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June 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A freight train from Alberta derailed in northwest Iowa, leaking crude oil into the flooded fields flanking the tracks and raising concerns about the possible contamination of residential water supplies downstream, according to officials. No information was immediately available on how much oil each of the tankers was carrying. [CBC.ca]

Derailed cars (Sioux County Sheriff’s Office via Associated Press)

  • Talks over a 1,000 km (620 mile), 1,000-MW cable to carry electric power from geothermal plants in Iceland to the UK have been on the cards for decades. Iceland’s finance minister has called on the UK Government to offer a fixed energy price to enable plans for an undersea electricity cable between the two countries to move ahead. [Telegraph.co.uk]
  • North Dakota-based Weather Modification International uses planes to target clouds and draw out more rain from them. The concept, called cloud seeding, has been around for decades. But now, there is new urgency due to climate change and a rapidly growing global population, which have disrupted global water supplies. [CNN]
  • “Thirty Years Ago Today, Global Warming First Made Headline News” • On June 23, 1988, amid a host of environmental issues, global warming jumped from an esoteric news item to the front page. That day, NASA climate scientist James Hansen told a US Senate committee that human-produced greenhouse gases were measurably heating the climate. [NOVA Next]
  • The Gujarat government announced a scheme under which farmers would be encouraged to generate electricity and sell their surplus to power distribution companies. The first phase of the ₹870 crore ($130.8 million) project would provide financial assistance to 12,400 farmers to generate an estimated 175 MW of power. [ETEnergyworld.com]

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June 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Two reports provide new details about Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan. The plan’s low bid prices for new renewable energy projects in the state include $35/MWh for solar with battery backup. The analysis of the impacts of the plan indicate boosts in employment and tax revenue for both Colorado and Pueblo County. [Clean Cooperative]

Wind turbines in Colorado (Jeffrey Beall, Wikimedia Commons)

  • The IRS is extending incentives for solar power and other clean energy sources by as long as four years. Developers can claim a 30% tax credit for solar projects as long as they prove they’ve started construction by the end of 2019, an IRS notice said. That means breaking ground or investing at least 5% of the total expected costs of the installation. [Bloomberg]
  • Former Senators Trent Lott of Mississippi and John Breaux of Louisiana, longtime lobbyists for big oil, formed a new political action committee. It is dedicated to the passage of a carbon tax. The plan would impose a carbon tax starting at $40, “rising gradually” at an as-yet-unspecified rate, with all the revenue returned as per-capita dividends. [Vox]
  • “Cleveland can lead in switch to clean energy” • On June 22, 1969, an oil slick in the Cuyahoga River caught fire, one of several such fires in the river’s history. Historically, the river was fed by pollution from Cleveland’s industry. The Cleveland of 2018 looks dramatically different – it’s a healthier city ecologically, and it’s working to diversify economically. [cleveland.com]
  • Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources is accepting applications for a 1,200-MW offshore wind plant, which will be the biggest in the world and Turkey’s first. The ceiling price for one MWh has been set as $8 and applicants will compete for the lowest bid in a reverse auction. Applications are due no later than October 23. [Daily Sabah]

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Non-Profits & Local Businesses Promote Incentives, Benefits of Local Wood Heat

Winter cold might be the furthest thing from Vermonter’s minds right now, however, now is the time to start thinking about how to heat next winter. Tuesday, June 26th, Renewable Energy Vermont, a non-profit trade association representing Vermont’s clean energy trades, will facilitate a press conference to outline the benefits of using wood heat, as well as the newly increased incentives and a sales tax exemption recently signed into law, which can help make the transition easier. This event will also serve as a status update on the actions outlined in the 5-Year Plan for Advanced Wood Heating, released in November of last year.

Advanced wood heat offers a unique opportunity to support forestry operations, maintain Vermont’s healthy forests and a working landscape, tackle Vermont’s thermal heating needs, reduce emissions, lower heating costs, and create well-paying trade jobs. Due to this solution’s position at the confluence of these Vermont-specific needs, advanced wood heating solutions received tri-partisan support this past legislative session.

Details:  

  • Who: Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont; Senator Anthony Pollina, Washington County; Karen Glitman, Efficiency Vermont; Andy Boutin, Pellergy LLC; Susan Clark, advanced wood heat user
  • When: Tuesday, June 26th at 10:30 am
  • Where: The Home of Susan Clark & Mark Bushnell’s – 42 McCullough Hill, Middlesex, VT
  • Associated Hashtags: #vtpoli #VTHeatsLocal #VTClimateEcon #VTbiz

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About Renewable Energy Vermont 

Renewable Energy Vermont represents businesses, non-profits, utilities, and individuals committed to reducing our reliance on dirty fossil fuels by increasing clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Vermont. Vermont’s clean energy economy directly enables at least 19,080 jobs at 3,751 businesses, representing approximately 6% of Vermont’s workforce. Together, we will achieve 90% total renewable energy (electric, thermal, transportation) before 2050. Learn more at www.revermont.org.

June 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • BYD and its local partner Alexander Dennis Ltd have won London’s first order for fully-electric double-decker buses. The deal will see 37 BYD ADL Enviro400EV buses serving London’s transit passengers in the spring of 2019. London currently has five electric double-decker buses. It still has more than 6,800 double-decker buses to replace. [CleanTechnica]

London electric double-decker bus

  • The results from the first experimental agrophotovoltaic program by the Fraunhofer Institute For Solar Energy Systems near Lake Constance in Germany found combining agriculture and farming increased the output of the land by 60% over what it would be if the same land was devoted 100% to farming or 100% to solar panels. [CleanTechnica]
  • Hybrit, which plans to make steel without using any fossil fuels, has broken ground in Sweden for its first pilot plant. Its CEO said that if the new process were applied to all of Sweden’s steel-making industry, the nation’s carbon emissions could be reduced by 10%. Hybrit is a consortium of Vattenfall, steel maker SSAB, iron ore producer LKAB. [CleanTechnica]
  • Hawaii has the country’s most aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard, a plan to double renewable energy penetration by 2021, and multiple counties committed to a 100% renewable public transportation system. And Maui College just announced that it will become the first school in the country to be powered by 100% solar energy. [pv magazine USA]
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled an energy storage roadmap to guide the state to a 1.5-GW target by 2025. The plan offers guidance on how storage can provide value to consumers, meet grid demands, and accelerate deployment. It also highlighted ways to deal with permitting and siting issues and to cut indirect costs. [reNews]

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June 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • MidAmerican Energy Co, based in Des Moines, provided its Iowa customers with more than half of their electricity from renewable sources last year. The Iowa Utilities Board verified that MidAmerican Energy served 50.8% of its retail electric load using renewable generation and expects this percentage to grow each year. [North American Windpower]
Iowa wind farm

Iowa wind farm

  • The United States imposed an additional 25% tariff on imported Chinese solar cells and modules last week in America’s steadily escalating trade war with one of the world’s most dominant economies and international powers. The newly imposed tariffs will impact $50 billion worth of Chinese products, including solar cells and modules. [CleanTechnica]
  • A California Senate panel has narrowly advanced a contentious proposal to link oversight of California’s power grid with other western states. The committee’s vote keeps alive a plan that has divided environmentalists and sparked passionate debate about the best way to expand renewable energy in the state and its neighbors. [Electric Light & Power]
  • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has clipped the wings of state energy bodies by abolishing the requirement that renewable energy projects receive state approval. Three solar projects that have been slowed down, with a total 7,750 MW of grid-connected PV capacity, are among those that will now move ahead more quickly. [pv magazine India]
  • Chicago, which has committed to power its 900 municipal buildings with 100% renewable electricity by 2025, has joined a seven-city collaboration to request price estimates for renewable electricity. The collaboration, led by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, also includes Los Angeles; Houston; Orlando; Portland, Oregon; and Evanston, Illinois. [pv magazine USA]

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June 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Lifesaving Benefits of Offshore Wind Power” • As an environmental health and climate researcher, I’m intrigued by how offshore wind power may improve public health. Replacing fossil fuels with wind and solar energy, research shows, can reduce risks of asthma, hospitalizations and heart attacks. In turn, that can save lives. [US News & World Report]
Offshore wind farm (Sean Gallup | Getty Images)

Offshore wind farm (Sean Gallup | Getty Images)

  • Cost reductions of up to 30% have been realised on elements of the 28-MW Nissum Bredning offshore wind farm demonstration project off the coast of Jutland in Denmark, according to Siemens Gamesa. The project showcases a several different engineering innovations that reduce costs of installation and the efficiency of electricity transmission. [reNews]
  • New Hampshire Republican Gov Chris Sununu vetoed two energy-related bills that he says would have cost ratepayers about $110 million over three years. But key members of his party are bristling at the move, calling one bill a vital lifeline for the biomass and timber industry. And they say they have the votes to override a veto. [Concord Monitor]
  • The American Council on Renewable Energy, a national business group made up of companies that finance, develop, manufacture, and use all forms of renewable energy, announced the launch of a new campaign that aims to reach $1 trillion in new US private sector investment in renewable energy and enabling grid technologies by 2030. [Business Wire]
  • Hydro-Québec and Central Maine Power Company have successfully concluded contract negotiations with the electric distribution companies in Massachusetts for the New England Clean Energy Connect, 100% hydropower project. Now, the agreement will go to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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Electric Car Show: You’re Invited! Saturday in Concord

Drive Electric NH, Concord, NH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 18, 2018 Contacts:

Randy Bryan:  randy@converdant.biz, 603-496-3501 c Cathy Corkery: catherine.corkery@sierraclub.org, 603-224-8222

WHEN: Saturday, 23 June 2018,  10am to 4pm

WHAT: An Electric Car Show:  Concord will turn its picturesque Main St into a pedestrian mall.  All manner of shops and vendors set up on the Main Street, to the delight of Concord residents. Drive Electric NH and NH Sierra Club will have an EV Show and Tell event there, too. EV owners are invited to join our group of EVs for a one day event on Saturday 23 June, 10am-4pm to educate the public about plug-in cars. EV owners enjoy a weekend drive in beautiful New Hampshire and the public gets to learn from the source.

New Hampshire dealers and owners will display their electric vehicles to educate the public and to highlight the enjoyment, practicality, cost savings, clean-air benefits of these cars.  This event is open to the public and free.

Plug-in vehicles by Nissan, Chevrolet, BMW, Honda, Tesla, Toyota, Chrysler, Kia and others will be present. EV charging demonstrations will take place during the day.

 WHERE:  Main Street, Concord, NH  [north end at Centre Street]

Guests will be able to speak with owners, see and touch the EV’s up close, and see car charging demonstrations .

Sponsors: Drive Electric NH, New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association, New Hampshire Sierra Club,

Dealers Participating: Banks Automotive, Grappone Auto Group [Toyota, Ford, Honda, Hyundai], O’Brien Kia, Tulley BMW, Bonneville Chrysler, Revision Energy [chargers], and others

Other Participants: Tesla S-X-3 owners, Chevrolet Bolt-Volt owners, Nissan Leaf owners, BMW i3 owners, and more.

June 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Pennsylvania conservation officials released a plan to confront climate change on public land as flooding, wildfires and warmer bodies of water threaten wildlife, landscapes and recreation. The state will identify the most resilient microclimates, then try to physically connect them by acquiring the land or developing easements. [StateImpact Pennsylvania]
Pennsylvania wetland (Nicholas, Wikimedia Commons)

Pennsylvania wetland (Nicholas, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “US Offshore Wind Upends Plans For Saving Coal & Nuclear Power Plants” • If the latest news out of the US DOE is any indication, the Trump Administration’s newest stratagem for keeping old coal and nuclear power plants in operation – make the taxpayers pay extra to keep uneconomical power plants running – is going nowhere fast. [CleanTechnica]
  • Electricity and natural gas distributor National Grid released “Northeast 80×50 Pathway,” outlining various measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. The program includes in-depth modelling and analysis addressing the three most carbon-intensive sectors in the Northeast: power generation, heating, and transportation. [Power Technology]
  • “Could the U.S. Retire Most of Its Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2040?” • The Energy Information Administration said coal could still generate 22% of US electricity in 2050, but there is a reason why it may be wrong. Utilities and electricity generators are far more eager to get away from coal than market outlooks seem to take into account. [Motley Fool]
  • The technology group Wärtsilä is leading the way to the power industry’s transformation towards a future that utilises 100% renewable energy. Wärtsilä is making a call to action since the technologies required to achieve this vision are already available. In a changing energy sector, Wärtsilä is harnessing its extensive capabilities to lead that change. [SteelGuru]

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June 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • President Donald Trump ordered a rescue of the nation’s struggling coal and nuclear power industries, but that does not mean utilities are reconsidering the shutdown of unprofitable plants. Many said Trump has not altered their plans to retire old units despite the prospect of his trying to force grid operators to buy power from old plants. [Bloomberg]
Cross Generating Station (Photo: Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg)

Cross Generating Station (Photo: Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg)

  • In a world first, Siemens is opening a £1.5-million pilot project in Oxfordshire employing ammonia as a form of energy storage. The proof-of-concept facility will turn electricity, water, and air into ammonia without releasing carbon emissions. The ammonia can be stored and burned for electricity, sold as a fuel, or used for industrial purposes. [businessgreen.com]
  • “Global warming cooks up ‘a different world’ over 3 decades” • We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, Dr James Hansen told Congress that global warming was not approaching – it had already arrived. Thirty years later, it’s clear that Hansen and other doomsayers were right. And the change has been sweeping. [The Denver Post]
  • Tesla’s cobalt usage will soon be a thing of the past if Elon Musk has his way. And it makes sense. Cobalt prices are soaring. There is an ethical dilemma with cobalt’s primary sourcing, as much of its mining is tainted with corruption and human rights violations, including child labor. And Panasonic announced it is developing cobalt-free batteries. [CleanTechnica]
  • Eastern Australia is home to the world’s largest battery. It is increasingly integrating renewable energy into one of the world’s longest interconnected energy systems. And in the past six months, about 180 MW of new demand response resources have entered the ancillary services markets. The effects on obsolete technology are disruptive. [RenewEconomy]

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June 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The Indian city of Chennai has the potential to harness solar energy enough to reduce the demand by at least 20% says a report by Greenpeace India and Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute. The report found that the total rooftop potential of the city was 1,380 MW and that at least 46% can come from residential areas. [Deccan Chronicle]
Chennai vendor (Photo: PlaneMad, Wikimedia Commons)

Chennai vendor (Photo: PlaneMad, Wikimedia Commons)

  • For a split-second after the demolition plunger went down, the cooling towers at St Johns River Power Park stood as if they would remain for 30 more years as Jacksonville landmarks. Then the burst of 1,500 pounds of dynamite ripped through them, and they collapsed into dust. From the crowd, a child’s voice called out: “Do it again.” [The Florida Times-Union]
  • Research by two Harvard University scientists concluded that the Trump administration’s environmental policies could result in an additional 80,000 deaths per decade. The research, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined the health impacts of the EPA’s policies on toxic chemicals and air pollutants. [The Hill]
  • China fired back in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on a $34 billion list of American goods including soybeans, electric cars, and whiskey. The Chinese government said it was responding in “equal scale” to Trump’s tariff hike in a conflict over Beijing’s trade surplus and technology policy. [ETEnergyworld.com]
  • The US split from other Group of 20 member countries over the future of the coal industry and the 2015 Paris climate accord. At a press conference at the close of the G-20 meeting of energy ministers in Bariloche, Argentina, Germany’s director of energy policy Thorsten Herdan said G-20 member countries “have to get out of coal.” [The Japan News]

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