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Alberto Lamadrid – Thursday!

“Resilience and response to high impact events: From energy system operators to households”

Alberto J. Lamadrid, Lehigh University


Thursday, February 20

5:00-6:00 pm

Steele 006 – Dartmouth College

 Increased incidence of extreme events and socio-economic losses due to power outages create a fundamental concern for operators and planners to rapidly restore the power system. Also, extreme events cause populations to face the decision to evacuate more often. These two intertwined problems will be discussed.

 Sponsored by the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College

 Free and open to the public

The Future of Heat & $1/2 Billion Are on the Table

New York’s PSC allocated $454 million on Jan.16 for heat pumps in an effort to reduce climate destabilizing greenhouse gases in the heating sector. Come learn what all the fuss is about !

Join us for the sixth annual NY-GEO Renewable Heating & Cooling Conference at the Albany Wolf Road Marriott Hotel on March 25th & 26th, 2020 as we grapple with how to turn NY’s investment into a nation-leading success story.
Be part of 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! Workshops this year will be expanded to include air source as well as ground source heat pumps, and to focus on policies and initiatives that are common to both technologies.
Early discounts available on registrations until midnight, Monday, February 28.
For Building Professionals, NY-GEO 2020 will provide continuing education credits for building professionals, including IGSHPA, BPI, AIA (for architects) LEED (self reporting) and NYSPE credits for engineers.
We are 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 ?
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.
This year PSEG Long Island, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Orange & Rockland Utilities and Con Edison NY are providing scholarship funds for students and low income individuals. Email 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, but scholarship funds are limited so let us know as soon as possible.

February 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Jeff Bezos Commits $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change” • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a new fund, called the Bezos Earth Fund, to back scientists, activists and organizations working to mitigate the impact of climate change. Bezos will commit $10 billion “to start,” he said. The initiative will begin giving out grants this summer. [CNN]

Jeff Bezos set to inaugurate a wind turbine in 2017

  • “Good News: USA Had Largest CO₂ Reduction In The World In 2019” • There is a bit of good news to share that might have slipped under your nose. The USA had the largest CO₂ reduction in the world in 2019 on a country basis. (The entire EU, in total, did slightly better.) This news comes from data gathered by the International Energy Agency. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Louisville 160th City To Pass 100% Renewable-Energy Resolution” • In Kentucky, the Louisville Metro Council voted to commit to 100% renewable energy use for city’s operations within the next two decades. The city will work to shift public transit and other operations to run on clean energy, such as electricity and solar power. [Public News Service]
  • “Scottish researchers say climate change will ‘100%’ lead to more rainfall” • More water in the atmosphere is “an entirely inevitable consequence of climate change,” according to Dr Michael Byrne, lecturer in climate science at the University of St Andrews and research fellow at the University of Oxford. And this will lead to more floods. [HeraldScotland]
  • “Shell Signs PPA With Largest Storage Battery In Europe” • Shell signed a power purchase agreement with the developers of what is being called “the largest battery in Europe.” The 100-MW / 100-MWh Minety power storage project, which is located in Wiltshire (arguably no longer part of Europe), is expected to be complete by the end of this year. [CleanTechnica]

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

February 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “GivePower Solar Desalinization Plant Brings Clean Water To Desperate People” • Non-profit GivePower was spun off from SolarCity in 2016. Its mission is to bring solar power to areas of the world without access to electricity, but seeing a great need for water, it developed a desalinization plant that could fit in a shipping container. [CleanTechnica]

Desalinization plant (Image: GivePower)

  • “One Of My Favorite Political Commenters Bombs On 21st Century Energy” • In a video segment and column, “Bernie Sanders’ magical thinking on climate,” Fareed Zakaria of CNN communicates several falsehoods and misleading claims. His talking points definitely stem from energy industry propaganda sources, not good science. [CleanTechnica]
  • “French Ski Resort Uses Helicopters To Deliver Snow For Bare Slopes” • A French ski resort used helicopters to deliver snow after mild weather dried out its slopes, threatening to close it. The Luchon-Superbagnères resort in the Pyrenees had around 50 tonnes of snow dropped on slopes for beginners and children. The snow was taken from higher mountains. [BBC]
  • “Wind, Solar Generating Capacity Rising” • The share of US grid electricity generated by natural gas will be relatively steady from 2019 through 2021, at 37% in 2019, 38% in 2020, and then falling back to 37% in 2021, according to the Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, the share generated by renewables will rise from 17% to 21%. [Kallanish Energy]
  • “UK’s Renewable Adoption Rate Has Driven World’s Fastest Decarbonization” • The UK’s move towards renewable energy has helped drive the world’s fastest rate of decarbonization, an independent analysis by academics from Imperial College London shows. Power sector’s emissions, 161 million tonnes in 2010, fell to 54 million in 2019. [Energy Live News]

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

Free Webinar Feb 19 – The 2021 IECC: How Local and State Officials Just Took a Giant Leap Toward Net Zero Buildings in America

Free Webinar: The 2021 IECC: How Local and State Officials Just Took a Giant Leap Toward Net Zero Buildings in America


February 19, 2020
2:00 pm Eastern

with Bill Fay of The Energy-Efficient Codes Coalition

Register Now

Late last year, local and state officials voted in droves to boost building efficiency in the 2021 update to America’s Model Energy Code – the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) – by 12-17%.

Among those leading the effort were governmental officials from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, the National Association of State Energy Officials, and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. This webinar is your chance to hear how the new 2021 IECC tackles the nation’s largest source of energy consumption and carbon – our buildings –slashing energy bills, stabilizing grids, and meeting Paris Accord targets!

The EECC’s Bill Fay will lead a discussion with some of those Governmental Member Voting Representatives (see registration page for details) on the challenges ahead for the 2021 IECC:  defining, promoting, defending and, ultimately adopting it across the nation.


February 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Boring Company Completes First Tunnel For Las Vegas Loop Project” • The Boring Company has completed the first of two tunnels it is building for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The tunnel’s electric trains will take about a minute to cover a route that would take a car on surface streets about 15 times that. [CleanTechnica]

Boring tunnel (Credit: The Boring Company)

  • “How Solar Works On Cloudy And Rainy Days May Surprise You” • “Renewables are the dole bludgers of the energy system; they only turn up to work when they want to,” said Australia’s ex-federal resources minister Matt Canavan recently. I decided to crunch numbers about solar production on rainy days. The result was a pleasant surprise. [Daily Examiner]
  • “Sea Levels Around The US Aren’t Just Rising, They’re Accelerating Year On Year” • The worst case scenario for sea level rise in the US is more than just a dim possibility. It’s getting more likely. An annual “report card” for the US coastline shows sea levels are speeding up in most places measured. The acceleration is fueled by climate change. [ScienceAlert]
  • “France President Macron Vows ‘Fight Of The Century’ Against Climate Change” • France’s leader called the battle against climate change and environmental destruction “the fight of the century” after visiting a melting glacier in the French Alps. But Macron faces vociferous opposition on multiple fronts over climate change. [WIZM News]
  • “Instead Of Releasing This Greenhouse Gas, Beer Brewers Are Selling It To Pot Growers” • The state of Colorado and three small businesses are trying a novel approach to reduce carbon emissions that sounds like something out of the fever dreams of Willie Nelson: using carbon dioxide produced from beer brewing to help marijuana plants grow. [Times Record]

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

February 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Australia Weather: How Much Rain Did It Take To Put Out NSW Fires?” • Since July there have been fires – sometimes hundreds at once – burning across New South Wales. Things finally changed though when rain arrived in NSW last weekend. It was a massive dump of water – more than 400 mm (15.7 in) in some places. [BBC]

Relief from fire (NSW Rural Fire Service)

  • “A Third Of Fossil Fuel Assets May Soon Be Stranded” • Fossil fuel companies hold vast oil, gas and coal riches that they frequently tout to the investing universe to help elevate their market values. Few, if any, have ever told investors that a large chunk of these assets could be doomed to forever remain buried in the ground. []
  • “A plague of locusts has descended on East Africa. Climate change may be to blame” • A plague of locusts is spreading across East Africa, threatening the food supply of tens of millions of people. Desert locusts thrive following periods of heavy rainfall that trigger blooms of vegetation, such as a series of cyclones in the last two years. [National Geographic]
  • “Why The Vegan Diet Is Not Always Green” • Having a vegan smoothie to start your day may be packed with nutrients and will do wonders for your health. But it may be doing far less good for the planet. Anyone looking to adopt a vegan or vegetarian diet for environmental reasons may also want to consider the heavy price that comes with some vegan food. [BBC]
  • “Coastal Erosion: The Homes Lost To The Sea” (Video) • As sea level rise, a senior figure in the UK Environment Agency says he wants the country to start “difficult conversations” about which areas should be protected and which should not. Science editor David Shukman has been investigating the dilemma of where to save and where to retreat. [BBC]

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


New Notice of Intent for a Funding Opportunity to Improve Energy Efficiency and Demand Flexibility of Buildings

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced its intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Connected Communities.”

The Connected Communities FOA would demonstrate and evaluate the capacity of energy-efficient buildings to interact with one another and the grid to provide greater degrees of demand flexibility at scale. It will also enable grid-interactive efficient building communities around the country to share research results and lessons learned on projects that increase grid reliability, resilience, security and energy integration well into the future.

The FOA would support EERE’s Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings research initiative, which explores how smart building technologies and practices will enable American businesses and families to save energy and reduce their utility bills while protecting their comfort, productivity, and quality of life. EERE is working toward a future in which buildings can serve as reliable grid assets that operate dynamically with the grid to enhance efficiency, flexibility, and resilience.

As this notice of intent indicates, EERE may request proposals to establish a cohort of regional pilot projects to study a variety of building types, grid attributes, and regulatory structures within new and existing communities in various climates and geographies. The objective would be to demonstrate improved energy efficiency and demand flexibility in these buildings to affordably shift and modulate their load without disrupting occupants.

EERE’s Building Technologies Office would manage the FOA. EERE anticipates awarding 4-6 projects for up to $7 million each in the form of cooperative agreements, or up to $42 million. At present, EERE would intend to issue the FOA in the summer of 2020 via the EERE Exchange. The full Notice of Intent can be viewed HERE.

February 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Airbus MAVERIC Design Study Project Is 20% More Efficient Than Today’s Airplanes” • At the Singapore air show, Airbus took the wraps off a super secret design project. That project, started in 2017, could lead to exotic new commercial aircraft which are up to 20% more efficient than the single aisle planes used by most commercial airlines today. [CleanTechnica]

Airbus MAVERIC design (Airbus image)

  • “As Groundwater Depletes, Arid American West Is Moving East” • Even under modest climate warming scenarios, the continental United States faces a significant loss of groundwater – about 119 million cubic meters, or roughly enough to fill Lake Powell four times or one quarter of Lake Erie, a first-of-its-kind study has shown. [EurekAlert]
  • “Love Skiing? Enjoy It While It Lasts” • A report from the International Olympic Committee examines the impact of climate change on future winter games. It forecasts that an increase of 1°C (1.8°F) would push the snowline up by 150 meters. “The ski season may start up to a month later and finish up to three months earlier,” the committee said. [CNN]
  • “Calculating The True Cost Of A Society Based On Automobiles” • Researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School set out to find out just how much money the state of Massachusetts and its citizens spend each year to maintain a transportation system based on private car ownership. The answer, they said, is a staggering $64.1 billion. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Industry Leader: Wyoming Uranium Industry On ‘Its Death Bed’” • A potential addition to President Donald Trump’s budget for the purchase of domestic uranium might not be enough to save Wyoming’s uranium mining operations, an industry leader said. John Cash of Ur-Energy said, “The uranium industry is on its death bed.” [Cowboy State Daily]

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

February 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Exxon Plant Near My House Caught Fire” •The Exxon plant here in Baton Rouge has caught fire. Even though officials say there wasn’t an explosion, several witnesses reported hearing one. I also heard what seemed like an explosion, and I live just about 5 miles away. They also say the fire is out and no one was hurt. [CleanTechnica]

Exxon plant burning (Image: KDH via Twitter)

  • “Study Shows Air Pollution Can Cross State Lines, And With Deadly Consequences” • A study shows that air pollution can contribute to serious health issues hundreds of miles away. The study, published in the journal Nature, found that around half of the pollution-related early deaths in the US occur outside the borders of the state where the toxic air originated. [CNN]
  • “New $1 Billion Mine Looks To Solar, Wind, Batteries For 80% Of Power Needs” • Australian mining company Oz Minerals plans to power its proposed $1 billion West Musgrave copper nickel mine with up to 80% renewables. A study shows the deposit has the potential to produce 28,000 tonnes of copper and 22,000 tonnes of nickel a year for 26 years. [RenewEconomy]
  • “University Of Utah’s Electricity Fueled By Renewable Energy” • The University of Utah agreed to an energy deal to allow the school to get more than half of its electricity through renewables. The university finalized the purchase of geothermal energy with Cyrq Energy for 53.7% if its electricity supply. [Daily Herald]
  • “Dueling Opinions On Clean Energy Jobs Act” • Illinois lawmakers could enact new legislation this spring that would put the state on a path to using 100% renewable energy by 2050, but just what the Clean Energy Jobs Act would mean for the state’s ratepayers remains unclear. Both the Senate and the House have their own bills. [Alton Daily News]

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