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October 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Epitome Of Stupidity: Oil Companies Chill The Ground In Alaska So They Can Keep Drilling” • The Guardian reports that ConocoPhillips and other oil companies operating on the North Slope in Alaska are facing a new challenge. As permafrost melts, their trucks can’t cross the land and rigs can destabilize. They are considering freezing Alaskan land. [CleanTechnica]

Passive thermosiphons in Alaska (Credit: Arctic Foundations)

  • “Wildfires Force Closure Of National Forests In Five Colorado Counties” • Due to “unprecedented and historic fire conditions,” National forest land in five Colorado counties will temporarily close, federal officials said. As of October 20, 442,000 acres of land were affected by wildfires in north central Colorado and southern Wyoming. [CNN]
  • “All New US Electricity Generation Capacity Came From Renewables This Summer” • A SUN DAY Campaign review of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission data shows renewable energy sources dominated additions of US electrical generating capacity in the first eight months of 2020. In fact, all capacity added last summer was renewable. [Solar Power World]
  • “America Has Reached A ‘Tipping Point’ For Corporate Renewables Demand: Study” • US corporates and industrials will contract 4.4 GW to 7.2 GW of new solar and wind capacity each year through to 2030, according to a report from IHS Markit. This follows a national record of almost 8 GW this year, despite Covid-19 impacts. [Recharge]
  • “Report: US Corporate Sector Emerges As Source Of Rapid Demand Growth For Renewables” • The United States, more than any other country, has a growing portion of new renewable energy projects being built to meet demand coming directly from corporations. That’s according to a new report published by IHS Markit. [Environment + Energy Leader]

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

October 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “This Company Thinks Its Plastic Alternative Can Help Solve Climate Change” • Such global brands as Amazon, McDonald’s, Ikea and General Motors plan to eliminate single-use plastics, reduce CO₂ emissions, and otherwise shrink their environmental footprint. Newlight Technologies hopes to speed up that process with a biodegradable plastic-like material. [CNN]

Biodegradable bag (Newlight Technologies image)

  • “Windham County Sheriff Purchases Tesla To Add To fleet” • Electric vehicles are showing up all over the place – in your neighbor’s driveway, in the local public works department and in bus fleets around the nation. Now, in Vermont, the Windham County Sheriff’s office has one. And it will save the taxpayers a lot of money on fuel and repairs. [Brattleboro Reformer]
  • “Colorado’s Record-Breaking Wildfires Show ‘Climate Change Is Here And Now'” • The Cameron Peak fire, a few miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado, has engulfed over 200,000 acres and it’s still growing. It has now become the biggest wildlife in Colorado history. And it is the second fire in 2020 to set a record as largest wildfire in Colorado history. [CBS News]
  • “The Oil Industry Is In Crisis. ConocoPhillips Is Doubling Down” • Despite the gloom-and-doom in the oil industry and the specter of a blue wave in Washington, ConocoPhillips is doubling down on crude with a major acquisition. The company announced a $9.7 billion all-stock takeover of Concho Resources, a Permian Basin fracking company. [CNN]
  • “New US Fuel Cell Alliance Blows Dark Green Hydrogen Cloud Over Natural Gas” • Companies in California are moving on fuel cell EVs, but the new Western State Hydrogen Alliance is aiming to promote fuel heavy duty fuel cell mobility all across the West, covering not just one but 13 states from the Rocky Mountains all the way over to Hawaii. [CleanTechnica]

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

October 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Penn State Now Purchasing Renewable Electricity From Solar Farms” • Penn State has recently begun purchasing renewable energy from three recently built solar farms in Franklin County, according to a university release. The purchase is part of a larger goal the university has to be more sustainable and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [Onward State]

Solar farm (Courtesy of Lightsource BP)

  • “Western Australia OKs Renewable Power Export Project” • The government of Western Australia approved development of a 15,000-MW solar and wind project, which will export electricity to Indonesia and supply the WA iron ore sector. It is the first stage of the proposed Asian Renewable Energy Hub that is targeted to expand to 26,000 MW. [Argus Media]
  • “Let Nature Design Your Renewable Energy Strategy” • It is time to redesign our energy strategy. And the very same nature that created an impressive energy palette with sun, wind, water and more can show us how to do it. Every point on the globe has multiple natural resources with unique synergies. All we need to do is balance them. [Renewables Now]
  • “Big Banks Could Lose Billions In Global Energy Transition” • US banks began to grow reluctant to provide loan financing to oil and gas firms before this year’s price collapse and pandemic. Well productiveness was lower than forecast and borrowers were sinking deeper into debt. Banks had to protect themselves. The trend has intensified across the world. [OilPrice.com]
  • “NREL Advances Thermochromic Window Technologies” • The US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory reported a breakthrough in developing a next-generation thermochromic window. The NREL scientists say that a new solar cell not only reduces the need for air conditioning but generates electricity at the same time. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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

October 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “My Personal History With Global Warming” • I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 1964–1966. While I was there, I tested my skills at the highest ski resort in the world, on the impressive glacier at Mount Chacaltaya, five feet of fresh snow on top of ten feet of glacier. Returning for a visit, I found the snow and glacier had vanished. [CleanTechnica]

Chacaltaya Refuge (Joan Simon, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Offshore Wind: Latest News on Turbines, State Action, And Markets from Coast to Coast” • Other news may capturing the public attention, but there are some headline-worthy happenings in the world of offshore wind, including the first turbines in US federal waters. If you could use a splash of good news, here are a few updates. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Every State COULD Be Powered With 100% Renewable Energy” • If each US state took full advantage of its renewable resources, how much of its electricity needs would that cover? Would in-state renewable generation be enough to charge EVs and power electric heating, too? The answer, in almost every state, is a resounding yes. [Red, Green, and Blue]
  • “Estimating Solar Energy Potential On House Roofs Virtually – Total And Google Cloud Team Up” • Total and Google Cloud are enthusiastically sharing that they have pooled their expertise and created a tool called Solar Mapper. With this tool, they aim to accelerate PV deployment of with quick and accurate estimates of solar energy potentials. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Amid Climate Crisis, Many Americans Still Don’t Know What The Green New Deal Is” • A poll by the Center for American Progress Action Fund showed confusion about policy proposals in the Green New Deal. A whopping 53% of Americans couldn’t say whether the Green New Deal was favorable or unfavorable. They simply don’t know what it is. [Truth Out]

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

 

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants for Municipal Clean Energy Projects

The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $250,000 in grants to support the development of clean energy projects in 20 cities and towns across Massachusetts. The grants, funded by the Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) program, are used by Massachusetts municipalities, regional school districts, and water/wastewater districts to aid in the management of projects or the performance of studies to support the development of clean energy in the Commonwealth.

“Meeting our ambitious target of net- zero emissions by 2050 will require an all hands-on deck approach, and municipal partners play a pivotal role in helping us achieve our climate goals,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These grants provide crucial technical assistance to allow cities and towns across the Commonwealth to develop projects that will increase energy efficiency and clean energy use in municipal buildings and vehicles.”

“The municipalities receiving these grants will be in a position to develop and implement significant clean energy and energy conservation projects,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our municipal partners across the Commonwealth deserve immense credit for the work they do on a daily basis to move us toward our shared clean energy future.”

Open to all 351 cities and towns, META grants fund the services of expert consultants and contractors to assist with a diverse array of local energy projects. Applicants in the grant round that opened in July were eligible to apply for grants of up to $12,500.

“This technical assistance will help city and town officials across the Commonwealth create and implement sustainable, cost-effective, and innovative clean energy and energy efficiency projects for the benefit of Massachusetts communities,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Energy innovation and investment at the local level is key to making meaningful change in reducing our carbon footprint and improving the environment for all residents across the Commonwealth.”

“State and local partnerships are critical to creating, developing, and implementing clean energy and energy efficiency projects that deliver benefits to residents throughout Massachusetts,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock. “Technical assistance grants act as an informational and strategic resource for town and city officials to move energy projects forward in all aspects of development, planning, strategy, and execution.”

Projects and studies receiving funding will support the performance of solar photovoltaic site evaluation, heating system replacements, ASHRAE Level II audits, technical analysis of energy use at drinking water and wastewater facilities and technical assistance with efficient building planning, maintenance, and operation. Part of DOER’s Green Communities Division, the grants are funded through proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

October 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Sweden’s New Car Carrier Is The World’s Largest Wind-Powered Vessel” • Oceanbird is a wind-powered transatlantic car carrier is being designed by a Swedish shipbuilder, Wallenius Marine, with support from the Swedish government and several research institutions. The 35,000 ton ship will be powered by five telescoping rigid sails. [CNN]

Oceanbird (Wallenius Marine image)

  • “GM Rebrands Hamtramck Plant As Factory ZERO; Hummer Available Late 2021” • General Motors has committed to a future of zero-crashes, zero-emissions, and zero-congestion. Now, GM says it is rebranding the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center as Factory ZERO. It is being reconfigured for all-EV assembly, with a $2.2 billion investment. [CleanTechnica]
  • “EDF Renewables Acquires 4.5-GW Solar Portfolio From Geenex Solar” • EDF Renewables North America and Geenex Solar announced the close of an agreement of up to 4.5-GW (AC) pipeline of solar development assets in the PJM transmission area in the eastern US. The transaction will accelerate EDFR growth in the PJM region. [Solar Power World]
  • “Department Of Energy Picks Two Advanced Nuclear Reactors For Demonstration Projects” • Hoping to revive the moribund US nuclear power industry, the DOE announced that it will help build two radically new nuclear reactors within 7 years. One of them will be fueled with highly enriched uranium, reducing the number of refueling stops. [Science Magazine]
  • “Germany Must Push 2030 Renewables Target To 75% Or Even 80% Percent, Its Environment Minister Says” • The German environment minister called for a sharp increase in the country’s renewables targets. Svenja Schulze said the country will have to increase renewables’ share in power use to “at least 75%, maybe even 80%” by 2030. [Clean Energy Wire]

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

Public hearing on PFAS today @ 1pm. Plus, CORRECTION to public comment info.

 

This is a reminder about today’s public hearing about a new proposal from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) to regulate only a small subset of PFAS chemicals in our drinking water, rather than the thousands of chemicals that fall within the PFAS class of chemicals.

 

The hearing is today, October 16 at 1pm. Here’s how to access it virtually: dec.vermont.gov/water/drinking-water/pfas.
You are also invited to submit public comment about this issue. In the previous email we gave you an incorrect name/email for submission. We apologize for that error.
Please send your comment to Ben Montross, Acting Assistant Director of ANR’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection DivisionClick here to email him at ben.montross@vermont.gov. Tell him in your email that:
  • You are concerned about the threat of PFAS chemicals in drinking water
  • You are disappointed and concerned about ANR’s unwillingness to address the entire class of PFAS chemicals, which will leave Vermonters’ health at risk from drinking PFAS-contaminated drinking water
Thank you for your concern and action. Please find additional background information below.
Jon Groveman
Policy and Water Program Director
Vermont Natural Resources Council

 

Background:
PFAS chemicals have been found in some Vermonters’ drinking water sources, and these chemicals are linked to harmful health impacts including high blood pressure, thyroid disease, kidney and testicular cancers, and suppressed immune system function. To make matters worse, these health effects can cause the body to react with a heightened response to immune system insults, such as COVID-19 infection.

We know that PFAS chemicals pose significant threats to human health and the environment – and that we can’t regulate them one by one. Since we first discovered drinking water contamination in Bennington, we’ve learned that there are thousands of PFAS chemicals. They must ALL be regulated to protect Vermonters

 

Urgent!! – Climate Strike Cancelled for Today!! Friday, October 16 – Rescheduled for Next Friday

Climate Strike Cancelled
Today Friday October 16
Burlington
Because of heavy rains predicted for the Burlington area this afternoon, the Climate Strike march, rally and teach-ins have been cancelled.
The Climate Strike rally, march and teach-ins have been rescheduled for next Friday, October 23. Same time. Same place. Same everything.

October 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “SpaceX To Launch Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite On November 10” • The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will be launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on November 10. Sentinel 6 will be capable of monitoring the level of 90% of the oceans with millimeter accuracy. It will also get data on atmospheric temperature and moisture. [CleanTechnica]

Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite (NASA image)

  • “Elementary School District To Save $40 Million From Energy Efficiency And Solar” • According to Midstate Energy, it has a contract with Cartwright Elementary School District in Phoenix to come up with a guaranteed $40 million in energy savings with no upfront cost. I say again: $40 million in energy savings with no upfront cost. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Solar Saves Austin Central Library $100,000 A Year” • Austin, Texas, has a goal of reaching 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035. Now, that goal is saving it money. Austin Central Library has gone solar, and it’s saving a lot of money as a result of that. Specifically, from a 180-kW solar array on its roof, the library is saving $100,000 a year. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The Hydrogen Boom Will Provide A $200 Billion Boost To Wind And Solar Energy” • The renewable energy sector has lately been sizzling with very bullish projections, and a few bearish ones, coming from Wall Street. However, one corner of the market has really been hogging the limelight, and that is the hydrogen sector. [OilPrice.com]
  • “Japan To Release Over A Million Tonnes Of Contaminated Fukushima Water Into The Sea – Reports” • Japan’s government has reportedly decided to release into the sea over a million tonnes of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Local fishermen say the move will destroy their industry. [The Guardian]

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

October 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “‘Staggering’ Rise In The Number Of Natural Disasters” • A report from the UN Office on Disaster Risk Reduction says there were 7,348 disaster events recorded worldwide in 2000 to 2019, with 1.23 million fatalities and $2.97 trillion in losses. There were 4,212 reported disasters 1.19 million deaths and losses of $1.63 trillion in 1980 to 1999. [Environment Journal]

Storm over Bavaria (P Horálek, ESO, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Using Ammonia To Store And Transport Renewable Energy” • Although ammonia is a gas at room temperature, it is much more readily liquified than hydrogen, enabling large quantities of energy to be stored and transported. It can be directly in fuel cells, converted back into hydrogen, or burned in an internal combustion engine. [Engineering.com]
  • “Amy Coney Barrett’s Climate Dodge Isn’t Just Unscientific. It’s At Odds With Most Americans” • Twice this week, Amy Coney Barrett refused to acknowledge the scientific reality that the climate is changing. The second time, she doubled down, saying that the very issue of climate change was “a very contentious matter of public debate.” [Huffpost]
  • “11-kW Bi-Directional ABB Chargers Coming To France, UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium” • ABB, one of the leaders of the EV charging industry, is taking a step toward bi-directional 11-kW charging. The charging station comes along with a vehicle-to-grid partnership in France with DREEV, which is to expand to the UK, Italy, Belgium, and Germany. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Arizona regulators give OK to requiring more energy efficiency from utilities” • After four years of debate, workshops and multiple attempts, the Arizona Corporation Commission gave initial approval to a new requirement for electric utilities to boost their energy-efficiency programs. They voted 4 to 1 to increase the efficiency standard. [AZCentral.com]

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