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Button Up Workshop in Salem, NH

Dec. 2nd, 2014

Liberty Utilities is hosting Button Ups Workshops designed specifically for their own customers – in LU towns – so they could be available to the public to answer questions about LU’s electricity rate increase.  Bob Reals will be conducting a 15 minute presentation about this prior to the Button Up workshop presentation.

Additional workshops on My Energy and LEWG

Tuesday, December 2nd

Salem NH Boys and Girls Club
3 Geremonty Drive
Salem, NH
6:30pm Sign In and Refreshments
6:45pm Liberty Utilities Presentation
7:00pm to 8:30pm Button Up NH Presentation
Local Sponsors: Salem Boys and Girls Club and the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce Green Committee
Presenter:  Andy Duncan
funded by Liberty Utility


November 28 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Hard on the heels of last week’s historic US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, in which China pledged for the first time to cap its CO2 emission by 2030, China’s State Council has just announced a new energy strategy action plan that includes, also for the first time, a cap on national coal consumption by 2020. [Energy Collective]
  • Oil prices came crashing down Thursday to trade below $70 per barrel after OPEC announced it was leaving oil production levels unchanged. The low price is bad news for certain oil-producing countries like Russia, Nigeria and Venezuela, which depend on prices of at least $90 a barrel. While they last, lower oil prices could also halt the US shale oil boom. [CNN]
  • The Indian government has received proposals from twelve states for setting up of solar power parks/ultra mega solar power projects with a total capacity of 22,100 MW. The the biggest of these is to be a 7,500 MW park to be set up in Leh and Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir. There have been hundreds of proposals. [I Government]
  • Solar power is expanding dramatically around the world, with capacity expected to triple by 2020, according to a report by UK-based research firm GlobalData. The study forecasts installed capacity of currently 136 GW will expand to 414 GW by the end of the decade in 2020. The bulk of new installations are expected in emerging Asia. [Gulf Times]
  • Stanford engineers have invented a revolutionary coating material that can help cool buildings by radiating heat away from them and sending it directly into space. A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting away the heat of sunlight. [Science Daily]

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


State of New Hampshire

Public Utilities Commission


The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC or Commission) requests proposals from qualified parties to administer comprehensive energy efficiency programs for retail businesses and large energy usersfor a period of up to three years beginning on or about January 1, 2015. Total funding available under this RFP is dependent on revenues from New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The Commission anticipates that roughly $1.2 million will be available for programs funded through this RFP over a period of three years.

Applications are due December 22, 2014.

For more, please visit the RFP web page.

November 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • September and October were the hottest months ever recorded, continuing the record-breaking streak that started in April and almost assuring that 2014 will be the warmest year ever. Canadian ocean surface temperatures for September, shown in the NOAA images, approached 4oC above normal. This is where the entire planet may be headed by the end of the century. [Energy Collective]
  • Scotland has broken renewable energy generation records, producing 10.3 TWh of electricity in the first half of 2014 and overtaking nuclear as the country’s main source of power. The data also shows that nuclear accounted for 7.8 TWh, coal provided 5.6 TWh and gas-fired electricity generation produced 1.4 TWh during the same period. []
  • A waste to biofuels plant operated by Enerkem in Northern Canada is the first in the world to transform solid waste into biofuels and chemicals. The waste is heated and converted into a gas, then changed into liquid methanol, which is then used in the production of local products, including windshield wiper fluid and gasoline. []
  • Renewable energy in the United States could take a significant leap forward with improved storage technologies. But an alternative is to “match” different forms of alternative energy systems in hybrid systems, with one form of renewable energy ramping up while another is declining to provide an even electric supply. [AZoCleantech]
  • Vega Biofuels, Inc announced it has entered into a joint venture to build and operate a manufacturing plant in Allandale, South Carolina to produce a product called Bio-Coal. Bio-Coal has a high energy density of up to 13,000 BTUs/Lb and meets the Renewable Portfolio Standards and Renewable Energy Credits in the United States. [SteelGuru]

GMP Becomes First Utility to Get B Corp Certification

GMP-Logo_NewColchester, VT – Green Mountain Power will be joined by Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry’s, and Jay Coen Gilbert/Co-Founder of B Lab to announce GMP’s B Corp Certification. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.  There are 1165 B Corporations in 37 countries and GMP is the first utility to become a member of B Corp.

 What: Green Mountain Power becomes First Utility to Receive B Corp Certification
Where: GMP’s Colchester office, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester

When: Monday, December 1, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

November 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Google engineers say renewable energy won’t solve climate change” Can climate change be solved with technologies like wind and solar energy? No, it can’t, according to a new report by two Google engineers. [Fox News] (You should be aware of this very widely published story. It is about a project Google terminated years ago. The data in it are comically out of date. It is misleading. But they call it “news.”)
  • NRG Energy, the second-largest conventional power generation company in the US, has broken ground on corporate headquarters touted as not just “green,” but “ultra-green,” and grid-resilient. NRG’s green, co-generation and solar-powered headquarters will showcase the ability of businesses to foster sustainability while reducing grid dependence. [Fierce Energy]
  • The Vermont Department of Public Service and its Clean Energy Development Fund are seeking proposals from qualified financial institutions with a physical presence in Windham County, Vermont that offer loans to residential customers interested in development of the Windham County Solar Finance Program. [Commons]
  • The nation’s first large-scale commercial anaerobic digestion facility, privately owned and operated by Zero Waste Energy Development Company, has proven successful. The facility is capable of digesting and composting 90,000 tons of organic waste per year and is expected to produce 1.6 MW of power and 18,000 tons of compost per year. []

November 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The federal government said Monday that it will hold its largest-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind development early next year. The area is more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts. If fully developed, the area could support as much as 5 GW of commercial wind generation, enough to power more than 1.4 million homes. [Houston Chronicle]
  • The World Bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects in “circumstances of extreme need” because climate change will undermine efforts to eliminate extreme poverty, says its president Jim Yong Kim. He was alarmed by World Bank-commissioned research from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. [Business Green]
  • The world record for power production by a wind turbine in a 24 hour period was broken early in October when an 8-MW turbine in Denmark produced 192,000 kW/h during steady wind conditions. The power produced by the turbine in one day was enough to supply the energy needs of approximately 13,500 Danish households. [Maritime Journal]
  • The US Department of Energy has granted Freeport LNG two final authorizations to export natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. The ruling authorizes Freeport to export up to 1.8 billion cubic feet of LNG per day for 20 years. Freeport LNG is owned by ConocoPhillips and Michael Smith. The plant is expected to cost $14 billion. [Energy Collective]

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

November 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The cost of electricity from wind and solar has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. The trend has accelerated this year, with several companies signing power purchase agreements for solar or wind at prices below that of natural gas. [Boston Globe]
  • A recent study on critical resources for renewable power was performed by the Wuppertal Institute. The conclusion is that the problem of mineral availability for renewable energy technologies is not critical if we choose the right technologies and we are careful to recycle the materials used as much as possible. [Resilience]
  • A Power-to-Liquids demonstration rig which is the first of its kind in the world was officially inaugurated by Dresden-based sunfire GmbH. The new rig uses sunfire’s PtL technology to transform water and CO2 to high-purity synthetic fuels (petrol, diesel, kerosene) with the aid of renewable electricity. [RenewEconomy]
  • According to the latest monthly infrastructure report from FERC, wind power provided 68.41% of new U.S. electrical generating capacity in October, with 574 MW of new capacity. Biomass provided 102 MW, 12.16% of new capacity, and solar provided 31 MW, 3.69%. Natural gas came in at 132 MW, 15.73%. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • Germany could close eight additional coal-fired plants as it seeks to reach ambitious climate change targets. Reuters reports that the government is drafting legislation that would force energy companies to shut the plants down, as it looks to trim 40% from its carbon emissions by 2020. [International Business Times UK]

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

November 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Australian energy provider AGL Energy gave some insight into how it was preparing for solar and storage. AGL plans to launch its own power purchase agreement model early next year that will allow solar and storage to be installed in homes at zero upfront cost. It says it aims to have one million “distributed” customers by 2020. [CleanTechnica]
  • India’s recently announced target to install 100 GW solar power capacity by 2022 could make it one of the largest solar power markets in the world and put it in direct competition with China. Essentially, India wants to do in five years what China plans to do in 10 years! [CleanTechnica]
  • Vattenfall has left the Magritte Group of big European energy companies over issues of incentives. The Magritte Group, established by Gérard Mestrallet of GDF Suez in May 2013, has pushed to stop or reduce radically subsidies for renewable energy, while seeking support for conventional power generation. [Financial Times]
  • Germany is arguably the leading renewable energy market in the world. It’s big in wind energy, biomass energy, and of course solar energy. Professor Doctor Bruno Burger of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has released a series of charts on the Germany renewable energy market. [CleanTechnica]

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

Progressives put Sanders ahead of Clinton

Reposeted from the Burlington Free Press
By Nicole Gaudiano, Free Press Washington Writer

(Photo: Glenn Russel/Free Press)

(Photo: Glenn Russel/Free Press)

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is progressives’ runaway favorite for president in 2016, with Sen. Bernie Sanders in second place, a new poll shows.

Sanders, I-Vt., who says he’s considering a presidential run, edged out former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 24 percent to 23 percent, according to Democracy for America’s first 2016 Presidential Pulse poll of its members.

More than 42 percent of respondents wanted Warren to run for president, although she has said she’s not running. Warren’s strong showing wasn’t a surprise, but Sanders’ placement ahead of Clinton shows “the race for the Democratic nomination is far from locked” among progressives, according to the group, founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

Read more in the Burlington Free Press at This Link.