, along the entire Albany and Rensselaer waterfronts, affecting shore front parks, businesses, and recreational facilities.
  • Rensselaer, East Greenbush, Bethlehem and Albany NY, as well as many other communities, along the Hudson River have passed strong resolutions against this massive project.
  • Come to an organizational meeting on on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6: 30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush (Corner of Hays Road, next to Goff Middle School) to learn about these proposed pipelines. Help us plan to stop this dangerous project. The meeting is sponsored by Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline.
  • Stephen Shafer of Citizens Against Pilgrim Pipelines (CAPP) will lead of team of knowledgeable activists in explaining the proposal and what we can do to organize to stop it.
    The action items being considered are: designating the city of Rensselaer as an Environmental Justice Community, and a meeting with Senator Marchione and other county, state and US officials. Any other suggestions will be welcome

Please join us at our open community event and learn what you can do to protect yourself and your neighborhood before it’s too late to stop this proposed project. Contact Ruth Foster, Board member of SNYFGP, at: or call 518-588-0187.

Campaign Launched for FREE Weatherize Assessments for 14 Upper Valley Towns

Vital Communities Partners with 14 Vermont Towns to Launch Weatherize Upper Valley

Vital Communities and volunteers in 14 Vermont towns will launch a new Weatherize Upper Valley initiative later this month to encourage more homeowners to invest in energy efficiency projects. Hartland, Hartford, Norwich, Thetford, Sharon, Royalton, Bethel, Randolph, Braintree, Brookfield, Windsor, Reading, Cavendish, and Weathersfield are participating in the pilot program this January through May.

The 14 towns—organized into four unique Weatherize campaigns—will host public kick-off events later this month (details below). Interested residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about home energy efficiency and the Weatherize process, meet their community’s certified weatherization contractors, and talk with neighbors who have completed home energy efficiency projects.

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January 18 Energy News

Headline News:

  • The city of Las Vegas is now home to the first self-driving, all-electric shuttle service on public roads in the US, according to recent reports. The new electric, autonomous shuttle service is the result of a collaboration between the shuttle manufacturer Navya, the fleet logistics provider Keolis, and the city of Las Vegas. [CleanTechnica]
Navya Shuttle Las Vegas

Navya Shuttle Las Vegas

  • University of California, Davis has been named the world’s most sustainable university by the University of Indonesia’s annual GreenMetric ranking. The study assessed 516 colleges
    and universities in 74 countries, taking a close look at green policies and practices as well as research and education on sustainability. [The Sacramento Press]
  • Worldwide, commercial production of seaweed for food is a growing business. Now the US DOE is taking a different approach for the US to get in on the action, with a particular focus on converting seaweed to carbon-neutral biofuel and other high value products. Advantages include no use of land, fresh water, or fertilizer. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Vermont Technology Council and the Burlington Electric Department announced the formation of an exploratory team to assess the potential for a Vermont energy startup accelerator – PowerUp Vermont – to help businesses focused on innovating in the power industry and driving the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. []
  • Rick Perry, Trump’s pick to head the DOE, saw how energy development can be impacted by infrastructure when he was governor of Texas. Texas has a history of success producing energy. Infrastructure and markets have been keys to success, which made Texan the leader in wind energy. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]

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

Women’s March Information

Most states have a women’s march planned for the end of this week.  “The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights,” the group’s website says.

More than 200 organizations have signed on as partners for the march, including Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, the National Organization for Women and Human Rights Watch. Cher, Katy Perry and Amy Schumer are among the celebrities who have said they will attend the march in Washington D.C.

Below is information for marches in our region all happening on Saturday, January 21st:

Vermont: The march lines up at Montpelier High School at 5 High School Drive at 1:00 p.m. and the rally starts at 2:00 p.m. There will be accessible parking available at the high school and a bus with wheelchair accessibility shuttling between the Statehouse and Montpelier High School. Visit  for more information.

New Hampshire:   New Hampshire State House in Concord, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  For more information visit

New York:  1 Dag Hammarskoljd Plaza, 48th St. at 1 st Ave.New York, NY, 10017, Times are staggered starting at 11am, .  For more information visit

Massachusetts: Boston Common – At the corner of Beacon and Charles Street, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM .  For more information visit

Maine: 111 Sewall Street Augusta, ME, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, .  For more information visit


January 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • As China is weaned off coal, its energy regulator has ordered eleven provinces to stop developing over 100 coal-fired power projects, including some that are under construction, Caixin reported. Their a total installed capacity is over 100 GW, and about ¥430 billion ($62.30 billion) has been invested in them. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]
A migrant worker steps out of his accommodation in an area next to a coal power plant in Beijing on a smog-free day. (Reuters / Damir Sagolj)

A migrant worker steps out of his accommodation in an area next to a coal power plant in Beijing on a smog-free day. (Reuters / Damir Sagolj)

  • US energy provider MidAmerican Energy has announced two more wind projects in Iowa amounting to 338 MW. They are part of the larger previously announced 2-GW Wind XI economic development project, which consists of a series of wind farms. In aggregate, the Wind XI project is the largest in the history of Iowa. [CleanTechnica]
  • Employment in the US wind energy industry is higher than that at nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants according to the DOE. The report also says more growth in the industry is possible, with the potential to create 380,000 jobs by 2030. The DOE report validates job figures from the AWEA. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Saudi Arabia will start soliciting bids in the next few weeks for the first phase of a “massive” renewable-energy program costing $30 billion to $50 billion, the Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said. OPEC’s biggest oil producer plans to generate close to 10 GW from renewables, primarily solar and wind power, by 2023. [Bloomberg]
  • In India, solar power tariffs in competitive auctions have collapsed from ₹12.76/kWh (19¢/kWh) in 2010 to ₹3.0/kWh (4.4¢/kWh) in 2016. At the same time, industrial electricity tariffs have increased consistently. Now solar power has achieved grid parity, and industries are looking to invest in their own solar power projects. [CleanTechnica]


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

NY State Considering Net-Metering Policy Change: Call for Public Comment

New York’s energy regulators are considering a policy that would change the way distributed solar and wind energy projects are compensated for the energy they produce. This is the first step in a process to move away from “net metering” in New York.* For years, New York’s net metering policy has made it possible for households, businesses, schools, and municipalities to make the switch to solar and wind.

Now, as part of the major energy policy overhaul called “Reforming the Energy Vision,” New York’s Public Service Commission is considering a proposal that would temporarily protect net metering for those who can deploy renewable energy on their residential property. But the policy would quickly transition away from net metering compensation for shared renewable energy projects and for some other larger-scale and commercial projects.

Submit a comment today. Let the PSC know they need to defend net metering or make significant improvements to the proposed replacement policy. 

We do not, in principle, oppose the replacement of net metering credits with something that more accurately compensates renewable energy producers for the value of their electricity. However, the proposed policy change has some major flaws that must be fixed before it can move forward. If you’re interested in the nitty gritty detail, we have created this policy guide to explain the proposed policy and our recommendations.

In its current form, the proposal would slow down the development of community solar and other shared renewable energy. These projects are the only access to renewable energy that most households will have. Renters and homeowners who do not have a site suitable for solar or wind will be locked out of participation in the renewable energy transition, unless we see widespread development of community solar and wind. We need policy that will accelerate the development of these projects, not make them harder to get up and running.

Last week, the NY Energy Democracy Alliance submitted a comment signed by 98 organizations, elected officials, and small businesses. The comment calls on the PSC to slow down the transition away from net metering until it has fixed the flaws in its transition proposal. Most specifically, we called on the PSC to ensure that the policy values environmental projection, equitable access to renewables, local jobs and economic development, and environmental justice.

Join the Energy Democracy Alliance in weighing in on this important issue. Submit your comment today.

“You have to keep on moving forward”

 Martin Luther King Jr.
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Have a good Martin Luther King Jr. Day from Green Energy Times. His words possibly mean more today than ever.

Sanders Honors King’s ‘Unbelievable Courage’


Sanders_PressRelease_Banner_NormalATLANTA, Jan. 16 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined civil rights leaders at Ebenezer Baptist Church to mark Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

Sanders said King saw not only the need to end racism and segregation in the United States but to fight to create an economy that works for all Americans.

“Today we are not just celebrating the life and work of a great African-American civil rights leader, a man who led the effort to end segregation and racism, a man who was jailed time and time again and who was maligned over and over again,” Sanders said during remarks on the day after what would have been King’s 88th birthday and on the 31st anniversary of the federal holiday in his honor.

He admired King’s “unbelievable courage” to build on his civil rights legacy and fight for oppressed people of all races and to confront national leaders over the Vietnam War.

“Let us not forget for a moment where Dr. King was when he was assassinated. He was standing up with exploited workers in Memphis, Tennessee,” Sanders said. “Let us also not forget that what Dr. King was working on in the last years of his life was a poor peoples’ march.”

Sanders also said King has a message for America today.

“If we are going to be honest in our support for Dr. King, it is necessary for us to bring his sprit and his courage into the year 2017,” the senator said.

Voter suppression efforts by states must be confronted, Sanders said. “And King’s message on poverty and peace and national priorities also resonates today in a nation with one of the highest rates of childhood poverty of any major nation on earth, the only major country that does not provide health care as a right for all people and the nation with more people in prisons than any other country in the world.”

“The great strength of Dr. King,” Sanders concluded, “was that he understood that real change never takes place from the top on down but takes place when millions of people stand up and fight for justice.”

Sanders was invited to participate in the annual tribute by the Rev. Bernice King, the civil rights leader’s youngest daughter.

January 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Northland has been developing a 400-MW pumped storage project that takes the form of an old flooded mine, sitting on a plateau just outside of Marmora, Ontario. The roughly $900-million project pumps water up into the mine pit when there is extra energy, and then lets it run out through a turbine when more energy is needed. [Huddle Today]
Pumped storage (Image: The Canadian Press)

Northland hydro (Image: The Canadian Press)

  • Ikea has said it won’t spend a single penny of its £524 million ($633 million) green fund in Britain until the government makes it easier to invest in renewable energy. In a rare attack on policies of a government, Ikea declared it would have to go elsewhere to finance projects, including wind farms, due to the UK’s “political context.” [Huffington Post UK]
  • King County Metro Transit, the public transit authority for King County, Washington, will be acquiring 120 new all-electric buses by the year 2020, going by a recent announcement from King County Executive Dow Constantine. Up to 73 of the buses will be made by the US-based firm Proterra at a cost of up to $55 million. [CleanTechnica]
  • The US EPA issued a notice of violation to auto manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act pertaining to the installation, use, and failure to disclose of engine management software in a large number of vehicles sold in the US, according to a press release issued by the EPA. [CleanTechnica]
  • Florida Power & Light has completed three 74.5-MW solar parks in that state. FPL’s total solar installed capacity is now 335 MW. FPL plans to install four more 74.5-MW solar parks in Florida this year, at permitted sites in Alachua, Putnam and DeSoto counties. Construction is expected to start as early as
    the first quarter of 2017. [reNews]

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

January 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Opinion: “The Totally Insane Carbon Bubble” • Natural gas and the hydrogen made from it are the fossil industry’s last gasp. The industry is begging for a lifeline in order to live in gold-plated castles another generation or so. The US housing bubble? Child’s play. The carbon bubble? This is big, and scary, and ready to take a lot of casualties with it. [CleanTechnica]
Carbon bubble

Carbon bubble

  • For international experts stationed at a base in Antarctica, the frozen southern continent is a good gauge of climate change. “When I used to come to Antarctica in the 1990s, it never used to rain,” said Rodolfo Sanchez, director of the Argentine Antarctic Institute. “Now it rains regularly – instead of snowing.” [The Guardian]
  • Representatives of over 150 countries gathered in Abu Dhabi at the 7th Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “Plummeting costs and rapid innovation have spurred investments that are positioning renewable energy solutions at the centre of energy discussion today,” said IRENA’s Director-General. []
  • Apple® today announced a significant commitment by a major Chinese supplier, Lens Technology, to run its Apple operations on entirely renewable energy. This commitment is combined with zero waste compliance from all final assembly sites. Apple is making efforts to help China’s transition to a new green economy. [Satellite PR News]
  • According to the EIA, in October 2016 residential electricity prices in Hawaii were 27.54¢/kWh, and on the island of Kaua’i, rates are 32.78¢/kWh, starting this year. Hawaii is the first state in the US where rooftop solar has become an almost standard item on homes. They are even put in places unthinkable elsewhere, facing north or in shady areas. []

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


January 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • While it may be hard to believe, nine Wyoming lawmakers introduced a bill to forbid utilities from providing any electricity to the state that comes from large-scale wind or solar energy projects by 2019. Allowed resources would be coal, natural gas, hydroelectric, nuclear power, oil, and net-metered individual resources. [Digital Journal]
Wind farm (Photo: Jürgen from Sandesneben, Germany, Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs)

Wind farm (Photo: Jürgen from Sandesneben, Germany, Creative Commons – Attribution-NoDerivs)

  • Ticks are devastating the moose populations in Maine and New Hampshire. They attach themselves to a single moose by the tens of thousands. The adult females can expand to the size of a grape and engorge themselves with up to four milliliters of blood. With warmer winter temperatures, they kill 70% of the states’ moose calves. [The Boston Globe]
  • A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency describes the technical renewable energy potential of South East Europe as “vast.” It comes to 740 GW, of which 532 GW is wind and 120 solar. The report also says, “127 GW of this overall renewable energy potential could be implemented in a cost-competitive way today.” [CleanTechnica]
  • In his last presidential speech, President Obama urged bolder action on climate change, saying, “We’ve led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this planet. But without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change. They’ll be busy dealing with its effects.” [Biofuels International Magazine]
  • New York State is to provide $360 million for eleven new renewable projects. The planned projects include two wind farms, one solar array, seven hydroelectric plants and a fuel cell facility. Together they will generate around 260 MW of electricity, enough to power more than 110,000 homes. [Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy]

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