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August Edition of Green Energy Times

The August edition of Green Energy Times is now available, and is being delivered to distribution points around our area.

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2015 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Solid Waste Alliance Communities

Saturday, September 12, 2015

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Shrewsbury Transfer Station, 103 Mountain Road, Shrewsbury

Saturday, September 19, 2015

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Benson Transfer Station, Benson

10:30 A.M. – Noon. – Sudbury Transfer Station, Across From The Town Garage, Williams Lane, Sudbury

1:00 – 3:00 P.M. – Fair Haven Transfer Station, Fair Haven Avenue, Fair Haven

September 26, 2015

8:00-11:30 A.M. – Rutland Town Transfer Station, in Northward Park, off Post Road Extension, Rutland

FREE SERVICE TO: Residents of the Solid Waste Alliance Communities (SWAC) Towns ONLY – Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth, and West Haven. As a resident of SWAC, you may attend the events listed above, even if it is not the one scheduled for your town. Residents of these communities may also drop off their household hazardous waste at the Gleason Road Hazardous Waste Depot during normal operating hours. PROOF OF RESIDENCY REQUIRED.

BUSINESS WASTE: Small business (conditionally exempt generators) which may include town offices, schools, and town garages can dispose of their wastes through the Rutland County Solid Waste Management District (RCSWD) Hazardous Waste Depot. Waste may include oil-based paint (no charge), non-architectural paint, pesticides (no charge), and used motor oil. Please call 775-7209 to schedule an appointment. Payment for disposal will be required at the time of drop-off.

  • Use products up for their intended use to lower disposal costs for your community. Please keep products in their original containers. Do not mix products!
  • No smoking or fires allowed at the collection site.
  • Computer Collection: Permanent computer collection programs are available throughout Rutland County. Since the passage of environmental producer responsibility electronics legislation in 2011, approved facilities accept many electronics from residents and small businesses at no charge. Please visit the

SWAC website at for additional information. Large businesses should contact the RCSWD at (802-775-7209) to discuss recycling and disposal options. There is a nominal fee for recycling/disposal of business waste. ELECTRONICS ARE NOT ACCEPTED AT THESE EVENTS.

What to Bring:

Carburetor CleanerChemistry Kits


Drain Cleaners

Engine Degreaser


Flea Powder

Floor Cleaners

Fluorescent Bulbs (Unbroken)

Furniture Polish

Radiator FlusherRodent Killer


Insect Sprays/Pesticides

Latex, Lead and Oil-Based Paints

Lighter Fluid

Lithium, Mercury, Ni-CAD Batteries

Metal Polish


Paint Thinners/Strippers/StainsPhoto Chemicals

Roofing Tar

Rug/Upholstery Cleaners

Rust Proofers

Solvents/Varnish Sealants

Toilet Cleaners

Used Motor Oil

Wax Polish

Wood Preservatives

What Not To Bring

  • Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Disposal options:

Intact carbon monoxide detectors and household smoke detectors are accepted for disposal with regular trash.

Many manufacturers of smoke detectors have voluntary take-back programs for safe disposal of these items. Be sure to verify current packaging and shipping requirements directly with the manufacturer. Curie Environmental Services also will recycle ionization smoke detectors for a small fee. The program is called Curiepack.

Businesses should call the Vermont Environmental Assistance Division in Waterbury at (802) 241-3745.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications: Ionization smoke detectors do contain a small amount of a low-level radioactive isotope, but the material is not considered hazardous to people or pets at the levels present in household smoke detectors.

  • Containers – Any product brought to the household hazardous waste events (including used motor oil) must be left in the container they are transported in. Materials will not be poured off into larger containers at the events.
  • Car Batteries – Most service stations will take used car batteries.
  • Tires – Tires are also accepted at the Gleason Road facility for a nominal fee.

For additional information, contact the RCSWD (802-775-7209), Pam at the SWAC (802-342-5701), OR VISIT WWW.RUTLANDCOUNTYSWAC.ORG.

August 29 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Thousands of UK householders are installing solar-powered smart meters. The devices track when rooftop solar panels produce excess energy and divert it to water heaters. Calculations produced for Telegraph Money suggest that an average family of four would save £243 per year, earning back the original outlay in less than two years. []
The 'Immersun' device works by automatically redirecting solar energy to your water heater, effectively storing power to use later

The ‘Immersun’ device works by redirecting excess solar energy to a water heater, effectively storing power to use later.

  • “It’s Time For Corporate America To Stand Up To Republican Climate Deniers” Like a cornered wild animal, the fossil fuel industry and its supporters are recognizing the tide of history is beginning to turn against them, and they are going to act with increasing viciousness, supported by lobbying dollars, to protect their wealth and status. [Huffington Post]
  • Researchers at the University of South Australia developed a low-cost energy storage solution that uses salt to store excess electricity. Their system uses salt as a phase-change material for smaller-scale, rapid-discharge batteries for residential and commercial use. It has a cost of up to 10 times cheaper than batteries. [CleanTechnica]
  • What does it take to build a 2-MW wind turbine? This time-lapse video of the construction of a wind turbine at the Bald Hills Wind Farm in Victoria, Australia gives a glimpse into the process, and makes it look almost simple (though it is clearly no small undertaking). It shows a 2.05-MW turbine being erected. [CleanTechnica]
  • FFP New Hydro announced that it had closed a senior loan facility, allowing continuing development of its portfolio of 21 advanced stage hydropower projects on existing US dams in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, Mississippi, and Ohio. The projects will cumulatively reach 200 MW of new generation capacity. [CleanTechnica]

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

August 28 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • What would a car-free Paris look like? We will soon find out, as this French city hosts its “Day Without Car,” or “Une Journée Sans Voiture” event. On September 27th, five major areas of Paris will be closed to nearly all motorized traffic from 11 am to 6 pm, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to go about freely without air pollution. [CleanTechnica]
Une Journée Sans Voiture

Une Journée Sans Voiture

  • The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change has proposed to make calamitous cuts to the country’s renewable energy Feed-in Tariff scheme. The plan’s details have emerged, with proposals that domestic solar support could be cut by 87%, commercial rooftops by 82%, in addition to devastating cuts to onshore wind. [CleanTechnica]
  • One of Britain’s most controversial energy projects for decades, the £24.5 billion nuclear power development at Hinkley Point in Somerset, is poised to get the green light. The Government and EDF have agreed a deal that would guarantee EDF a price of £92.50 per MWh, up to 2061. That’s nearly three times the current price. [The Independent]
  • Beginning their work in April 2014, a team at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University came up with a small heliostat system made of six triangular mirrors. They also devised wireless, smart positioning technology. The compact construction makes a “plonkable” concentrating solar system. It can be plonked down by two people. [Newser]
  • Critics of President Barack Obama’s landmark regulation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions almost always highlight a series of flawed studies (which are often paid for by utility or fossil fuel interests) to attack the Clean Power Plan. Many of these reports did not even look at the EPA’s final (and official) regulations, instead working on drafts. [Huffington Post]

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

Renewable Energy 2015 Conference & Expo: Leading the Energy REVolution

Burlington, VT — Renewable energy businesses, technology leaders, energy generators, utilities and environmental organizations along with policy makers and communities will convene in Burlington this month to identify tangible strategies for converting the state’s fossil fueled economy to one driven by renewable sources.

Click to go to the REV website. Renewable Energy 2015 (RE 2015) is Vermont’s premier event exploring the transition to a clean energy economy. The 15th annual business conference, hosted by Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) is slated for October 8 and 9 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, VT.

With expert speakers on a diverse array of topics, this dynamic forum will look at the opportunities and hurdles involved in moving toward an integrated energy infrastructure addressing power, heating and transportation needs. The conference spans two days and features over 25 conference sessions with more than 65 speakers from throughout the region. Topics covered include: wind, solar, bioenergy technologies, transportation, resilient grid technology, energy efficiency and energy storage solutions. Conference sessions will look at hurdles to implementing renewables as well as untapped opportunities, technological innovations and tools for financing renewable energy.  

About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV)

REV is Vermont’s only non-profit, non-partisan renewable energy trade association working to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy throughout the state and region.

REV’s website is

August 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • In Vermont, two long-delayed Windham County hydroelectric stations are well underway and may begin producing power by fall, producing about 3.1 MW, in combination. New Jersey-based Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC is building hydro projects at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams in Townshend and Jamaica. []
Townshend Lake and Dam. US Army Corps of Engineers photo.

Townshend Lake and Dam. US Army Corps of Engineers photo.

  • The future of the UK’s popular feed-in tariff scheme has been thrown into doubt, after the government this morning published a wide-ranging consultation on the program. The document proposes deep cuts to support for solar PV, wind and hydropower from January in a bid to cap government spending on feed-in tariffs at £75 million to £100 million. [Business Green] Solar rooftops on residential buildings in the UK.
  • A new Citigroup report values the fossil fuel reserves that need to be left in the ground if the world is to meet its targets of trying to limit global warming to 2° C at $100 trillion. But 2° C is a target that, according to a new Climate Council report, is actually a lot less “safe” for humankind than the science thought it was just 10 years ago. [CleanTechnica]
  • Australia’s city of Newcastle may be the world’s biggest coal export port, but it will pull money out of fossil fuel industries, favoring sustainability. The city council, which manages a Aus$268 million (US$191 million) investment fund for the city, voted to move towards “environmentally and socially responsible investments”. [Peninsula On-line] Coal storage.
  • The Imperial Irrigation District is preparing to build one of the largest battery storage systems in the western United States. The electricity storage unit will help the utility deal with fluctuating power. The battery could even help keep the grid operating during a big blackout. The 30-MW battery complex will use lithium-ion battery technology. [KPBS]

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

August 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • SolarReserve’s baseload solar 260 MW Copiapó project bids into the grid in April, having cleared Chile’s permitting with a Resolución de Calificación Ambiental. SolarReserve has combined two solar technologies, PVs and concentrated solar power with energy storage, so it can supply electricity both day and night. [CleanTechnica]
Credit: SolarReserve — Redstone

Credit: SolarReserve — Redstone

  • Citigroup published a detailed analysis of the costs of various energy sources, concluding that the levelized cost of energy of renewables is below that of fossil fuels and that renewables are a “benefit rather than a cost to society.” And as cost of renewables is still declining, renewables advantages will only become clearer. [CleanTechnica]
  • Ontario’s Electricity System Operator released the list of 119 projects that will compete for power contracts under the 565-MW Large Renewable Procurement program. About 1,400 MW of projects proposed by units of NextEra Energy, Renewable Energy Systems, and SunEdison have qualified for the program. [SeeNews Renewables]
  • A study conducted by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University, found that while the average frequency of power outages in the US has not changed in recent years, the amount of time customers are without power, i.e. the length of these power outages, has been increasing over time. [CleanTechnica]
  • The UK’s anaerobic digestion generation capacity now exceeds 500 MW, according to the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association. The trade body yesterday revealed 514 MW of electrical equivalent capacity is generated as electricity or biogas from more than 400 AD plants across the farming, waste, and water sectors. [Business Green]

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

August 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A recent earthquake of magnitude 4.6 is the largest of over 500 seismic events in British Columbia believed to be caused by fracking. The quake’s epicentre was just 3 kilometres from Progress Energy’s fracking site. The company immediately shut down operations and notified the province’s oil and gas commission. [CleanTechnica]
Image of Wonowon, BC, from Google Maps Streetview

Image of Wonowon, BC, site of an earthquake. From Google Maps Streetview

  • President Barack Obama accused fossil fuel interests of trying to restrict consumer access to solar, wind and other renewable sources in order to protect the status quo. The president also questioned the ideology of those who champion free-market solutions, except when the free market is pointing to the wisdom of renewable energy. [Stockhouse]
  • The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) is developing the guidelines under which it will accept Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funding. The development means that PACE will soon be available to all US homeowners. Ed Golding, Head of the FHA, acknowledged the value of the program in a press release. [CleanTechnica]
  • The town of Strafford, Vermont, has changed its tune on approving a 4.9-MW solar array at the Elizabeth Mine. In a letter sent to the Public Service Board, the Selectboard wrote they will not let Wolfe Energy and Brightfields Development install solar at the site if the array’s renewable energy credits are sold out of state. []
  • The Asia Pacific Resilience Summit kicked off this morning, showcasing clean tech solutions for island grids, communities, and military applications across the Pacific. Hawaiian Governor David Ige’s opening keynote speech made headlines, as he stated for the first time publicly a strong opposition to proposed LNG projects. [CleanTechnica]

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


The Peace & Justice Center and Reuse Pro Alex Eaves to Host Screening of Documentary, Reuse! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet, on Thursday, September 10th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas.

This film isn’t about our waste problem. Nope. It’s about solutions. And they are everywhere.

Burlington, VT— August 24, 2015:

We live in a challenging time. Climate change and mass consumption is threatening our planet’s existence. Excessive extraction of natural resources has created immeasurable waste and pollution. This issue is complicated and imminent. While recognition and awareness is important, direct action is by far the most effective.

Traditional recycling is not enough. The Reuse mission offers a sustainable solution that everyone can be a part of. By diverting materials from landfills, products can be re-purposed and redistributed back into communities.

The Peace & Justice Center will proudly screen REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet at Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas on September 10th at 7 p.m. The 60 minute documentary will be followed by a Q&A discussion panel with filmmaker and crew. Tickets are available for $10 now at the Peace & Justice Store (60 Lake Street, Burlington) or at the Roxy (222 College Street, Burlington) the night of the event.

Continue reading REUSE!

August 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • It’s not enough to say that fossil fuels have to go or nuclear is hopeless (which are both probably true statements). The question is: What will replace them? Furthermore, how long will it take? Though solar energy has become the poster child for renewable energy generally, the strongest player in the game, for now, is wind. []
Wind turbine and crane.

Wind turbine and crane.

  • In Australia, rather inconveniently for the Coalition’s intentions to reduce its support for renewable energy, the Government’s commissioned modeller found the same answer as several other energy market analysts had before them: slashing the Renewable Energy Target would actually INCREASE consumers’ and businesses’ power bills. [Business Spectator]
  • China’s use of coal is falling. After decades of explosive growth, Chinese coal use fell by as much as 3.5% last year. Some of that is due to a slowing economy, but a representative with the Sierra Club’s international climate and energy program says the government there has declared it is shifting away from coal. [Public News Service]
  • China Sunergy subsidiary CEEG (Nanjing) Renewable Energy is to supply China Power Investment Corp with 260 MW of photovoltaic modules for several ground-mounted solar projects in China. The units will be delivered to the state-owned energy group over a period of 12 months, starting from July of this year. [reNews]
  • Nebraska is facing pressure to meet federal emission requirements, and renewable energy advocates will push again next year for a state tax credit for wind farms and solar projects. Supporters have spent the summer meeting with senators in hopes of passing the production tax credit, which was narrowly defeated this year. [The Republic] station. [Boston Globe]

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


August 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Canadian company Beothuk Energy has kicked off the hunt for cash to support its proposed 180-MW offshore wind demonstrator in Newfoundland. Beothuk appointed renewables investment outfit Jacob Securities Inc to identify project financing for both equity and debt provision, and coordinate with other companies. [reNews]
Image: Beothuk has big plans off Newfoundland (Beothuk)

Image: Beothuk has big plans off Newfoundland (Beothuk)

  • Visiting her counterpart Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany cemented an important climate link between the largest economies in Europe and Latin America. Germany has had high-level relations with India and China, among nations in the emerging world, but now has put Brazil on the same level. [CleanTechnica]
  • Last year, Turkey’s Energy Minister said the government wanted 30% of its energy production in 2023 to come from domestic coal, up from 13% now. Locals in the Yırca district of Manisa province successfully fought expropriation of olive groves for coal mine development, but only after 6,000 olive trees had been felled. [Today’s Zaman]
  • Opponents of a 900-MW gas-powered plant Invenergy is planning for Rhode Island say that the company’s claim that it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions is inaccurate because it only considers emissions from producing power and does not take into account the potentially substantial leakage of methane. [The Providence Journal]
  • Minnesota and North Dakota have been fighting in federal court for two years over Minnesota’s cross-border restrictions on coal-based electricity. The Clean Power Plan, the federal government’s even-more-sweeping regulations to cut coal power plant greenhouse gas emissions, is pushing states to work together. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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