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Volinsky to Launch GOTV Courage to Lead Rally in West Lebanon

Rally Kicks off 30 Days till Primary and Celebrates
Demise of Lebanon-Hanover Liberty Utilities Pipeline

West Lebanon, N.H. — New Hampshire Gubernatorial candidate and Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky (D) launches a GOTV Courage to Lead rally TOMORROW in West Lebanon as August 8 represents one month till the September 8 primary. He will be joined by other anti-pipeline and climate activists at a rally in West Lebanon. This event will celebrate the cancellation of the Lebanon-Hanover Liberty Utilities pipeline and show why Volinsky is the only candidate for governor to stand on the right side of climate change. The rally will be socially distanced, require masks and participants may remain in or near their vehicles.

  • Who: Gubernatorial candidate and Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky and special guests, including people from the Sierra Club, 350NH, and the Sunrise Movement
  • When: Saturday, August 8th, 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Where: Civic Memorial Field, Seminar Hill Road, West Lebanon, NH 03784

August 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “How Falling Solar Costs Have Renewed Clean Hydrogen Hopes” • The world is increasingly banking on green hydrogen fuel to fill some of the critical missing pieces in the clean-energy puzzle. For decades, researchers have heralded a new “hydrogen economy,” but it’s barely made a dent in fossil fuel demand, so far. Now, that might change. [MIT Technology Review]

H2FUTURE green hydrogen plant (Voestalpine image)

  • “Offshore Wind To Reach Over 234 GW By 2030 Led By Asia-Pacific” • Global offshore wind capacity will surge to over 234 GW by 2030 from 29.1 GW at the end of 2019, led by the exponential growth in the Asia-Pacific region and continued strong growth in Europe, according to a report from the Global Wind Energy Council. [Power Engineering International]
  • “Lawsuit Challenges Trump’s Overhaul of Environmental-Review Law” • A legal battle with far-reaching consequences for industry and ecosystems has kicked off with a federal lawsuit over the Trump administration’s revamp of a longstanding law that requires extensive environmental reviews for road, industry and building projects. [Courthouse News Service]
  • “Aker Offshore Wind Unveils Norway Floater Plans” • Aker Solutions’ new offshore wind spinoff is planning to develop floating and deepwater wind projects, totalling 1700 MW, in the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Aker Offshore Wind said one project, Sorlige Nordsjo 2, could potentially be the site of the 1.2-GW Sonnavindar project. [reNEWS]

Floating offshore windpower (Principle Power image)

  • “Northvolt: $3 Billion For 2 Battery Gigafactories In Europe” • Northvolt raised another $1.6 billion in debt, bringing total debt and equity raised to $3 billion. This and the previously raised $1.4 billion are for two battery gigafactories, one each in Sweden and Germany, along with “investments in R&D, industrialization, and recycling.” [CleanTechnica]
  • “Mercedes-Benz And CATL Team Up” • One of the largest EV battery producers on the planet, CATL, and a luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz have teamed up to “lead in battery technology.” In particular, they are combining their R&D efforts. The batteries they produce are also intended to be manufactured in a such a way as to be CO₂-neutral. [CleanTechnica]

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

August 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Underground HVDC Line To Connect Renewables, Other Generators In MISO, PJM Markets” • The developer of the SOO Green project announced a solicitation to allocate transmission capacity rights on a first-of-its-kind project co-locating electric transmission underground with a railroad corridor running from Iowa to Illinois. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Co-location of rail and power line (Image: Direct Connect)

  • “Covid-19 Bankrupts 19 Energy (Oil & Gas) Companies” • A total of 19 energy companies have filed for bankruptcy this year. These are not the only recent ones in the US industry, though. There are around 225 bankruptcy cases across the country in the energy sector that are still pending in federal bankruptcy courts as of May 31, 2020. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Toxic Chemicals From Burning Fossil Fuels Poison Dolphins And Whales On East Coast” • High levels of toxic chemicals have been found in stranded dolphins and whales along coast of the the southeastern US, according to a study. Arsenic, mercury, and other chemicals from burning fossil fuels and mining were found in their bodies. [CNN]
  • “Vestas Becomes First Renewable Energy Manufacturer With Verified Climate Targets In Line With 1.5°C Scenario” • Vestas is the first renewable energy manufacturer to have its targets validated by the SBTi as consistent with a 1.5°C scenario. The target validation follows Vestas’ announcement in January 2020 to be carbon neutral by 2030. [REVE]
  • “Berkeley Lab Scientists To Help Advance Geothermal Energy Thanks To California Energy Commission Grants” • Deep under California’s Imperial County sits an immense reserve of critical metals, dissolved in brine. Among them is a huge amount of lithium. They are becoming available because of geothermal energy production. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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VT Electric Car Webinar

Are you interested in learning more about electric vehicles?
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are hosting a free webinar about electric vehicles (EVs)  
Thursday, August 20, 2020      from 7:30 to 8:30 PM.
Vermont’s incentive program offers up to $4,000 for an EV purchase, but that incentive has an uncertain future due to COVID-19 budget issues. That means it’s a great time to save on an electric vehicle while incentive funds remain available!
The webinar will cover the basics about electric cars:   
 * What to keep in mind if you’re considering switching over from a gas-powered car.
 * Types of EVs available in Vermont (including some recently introduced models).
 * Different ways to charge, and current availability of charging options.
 * Incentives for buying an EV.
 * You’ll also hear from some Vermonters who’ve made the switch to driving an EV,
    including all-electric and plug-in hybrid models.
There is no charge to join the webinar, but you must pre-register here:

Once registered you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar through a web browser.
Please forward the registration link to anyone in Vermont who is interested in EVs.  
We look forward to sharing the latest information with you at 7:30 PM on Thursday, August 20th
The Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op is sponsoring this event  
as part of its ongoing energy education series.

Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op


Baker-Polito Administration Launches First-in-the-Nation Clean Peak Energy Standard

Program Will Promote Use of Clean Energy When Costly Electricity Demand is Highest

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the launch of the first-in-the-nation Clean Peak Energy Standard (CPS), a financial incentive program that promotes the use of clean energy technologies to supply power when electricity demand is at its highest, also known as peak demand. Through the CPS, the use of clean energy during seasonal peak periods will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower electricity costs and facilitate the continued growth of renewable energy in the Commonwealth.

“To combat climate change, we need to change the way we consume our energy, the resources we use, and when we use them,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This first-in-the-nation program is an innovative approach to create a cleaner and more affordable energy future for residents and businesses across the Commonwealth, while serving as a national role model for making meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

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August 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Yamaha Creating High Performance Electric Motors For Mainstream Manufacturers” • The EV revolution keeps pushing forward, and Yamaha has turned its attention to designing and building high output electric motors that are as small and light as possible. It will soon offer a range of motors ranging from 35 kW (47 HP) to 200 kW (268 HP). [CleanTechnica]

Yamaha electric motor for cars (Image credit: Yamaha)

  • “Siemens Seeks To Optimize Microgrid Solutions With New Building Management System Integration” • Siemens is pushing into microgrid development with the launch of a microgrid test bed at its New Jersey R&D facility. It is a ‘living lab’ to explore the integration of a wide range of traditional microgrid components with the building itself. [CleanTechnica]
  • “BP To Cut Oil Production 40% By 2030, And Invest Billions Into Green Energy” • BP announced that it is planning to cut oil and gas production by 40%, and it will invest billions of dollars into clean energy. This is part of a major strategic plan that was unveiled along with a gigantic second-quarter loss and a cut in dividends. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Connecticut’s Largest Ever Renewable Energy Investment Nears Final Approval” • Connecticut ratepayers are one step closer to funding the state’s largest ever purchase of renewable electricity, an offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. It is expected to provide 14% of Connecticut’s electricity once it’s completed in 2025. [Hartford Business]
  • “Irish Solar Developer’s Projects In Maine Attract $100 Million Investment” • A global solar-electric development company from Ireland, BNRG Renewables, is partnering with a Maine firm, Dirigo Solar LLC, to develop eight large-scale projects over the next year. The enterprise has attracted roughly $100 million in private capital investment. [Lewiston Sun Journal]

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

August 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Road Revenue Plummets – New Ways To Fund Infrastructure Projects Needed” • With Covid-19, traffic has been reduced to a fraction of what it had been. As road revenue plummets because of low sales of gasoline and diesel oil, road infrastructure projects that keep our labor force on the job and support the economy are in real jeopardy. [CleanTechnica]

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  • “It’s Time For American Leaders To Wake Up To The Threat Of Climate Change For The Good Of The Planet And Business” • If left unchecked, the impact of climate change will alter our world, reshaping our coastlines and coastal cities, accelerate extinctions, devastate agriculture, cause famine, ravage our economy, and threaten our health. [TIME]
  • “The ‘Solar Canals’ Making Smart Use Of India’s Space” • One of the main challenges in building solar farms in India is finding good places to build them. The high population density makes it hard to find sites for solar arrays. Rooftop solar is used, but roofs are inadequate for the need. In Gujarat, the answer has been to cover its canals with solar panels. [BBC]
  • “San José Clean Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy Launch Joint Request For Offers For Renewable Energy + Battery Storage” • San José Clean Energy and Peninsula Clean Energy launched a joint Request for Offers for the purchase of 1,000 GWh annually of new, long-term renewable energy or renewable energy-plus-battery storage resources. [Solar Power World]
  • “Report: ‘Total Decarbonization’ Would Create 25 Million Jobs” • “Rapid and total decarbonization” of the US economy, by tripling the size of the electric grid and replacing nearly every fuel-burning machine with an electric one, would create 25 million US jobs, according to a report. Its authors compare the effort with that undertaken for World War II. [E&E News]

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

Webinar: Increasing Interest in Energy Efficiency Through Real Estate Listings


Clicking into Efficiency: Increasing Interest in Energy Efficiency Through Real Estate Listings

Date and time: Thursday, August 6, 2:00 pm ET

Could energy efficiency information in online real estate listings nudge home buyers to click on homes that are more efficient? Does the form in which home buyers see the information matter? Can a voluntary labeling program work as well as a mandatory labeling program? In this webinar, the Director of the Behavior and Human Dimensions Program at ACEEE, Reuven Sussman, teams up with the Management & Programs Analyst in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Madeline Salzman, to discuss the results and implications of a first-of-its-kind online experiment addressing these questions.

Moderator: Reuven Sussman, Director, Behavior & Human Dimensions Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy


  • Madeline Salzman, Management & Programs Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office


Webinars this week (Aug 5 and 6): All about wetlands, and climate policy in the Legislature

Climate Policy with Legislative Leaders (Wednesday at noon)
The Energy Action Network (EAN) is offering an exciting opportunity to engage with legislative leaders on climate this Wednesday, August 5 at noon.

Join Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson for a discussion about which climate priorities they expect to make it over the finish line in the 2020 session. Come with any questions you might have. Register here by the end of the day tomorrow, Tuesday, August 4.

Vermont’s Wetlands: Where Land and Water Intersect (Thursday at noon)
What’s squishy, vegetated, and mottled? A wetland, of course! These unique ecological areas protect and improve water quality, provide fish and wildlife habitat, store floodwaters, and maintain surface water flow during dry periods.

Join Jon Groveman and Karina Dailey from VNRC for a presentation all about Vermont’s wetlands. Learn about how these unique natural areas are defined scientifically, how they function, common types seen in Vermont, and how they are protected under Vermont law.

We’ll discuss some of the proposed changes to the Vermont Wetland Rules that are being considered by the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), and issues related to farming currently under debate. Come with your wetlands questions for our experts to discuss. Register today.

Thanks for considering both of these upcoming programs!
Vermont Natural Resources Council

August 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Ireland ‘On Track’ To Meet 2020 Clean Power Goal” • Ireland is on track to reach its 2020 renewable energy target to get 40% of its electricity from clean power, after a strong second quarter saw wind energy alone deliver 28.5% of the country’s electricity. That is up from 26.1% in the second quarter of last year, and new wind farms are coming online. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Jonathan Mitchell | IWEA)

  • “More Coal Power Generation Closed Than Opened Around The World This Year, Research Finds” • The size of the global coal power fleet fell for the first time on record over the first six months of the year, with more generation capacity shutting than starting operation, according to Global Energy Monitor, a US research and advocacy group. [The Guardian]
  • “251 GW Of New Chinese Wind Expected This Decade” • China is expected to add 251 GW of new wind capacity through 2029 but additions will take a 16% hit from next year due to the end of subsidies, according to Wood Mackenzie. The country’s wind power market could reach a cumulative grid connected capacity of 461 GW by the end of the decade. [reNEWS]
  • “NextEra Energy Sees Hydrogen As A Zero Emissions Alternative To Natural Gas” • The parent company of Florida Power & Light, NextEra Energy, is eyeing a technology that may help it eliminate all emissions related to the electricity it sells. Hydrogen may be made by electrolysis using renewable energy that would otherwise be curtailed. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Just How Much Does Tesla Get In Subsidies Anyways?” • A common theme Tesla critics have focused on from time to time for years regarding Tesla is subsidies. The idea from critics is that Tesla is getting billions of dollars of subsidies and that’s why it’s a viable company. Let’s take a look at that thought and see how accurate it really is. [CleanTechnica]

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