- The financial world’s concerns with the ‘carbon bubble’ just became about as concrete as they can get. Bloomberg LP unveiled a new tool that helps investment managers quantify the risks climate change can pose to their portfolios. [Business Spectator]
- Renewable energy sources such as wind-powered generators can be more reliable and efficient by better controlling the process of putting electricity on the grid, according to a United States patent based on research by an associate professor at The University of Alabama. [Science Daily]
- A massive sea wall built around Swansea Bay, near the Australian South Wales coast, could harness the power of sea tides to provide power to over 100,000 homes. Expected to cost £650 million ($1.6 billion), the system will generate 14 GW and produce 25 TWh each year. [inhabitat]
- Including nuclear power, China installed 36 gigawatts of clean energy capacity in the 10 months through October 31. Hydropower increased by 22.3 GW, windpower increased by 7.9 GW, solar rose 3.6 GW, and nuclear expanded 2.2 GW. [Bloomberg]
- UK government funding of renewable energy is expected to dramatically shift in favour of offshore wind farms. Energy Secretary Ed Davey is to announce a dramatic growth in financial support for offshore projects later this week. [North Devon Journal]
- During a December 3 press conference, the Philippine Department of Energy announced it just approved various renewable energy developers to generate 633.5 megawatts (MW) of electricity which will make its way to the country’s power mix sometime in 2014. [Rappler]
- On-site power generation in the UK’s business sector grew by 53% in 2012, almost all from renewable sources, a new report from electricity supplier Smartest Energy shows. Over 1.9 GW was added from 458 windpower projects, while added 322 MW from 528 projects. [Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine]
- A huge banner hanging in the evacuated town of Futaba, Fukushima still reads “Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future.” Yuji Onuma who created this slogan while in elementary school, now sees a bright future in a life built around solar power. [Asahi Shimbun]
- The Howard Hughes Corporation’s Ward Village located in Kaka‘ako between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki has been awarded LEED Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Platinum certification, making it America’s largest LEED-ND platinum certified project. [CleanTechnica]
- Some companies could economically convert their operations to wood boilers for heat and power, according to a team of forestry researchers. Wood makes the most sense for larger operations in areas with large timber resources and a friendly regulatory environment. [AZoCleantech]
- Anaergia Inc. and the Water Pollution Control Authority of Bridgeport, Connecticut will work together to generate 1 GWh of electricity per year from organic waste including wastewater sludge and food scraps using advanced anaerobic digestion technology. [PR Newswire]
- “City-owned Texas utility already serves 40% renewable energy” Is having local control of a utility the key to ramping up renewable energy? Communities can be inspired by examples like Denton, TX, whose utility already gets 40% of its power from renewable energy. [RenewEconomy]
Science and Technology:
- Climate change is destroying coffee farms, putting farmers out of business. The cool mountains where coffee grows are getting warmer, and in places like Costa Rica, farms lower down on the mountain are producing less and less coffee. [Energy Collective]
- Hitachi Ltd. unveiled an energy-storage system that the company said will support wind and solar power and allow users to sell electricity into deregulated markets such as California. Testing the product in North America will begin in the first three months of 2014. [eco-business.com]
- Japanese opponents of nuclear restarts are putting their faith in power saving and renewables. Eventually solar power could conservatively supply more than 10,000 MW of electricity in Japan, equivalent to the output of 10 nuclear reactors. [Financial Times]
- Dublin-based renewable energy group, Gaelectric, announced that it has been funded €90 million to develop and expand its wind and energy storage business in Ireland, the United States and the UK. [Renewable Energy Focus]
- The potential for many thousands of battery systems to act as a grid stabilizer has been highlighted at a renewable energy storage conference in Berlin. The distributed storage solution has been called cost-effective, as it mobilizes investment from private households. [Greentech Media]
- New nuclear would not play a role in an independent Scotland, according to a white paper published by the Scottish government in November. The government is opposed to building new nuclear power stations in Scotland and will phase out existing stations. [Nuclear Engineering]
- Two new reports from the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory say financing, permitting, installation labor, and other “soft costs” make up 64% of the total price of residential solar power systems. [Denver Business Journal]
- PPL Generation has completed a 125 MW powerhouse at a hydroelectric plant in south-central Pennsylvania, increasing the plant’s capacity from about 108 MW to more than 230 MW. It also improves fish passage over the century-old dam along the Susquehanna River. [reNews]
- Geostellar, a startup backed by power producer NRG Energy Inc, is seeking to become the Expedia or Orbitz of the solar industry — a one-stop shop where consumers can go from comparing leasing and buying solar panels to ultimately signing up to install a system. [Huffington Post]
- California public power and water company Imperial Irrigation District proposed to expand its Southern California transmission system to boost the amount of renewable energy it can export to the rest of the state and to the U.S. Southwest. [Reuters]
Last Chance to Register
The 6th Annual Vermont Community Energy & Climate Action Conference is this Saturday, December 7, from 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT.
Online registration closes soon. Avoid long lines Saturday morning!
Cost for the day is $40 and includes a largely local lunch. We also invite you to join us at the post-conference reception in the Lake Morey lounge. They’ll have a cash bar open and hors d’oeuvres for those who want to stay and keep the networking going.
This year’s VECAN conference is all about getting serious about climate action in Vermont by strengthening partnerships and advancing total energy solutions. The day offers 14 timely workshops, roundtable discussions on hot topics, tremendous networking opportunities and a fantastic keynote speaker — May Boeve, director of 350.org, who is an inspiring, motivated and powerful young climate leader.
Now is the time to dig in to help Vermont get serious about climate action and meet its essential goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. Register now,!
For assistance or program information:
Contact: Jessie Schmidt Phone: 802-223-2389
Interested in Carpooling?
Register with Zimride to share a ride! Zimride is the ride sharing network for the State of Vermont.
Post Conference Reception:
Please plan to join us for the post-conference reception with tasty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Science and Technology:
- A new three-year research project will see aquaculture, agriculture and biogas sectors working together to develop renewable energy. The project will investigate sustainability by managing by-products more effectively. [TheFishSite.com]
- Eight European companies in renewable energy issued a statement calling for a legally binding target of more than 30% of the energy mix to be renewables by 2030. The eight represent 176,000 jobs and more than €250 billion in annual revenue. [EP Magazine]
- A commercial research project, Kombikraftwerk 2, shows that a Germany-wide power grid could be stably operated even if it were fed only with electricity from intelligently controlled renewable sources. [Novinite.com]
- PKA is to provide a €120m in funding to help bring the 600 MW Gemini offshore wind farm to financial close. The pension group will put up the majority of a €200m subordinated loan with Northland Power. [reNews]
- Shipments of PV cells and modules within Japan jumped to roughly 2.07 GW in the three months to the end of September, from just 626.9 MW a year earlier, as demand continued to soar under the nation’s generous feed-in tariff for renewable energy. [Recharge]
- The UK’s government should look to reduce their £12 billion of subsidies handed to the fossil fuel industry, rather than cut green levies that support low-carbon policies, according to MPs on the influential Environmental Audit Committee. [Business Green]
- The European Commission is close to concluding that Britain’s nuclear program at Hinkley Point breaches EU state aid rules and may have to be revised, a move that could lead to long delays and even cause the complex deal to unravel. [Telegraph.co.uk]
- Tax breaks for wind-power producers are set to expire in a little more than a month, threatening hundreds of manufacturing and energy jobs in Iowa alone if nothing is done. Iowa, already gets 25% of its power from wind, but could be at 50% by 2017. [Quad City Times]
- A Seabrook Station company spokesperson announced Sunday that nuclear power plant owner NextEra Energy has reached an agreement in contract negotiations with Utility Workers Union of America Local 555, ending a lockout threat. [Foster's Daily Democrat]
- The UK ground-mount solar PV pipeline now exceeds 4 GW, having grown significantly over the past 12 months. Over 480 ground-mount projects above 250 kW in size are making their way through the pipeline. [CleanTechnica]
- Jordan Wind Project Company has signed the financing agreement to begin construction of the Middle East’s first utility-scale wind-power project. The 117 MW Tafila Wind Farm will increase Jordan’s power capacity by 3%. [Oman Daily Observer]
- Solar PVs are on the rise. Currently, the whole world has installed 130 GW of PVs, a huge increase over the 1.4 GW in the year 2000. But it’s Europe that has really embraced PVs, since they account for 80 GW of that power. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
- The International Energy Agency now sees wind power supplying as much as 18% of global demand by 2050, much more than the 12% by 2050 share forecast in its previous edition of the “Technology Roadmap: Wind Energy,” published in 2009. [POWER magazine]
- The US DOE is providing $7 million for nine tribal clean energy projects to help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes save their communities money, enhance their energy security, and create new business opportunities. [SmartMeters]
- One of the world’s most advanced wind energy testing facilities has opened South Carolina as part of Clemson University’s Restoration Institute. The facility is designed to test and validate new turbines, particularly for offshore wind. [SmartMeters]
- Duke Energy Carolinas has filed a new experimental renewable energy program with the NC Utilities Commission. The Green Source Rider would give energy-intensive customers the option of getting their some or all of their energy from renewables. [SmartMeters]
- An Asheville, North Carolina solar farm company is breaking all records in their state with twelve projects scheduled in 2014 that total over 800 MW of added solar pv power to the grid. [DigitalJournal.com]
Science and Technology:
- Continued global warming after CO2 emissions stoppage, a new study by Princeton University researchers, says the carbon dioxide already present in the Earth’s atmosphere will cause continued global warming for decades after emissions stop. [Energy Collective]
Finance and Economics:
- “Heating Cost Comparison: Oil vs Gas vs Electric Prices” Graphs provide comparisons of costs in the US and the UK. [Energy Collective]
- The Wilderness Society, and Australian environmental non-profit organization, will shift its focus from protecting wildlife to campaigning against fossil fuel mining, saying fossil fuels are the greatest driver of climate change. [Sky News Australia]
- Wind generated a record 6004 MW in the UK on November 29, National Grid has confirmed. The average was notched between 2.30pm and 3pm and accounted for 13.5% of total electricity demand at the time. [reNews]
- A recent GE announcement noted that E.ON Climate & Renewables’ will “PowerUP” 469 of its GE 1.5-77 wind turbines with “Brilliant” technology. The goal is to boost wind turbine output by up to 5%, producing about 20% more profit per wind turbine. [CleanTechnica]
- In the UK, Labour has unveiled details on how it proposes to reform UK electricity markets it says are “not functioning properly”. The Green Paper sets out 10 key actions, including abolishing Ofgem for a new energy watchdog. [reNews]
- BrightSource Energy, a US company specializing in solar thermal electricity generation, is about to inaugurate the largest solar power plant ever built. The new plant of Ivanpah will use 170,000 mirrors to concentrate sunlight on three towers. [Environmental Expert]
- Connecticut is pushing aggressively to expand solar energy to homes across the state. In the past 22 months, 2,160 residential solar systems contracts have been approved. [New Haven Register]
- Biodiesel producer and marketer Renewable Energy Group announced it has entered into an agreement with Dutch Hill Terminals, a heating oil terminal in New Jersey, to market biodiesel and biodiesel blended heating oil at its Clifton, New Jersey location. [Biofuels International]
27 Elwyn Road, Urban Forestry Center, Portsmouth, NH
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration is now open
All Energy Code workshops are FREE and included FREE MORNING COFFEE and FREE LUNCH. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) will be offered at all workshops, including AIA, BPI, InterNACHI and others.
These workshops will cover the requirements of the energy code, important building science, how to meet and go beyond the NH Energy Code, as well as ENERGY STAR Version 3 Information.
Link to event notification: Portsmouth, NH – NH Energy Code and Beyond: 2013 Residential Workshop – December 5
2013 Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference
Saturday, December 07, 2013 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Lake Morey Resort
1 Clubhouse Rd.
Fairlee, Vermont 05045
The Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) and University of Vermont Extension invite you to attend a conference on Community Energy and Climate Action on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, Vermont. The conference begins with coffee and refreshments and exhibitors starting at 8:00am and will conclude at 4:30pm.
Who Should Attend?
Town energy committee members * Selectboard and city council members * Conservation commissioners * Professional and citizen planners * Town public works staff * Environmental business professionals * State government officials * Academics * Clean Energy & Climate Advocates * Concerned citizens
Read more at this link: 2013 VECAN Conference.
Tuesday, Dec. 24:
- CSWD Drop-Off Centers: Essex: open 9:30-1:30; Richmond, South Burlington, and Williston: open 8-12).
- Green Mountain Compost: open 8-12.
- Environmental Depot: Closed.
- Materials Recovery Facility: Open regular hours, 6-3:30.
- CSWD Administrative Offices: Open 8-12.
- Casella Resource Solutions: Open regular hours, 7-4:15
- Burlington Area Transfer Station: Open regular hours, 6:30-4
- McNeil Wood & Yard Waste Depot: Open regular hours, 8-12
Wednesday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day:
- All facilities closed in observance of Christmas Day.
- Burlington Residents: Recycling will not be picked up on Dec. 25. If your recycling falls on this day, it will be picked up next on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Thursday, Dec. 26 through Tuesday, Dec. 31:
- All facilities: Open regular hours.
- CSWD’s Materials Recovery Facility: Open special hours on Saturday, Dec. 28, 8-12
Wednesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day:
- Happy New Year! All acilities closed in celebration of New Year’s Day.
- Burlington Residents: Residential recycling WILL be picked up on Wednesday, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day, by the fabulous folks at Burlington Public Works. Give ‘em a cheer as they go by!
- Materials Recovery Facility: Closed; Open special hours Saturday, Jan. 4: 8-12.
CSWD has a library of movies that inform, entertain, and inspire viewers to reduce their impact on the planet. Want to borrow them for your discussion group, house party, or community event? Below is a list of our current selection. If you see something you’d like to check out, contact email@example.com or 872-8100 x234.
Trashed: In this new docu-feature, Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This investigative journey takes Irons (and us) from skepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope.
Dirt! The Movie: This insightful and timely film tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. Inspired by the acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, “Dirt! The Movie” takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from, will later return to, and that sustains us every day of our lives.
Bag It: Is Your Life too Plastic?: Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives in surprising and sometimes even frightening ways. In this touching and funny film, we follow Jeb Berrier, a guy making a resolution to no longer use plastic bags. The story evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its affect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.
The Story of Stuff: Originally released in 2007 by Annie Leonard and Free Range Studios, “The Story of Stuff” is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. “The Story of Stuff” exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, it’ll help you see your part in the solution.