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December 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Mayors could override Trump on the Paris climate accord – here’s how” • In a recent op-ed, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote, “If the Trump administration does withdraw from the Paris accord, I will recommend that the 128 US mayors who are part of the Global Covenant of Mayors seek to join in its place.” [Business Insider]
Sunny day flooding is now a regular occurrance in Miami, thanks to sea levels rising. (Photo by B137, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Sunny day flooding now hits Miami regularly, thanks to rising sea levels. (Photo by B137, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

  • The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted a misleading article at Breitbart about the state of the global climate. It read, “Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists.” Senator Bernie Sanders responded to the tweet, asking, “Where’d you get your PhD? Trump University?” []
  • The Canadian province of Alberta, known for its notoriously dirty oil sands, has just made a symbolically significant about-face on energy policy, with potentially major implications for North American wind power. First up is a tender for 5 GW of wind power. Alberta will also pay its coal plants $1 billion to shut down. [CleanTechnica]
  • Two Illinois nuclear plants on life support got at least 10 more years after Exelon won a bid for ratepayer-financed subsidies. The governor and Democratic legislative leaders agreed on legislation requiring ratepayers statewide to finance hundreds of millions annually in support for the nukes along with other clean energy. [Crain’s Chicago Business]
  • The global solar PV market is set to increase nearly 70 GW in 2016, reaching 294.69 GW, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. A new report from GlobalData investigating the global solar PV market concluded that capacity will increase from around 225 GW in 2015 to 294.69 GW by the end of 2016. [CleanTechnica]

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

How Does A Flow Battery Work? – Webinar Invitation

If you’ve ever wanted to know all about how a flow battery operates from A to Zinc, then this is the webinar for you! Friday, December 2, at 12pm CT ViZn Energy will explain everything from the electrodes and electrolytes and how they interact to charge/discharge the batteries to scalability and the types of applications flow batteries are best suited for. We’ll also compare/contrast different flow battery chemistries and other energy storage technologies. Use the link below to register:

December 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • New research from Ohio State University determined that a calving event creating an enormous iceberg in West Antarctica in 2015 was even more notable than first thought. It was the result of a deep, subsurface rift that formed approximately 20 miles inland. This implies that the glacier is deteriorating faster than thought. [CleanTechnica]
Rift in Antarctic glacier twenty miles from the sea

Rift in Antarctic glacier, twenty miles from the sea

  • The recently completed Kamuthi Solar Power Plant in Tamil Nadu is the largest solar power plant in the world. Since Delhi, Mumbai, and many other Indian cities have chronic pollution problems, this news brings the much-needed respite for India. The Kamuthi power plant is will supply enough power for over 150,000 homes. [Northbridge Times]
  • The oil cartel OPEC has agreed its first supply cut in eight years, after more than two years of depressed oil prices because of a supply glut on the market. OPEC’s president said that a cut of 1.2 million barrels a day would start from January. The price of Brent crude jumped 10% to $51.94 a barrel, and US crude rose 9% to $49.53. [BBC News]
  • Michigan’s largest utility, DTE Energy, is moving ahead with efforts to phase out its use of coal and will not be swayed by any potential changes to federal energy policy. DTE Energy intends to embrace renewable energy more aggressively in the coming years regardless of what changes come from the recent election. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
  • The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority may become the first US state entity to participate in a federal auction for an offshore wind site. NYSERDA submitted documentation and a bid deposit to take part in an auction for a 79,350-acre Wind Energy Area 12 miles off the Long Island coast. [Windpower Engineering]

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November 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • US Wind, a subsidiary of Italy’s Toto Holding SpA based in Maryland, has revealed some details about its application to build an offshore wind farm off the state’s coast. The company is proposing to build a 750-MW wind park containing up to 187 turbines. It would be the first large-scale offshore wind farm for the US. [SeeNews Renewables]
Wind turbines at sea (Photo: Harvey Barrison, CC BY SA)

Wind turbines at sea (Photo: Harvey Barrison, CC BY SA)

  • Details of a production cut agreement are due to be finalized at a formal OPEC meeting in Vienna. But key OPEC members appear to disagree over the plan, and some analysts believe there might not be a deal. With analysts speculating, Brent crude oil was down $1.76 per barrel at $46.48, and US crude was down $1.80 at $45.28. [BBC]
  • Three Dutch coal plants opened in 2015 are already threatened with early closure. Their owners failed to foresee a rapid rise in renewable power generation, falling demand, and calls to phase out coal. It was a costly error that other countries could learn from, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says. [Climate Home]
  • Texas grid operator ERCOT announced a new record for wind on Monday, as wind provided more than 15,000 MW to the state. It is not the hour-by-hour records that are impressive, however. Wind power will provide at least 14.7% of the state’s electricity in 2016, according to ERCOT, up from 11.7% in 2015. [Greentech Media]
  • A new joint venture has formed to develop a fast-charging network for European electric vehicles has been signed by Ford, BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen Group (including Audi and Porsche). The DC electric vehicle fast-charging stations will reportedly offer up to 350 kW in power, while Tesla’s max out at 120–135 kW. [CleanTechnica]

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Geothermal Tax Credit Bill Vetoed by Governor Cuomo

From NY-GEO:
We are disappointed to report that despite widespread support from so many of you, Governor Cuomo has vetoed the geothermal tax credit bill.  His veto message is included below.
Our friends in the legislature will work to include the tax credit in the 2017-18 state budget and we will be working with them on that front.
Thank you for your calls, emails, encouragement, and organizing work.  Thanks especially to the 160+ businesses, local elected officials and environmental organizations who signed our letter to the Governor.  The  work of New Yorkers for Clean Power and the Alliance for a Green Economy on this initiative has been incredible,
What shouldn’t be lost in the shuffle is that NY’s energy leaders are starting to acknowledge the importance of moving away from burning fossil fuels to heat our homes and businesses – and your advocacy helped.
What’s next? There are many steps we need to take together in the days to come.  For today, we ask you to consider the following two actions:

1.If you’d like to express your disappointment to the Governor at 518-474-8390, that would be appropriate.  It is important for elected officials to hear about it when they disappoint us.

2. Please save the dates of April 19th and 20th for NY-GEO 2017 – Helping NY meet its greenhouse gas goal – 40% by 2030 – NY-GEO’s annual conference in Albany NY.  This industry WILL RISE to cut the use of fossil fuels for heating.  We invite you to stand with us in the process.
Below is the Governor’s veto message.  It is framed to put the best light on the State’s efforts.  However, the net effect of those efforts in the short term is minimal.
This is a crucial time for New York homeowners, for geothermal workers across the State, and for all of us who need action on climate change.  The Governor’s failure to act is a tragic missed opportunity.  His unwillingness to fund this relatively small credit is puzzling in light of the huge investments he has committed for other energy sectors.

November 29 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • If it feels like it hasn’t rained in months in the South, you’re right. The region is experiencing an extreme drought. But just a few months earlier, we were talking about record-breaking floods in the South. These shocking extremes are happening more often, and it is all part of an unfortunate new normal in a world with climate change. [CNN]
Drought in the Southeast

Drought in the Southeast 

  • Saskatchewan and the Canadian federal government are working on an agreement on coal. If finalized, it “will provide Saskatchewan more flexibility in transitioning to additional renewable energy, including evaluating future opportunities for carbon capture and storage to trap carbon dioxide and store it.” [Saskatoon StarPhoenix]
  • The global market for boilers, turbines, and generators is set to decline thanks to the growing focus on renewable energy sources and awareness about the environmental issues, according a study by GlobalData. The market is expected to decrease from $318 billion for the full period of 2010-2015, to $241 billion for 2016-2020. [Greentech Lead]
  • The National Academy of Sciences released a study, which said New Orleans could see nearly 14.5 inches of sea level rise by 2040, and 6.5 feet by 2100. Scientists believe that metro areas outside of New Orleans’ protective levee system may have to be relocated because of rising sea levels within the next two decades. []
  • The Interior Department’s Climate Science Centers, managed by USGS, are helping the National Park Service identify the impacts of climate change on parks. This will help answer a critical question: Which resources need human intervention to ensure their continued existence while the climate changes? [United States Geological Survey]

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

November 28 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Water isn’t a commodity that most southerners usually worry about. But lately, the drought has become a hot topic as more and more communities begin dealing with declining water resources. The drought, already exceptionally severe, continues to deepen. Even worse, these conditions may become the new norm. [Digital Journal]
Lake Hartwell, near Anderson, South Carolina (Photo courtesy of Alan Raflo, Virginia Water Resources Research Center)

Lake Hartwell, near Anderson, South Carolina, hit by drought (Photo courtesy of Alan Raflo, Virginia Water Resources Research Center)

  • Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry now expects the total cost of dealing with the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to total more than ¥20 trillion (US$178.8 billion), nearly double the previous estimate, sources familiar with the matter said. The previous estimate was ¥11 trillion. [South China Morning Post]
  • Energized by a $500,000 grant from the US DOE, Plug In America will partner with the University of Rhode Island to promote the electric car revolution in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Funds from the award will be used for public, workplace, and fleet events starting next year. [CleanTechnica]
  • President-elect Donald Trump is set on stripping off funding from NASA’s Earth Science division. He wants the agency to concentrate more on deep space exploration. Trump would eliminate all climate change research conducted by NASA, according to the Guardian, shifting the focus to exploring the solar system. [Science World Report]
  • A $10 million renewable energy-powered microgrid, possibly the largest in the country, will be developed in Western Australia. The coastal town of Kalbarri currently gets power through a 140-km transmission line, which can be unreliable. The microgrid will combine wind and solar power with a large-scale battery. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

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Cozy Up to Solar Heat Workshop November 29, 2016





November 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Following the removal of sanctions, Iranian energy demands are starting to increase, particularly from heavy industry, and this means output from renewables is expected to grow. The country’s renewables body is looking to attract $10 billion of direct private investment by 2018 and $60 billion by 2025. [Renewable Energy Focus]
Wind turbines in northwestern Iran (Shutterstock image)

Wind turbines in northwestern Iran (Shutterstock image)

  • COP22 lacked the glamour of the achievements of last year’s Paris agreement. National governments seemed most concerned with fast-tracking rules. But businesses, regional governments, and cities have stepped up with plans and initiatives to address climate change, moving to a low carbon and climate resilient future. []
  • Awareness of climate change and how to help sustain the environment will soon be taught in classrooms across the UAE, authorities announced. Curricula may include learning about sustainability, and school children will be shown how to take energy-saving measures. The program will include children of all ages. []
  • Recently, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University calculated the carbon footprint of Thanksgiving dinners, had every year on November 24, and published their findings for different states in the US. The meal-footprint is lowest in Vermont (0.09 kg of carbon dioxide released) and highest in West Virginia (36. 3 kg). [The Wire]
  • President-elect Donald Trump may want to cut environmental regulations, but the Tennessee Valley Authority is still moving away from coal. The federal utility got more than two-thirds of its electricity from burning coal two decades ago, but it expects to get a bit less than a quarter of its power from coal next year. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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

November 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • In a quest to push development of up to 60 MW in power generation development, the Power Authority of Guam, a US island territory in the Philippine Sea, has narrowed down its list of bidders to seven that are considered qualified. One of the bidders proposed the development of a 10 MW geothermal project. [ThinkGeoEnergy]
Island coast at Yona, Guam in Micronesia

Island coast at Yona, Guam in Micronesia (source: flickr/ Jonathan Miske, creative commons)

  • WWF-Canada has developed a tool to build habitat protection into the renewable-energy development process, so conflicts with wildlife can be prevented before significant investments are considered. The digital tool helps identify areas where renewable potential is high and conflict with nature is comparatively low. [WWF-Canada Blog]
  • A collaboration between two Dutch co-operatives and four international companies has entered into a power purchase agreement to buy 350 GWh of electricity per year from the Windpark Krammer development for 15 years. So, they ensure the wind park’s viability while reaching their sustainability goals. [The Guardian]
    Basis of a circular economy (Photo: Portland General Electric)
  • A new confrontation is brewing over the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters fighting pipeline construction must vacate federal property near the Cannonball River in North Dakota by December 5 or face arrest, the Army Corps of Engineers said. The demonstrators must a large campsite where they have been staying. [CNN]
  • President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to end the “war on coal,” but one Michigan utility’s said his company plans to phase out the fuel, regardless. The company has already shuttered three coal-fired units, and has plans to shelve another eight by 2030. Its CEO said the company is on the path to phasing out coal completely. []

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