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Green Energy Times January 2020 Edition Is Here!

Green Energy Times January 2020 edition is coming to area outlets.

It can be downloaded as a pdf file HERE.

Individual articles will follow soon.

January 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Works Begin At Dogger Bank, The World’s Largest Off-Shore Wind Farm” • Construction is underway at the gigantic Dogger Bank off-shore wind farm being built off the UK. It will outsize all others. Currently, the 659-MW Walney wind farm is the world’s largest. Dogger Bank will have a capacity of 3.6 GW. It is expected to begin operating in 2023. [New Atlas]

GE Renewable’s Haliade-X turbines (GE Renewable Energy)

  • “Wind Energy Powerhouse Vestas Announces Plans For ‘Zero-Waste’ Turbines” • Vestas said it is aiming to produce “zero-waste” wind turbines by the year 2040. The Danish company said that this would be accomplished through a “circular economy approach” in the design, production, service, and end-of-life parts of the value chain. [CNBC]
  • “The Majority Of Electric Cars In Australia Are Charged With Renewable Power” • A whopping 75% of electric cars in Australia are charged almost exclusively with renewable power, according to an informal poll of 400 owners conducted by Future Smart Strategies managing director and electric vehicle advocate Prof Ray Wills. [The Driven]
  • “Tokyo University of Science Working on Sustainable, Nontoxic, Potassium-Driven Rechargeable Batteries” • Tokyo University of Science researchers have been studying potassium-ion batteries. They say their performance is similar to lithium-ion batteries, or even better. Also, they are nontoxic and use plentiful materials. [CleanTechnica]
  • “A New Disaster In Australia: Toxic Water” • The recent rains have resulted in ash washing into streams and rivers, poisoning the fish. The result is massive fish kills on rivers that run through areas that burned. The ash from the burned landscape is not only toxic to fish; it kills other wildlife also. And of course, it is also toxic to human beings. [CleanTechnica]

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

 

January 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Rhode Island Orders 100% Renewables Electricity By 2030” • The governor of Rhode Island, Gina M Raimondo, has signed an executive order that directs the state to source 100% of its power from renewable energy sources by 2030. While Rhode Island is not the first state to do so, it is the first state setting such a tight schedule. [Renewables Now]

Offshore wind farm (Beverley Goodwin, CC, 2.0 Generic)

  • “Fires Set Stage For Irreversible Forest Losses In Australia” • Before the wildfires, ecologists divided up Australia’s native vegetation into two categories: fire-adapted landscapes that burn periodically, and those that don’t burn. Now, that distinction lost meaning. Even rainforests and peat swamps caught fire, likely changing them forever. [The Denver Post]
  • “Climate Refugees Can’t Be Returned Home, Says Landmark UN Human Rights Ruling” • It is unlawful for governments to return people to countries where their lives might be threatened by the climate crisis, a landmark ruling by the UN human rights committee has found. The judgement is considered to be a legal “tipping point.” [The Guardian]
  • “Hornsea One Will Power Millions of UK Homes” • Hornsea One, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, is almost complete and will power millions of homes in Britain. The farm will span an area of 407 square kilometers and has a capacity of 6 GW. It is also located farther out to see than any other wind farm, 120 km off the coast of England. [CleanTechnica]
  • “US Army Weighs Up Proposal For Gigantic Sea Wall To Defend NY From Future Floods” • Could a massive sea wall shield New York from the devastation of superstorm surges like Hurricane Sandy’s? The truth is, nobody knows for sure, but a giant sea wall is one serious proposal being investigated by the Army Corps of Engineers. [ScienceAlert]

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

January 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “University At Albany Sets Out To Reduce Carbon Footprint” • The University at Albany is gearing up to chase net-zero carbon-neutral status. Last month, UAlbany received a $2 million grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to plan how to go net zero. It won’t be quick or easy, but it can be done. [The Daily Gazette]

Rooftop of Campus Center West (Patrick Dodson | University At Albany)

  • “Norway Says Its New Giant Oil Field Is Actually Good For The Environment. Critics Call It Climate Hypocrisy” • Norway claims the newly opened Johan Sverdrup oil field is helping to “reduce emissions” because it is powered entirely by renewable energy. Emissions are credited where fuel is burned, not where it is made, so they are not Norway’s problem. [CNN]
  • “Australia Fires: Have Gum Trees Made The Bushfires Worse?” • Eucalyptus forests are some of the most flammable in the world. The trees, also known as gum trees, are fire resilient, but they can actually spread fires. Burning bark can break off and be carried in the wind. They can ignite new fires 30 km (18 miles) ahead of the main fire. [BBC]
  • “China Continues To Lead US In Race To Sustainability” • Investment in renewable energy capacity worldwide was $282.2 billion last year, according to new data from BloombergNEF increasing by 1% compared to 2018’s $280.2 billion. China, the world’s largest market, is slipping back, but China is still leading the US. [Power Engineering International]
  • “Fossil Vehicle Sales In Global Freefall – Down 4.7% In 2019! Electric Vehicle Sales Continue To Grow” • The world’s fossil fuel vehicle sales have continued to freefall in 2019, dropping by around 4.35 million, or some 4.7%, compared to 2018. Global electric vehicle sales meanwhile have continued to rise, reaching 4.7% in China and 3.8% in Europe. [CleanTechnica]

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

West Newbury Sunday Forum – Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife

Please join us THIS SUNDAY!

West Newbury Sunday Forum – January 19th, 2020 at 5:00.

Please join us to hear John Austin, a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.  John will be discussing what we know about the effects of climate change on wildlife in Vermont and the northeast region, related challenges including habitat fragmentation and invasive species, and opportunities to address these significant challenges for fish and wildlife conservation.

John has worked with the Department for 25 years and his current position is Land & Habitat Program Manager.  He oversees and coordinates all the Department’s interests in land conservation and management for the interests of fish, wildlife, and the public.  John has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont, and an M.S. from the Vermont Law School in Environmental Law and Policy.  He also represents the state of Vermont on a committee commissioned by the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers to develop and guide implementation of a plan for the region to address the need for maintaining and enhancing ecological connectivity across the region as a means to address the uncertain effects of climate change on the environment.

Sponsored by the West Newbury Congregational Church’s monthly Forum series. West Newbury Hall, 219 Tyler Farm Road, West Newbury VT.  All welcome, for more information please call  (802) 429-2959.  Refreshments will be served.

January 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Heavy Rains Hit Some Blaze-Hit Regions” • Heavy rains and thunderstorms have hit parts of Australia’s east coast, dousing some of its fires but bringing a new threat of flooding. Major roads were closed in Queensland, and power cuts were reported in parts of New South Wales as a result of the weather, but the rain is helping with fires. [BBC]

Rain in Sydney (EPA image)

  • “Kids’ Climate Lawsuit Thrown Out By Appeals Court” • A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of young people that had sought to compel the federal government to rein in the nation’s climate emissions. The court concluded that the youths lacked standing to sue the government over its actions. [InsideClimate News]
  • “More Americans Are Alarmed By Global Warming Than Ever Before, Survey Reveals” • The proportion of Americans who are “alarmed” by global warming is now at an all-time high, a survey shows. It was conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication. [CNN]
  • “How Climate Change Influenced Australia’s Unprecedented Fires” • Despite widespread conspiracy theories about the fires, emerging science continues to find links between global warming and worsening wildfires. Global warming directly intensifies wildfires by drying out soil and vegetation, creating more fuel to burn farther and faster. [Yale Climate Connections]
  • “More Evidence Of A Republican Pivot On Climate” • The Republican Party has been locked to fossil fuel funding and Libertarian oligarchs. It have chosen for the past 20 years to use wedge politics to scoop up climate change denialists, along with other fringe groups. But things are changing, and in some ways surprisingly so. [CleanTechnica]

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

January 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Giant Jet Engines Aim To Make Our Flying Greener” • The aerospace industry is under pressure to reduce its environmental impact. Aircraft are getting more efficient, but airline traffic is growing even faster. Rolls-Royce has a solution, which involves building a much bigger, much more efficient jet engine. It is made largely of carbon fiber. [BBC]

Ultrafan engine (Rolls-Royce image)

  • “Tri-State G&T To Boost Renewable Energy Goal To 50% By 2024” • Tri-State Generation & Transmission serves the needs of 43 electric cooperatives in four states. They have pushed it to go to renewables. According to the Denver Post, Tri-State intends to increase the amount of electricity it generates from renewable sources to 50% by 2024. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Microsoft Pledges To Go ‘Climate Negative,’ And Remove 45-Years Of Company Emissions” • American tech giant Microsoft made an ambitious pledge to effectively reverse the company’s historical contributions to climate change, and says will remove the entirety of its carbon footprint made since the company’s founding 45 years ago. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Blackout On Renewable-Energy Study Called Politically Expedient” • Environmentalists filed suit to unearth a taxpayer-funded study on the electricity grid. The Center for Biological Diversity got no answer for a records request filed last October. The DOE had pulled back a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [Courthouse News Service]
  • “US Renewable Energy Investment Surges To Record As Investors Shrug Off Trump’s Views” • US investors don’t appear to share President Donald Trump’s doubts about renewable energy and climate change, pouring a record amount of cash into wind, solar and other clean power. Renewable sector spending in the US jumped 28% to $55.5 billion last year. [Karma]

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

Evaluation Gives High Marks for State’s Advanced Wood Heating Program

Report Measures Clean Energy Development Fund’s Efforts Since 2015
 
Montpelier, Vermont – January 7, 2020 – In 2019 the Vermont’s Department of Public Service contracted with the Cadmus Group to conduct an evaluation of the Clean Energy Development Fund’s (CEDF) advanced wood heat incentive and grant programs. Cadmus’ completed report concludes that CEDF’s programs on advanced wood heating were successful, making a positive economic impact in developing the local market for wood fuels and heating systems in Vermont. 
 
Highlights of the report include:
   CEDF’s incentives generated a strong increase in market development and raising market awareness
   CEDF has stimulated sales in the small commercial market that would otherwise not exist without their efforts
   CEDF’s incentives resulted in saving Vermonters over 500,000 gallons in heating oil and over 15,000 gallons of propane annually.
 
“This evaluation shows that our increased efforts to promote clean wood heating are providing real benefits to Vermonters” said Vermont Public Service Department Commissioner June Tierney. “We are proud of CEDF’s efforts”.

NY-GEO 2020 – Registration is Open

Join us for the sixth annual NY-GEO Renewable Heating & Cooling Conference at the Albany Wolf Road Marriott Hotel on March 25th & 26th, 2020.

Weare excited to announce that NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton has confirmed as a keynote speaker for the conference.
Thanks to all who have already registered ! Why not forward this note to your colleagues and encourage them to join you at NY-GEO 2020 ?
Join us for a fantastic program that will help policy makers, installers, organizers, architects, clean energy activists, contractors, building owners and managers, engineers and more to plug into the renewable heat momentum building in New York and across the northeast!
Early Bird discounts are now available for Sponsorships until January 20th and for Exhibits and Attendee registrations until February 2nd.
For Building Professionals, NY-GEO 2020 will provide 5 continuing education credits for building professionals, including BPI credits, AIA credits for architects and ACEC credits for engineers. In addition, on-going IGSHPA Accredited Installer and Certified Geothermal Design courses will culminate at the conference. Click here to learn about and/or register for these courses.
Become a 2020 member of NY-GEO and get a 10% discount on registration exhibition space and a $100 discount on a sponsorship or exhibit. Associate non-voting memberships in NY-GEO are available for only $35 and bring a 5% registration discount.

Last year PSEG Long Island, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter and Orange & Rockland Utilities provided scholarship funds for students and low income individuals. We hope to attract scholarship sponsors again this year, but those funds wil likely be limited . Email nygeoinfo@gmail.com if you will attend but need a scholarship to pay part of your registration. We want you to attend and will happily share the cost with you, thanks to our scholarship sponsors.

January 30 Deadline Set for Candidates Seeking Nomination to NHEC Board of Directors

PLYMOUTH, NH – Members of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NHEC) interested in being considered for nomination to the organization’s board of directors should submit their materials to the Nominating Committee by 4:30 p.m. on January 30, 2020.  More information is available on NHEC’s web site at www.nhec.com.

“We are seeking qualified members with diverse personal, professional, and geographical backgrounds,” said Steve Camerino, NHEC’s president and CEO.  “NHEC is a member-owned, non-profit organization, and serving on the board of directors is one of the ways our members can have a direct impact on how this democratically controlled organization is run.  It is an important and rewarding job.”

Board members are elected to three-year terms.  Three of the eleven seats are up for election this year.  Election ballots will be sent to all members in May.  Those elected will be seated at the Annual Meeting of Members, to be held on Monday, June 22, 2020.

The Nominating Committee meets numerous times to review the applications and interview candidates for the Board of Directors.  After completing the process, they nominate a slate of candidates to be included on the ballot.  Only current members of NHEC may serve on the board of directors. The candidates selected will be identified on the ballot as having been nominated by the Nominating Committee.

NHEC members interested in serving on the board of directors may contact Sharon Yeaton at 603-536-8801, or yeatons@nhec.com, for a candidate packet.

NYS projects will bring 146 megawatts our way soon

Note from G.E.T. Publisher: This is an example for all governors to take note of and follow.

From Cortland Standard, November 30, 2019

New York — and Cortland County — is in the midst of a solar energy boom fueled by $1 billion in state funding as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push for New York to produce 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Cortland County has seen five commercial solar projects over the past year. Two have already begun, while the others are still in the planning stages. The largest would cost $90 million and produce 90 megawatts, enough electricity to power 20,600 homes; the smallest has installations as small as one megawatt. Together they add up to at least 146 megawatts of electricity.