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May 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The Upper Afan Valley near Swansea is already home to the biggest windfarm in England and Wales, but in July work will begin there on one of the UK’s largest battery storage schemes. Co-locating the plant with the windfarm reduced needs for power lines, so it was about £5 million cheaper than building it on a standalone site. [The Guardian]
Pen y Cymoedd wind project near Swansea (Photo: Vattenfall)

Pen y Cymoedd wind project near Swansea, Wales (Photo: Vattenfall)

  • A study by scientists at the NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, predicts the warming of the Gulf of Maine will cause a dramatic contraction of suitably cool habitat for a range of key commercial fish species there. The species negatively affected include cod, haddock, redfish, plaice and pollock. [Press Herald]
  • Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar will partner in the US to introduce a joint offering to consumers, according to a press release. Customers in the US will be able to purchase solar-plus-storage systems combining Vivint Solar’s solar energy expertise with the new Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage systems. [CleanTechnica]
  • Sugar River Power, a small power producer, has restored a hydro dam in Claremont, New Hampshire. The company bought the dam in January. When the twin turbines of the hydroelectric plan operate at full capacity, they are capable of generating 1.35 MW of power, enough to power 1,300 homes, one of the company’s owners said. [Valley News]
  • EV sales in California during the first quarter of 2017 were up 91% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Industry observers give much of the credit to the Chevy Bolt, the first all-electric car from General Motors that went on sale in the Golden State last December. A total of 2,735 Californians opted for the Bolt in the first quarter of the year. [CleanTechnica]

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

May 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Star Renewable Energy has been awarded funding to develop the UK’s first water source heat pump or medium temperature district heating to service existing buildings. The 2.5-MW water source heat pump on the Clyde at the Gorbals will be deployed by September 2018 and will be Britain’s largest inner city 80° C heat pump. [Energy Live News]
River Clyde in Glasgow (Image: Thinkstock)

The River Clyde in Glasgow will be used as a heat source (Image: Thinkstock)

  • President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget request would slash EPA spending by almost a third, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by CNN. The budget blueprint, which the White House plans to submit to Congress next week, would cut the EPA’s total budget by more than 30% and its operational budget by 35% from current levels. [CNN]
  • “Offshore wind won a German power auction without needing any subsidies” • The price of offshore wind power has been dropping so quickly that it threatens to upend the electricity industry around the world. Choosing free zero-pollution power over costly dirty power isn’t a tough choice for utilities or most countries. [ThinkProgress]
    Dutch offshore wind farm (Credit: AP | Peter Dejong, File)
  • The Global Seed Vault, which was built under a deep mountain in Arctic Svalbard to secure a million packets of the world’s most precious seeds from all natural and man-made calamities, has been flooded by melting permafrost. The seeds are safe, for the time being, but scientists are alarmed. No one envisioned that this would happen. [International Business Times UK]
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Co announced the cost to participate in its 100% solar energy program has dropped by 30% for residential customers and by nearly 50% for some business customers. The cost reduction is thanks in part to PG&E’s continued investment in clean energy infrastructure throughout its service area. [Electric Light & Power]

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May 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent’s northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of the planet. Because of the warming of the last 50 years, they found two species of mosses growing at an accelerated pace. [ScienceAlert]
Green Antarctica (Photo: Matt Amesbury)

A green Antarctica – this is not a good sign. (Photo: Matt Amesbury)

  • One of the world’s most beloved toy makers, the LEGO Group, announced that it had reached its 100% renewable energy goal three years ahead of schedule thanks to the completion and commissioning of the 258-MW Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm. LEGO has not stopped, as it still has solar panels going up in China. [CleanTechnica]
  • A planned coal-fired 4,000-MW ultra-mega power project plant in India has been scrapped because the government wants to focus on green energy. Gujarati state officials had planned it, but the government decided the state was already sufficiently supplied with energy and focusing on renewables was a better longer term strategy. [malaysiandigest.com]
  • In a survey of 1,000 US adults, 54% believe “government regulations are necessary to encourage businesses and consumers to rely more on renewable energy sources.” Just 38% say “the private marketplace will ensure that businesses and consumers rely more on renewable energy sources, even without government regulations.” [Environment News Service]
  • Ameren Corp has completed an advanced utility-scale microgrid at Ameren’s Technology Applications Center, adjacent to the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Illinois. The $5 million facility includes solar, wind, and natural gas generating capacity with battery storage, and can operate at between 4 kV and 34.5 kV. [Electric Light & Power]

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‘Climate of Hope’ on Daily Show

Reposted from Carol Pope’s Blog

Climate of Hope

Dear friend:

If, like me, 11PM programs are not your daily bread, you may have missed my conversation along with Mike Bloomberg on the Daily Show last night, discussing our book, Climate of Hope. This will be — I’m pretty sure — my highest ratings ever, so I’m sharing a link so if you’re curious if Mike ended up owing Trevor a $billion dollars — or not — you can check it out.

http://www.cc.com/episodes/r2l597/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-may-3–2017—michael-bloomberg–carl-pope–-sanaa-lathan-season-22-ep-2210

More seriously, on the day when President Trump may have tilted towards abandoning the best, most terrific international agreement the US ever negotiated — the bottom up Paris Climate Accord — it was an honor to be able to explain why, whatever Trump says, the US is going to keep its honor and its commitment — and get richer and healthier doing so.

Who knew Climate Change could be funny?

How the Power Grid Works

Illustration from ChooseTexasPower.org.

 

How the Power Grid Works

 

 

May 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The first GOP member of Congress to say ‘impeachment’ after Trump’s latest scandal is a climate hawk.” • Representative Carlos Curbelo’s district in low-lying South Florida is especially vulnerable to rising seas and climate change. He has bucked his party to become one of the most vocal proponents for climate action in Congress. [Grist]
The Everglades National Park is in Carlos Curbelo’s district. (National Park Service photo, Wikimedia Commons)

The Everglades National Park is in Carlos Curbelo’s district. (National Park Service photo, Wikimedia Commons)

  • Among thousands of delegates meeting in Bonn to develop the rule book for the Paris deal, the Climate Vulnerable Forum, representing 48 countries, said the deal was crucial to their survival. In a swipe at President Donald Trump’s oft-used phrase, they said that “no country would be great again” without swift action. [BBC]
  • The Trump administration is weighing huge cuts to the budget of the DOE’s renewable energy and energy efficiency program. It has a proposal to slash it by 70%, from $2,073 million in 2017 to a proposed $636 million for 2018. That’s according to a draft 2018 budget proposal obtained by the news and information company Axios. [Common Dreams]
  • Students, ratepayers, “raging grannies,” developers, politicians, and activists packed a public meeting hall to give state regulators and executives from Portland General Electric an earful, telling them to stay away from natural gas. There was no way their strident message for Oregon’s three public utility commissioners could be misinterpreted. [OregonLive.com]
  • On Sunday, Swiss voters will decide the fate of a law proposing billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, a ban on new nuclear plants, and a partial utilities bailout. Polling so far suggests the law will be approved in the binding referendum. A survey this month for state broadcaster SRG showed 56% of voters back the law. [Reuters]

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

New York’s New Electric Vehicle Rebate

Last year, the NY state legislature took a major step forward by approving New York’s first consumer electric vehicle rebate program in the 2016-17 budget!

The New York rebate offers a discount of $500 – $2,000 for the sale or lease of an electric vehicle. Known as the Drive Clean rebate, the amount is determined primarily by the car’s electric range. This discount is in addition to the federal tax credit of up to $7,500. Since more than half of the models now on the market have a base price of under $35,000 to begin with, this rebate means that New Yorkers can take $5,000 – $10,000 off the retail price of most electric cars.

Transportation currently accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions, about 35 percent, than any other sector in New York. In order to slash air pollution and meet the state’s climate goals, a large-scale transition away from gas-guzzlers toward clean electric vehicles is needed.

In New York, EVs are about 70 percent lower in emissions than similarly sized conventional cars, even factoring in emissions from electricity sources. Currently, 25 percent of New York’s electricity comes from renewable sources, and as New York continues to replace its coal power plants with renewable energy, EVs will rapidly become even cleaner.

Encouraging the transition to electric vehicles is an all-around win for our climate, our public health, and our economy.

RENEWABLE ENERGY VERMONT STATEMENT ON PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD’S LATEST PROPOSED WIND SOUND RULES

“Wind is the most affordable new clean energy available. With Vermont importing electricity 84% of the time, we cannot afford to lose the environmental and economic benefits that wind offers.”

“Today, wind works for Vermonters, creating enough electricity to power more than 59,000 homes, contributing more than $2.25 million annually to towns and the State’s education fund, employing 328 workers.”

“We could power more than half of Vermont’s homes with cost effective wind energy and grow our economy, but not under these proposed rules. The latest proposed regulations set unreasonable requirements on farmers and landowners interested in helping lower our electricity costs with pollution free community and utility wind projects. The Public Service Board’s 1 mile set-back requirement will prevent future wind projects in Vermont.”

“Regulating at a level that forecloses the most cost effective way to meet our 90% renewable energy commitment makes no sense. Libraries, streams, refrigerators, and air fans all exceed the proposed sound levels.”

“Vermonters believe in science and deeply value our clean air, water, and land. We must not let overly restrictive proposals undermine our independence and clean energy future.”

“Renewable Energy Vermont remains committed to engaging in constructive and civil conversation to achieve rules based on science and Vermont values. REV supports the enhanced monitoring and compliance requirements of the proposal.”

For more information, please see REV’s wind fact sheet online at http://www.revermont.org/wp-content/uploads/Wind-Sound-Factsheet-5-3-2017.pdf

May 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Tesla and Vermont’s Green Mountain Power are offering GMP customers a Powerwall battery for $15 a month for 10 years, or a one time charge of $1500. The normal price of a 10-kWh Powerwall with built-in inverter is $5,500, plus installation. The batteries will provide backup power to customers and balancing to the grid. [CleanTechnica]
Tesla Powerwall

Tesla Powerwall

  • 8minutenergy Renewables, the largest independent solar power developer in the US, announced it has expanded into the energy storage market with a 1-GW project pipeline. The company has a storage leadership team with decades of experience building large energy storage, renewable energy, and transmission projects. [MilTech]
  • Scotland’s most senior judge has reversed a decision to halt construction of four giant offshore wind farms in the Forth and Tay, which could power 1.4 million homes and create thousands of jobs. Construction of the £2 billion 450-MW Neart Na Gaoithe scheme in the outer Forth estuary may soon begin, as it is already fully funded. [The Scotsman]
  • San Jose became the largest city in California to launch “community choice energy,” an alternative electricity provider that could save money and reduce pollution linked to climate change. The City Council unanimously approved the new utility program. It would begin next spring and will be one of eight such programs statewide. [The Mercury News]
  • Leclanché SA has launched a modular, lithium-ion electric ferry battery system onto the market. The new system, dubbed the Leclanché Marine Rack System, will be launched with an electric ferry in Denmark later this year. It will travel a route between the island Ærø and the Danish mainland, powered by a 4.3-MWh battery-pack). [CleanTechnica]

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May 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Over 1400 oil and gas platforms in the North Sea might eventually be used to fight the problem they helped to create: unsustainable energy generation. Both fossil fuels and renewable companies are working on a system design that could make the platforms part of the energy revolution as hydrogen production and storage facilities. [CleanTechnica]
North sea oil platform (Image: Berardo62, some rights reserved)

North sea oil platform (Image: Berardo62, some rights reserved)

  • With oil markets flagging, the world’s two biggest oil exporters, Saudi Arabia and Russia, agreed to extend production cuts for several months, sending the price of crude soaring. Inventories had piled up and crimped the potential for demand. Prices had dipped below $44 a barrel this month, their lowest level in more than a year. [New York Times]
  • Global solar investment is to be higher than coal, gas and nuclear combined in 2017, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan. Global Power Industry Outlook, 2017 examines power market trends, installed capacity, investment, and regional growth across coal-fired, gas-fired, nuclear, hydro, solar PV, wind, and biomass. [Your Renewable News]
  • Thanks to strong government support, India has moved up to the second spot in the “Renewable energy country attractiveness index” 2017, according to a report released by Ernst & Young. The report released globally stated that China and India have surpassed the US, which has fallen to third place on Trump administration policy. [Livemint]
  • A tentative lease extension will keep the 43-year-old Navajo Generating Station open through the end of 2019, instead of beginning a shutdown as early as this summer, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said at a public hearing Monday in Phoenix. The plant is one of the American West’s biggest electric generators – and polluters. [NBCNews.com]

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