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Find your nearest Drive Electric Earth Day event!

Transportation is now the largest source of carbon emissions in the U.S. In celebration of Earth Day and the fact that we must transition transportation to be fossil fuel-free, Drive Electric Earth Day events will be showcasing the many shapes and sizes of clean transportation.

Electric vehicles put more money back into your pocket and benefit our local communities and the climate, so that’s definitely something to cheer about. Drive Electric Earth Day events are hosted by local volunteers, so show them some love and support clean air and a thriving community. 

Find your nearest Drive Electric Earth Day event here!

What can you expect by attending a Drive Electric Earth Day event? A fun and cordial atmosphere, with the opportunity to meet owners of electric vehicles and learn about their great experience owning them. Depending on your event, there will be parades, ride and drives, electric tailgate parties, activities for children, food, press conferences, award ceremonies, and more. 

RSVP now, and show your support for Earth Day and for reducing vehicle emissions in your community.

Public Hearing on Legislation to Ban New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in Vermont

Tuesday, April 23 From 5-7 PM
Room 11 at the Statehouse in Montpelier
The House Energy and Technology Committee will be holding a public hearing on House Bills 51 and 175 both of which would meet the demands of the No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Petition signed by nearly 1,500 Vermonters and the Town Meeting Day resolutions passed by 55 towns.
 
This is our opportunity to address our legislators and make the case for prohibiting development of new fossil fuel infrastructure in Vermont so we can avoid the health and safety risks, the unjust and wasteful costs and the climate changing consequences of new gas pipelines and oil or gas fired electric generation plants and so that we can begin to move rapidly toward building the next and sustainable energy system we must have.
 
This hearing will take testimony from members of the public. Please come to let the legislature know how urgent you are about climate change, climate justice and refashioning our energy system. Come to speak, to listen and learn, and to show your support for this crucially important legislation.
 
Each speaker will have only 2 minutes. If you would like to speak, you will have to sign up at 4:15 in Room 11 of the Statehouse. Even if you don’t plan to speak, come early. The room is small and seating is limited.
 
You may also submit written testimony to the committee by email to:
Indicate in the subject line, “Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Public Comment.”
 
Be There To Show How Urgent and Widespread Support Is
To Prohibit New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Room 11 at the Statehouse in Montpelier
Tuesday, April 23 5-7 PM
Questions about the event or the legislation? Contact us at

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April 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “When Airplanes Are Designed To Be Energy Agnostic, You Know Electricity Is Banging At The Door” • Lift Air subsidiary Flight Design General Aviation GmbH, based in Germany, announced new 4-seat airplane that could be certified in a year. Importantly, it is energy agnostic, so it is ready for a full electric propulsion system. [CleanTechnica]

Flight Design aircraft – designed for possible electric power

  • “Power Outages Are A Thing Of The Past In Zambia” • The African Development Bank Group celebrated a success, tweeting, “Power cuts are now a thing of the past in #Zambia! A major boost in electricity production, – thanks to a robust hydraulic and solar power generation industry – means the country is now self-sufficient in energy.” [SaharaReporters.com]
  • “Clean Energy Laws Force Colstrip Owners To Weigh Options” • As the state of Washington edges closer to banning coal power by 2025, the owners of Montana’s coal-burning Colstrip Power Plant are weighing options. Colstrip supplies customers in three states, but without those in Washington it will be hard to justify running the plant. [Billings Gazette]
  • “NEVS Will Build Sion Solar-Powered Electric Car At Former SAAB Factory In Sweden” • Sono Motors’ Sion will be the first production car to have built-in solar panels. Sono says the panels can generate enough electricity to drive the Sion up to 21 miles on a sunny day. National Electric Vehicle Sweden and Sono will make them in a former SAAB plant. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Battle Of Waterloo Bridge: A Week Of Extinction Rebellion Protests” • “It’s been a resounding success,” said one of the group’s organisers on Thursday. “We are holding all the sites, we are attracting loads of new members, … the police are generally positive and friendly, … and we are getting our message out there.” It is still going on. [The Guardian]

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

April 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The World’s Biggest Electric Vehicle Company Looks Nothing Like Tesla” • The number one producer of plug-in vehicles globally is BYD, based in Shenzhen, China. Though it gets a tiny fraction of the attention of Tesla, BYD now has about a quarter-million employees and sells as many as 30,000 vehicles every month. [Bloomberg]

BYD plant (Billy HC Kwok | Bloomberg Businessweek)

  • “China To Promote Using Wind Energy To Power Heating Systems” • China’s National Energy Administration urged local authorities to set annual targets for generating heating using energy from wind farms over the period form 2019 to 2021. The country is pushing to reduce carbon emissions from all uses of coal, including heat. [ETEnergyworld.com]
  • “Washington Utility Avista Commits To 100% Clean Energy By 2045” • Avista announced its goal to serve its customers with 100% clean electricity by 2045 and to have a carbon-neutral supply of electricity by the end of 2027. Avista claims a long-standing history of providing clean, reliable, and affordable energy to its customers. [Solar Power World]
  • “Texas Proves That Booming Renewable Energy Doesn’t Bring Electricity Price Armageddon” • Many energy pundits still warn of an Armageddon of high electricity prices and unreliable grid electricity for those too reliant on renewable power generation. There’s just a tiny problem with such claims: The data do not support them. [Dallas News]
  • “Puerto Rico Will Stop Burning Coal Next Year” • The Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, recently signed by Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Roselló, puts the island on track to completely ditch all non-renewable energy sources by 2050. But also, the bill says, Puerto Rico’s coal-burning power plants will get the axe in 2020. [Futurism]

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

April 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “LM Wind Rolls Out First Haliade-X Blade” • LM Wind Power has produced the first 107-meter blade that will be fitted to the prototype GE Renewable Energy Haliade-X 12-MW offshore turbine. Testing and validation will begin once finishing touches are done. The prototype is being installed in the Netherlands, later this year. [reNEWS]

Haliade-X 12-MW offshore turbine (LM Wind Power image)

  • “Bernie Sanders Calls For An End To Fossil Fuels” • Bernie Sanders made a rather stunning proposal, saying climate change is “not a hoax but is an existential threat.” He wants “to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy and, in the process, create millions of good paying jobs.” [CleanTechnica]
  • “Americans’ Energy Use Surges Despite Climate Change Concern” • Americans used a record amount of energy in 2018, with a 10% jump in natural gas consumption helping to lead the way, according to the Energy Information Administration. Total consumption of all fuels rose 4% year on year, the largest such increase in eight years. [Associated Press]
  • “Massachusetts Approves Vineyard Power Deal” • Long-term off-take contracts for the 800-MW Vineyard Wind farm being developed off the state’s coast have been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Officials said the off-take deals will spur economic development and ensure a “resilient energy future.” [reNEWS]
  • “New York City Sets Ambitious Climate Rules for Its Biggest Emitters: Buildings” • Plans approved by the City Council of New York are expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions from large buildings by 40% compared to 2005 levels by 2030, about 26% below current levels. Buildings account for two-thirds of the city’s emissions. [InsideClimate News]
  • “NJ Approves $300 Million Of ZECs For Salem, Hope Creek Nukes” • New Jersey regulators approved zero-emission credits totaling $300 million for the state’s three nuclear reactors, nearly a year after the governor signed off on an ambitious energy plan aimed at boosting the use of carbon-free resources to 50% over the next decade. [RTO Insider]

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

April 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Greta Thunberg Meets The Pope After Scolding EU Leaders On Climate Change” • Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg met Pope Francis at the Vatican. A day earlier, she had addressed a committee of the European Parliament, scolding them for spending their time “arguing about taxes or Brexit” in the face of a building climate crisis. [CNN]

Greta Thunberg meets Pope Francis

  • “Official Warning To Banks: Get Real About Climate Change Or Risk Going Bust” • Central bankers and finance regulators from 34 countries, including the UK, France, Germany, China, and Japan, have warned banks to act urgently to fight climate change or risk going bust. The policymakers argue that banks must invest sustainably. [CNN]
  • “Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up In The US – At Last” • On June 1, the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts will shut down, a victim of hard nuclear power economics. The electricity it generated will be replaced by another carbon-free source: a fleet of 84 offshore wind turbines rising nearly 650 feet above the ocean’s surface. [WIRED]
  • “Maine Company Launches Renewable Energy System To Power Remote Communities” • Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Co has already powered more than 30% of the remote Alaskan community of Igiugig. Now, it wants to increase its current reach to isolated and indigenous communities around the world. [Press Herald]
  • “How 18 Democratic Candidates Responded To A Climate Policy Survey” • The New York Times asked all 18 declared Democratic presidential candidates for their views on a number of policy options related to climate change. While they agreed on major issues, such as return to the Paris accord, there are distinctions among them. [The New York Times]

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

April 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Elizabeth Warren Calls For Ten-Fold Increase Of Renewable Generation On Public Lands, Waters” • Elizabeth Warren, US senator and presidential candidate, announced her plans for a targeted expansion of renewable energy development on public lands along with a moratorium on new fossil fuel leases and other measures. [pv magazine USA]

Elizabeth Warren (Image: Marc Nozelle | Flickr)

  • “Holtec Adds Indian Point Nuclear Plant To Decommissioning Portfolio” • Entergy said it will sell its Indian Point Energy Center to Comprehensive Decommissioning International, based in Camden, New Jersey. CDI is a jointly owned subsidiary of Holtec International, a company buying nuclear plants that are closed or scheduled for retirement. [S&P Global Platts]
  • “Oil And Gas Industry Has Way Too Much Control Over Congress” • In October 1992, the US Senate ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Yet since then, the US Congress has failed to pass a single major piece of legislation to implement the treaty. The reason is oil and gas campaign donations. [CNN]
  • “Microsoft Hikes Its Internal Carbon Tax In A New Sustainability Drive” • Microsoft announced that it will nearly double the internal carbon fee it charges its business units to $15 per metric ton. The company said the higher fee will help it hold its divisions accountable for their emissions as it “doubles down on sustainability.” [CNN]
  • “50% Renewables Bill Passes NV Senate, Unanimously” • The Nevada Senate voted unanimously to update the law that sets the minimum amount of electricity big Nevada electricity providers must get from clean, renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind. Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard was increased to 50% by 2030. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

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

April 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Our Zero Emission Future” • A low-cost shift to clean energy is now feasible for every region of the world, owing to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, and breakthroughs in energy storage. The total system costs of renewable energy, including transmission and storage, are now roughly on par with fossil fuels. [Common Dreams]

Windpower (Arnulf Stoffel | picture alliance via Getty Images)

  • “German Prosecutors Charge Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn With Fraud” • German prosecutors have charged former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn with fraud in a case related to the automaker’s diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. [CNN]
  • “Extinction Rebellion Protesters Block Some Of London’s Busiest Roads And Bridges” • Thousands of people took to the streets of central London, blockading some of its busiest roads and bridges to raise the alarm over the mounting climate crisis. They are part of a global campaign orchestrated by the British climate organization Extinction Rebellion. [CNN]
  • “UK’s Biggest Money Manager Warns On Climate Catastrophe” • The world is facing a climate catastrophe and businesses around the world must address it urgently. That is a message from the largest money manager in the UK, Legal & General Investment Management, which manages £1 trillion worth of UK pension fund investments. [BBC]
  • “Climate Change Is Transforming The Economy. How Will Your Company Adapt?” • The World Economic Forum, for the third year in a row, cited “extreme weather” as the greatest threat to the global economy. Climate change is no longer a distant concern for all but a few specialized companies; it’s an imminent reality for every industry. [CleanTechnica]

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

Still time to sign up for FREE Green Production Certification Training

DEC is teaming up with The Community College of VT to offer FREE training to develop your green workforce.
Bridge the green skills gap in this industry-recognized course on environmentally-friendly practices and programs in manufacturing
DEC is offering Vermont Green Business Program members a fully-subsidized course in Green Production through the Community College of Vermont’s Certified Production Technician program beginning April 22nd.
Not sure if this is right for you? Hear about the experience of past participants
Registration deadline extended to April 17th!
Contact Celia Riechel at 802-477-2669 or celia.riechel@vermont.gov to register.

April 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Climate Change Is Making Allergy Season Worse” • Between 1995 and 2011, fewer freeze-free days meant 11 to 27 days added to pollen season for most of the US, research shows. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, which does an annual survey of allergy seasons, noticed that they have been growing longer each year. [CNN]

Cherry blossoms

  • “Air Pollution Increases ER Visits – Largest US Study On The Topic Confirms It” • A study published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine shows that, as levels of ozone and fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) rise, more patients end up in the emergency room. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Rio Tinto Promises Not To Undermine Renewables, And Not To Prop Up Coal” • Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has pledged to support renewable energy and climate action, and to ‘publicly argue against’ government subsidies of coal power, while using its significant clout to urge associated industry groups to do the same thing. [RenewEconomy]
  • “The Virtual Energy System Of The Future Is Coming To Life In The Orkney Isles” • Orkney continues to be at the center of the UK’s renewable energy plans, with the Scottish archipelago unveiling the ReFLEX (Responsive Flexibility) Orkney project earlier this week. The project will see a range of technologies implemented. [Forbes]
  • “Global Solar Power Funding Rose 10% To $2.8 Billion In Q1 2019” • Total corporate funding – including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing – into the solar power sector in the first quarter of 2019 stood at $2.8 billion, which is over 10% higher than the $2.5 billion recorded in the same period last year. [ETEnergyworld.com]

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