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May 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A fire has forced evacuation of all 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The fire, which broke out on Sunday in the heart on the country’s oil sands region, has already gutted 1,600 buildings, including a new school. High temperatures and wind are driving the fire. [BBC]
Fort McMurray fire. AP photo. According to the Weather Channel, high temperatures were at 90° F, or 32° C, breaking the old record of 82° F.

Fort McMurray fire. AP photo. According to The Weather Channel, high temperatures were at 90° F, or 32° C, breaking the old record of 82° F.

  • Offshore wind can fill the low-carbon gap left by the potential non-delivery of the delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, according to Scottish Power Renewables. They said the offshore wind supply chain, projects, developers and funding were in place to plug any shortfall. [reNews]
  • Tesla just released its quarterly shareholder letter. The first item is a whopper: Tesla aims to move its 2020 target to produce 500,000 vehicles a year to 2018. This is clearly in response to the high demand for the Tesla Model 3, which topped 400,000 reservations weeks ago. [CleanTechnica]
  • A Superior Court judge in the state of Washington ruled in favor of 7 young plaintiffs who brought suit on climate change. He ordered the state’s Department of Ecology to promulgate an emissions reduction rule during 2016 and bring recommendations to the state legislature in 2017. [CleanTechnica]
  • Dynegy Inc will shut down three coal-fired units at two Illinois power plants because they are no longer economical in the Midwestern power market, the Houston-based electric utility said. The three units together have over 1,800 MW of capacity, about 30% of southern Illinois’ total. [Reuters]

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

Largest Civil Disobedience in History of the Environmental Movement Begins Today

Starting today, a global wave of peaceful direct actions lasting for 12 days will take place across six continents targeting the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, under the banner of Break Free.

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2015 was the hottest year ever recorded and the impacts of climate change are already hitting communities around the world. From rising sea levels to extreme storms, the need to act on climate change has never been more urgent. Added to that, the fossil fuel industry faces an unprecedented crisis—from collapsing prices, massive divestments, a new global climate deal and an ever-growing movement calling for change. The time has never been better for a just transition to a clean energy system.

To harness the moment, activists and concerned citizens committed to addressing climate change—from international groups to local communities to individual citizens—will unite to ensure that strong pressure is maintained to force energy providers, as well as local and national governments, to implement the policies and additional investments needed to completely break free from fossil fuels.

Read more at EcoWatch.

May 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The city of San Diego has enacted an initiative that will have it running on 100% renewable energy by 2035. According to the Climate Action Plan, not only will the city rely completely on renewable energy but it also hopes to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 50% by 2035. [Digital Trends]
A solar-powered electric vehicle charging station in San Diego. Photo by Joshua Rainey / 123RF

A solar-powered electric vehicle charging station in San Diego. Photo by Joshua Rainey / 123RF

  • Solar power in Minnesota is shining brightly. The state is poised to climb into the top 10 states for annual solar installations from its 25th rank in 2015, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which expects the state’s solar capacity to increase by more than 500 MW in 2016. [Osakis Review]
  • According to new information from IHS Inc of Englewood, Colorado, Europe recently reached an important solar energy milestone, installing 100 GW of grid-connected PV power. PV is one of the most competitive forms of energy generation in Europe today. [solarserver.com]
  • Scottish wind power jumped 15% in April 2016 from April 2015, putting nearly 700,000 MWh onto the national grid. Figures highlighted by WWF Scotland showed that the country’s turbines generated enough to meet, on average, the electrical needs of 79% of Scottish households. [reNews]
  • Kent’s independent renewable energy producers generate enough power to put pressure on the UK’s Big 6 energy companies to lower their prices, according to a new study. Kent has seen £70 million invested in 108 projects, for 351 MW of capacity, enough to power 179,000 homes last year. [Kent Online]

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

May 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Solar Impulse, the zero-fuel airplane, has flown the first leg across the continental US in its attempt to fly around the world. It left Mountain View, California, at dawn on Monday and landed 16 hours later in Goodyear, Arizona. It was the 10th leg of its round the world quest. [BBC]
A pre-dawn take-off for Solar Impulse from Moffett Airfield. Solar Impulse photo.

A pre-dawn take-off for Solar Impulse from Moffett Airfield. Solar Impulse photo.

  • Two Indian states have commissioned canal-top solar power projects, according to reports. Two projects with a total installed capacity of 5 MW were commissioned by the Punjab government. Andhra Pradesh commissioned a 400-kW project supplying power to five villages. [CleanTechnica]
  • Solar power in New Hampshire cleared a major hurdle Monday after Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law that doubles the state cap for net metering from 50 MW to 100 MW. Net metering is an incentive that lets people sell their excess solar energy back into the grid. [Concord Monitor]
  • Lawmakers in Massachusetts are drafting a bill that would jump-start the offshore wind industry. The energy bill is expected to require utilities to purchase power from offshore wind farms, according to Representative Thomas Golden, a Democrat, whose party controls the legislature. [Bloomberg]
  • Oklahoma is the latest state to get into the game on community solar. Tri-County Electric Co-op, headquartered in Hooker, dedicated the first community solar project in the state on April 26. TCEC members pay a one-time subscription fee of $340 per share to buy into the project. [Electric Co-op Today]

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

Solar Powered Apartment Complex Open House, May 6th in Exeter, NH

Tour the beautiful, new apartment complex that Revision Energy recently outfitted with a 47-kilowatt solar array! Grand opening will be held on Friday, May 6th. ReVision employees will be on hand to answer questions and guide participants. Light refreshments provided.

Schedule:

10am Grand Opening
10:30am Program Begins
11am Building and Apartment Tours

Location:

Avesta Housing
One Meeting Place Drive
Exeter, NH

Guests will be able to tour the building and see several apartments, as well as hear from local and regional leaders on the importance of developing affordable housing for New Hampshire residents. One Meeting Place was designed by Burnell Johnson Architects of Manchester and built by Cheshire Builders of Swanzey.

Avesta Housing, a nonprofit organization, acquired Four Meeting Place and Six Meeting Place and developed One Meeting Place in 2015. The Meeting Place development has 97 affordable one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. One Meeting Place has 39 units of non-age-restricted affordable housing. In addition, Meeting Place residents benefit from Avesta Housing’s service-enriched housing through the assignment of a resident service coordinator.

One Meeting Place has environmentally-conscious design features such as energy-producing photovoltaic solar panels on the roof, an energy-efficient mini-split heating and cooling system and a well-insulated building envelope. The solar panels are expected to generate more than 180,000 kWh of energy annually.

Scheduled speakers at the grand opening celebration will be Avesta Housing President & CEO Dana Totman, New Hampshire Housing Executive Director Dean Christon, Northern New England Housing Investment Fund President Bill Shanahan, Exeter Town Manager Russell Dean and a resident of One Meeting Place.

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Southern NH Planning Commission Event: Multimodal Transportation Options and Complete Streets

Legislators, professional planners, and transportation stakeholders from the Southern New Hampshire Region will be coming together for the first of nine state-wide events to discuss multimodal transportation options and complete streets.

The group will meet at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce on May 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM and begin the event with a brief presentation on Complete Street’s ability to increase economic vitality, safety, and public health. Following the presentation, participants will be able to experience Manchester’s transportation options via a tour guided by local transportation and planning professionals.

Participants will be able to decide which type of transportation option they would like to experience. One group will have the option to ride Manchester’s Green Dash bus accompanied by a short walk to experience first-hand how Manchester’s public transit fits into the City’s transportation network. The second group will have the option to ride their bikes on a 5-6 mile loop around the Queen City. After the guided tours each group will have the opportunity to share their on-the-road experiences and discuss how encouraging complete streets would impact transportation options in the City.

Please RSVP to Sylvia at SNHPC, svonaulock(at)snhpc.org or call 669-4664. Additional information can be found online as well as by contacting Rebecca Harris at RLHarris(at)TransportNH.org.

Riding for Climate Justice on the Road to UN Climate Negotiations

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
5:30 PM, Reception (outside Steele 006)
6:00 PM, Talk begins
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Morgan Curtis ’14, Youth delegate to COP21 in Paris
David Goodrich ’74, Former Director, UN Global Climate Observing System, NOAA
 
David Goodrich ’74 finished a career in climate science and rode from Delaware to Oregon in 2011. Four years later, Morgan Curtis ’14 set off on a 6 month storytelling journey to COP21, the UN Climate Conference. The climate advocates, who graduated 40 years apart, now work together as part of Dartmouth Alumni for Climate Action. They will share stories and lessons from their journeys, how climate change plays into current political problems, and the role of phasing out fossil fuels in building a just and stable future.
 
This is the final event in the 2015-16 Big Problem, Bold Solutions: Leading Us Out of the Climate Crisis series.
Free and Open to the Public.

May 2 Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Tesla Model 3 Is Changing Auto History” • In its first week alone, the Tesla had amassed, “about $14 billion in implied future sales, making this the single biggest one-week launch of any product ever.” And it’s growing. Last week, Tesla had almost 400,000 orders for the Model 3. [CleanTechnica]
Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

  • The price per barrel of global benchmark Brent Crude ended April just above $47. Since dipping briefly below $30 in January, it has risen by nearly two-thirds. That sounds a lot. And it is. But it’s worth remembering that the price is still down by 30% on this time last year, and 60% on June 2014. [BBC News]
  • Canadian company CMX Renewable Energy Inc has sought a license to build a 150-MW solar plant in the central Vietnamese province of Ninh Thuan at an estimated cost of $150 million, news website Dau Tu reported. Around 1% of the plant’s output would be provided free to locals. [Thanh Nien Daily]
  • Dubai’s tender for the right to build the 800-MW phase III of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar complex has attracted a bid of just $29.90 (€26) per MWh. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is now evaluating a total of five bids. The winner is to be announced in June. [SeeNews Renewables]
  • After almost 12 years of political gridlock and stiff opposition from competitors, San Francisco’s green energy program, CleanPowerSF, began operating on Sunday. CleanPowerSF is now able to deliver electricity to more than 7,800 residences and businesses. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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

May 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Global wind power installations are estimated to more than double in the next five years according to a new study, which also spotlights the record global wind growth in 2015, led by China and Germany. Prices continue to decrease and renewable energy is a priority for many countries. [The Climate Group]
Offshore wind

Offshore wind

  • Greentech Media notes that an average gross cost of a solar energy system in Texas is the lowest in the country, down to $3.21 per watt, while the national average cost is $3.69 per watt. This is based on data in EnergySage’s Second Solar Marketplace Intel Report. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Republican and Democratic presidential contests have been unusually competitive, with strong challengers and less dominant front-runners than years past. The presidential hopefuls all have made statements on coal. Some have put forward detailed policies. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]
  • India will achieve the target of 10,500 MW new solar power capacity in the current fiscal, the New and Renewable Energy Minister said. He said, “The way things are progressing in solar energy sector, we will definitely achieve our target. Solar energy is economically viable.” [IndUS Business Journal]
  • Running around the clock for two weeks, ACWA Power’s 50-MW Bokpoort project is an example of Concentrated Solar Power, the solar that can be called on day or night. Because when it has integrated thermal energy storage in molten salts, it is dispatchable solar. [CleanTechnica]

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

April 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A 36-inch natural gas pipeline 30 miles east of Pittsburgh exploded. One man got burns as he ran for his life. Towering trees were reduced to blackened poles and siding melted off buildings. A quarter-mile evacuation zone was established. The cause is unknown. [Staunton News Leader]
A burned out house after a natural gas explosion in Salem Township, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

A burned out house after a natural gas explosion in Salem Township, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

  • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recently reported that the country added 6,937 MW of grid-connected renewable energy capacity during FY 2015–16. The target for the year was 4,460 MW. Additionally, 176 MW of distributed renewable energy capacity was added. [CleanTechnica]
  • At present, 47% of conservative Republicans now believe climate change is happening. That’s according to a national survey released this week by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication. [CNN]
  • ExxonMobil reported a 63% slide in first quarter profits following low crude oil prices and weak refining margins. It reported a profit of $1.8 billion, a sharp decline from $4.94 billion for the same period last year and its lowest quarterly profit since 1999. Rival Chevron suffered losses. [BBC]
  • If Nebraska switches from coal to wind energy, it would save the state almost two billion gallons of water a year, according to the Center for Rural Affairs. Nebraska currently ranks fourth in the nation for wind energy potential and 13th for solar power potential, but relies heavily on coal. [HPPR]

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