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Invitation: New England’s Energy Future event

The Opportunities and Challenges of Renewable Energy Technologies
Please join in for light refreshments and to learn about New Hampshire’s powerful renewable energy resources and the technological advancements that are making them true alternatives to fossil fuels.
  • Dr. Cameron Wake, UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space & Josephine A. Lamprey Professor in Climate and Sustainability at the UNH Sustainability Institute
  • Phil Coupe, Co-Founder, ReVision Energy
  • Joe Harrison, Director of Clean Energy Finance at Community Development Finance Authority
  • Bradley Campbell, President of the Conservation Law Foundation
  • Dr. Clay Mitchell, Lecturer at UNH Dept. of Natural Resources and the Environment, Community and Environmental Planning, and Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
  • With Moderator Charles Forcey, Senior Software Architect at Advanced Energy Economy

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Location: The Great Hall at Alnoba, 24 Cottage Road, Kensington, NH 03833
Event is free and open to the public but registration is required online or by calling 603-418-7409
The discussion comes as five communities in the New Hampshire seacoast are implementing a first-of-its-kind energy transformation initiative, Energize 360, to save money and help save the planet by providing citizens a suite of new clean energy options at bulk discounts, as reported on SeacoastOnline. You can learn more at www.Energize360.org

Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century

Symposium on Energy

March 29 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The 150-Year-Old Energy Giant Ready To Disrupt The World (#CleanTechnica Original)” • Engie has been acquiring top startups in the various arenas it considers to be the biggest playing fields of the future. In energy, there are 5 “tsunamis” or 5 disruptive trends they see occurring all at approximately the same time. [CleanTechnica]
Thierry Lepercq, Engie's Executive Vice President of Research, Technology and Innovation

Thierry Lepercq, Engie’s Executive Vice President of Research, Technology and Innovation

  • President Donald Trump has signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing climate change. He said this would put an end to the “war on coal” and “job-killing regulations.” The Energy Independence Executive Order suspends more than half a dozen measures enacted by his predecessor, and boosts fossil fuels. [BBC News]
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest beer maker, plans to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025, shifting 6 TWh of electricity away from fossil-fuel plants. The company’s announcement comes the same day President Donald Trump signed an executive order undoing the Clean Power Plan. [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • A coalition of 23 US states and local governments has vowed to challenge in court President Trump’s latest Executive Order reversing a raft of President Obama’s climate change regulations. The coalition includes states such as California, Massachusetts and Virginia, as well as cities including Chicago, Philadelphia and Boulder, Colorado. [RTE.ie]
  • Westinghouse, Toshiba’s US nuclear unit, has filed for US bankruptcy protection. The US firm has struggled with hefty losses that have thrown its Japanese parent into a crisis, putting the conglomerate’s future at risk.Westinghouse has suffered huge cost overruns at two US projects in Georgia and South Carolina. [BBC News]

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

RESPONDING TO CLIMATE CHANGE in HUDSON VALLEY, NY: FREE EVENT

Wednesday, April 5
East Greenbush, NY
First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd.
6:30 pm
The need for planning by our elected and appointed officials for the rising waters of the Hudson and its tributaries as well as weather and other aspects of climate change is essential and pressing.
 
Mark Lowery of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Office of Climate Change will make a science-based presentation about the present and future local dangers from climate change. The meeting is free, open to the public and light refreshments will be available.
 
Mark will describe the level of greenhouse gas reductions needed to avoid catastrophic effects in New York. He will also discuss New York State programs to reduce emissions and programs to adapt to the unavoidable effects of climate change and how to protect natural resources and infrastructure.
 
This presentation will be especially helpful to all county, city, town, and village officials along with their planning board, tax assessors and ZBA members, as well as officials responsible for water, sewers, and highways. Representatives from the state and federal government and non- governmental organizations are also encouraged to attend.
 
Mark is a climate policy analyst in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Climate Change.
His principal areas of responsibility have included leading public outreach efforts for the Regional Greenhouse Initiative, Sea Level Rise Task Force and climate action planning.
He oversees the Climate Smart Communities program and coordinates implementation of the Community Risk and Resiliency Act.
 
This event is sponsored by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) that works with the community to promote and facilitate the conservation of the undeveloped and unfragmented forests and other ecologically important areas of the Rensselaer Plateau region. To learn more about RPA:  (http://www.rensselaerplateau.org/).
 
For more event information, contact Bob or Becky at 518-781-4686 or beckyjmeier@gmail.com  .

March 28 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • In California, renewably sourced electricity has been setting production records since February 24. On March 23, renewables broke 56% of total demand. According to the daily report, solar peaked around 11:16 am. Three minutes later, the solar plus wind peaked at 49.2% of demand, and nine minutes later, total renewables peaked at 56.7%. [Electrec]
Wind turbines in Edelstal, Austria (Photo: Matej Kova, National Geographic)

Wind turbines in Edelstal, Austria (Photo: Matej Kova, National Geographic)

  • The former head of former head of GDF Suez Australia (now Engie) says solar PV and battery storage are already cheaper than gas-fired generation. He cited an estimate given to Reach Solar, which he now heads, in late December 2016 for solar PV and energy storage at A$110/MWh to $130/MWh (US$83.64/MWh to $98.85/MWh). [CleanTechnica]
  • Although the Amazon region is home to dozens of big hydroelectric dams, their energy is sent thousands of miles south to power the homes and factories in the big cities, or to feed electricity-intensive industries, many of them foreign-owned aluminium smelters. Local power is usually from diesel generators. But that is changing. [Climate Home]
  • According to American media watchdog Media Matters, the level of climate change coverage on evening newscasts and Sunday shows across broadcast networks in 2016 decreased significantly, dropping by 66% compared to 2015 levels, amounting to a total of only 50 minutes of coverage for the whole year. [CleanTechnica]
  • As part of court settlements with the California Air Resources Board and the EPA, Volkswagen will build around 400 electric vehicle fast-charging stations in the US, according to reports. The $2 billion settlement will see the majority of stations installed in metro areas with high expected demand for electric vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

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

Water is life, so attend Vermont Clean Water Day this Wed

Clean Water Day is on Wednesday, March 29 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Meet at the Pavilion Building Auditorium at 109 State Street in Montpelier (the door is on the side street of the History Museum) for a policy briefing. Then, at 10:30 will parade to the State House for a Clean Water Day Press Conference and opportunities to talk to your local legislator.

View the full agenda and RSVP for the event.(Please register in advance so we can be prepared for your attendance.)

Why It’s Important

Clean Water Day will bring together speakers representing the governmental, scientific and agricultural areas, as well as local citizens, to discuss the critical topic of how to clean up Vermont’s lakes, rivers and streams. Achieving and maintaining clean water requires a commitment of resources and money. This is an opportunity to make your voice heard in asking the legislature to make sufficient investment to ensure that Vermont water is drinkable, swimmable and fishable.

If you can not attend please take a moment to call your Representative(s) on Wednesday!

To leave a message for your Representative(s) today, you can simply call the Vermont State House at (802) 828-2228

The Sergeant-at-Arms will ask where you live and then will deliver your message directly to your Representative(s) hands. You can just leave a brief message for them, such as: 

“We need to invest now in clean rivers, lakes, and ponds. Please support water quality funding.”

If you can’t call or attend you can email your Representative(s) instead.

Thank you for taking action and for all you do for Vermont’s environment!

Robb Kidd
Conservation Program Manager
Sierra Club Vermont Chapter

PS: Also, we hope to see you for Movie Night at the State House with Lt. Governor David Zuckerman on April 5

March 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “A conservative still pushing for a carbon tax” • If five years ago Bob Inglis’ optimism about building a coalition of conservatives to enact a carbon tax seemed far-fetched, today it’s a study in faith. He lost his South Carolina Congressional seat to a Tea Party candidate in 2010, but has been reborn as a conservative climate activist. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
With rising seas, sunny day flooding in Hollywood, Florida (AP)

With rising seas, sunny day flooding; a regular event with tides at the new and full moon, in Hollywood, Florida (AP)

  • Major oil producers are considering extending their recent output cuts a fresh bid to boost prices. OPEC countries and several other oil nations started to reduce production at the start of 2017. The move initially pushed up the oil price, but it has dropped in the last few weeks on fears the limits would not be enough to deal with an oil glut. [BBC News]
  • The Australian government’s official position on fossil fuel subsidies is that it doesn’t pay any. But in Western Australia, Horizon Power, the state-owned utility, guarantees customers will pay no more than the 26¢/kWh charged in Perth. Now, Horizon Power is working on reducing those subsidies with renewable microgrids. [RenewEconomy]
  • President Donald Trump will sign an executive order this week scrapping Obama cuts in power plant emissions, according to Trump’s environmental chief. EPA director Scott Pruitt told ABC Television’s “This Week” broadcast that Trump believes the US needs what he calls a “pro-growth and pro-environment approach.” [Voice of America]
  • Solar power use in Alaska has grown quickly amid falling prices for PV panels and reduced doubts by Alaskans about solar energy in the land of sun-starved winters. New businesses have launched to take advantage of the trend. Now that it’s March and days are growing longer, people are clamoring for project estimates. [Alaska Dispatch News]Preview

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

Register Now for NYSERDA’s Efficiency Revolution Events!

Exciting news for innovative builders, developers, consultants and interested individuals in New York State! NYSERDA will be hosting educational and networking events throughout the state in the upcoming months. These Efficiency Revolution events will introduce you to new technologies, products and industry players leading the charge for high performance buildings. Highlights include:

  • Exhibitors of complementary products and services aimed at advancing New York State’s building market.
  • Networking opportunities between developers, builders, HERS Raters, architects, engineers, HVAC technicians, Passive House consultants and NYSERDA personnel.
  • Workshops* throughout the event, including:

– Approach to Integrated Project Delivery of Passive House Panelized Wall Systems

  -Presented by Adam Cohen of Build SMART

– Fast and Efficient Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) Panelized Construction

  -Presented by Steve Bluestone of Helix Rebar LLC and ICF Panels LLC

– Passive House presentations

– Fostering a Culture of Cooperation within High Performance Building Teams

– NYSERDA Clean Energy Fund Housing and Renewable Energy Programs

*AIA, PHIUS and BPI Continuing Education Credits available for workshop sessions.

SAVE THE DATE! Multiple events and locations to better accommodate your schedule:
 
Dates and Locations:  
  • Tuesday, March 28th  9am – 4pm
  • Thursday, March 30th – Friday, March 31st
  • Tuesday, April 11th 9am – 4pm 
  • Thursday, April 13th  9am – 4pm                

We look forward to seeing you at the Efficiency Revolution events throughout the state and encourage contacting us with any question at (518) 207-4528 or devin.walker@clearesult.com.

Capital Region Meeting of the New York Solar Energy Society

NYSES

Tour of Union College’s Co-generation Plant
Union College, Schenectady, NY

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
10:00 AM -11:30 AM

Marc Donovan, assistant director of facilities, will lead the tour of the one year old $12 million dollar co-generation plant that produces an average of 78% of Union’s total energy.  Here is a good article for background reading http://www.concordy.com/sci-tech/2015/10/cogeneration-comes-online-in-july-2016/.

Meet at the east side of the existing boiler plant across from the hockey rink and football stadium. Parking available at the corner of Seward Place and Nott St. (9 minute walk)
For more information: coonjoan@gmail.com
NYSES welcomes renewable energy installers, building efficiency experts, teachers, professional engineers, homebuilders, architects, advocates, students and all interested community members.
Wondering about the technology behind renewable energy? Please join NYSES at the monthly noontime Capital Region meeting of the New York Solar Energy Society.   We tackle solar cooking, solar heating, solar hot water, wind, ground source heat transfer (“geothermal”) and tidal and wave technology. And, we won’t leave out the deep energy retrofits for homes and the importance of mass transportation and electric vehicles.

March 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • After President Trump granted a permit for TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline, the National Audubon Society issued a statement saying that the Keystone XL pipeline puts America’s birds and people in danger, and would further destabilize our changing climate. The pipeline will only make the future more uncertain. [Sierra Sun Times]
Sandhill Crane (Photo: Sheldon Goldstein / Audubon Photography Awards)

Sandhill Crane (Photo: Sheldon Goldstein / Audubon Photography Awards)

  • The German Aerospace Center just powered up a massive “artificial sun.” Using an array of 149 gigantic spotlights, it produces “synlight,” which can heat things up to 5,432°F. The effort is part of research to use sunlight to make hydrogen to use for fuel. With an artificial sun, the research can continue on rainy days. [Smithsonian]
  • Construction of the second largest commercial solar array in the state of New York is expected to begin next month, as developer Invenergy prepares to break ground at the former Tallgrass golf course in Shoreham. The 24.9-MW array is being developed under a 20-year contract with the Long Island Power Authority. [Newsday]
  • Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Carnegie Mellon University announced a new index to measure carbon dioxide emissions from the US electrical power generation sector. The Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index will track the environmental performance of US power producers, comparing current and historical data. [Concord Register]
  • After years of assembling some very complex pieces, officials close to the project to build a renewable energy biomass cogeneration facility adjacent to Albany’s Procter & Gamble say things are progressing as planned and that the $200 million plant should begin producing energy and steam for its customers in the next few months. [The Albany Herald]

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