“Hawaii’s March to 100% Adds 260 MW Solar + 1 GWh Storage” • Hawaiian Electric Industries reports that it is in negotiations on long term power purchase agreements with developers of seven projects on three islands. The developments, on O‘ahu, Maui, and the island of Hawai‘i, are for solar power with battery backup, […]
“Worsening storms are the price of greed” • The necessary and terrifyingly overdue efforts to combat climate change at the source of worsening storms are simply not being made in the US. Instead, even small victories, such as reducing pollution from coal and US participation in the Paris Climate Accord, are being walked […]
Green Mountain Power’s new pilot program aims to cut carbon emissions while cutting the grass. VT Clean Cities Coalition worked with Steve Wisbaum of Ecoequipment Supply, Argonne National Labs and Green Mountain Power to provide the necessary data on commercial lawn mower run time and emissions to help with this incentive. The new program offers […]
National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles. Find events in your area at https://driveelectricweek.org/
“Driven by climate change, fire reshapes US West” • Wildfires in the US have charred more than 10,000 square miles this year, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether sparked by lightning or humans, fire has long been a force shaping the landscape […]
The First Passive House-Certified, Net-Zero High School in the U.S.
Maine Coast High School: Inspiring spaces and a permanent home: front exterior view and multipurpose room are shown. Photos courtesy of Kevin Morris Photography.
By Barbara Whitchurch
On March 30, 2018, Efficiency Maine (efficiencymaine.com) designated the Maine Coast Waldorf School (mainecoastwaldorf.org) as a […]
The Market at Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts. Photo: John Phelan, Wikimedia Commons
By George Harvey
The Elizabeth Islands form a small chain between mainland Massachusetts and the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The westernmost of these has the small community of Cuttyhunk. Because it has only fifty full-time residents, a submarine cable to supply power […]
GTM Research projects 24¢/W solar panels and utility scale fixed-tilt systems costing 70¢/W by 2022. This would open up new possibilities for ultra-cheap power. The cost of electricity from such systems could fall to 1.5¢/kWh or lower. Trump’s solar panel tariffs may delay that goal, but they are set to phase out by […]
The American Wind Energy Association says that the number of contracts signed for wind power projects hit a record of 3,500 MW in the first quarter of 2018, a possible predictor of a strong year for wind power. Among the news items it cited was an announcement by PacifiCorp of a plan for […]