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February 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Scientists at Duke University have used rhodium for a solar powered system that converts carbon dioxide into methane, which can be used as a replacement for natural gas. The idea could enable capturing waste gas from industrial operations and converting it to fuel. Rhodium is a rare element used in the jewelry trade. [CleanTechnica]
Rhodium nanoparticles (Photo: Chad Scales)

Rhodium nanoparticles (Photo: Chad Scales)

  • According to WindEurope, Denmark generated a total of 70 GWh from onshore wind and another 27 GWh from offshore wind on February 22. This is enough wind energy to power the entire country’s electricity needs. By the end of 2015, Denmark had a total of just over 5 GW of wind energy installed, a number that increased during 2016. [CleanTechnica]
  • California utility San Diego Gas & Electric put into service the largest lithium-ion storage battery in the world, wrapping up a fast-track procurement process that began less than a year ago. The 30-MW, 120-MWh system is part of an expedited response by the state to the loss of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility last year. [POWER magazine]
  • New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is again pushing for ExxonMobil to disclose how climate change will impact its corporate bottom line. He voice a concern that Exxon has not ensured its resilience in a lower carbon future. The state pension fund has investment in ExxonMobil valued at $973.6 million. [Albany Times Union]
  • The union that once represented hundreds of employees at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant now represents a mere 13 workers. Even so, Local 300 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers wants to have a say in upcoming hearings about the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee to an industrial demolition company. [Recorder]
    Vermont Yankee (Recorder File Photo)

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

EPA Grants Available to Improve the Environment and Public Health in New England Communities

EPA PR

EPA is making grant money available for New England communities to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life.

EPA New England’s Healthy Communities Grant Program is currently accepting initial proposals for projects that will benefit one or more New England communities. EPA plans to award a total of approximately 10 cooperative agreements.

Eligible applicants include state and local governments, public nonprofit institutions or organizations, private nonprofit institutions or organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions or organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, K-12 schools or school districts; and non-profit organizations (e.g. grassroots and/or community-based organizations).

The Healthy Communities Grant Program will identify and fund projects that:
•    Target resources to benefit communities at risk [areas needing to create community resilience, environmental justice areas of potential concern, sensitive populations (e.g. children, elderly, tribes, urban/rural residents, and others at increased risk)].
•    Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks.
•    Increase collaboration through partnerships and community-based projects.
•    Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems.
•    Advance emergency preparedness and ecosystem resilience.
•    Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits.

Eligible projects under this program must be located in and/or directly benefit one or more of the “target investment areas” and identify how the proposed project will achieve measurable environmental and/or public health results in one or more of the five “target program areas.”

In 2017, “target investment areas” include: 1) Areas Needing to Create Community Resilience; 2) Environmental Justice Areas of Potential Concern, and/or Sensitive Populations.

“Target Program Areas” include: 1) Clean, Green, and Healthy Schools; 2) Community and Water Infrastructure Resilience; 3) Healthy Indoor Environments; 4) Healthy Outdoor Environments; and/or 5) Tribal Youth Environmental Programs. A description of these target areas can be found in the 2017 Application Guidance.

There is a two-step process for selecting proposals.  The program requires the submission of an Initial Project Summary as a first step; then applicants with the highest quality proposals will be invited to submit full proposals for consideration. The deadline to submit an Initial Project Summary is April 7, 2017.

To help answer questions from prospective applicants, the Healthy Communities Grant Program will host three conference calls before the Initial Project Summary is due.  The information sessions are being offered on March 15, 21, and 30, 2017. These information sessions are optional, but RSVP’s are required.  A registration form can be found in the Application Guidance.

More information:
– How to apply for a 2017 New England Healthy Community Grant: https://www3.epa.gov/region1/eco/uep/pdfs/HC2017RFP.pdf

– Additional background on EPA’s New England Healthy Community Grants: http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/uep/hcgp.html

 

February 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • In the years of 2000 to 2014, Colorado River flows declined to around 81% of the 20th-century average. Researchers found that the higher temperatures in the region since 2000 are responsible for between one-sixth to one-half of the river flow reductions seen since 2000. Forty million people rely on the river for their survival. [CleanTechnica]
Relying on the Colorado River for survival  (Erik A Ellison, Wikimedia Commons)

Relying on the Colorado River for survival (Erik A Ellison, Wikimedia Commons)

  • London has air pollution levels that sometimes exceed those of Beijing. NOx levels have gone well beyond EU legal limits; over a 5 day period in January, their levels exceeded the EU’s legal limit for a full year. The Mayor announced that central London will institute a £10 charge for entering vehicles that don’t meet Euro 4 standards. [CleanTechnica]
  • Renewable energy companies from three EU member nations, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands have just announced they will finance and build a total of 735 MW of wind power in Russia. All three have been victims of Putin-backed campaigns boosting anti-democratic candidates in an attempt to split and weaken the European Union. [CleanTechnica]
  • The main Standing Rock protest camp near the Dakota Access Pipeline was cleared Thursday, a day after a deadline to leave the area expired, authorities said. There were arrests, but no major conflict after police did not enter the camp. About 100 protesters left voluntarily. Protesters chanted, waved flags, and played drums as they left. [CNN]
  • California’s building standards mandate all new residential homes and commercial buildings under 10 stories to have a “solar ready” roof. The proposed California bill SB 71 would shift the focus from “solar ready” to “solar installed”. California would be the first US to requiring renewable energy installations by law. [Sun & Wind Energy]
  • Riverkeeper and the Natural Resources Defense Council claim a new study it commissioned puts to rest any lingering doubts over replacement power and shows that the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant can be done clean and green, without big increases in electric bills. Indian Points power units will be offline by 2021. [Mid-Hudson News]

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

Central NH Energy Expo Will Be Held APRIL 1st, 2017 – Free Event

The Dunbarton Energy Committee, Bow Energy Club, and Transition Dunbarton are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Central NH Energy Expo.

The Central NH Energy Expo is scheduled for Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at the Dunbarton Elementary School Community Center from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome. The Energy Expo will feature a gymnasium full of vendors coupled with topical workshop sessions held throughout the event and educational games for children.

Bob Ray of the Dunbarton Energy Committee emphasized, “The Energy Expo will have something for everyone. If you are considering a project and would like to learn more about various technologies (including solar panels, pellet fired boilers, domestic hot water alternatives, Geo-Thermal and air exchange heat pump systems, and financing opportunities) this is the place to come. If you’re responsible for paying the bills, we’ll have information on how to fund projects and generate savings through energy conservation. If you’re a do‐it‐yourself home owner, we’ll have practical hands on information for you.”

Mark your calendar now! For more information, like us on Facebook (Dunbarton Energy Committee – https://www.facebook.com/pages/ 195961943752074) or on our web page at: http://www.transition-dunbarton.org/projects/energy-expo/

Questions, contact us at: energy@dunbartonenergy.org

Dunbarton Energy Show

Citizens Climate Lobby NH South Central Group Meeting

Are you concerned about climate change, natural gas pipelines, US jobs, or national security?  Civic engagement is required to enable a shift in energy policy away from fossil fuels.  Discover a market-based, revenue neutral solution that will help the economy while making us healthier and safer without growing government at http://CitizensClimateLobby.org.  Browse the ‘About’ and ‘Our Climate Solution’ sections, then hit the ‘Join CCL’ button.  Next, attend a National CCL Intro call (register at https://citizensclimatelobby.org/join-weekly-intro-call), then join your local CCL group at a monthly meeting.  The NH South-Central region chapter’s next meeting is at the Hooksett Public Library on March 16, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.  The group site is http://CCLNHSouthCentral.org.

February 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • In Nepal, some communities are looking to harness the energy water produces with micro-hydropower systems. According to the Nepal Micro Hydropower Development Association, over 3,300 micro hydro plants are providing energy to villages around the country. In many places, impact has been significant for villagers. [CNBC]
River in Nepal (Anil Simkhada, Wikimedia Commons)

River in Nepal (Anil Simkhada, Wikimedia Commons)

  • The Indian government has approved a plan to double the capacity of solar parks and ultra-mega solar power projects to 40,000 MW from 20,000 MW. The power minister told news reporters a roadmap would be finalized shortly to set up at least 50 solar parks, each with a capacity of 500 MW except in hilly areas. [Times of India]
  • Over 7,500 pages of emails from the Oklahoma attorney general’s office shed light on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s relationship with Devon Energy, including allowing its top lobbyists to draft and edit letters sent to top federal officials on his behalf. They were obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy through an open records request. [CNN]
  • In the years from 2005 to 2014, there were at least 6,648 spills at hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells in just four of the states where fracking is done, according to analysis published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The states that were in the study were New Mexico, Colorado, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania. [CleanTechnica]
  • FirstEnergy, based in Akron, Ohio, made it clear that it is leaving the competitive power plant business, closing or selling all of its plants, including its nuclear plants, by the middle of next year. Closing the plants, which would probably take several years, would also have little impact on customer bills or power supplies. [cleveland.com]

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

New Hampshire Energy Week

The NH Clean Tech Council, The Nature Conservancy, the NH Community Development Finance Authority, NH Businesses for Social Responsibility and other partners are collaborating to engage leaders from all NH Sectors in discussion and work to ensure that NH’s Energy Future doesn’t leave anyone behind. NH Energy Week brings us all together to highlight the many ways NH is already making important progress toward a reliable, affordable, sustainable energy future.

To see the schedule and register for particular events please here.

Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in deploying NH’s energy future NOW!

NY Geothermal Conference – 10% discount ends March 1st

Learn About New York’s NEW Geothermal Incentive Program & Renewable Heating & Cooling Policy Framework !!!

10% Early Bird Registration Discount Until March 1st !
 The New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) presents New York’s premier geothermal conference:
NY-GEO 2017

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April 19-20
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Attendees at last year’s NY-GEO-2016 – Breaking New Ground in Renewable Heating & Cooling came  from 111 different communities in 25 states, 4 provinces and 5 countries.
Save the Dates Now – Check our website  NY-GEO.ORG for more details and $ave 10% with your Early Bird Registration until March 1st.

Workshops are keyed to Engineers, Architects, Building Owners & Managers, Installers, Designers, Contractors, Consultants and Policy Makers.   Get AIA, PDH and LEEDs Continuing Education Credits!

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11th Annual Soup Bowls for Hunger, 3/30, Rutland, VT High School

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Soup Bowls for Hunger which will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Rutland High School (RHS) Cafeteria.

Enjoy a bowl of soup, crackers, roll, dessert, and beverage and choose your own handcrafted bowl to take home. Bowls are being made by RHS Ceramics Program Teacher Darren Spafford, local high school students and professional potters.

This event is sponsored for the seventh year by Delta Kappa Gamma Society of women educators. All proceeds will be donated to the Rutland Community Cupboard and other local food shelves.

Tickets are $20 per person (make checks payable to: Soup Bowls for Hunger) and must be purchased at Rutland High School. There will be two sittings (4:45 PM and 6:15 PM) with top quality bowls available at each sitting.

There will also be raffles for various donated items and a silent auction.  Music will be provided by Dan Graves. To purchase tickets, contact Lynn Colomb at 770-1116, Rutland High School Main Office at 773-1955, or Ann Bannister at 747-0569, beginning March 1st.

February 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A new report on Australia’s rising power prices over the past decade, from the Australian National University, has undermined claims that South Australia’s high electricity prices have been driven by the state’s uptake wind and solar. It shows that its rises have been less in SA than in the states that are dependent on coal. [RenewEconomy]
Wattle Point wind farm near Edithburgh (Wikimedia Commons)

Wattle Point wind farm near Edithburgh, South Australia (Wikimedia Commons)

  • Almost every railway station in India will soon be fed with solar power if the plans in India’s new union budget are implemented. The Indian Finance Minister announced that the 7,000 railway stations across the country will be fed with solar power as per the Indian Railways mission to implement 1,000 MW of solar power capacity. [CleanTechnica]
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to enact a national carbon tax by 2018. After meeting with US president Donald Trump, he said that Canada would aggressively pursue its climate change goals. But according to a study by four leading environmental groups, Canadian fossil fuel subsidies totaled $3.3 billion last year. [CleanTechnica]
  • As the world’s number one exporter of crude oil, renewable energy may be the last thing that comes to mind when thinking of Saudi Arabia. But it is now turning to solar and wind power in a SGD 71 billion ($50 billion) bid to cut dependency on oil amid growing energy demands domestically, according to the Saudi energy minister. [VR-Zone]
  • A new study says Pacific Northwest utility ratepayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars if the region’s only commercial nuclear power plant is closed and its output replaced with renewable energy. The Portland-based McCullough Research consulting firm estimated savings from $261.2 million to $530.7 million over 10 years. [The Columbian]

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