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Designing For Wood Heat Training to be held

November 14 at Goddard College

 Renewable Energy Vermont, Vermont’s Forest, Parks & Recreation, and Efficiency Vermont invite architects, builders, and facility managers to attend a special workshop training Designing for Wood Heat on Wednesday, November 14th from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

Participants will learn about modern wood heat and the many efficient and affordable options available for buildings of all sizes.  No longer your grandfather’s old stove, modern automated wood heat offers convenient, clean, reliable, and local residential, commercial, and institutional building heating without any of the baggage of oil. Heating with wood moves us away from fossil fuels, lowers our carbon footprint, retains wealth locally, and helps maintain healthy forest landscapes. In this course, we’ll give an overview of wood heat applications and their benefits.  The course will be offered in two tracks so attendees can focus on their specialties; a) residential and small commercial, and b) commercial and institutional. Participants may receive 4.5 AIA credits.  Click hereto sign up or for more information.

When: Wednesday, November 14th at 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Goddard College – 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT

A ribbon cutting and tour of Goddard College’s new woodchip district heating plant will commence at 12:30 p.m. followed by the release of a new roadmap report on expanding advanced wood heating by Renewable Energy Vermont and the Biomass Energy Resource Center.

November 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Virginia Gives Nod to 12-MW Wind Demo off Virginia Beach” • The State Corporation Commission, Virginia’s regulatory agency, approved a 12-MW offshore wind demonstration project. The wind farm is being developed by Ørsted A/S and Dominion Energy. Its two 6-MW turbines will be about 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. [Renewables Now]

Installing a 6-MW turbine (Siemens AG, All Rights Reserved)

  • “Five Midterm Votes that Could Have an Outsize Impact on Climate Change” • This is the era of deregulation in the nation’s capital, as Trump is rolling back climate change regulations and withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement. At the state level, though, advocates and lawmakers around the country are fighting back. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • “Large Hydropower Dams ‘Not Sustainable’ in the Developing World” • A study says large-scale hydropower projects in Europe and the US have been disastrous for the environment. The authors fear that the unsustainable nature of these projects has not been recognised in the developing world, where thousands of dams are being built. [BBC]
  • “Canada, New England Talk Trade, Politics and Clean Energy” • Energy made up $130 billion of the $750 billion that changed hands last year between Canada and the US, the largest bilateral trading relationship in the world. On both sides of the border many question why the Trump administration would risk that relationship with tariffs. [RTO Insider]
  • “Climate Change may Increase Heat Waves, Coastal Damage, and Wildfires in California” • The California Natural Resources Agency recently released a statewide climate change assessment. The report says climate change impacts will get worse. With more heat waves, there might be 11,000 heat-related deaths each year by 2050. [CleanTechnica]

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

Join the Climate Institute tomorrow at 6pm!

The Climate Institute is imagining our future as a better world!
Come find out tomorrow about the initiatives they are working on.
November 6th

Rockefeller 209 – Dartmouth College

November 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Power of Purpose: Abundance is the New Sustainability” • One thinker preaching a more optimistic worldview is Peter Diamandis, founder of the X-Prize Foundation and Singularity University. He and Peter Koettler wrote a book, “Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think.” It should be required reading for every CEO and CMO. [Forbes]

Solar array at sunset

  • “National Right-Wing Media Outlets Bash Renewable Energy Ballot Initiative in Arizona” • National right-wing media outlets The Daily Caller and Washington Free Beacon have between them published two dozen articles criticizing Proposition 127, a clean energy ballot initiative in Arizona. The initiative calls for 50% renewable electricity by 2030. [Salon]
  • “Ten Simple Changes to Help Save the Planet” • Climate change is real, and we are starting to see some of the ways that it affects us. It increases the likelihood of flooding in Miami and elsewhere, threatens the millions of people living along the Brahmaputra River, and disrupts reproduction of plants and animals. Here are things to do. [BBC]
  • “A US City is Building Tiny Homes in People’s Back Gardens” • The Multnomah Idea Lab, a government agency in Multnomah County, Oregon, is tasked with finding innovative solutions in the county’s human services sector. It came up with a pilot program to house homeless families in tiny homes in the back gardens of willing homeowners. [BBC]
  • “German Renewables Share Jumps to 38% for 2018, Nearly Catches Coal” • Germany is edging ever closer to its national target of 65% renewable energy by 2030. New data shows that wind and solar produced 38% of the electricity consumed in the country in the first nine months of 2018, reaching 43% in January, April and May. [RenewEconomy]

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

EIA Publicizes Drop in U.S. CO2 Emissions but More Recent Agency Data Reveal They Are on the Rise




 Ken Bossong, 301-270-6477 x.6

Washington DC – Two reports/news releases issued by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) during the past few weeks give the impression that the U.S. is making consistent and significant progress in reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy sector. However, an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of more recent, but largely unpublicized, EIA data indicate this positive news is both obsolete and misleading.

On September 25, EIA issued a report/news release entitled “U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions decreased 0.9% in 2017.” [1]

On October 29, EIA issued a second, similar report/news release entitled “Carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. power sector have declined 28% since 2005.” [2]

The SUN DAY Campaign is not challenging the factual accuracy of either report, both of which summarize data only through the end of 2017. However, more recent data provided by EIA in its “Monthly Energy Review” paint a very different picture and suggest reasonable cause for alarm.

The latest “Monthly Energy Review” (released on October 26 with data through July 31, 2018) reveals that U.S. CO2 emissions from energy consumption during each of the first seven months of 2018 exceeded the levels reported for the corresponding months in 2017.

In fact, U.S. CO2 emissions from energy consumption (including biomass, geothermal, and non-biomass waste) during the first seven months of 2018 are actually 2.81% higher than a year ago. [3] Those from fossil fuels alone (i.e., coal, petroleum, natural gas) are 2.90% higher while those from just natural gas zoomed upward by 12.00%.

Further, the higher actual levels of CO2 emissions thus far reported for this year exceed the 2.2% increase recently forecast by EIA for calendar year 2018 in its latest “Short-Term Energy Outlook” (issued October 10). [4]  Perhaps the final 12-month actual figure will more closely match EIA’s projection but the trend-line to date is not encouraging.

Overall, if the current growth rate continues, CO2 emissions from energy consumption in 2018 will be back up to approximately the level they were in 2015, thereby reversing the downward and encouraging trajectory EIA’s earlier reports highlighted. *

“EIA’s recent, well-publicized reports unintentionally give those concerned about global climate change a false sense of security by implying that the U.S. is moving in the right direction vis-à-vis its CO2 emissions,” noted Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign. “That is not correct and in light of recent warning by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of how little time is left to dramatically reverse greenhouse gas emissions, the publication of out-of-date information is counter-productive and potentially dangerous.”

Consequently, in a November 2 letter to EIA Administrator Linda Capuano (the text of which follows this release), the SUN DAY Campaign urged EIA to issue a separate study or analysis that focuses on the most recent CO2 emissions data and to include the most up-to-date information on current CO2 emissions in any future reports that discuss historic CO2 trends.

The SUN DAY Campaign also questioned whether the increased CO2 emissions thus far recorded for 2018 are primarily weather-driven as EIA has suggested [5] or whether they are the consequence of the Trump Administration’s heavy emphasis on expanded fossil fuel development and use as well as its efforts to reverse and undo existing or proposed public policies implemented during the Obama and earlier Administrations that were designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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*EIA’s “Short-Term Energy Outlook” does forecast 2019 CO2 emissions to be 1.1% lower than those in 2018.


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[5] Ibid.


NYSES: Two Great Events in November

 Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

You are cordially invited to attend an information session to hear first hand stories and see first hand pictures of Mr. Kevin Bailey’s very recent trip to rural Africa.  From October 18th to October 29th, 2018, Mr. Bailey traveled into rural Tanzania to see existing projects and also scout out sites for new solar electric based water projects.  Please feel free to pass this invitation along to anyone you may feel would be interested in learning more!  Our work is just getting started there, so future plans will also be discussed at this exciting event.

When:  Thursday, November 15th, 2018
Time:  6pm to 7:30pm (ish)

Where:  180 Main Avenue, Wynantskill, N.Y. 

Parking available in front of building or across the street in the parking lot.

Friday, November 30, 2018

You are invited!

New York Solar Energy Society’s: Energy Efficiency & Renewables: NY State Summit
7:45 am to 6:00 pm

Osborn Amphitheater
Hilton Garden Inn Troy
Hoosick Street, Troy, New York
Fantastic Student Rate of $50!!!!
Topics Include,
Turbine and Transmission System Technologies for Offshore Wind Power Plants, Research Trends in Clean Energy Technology: The Bi-coastal Solar Research Consortium, Net Zero Village, The Value of Zero Energy, Blockchains and Renewable Energy, Solar Thermal Northeast: Load, Design, Pipe Management & Control, State Policy & Networking, Exchanging Ideas

Register Here for the Conference!
Reserve a Hotel Room
 Exhibitor Information please contact: 917 974 4606

November 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Putting Speed Bumps in Hurricane Alley” • New research suggests that massive installations of wind turbines could lessen the deluge when powerful hurricanes bring devastating amounts of rain onto land. During such recent storms as Harvey and Florence this could have meant less destruction and fewer deaths. [EcoWatch]

Wind farm – moderating storms

  • “Dominion Energy Moving Swiftly toward Renewable Energy Goal” • In 2015, when Dominion Energy’s solar portfolio was just over 1 MW, it set a goal of 400 MW under development in Virginia by 2020. It now has 824 MW in operation or under development in the state. It is also adding both onshore and offshore windpower. [REVE]
  • “Tides and Technology for Future Electricity Supply” • There is hope that new marine renewable technologies can increase Australia’s power supply by capturing the energy in waves and tides. Wave Swell Energy, is working with Tasmanian scientists at the Australian Maritime College on projects to see this goal achieved. [Tasmania Examiner]
  • “China Has Record Electric Car Sales Month” • After a few months threatening to break the all-time record (102,635 units, set last December), the Chinese plug-in electric vehicle market finally hit a new high, with some 104,900 plug-in vehicles being registered in September. This is up 66% and in line with previous months’ growth rates. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Offshore Wind Projects Hasten Asia’s Renewable Shift from Solar” • China is starting to build its largest offshore wind-power facility as part of an accelerating shift in Asia away from solar to wind and other renewable resources. Wood Mackenzie sees windpower capacity in Asia growing by a factor of 20 over the next decade. [Nikkei Asian Review]

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

November 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Six Environmental Ballot Measures Attract Massive Out-of-State and Industry Cash” • Voters in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and Washington will head to the polls on November 6 with the chance to decide on hotly contested environmental regulations. A lot of industry cash is being spent to influence the vote. [Center for Public Integrity]

Colorado view of mountains and a nodding donkey (David Zalubowski | AP)

  • “Access to Electricity Is Growing Rapidly Around the World – Except in Africa” • For the first time ever, there are fewer than a billion people without electricity globally, new data from the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2018 shows. But most of the half billion people who have got electric power since 2011 are in Asia. [Quartz]
  • “Supreme Court Won’t Block Children’s Climate Change Lawsuit” • The Supreme Court rejected the request by the Trump administration to stop a lawsuit brought by youths who are seeking to hold the government accountable for failing to do enough to fight climate change. The lawsuit could be stopped in a different court or later, however. [CNN]
  • “SCE&G Lied to Regulators to Keep VC Summer Project Alive” • On at least two occasions, SCE&G intentionally buried damaging reports that could have prompted the South Carolina Public Service Commission to scrutinize or cancel the Cayce-based utility’s $9 billion nuclear construction project, the commissioners were told. [The State]
  • “Avangrid Plans 2 GW of – Including Offshore Wind – and Thousands of Jobs” • Avangrid CEO James P Torgerson, speaking at a conference, said his company has plans to inject a combined 2 GW of renewable energy into the New England power grid, create thousands of jobs. Much of the new capacity would be offshore windpower. [Windpower Engineering]

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

November 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “In Iowa Farm Country, These Candidates are Taking on Climate Deniers” • This election will test how long Iowa is willing to tolerate elected leaders who deny one of the greatest risks to the farming industry. “One thing about climate change – farmers care about that,” a political science professor at the University of Iowa said. [InsideClimate News]

Flooding on an Iowa farm (Tony Webster, CC-BY-2.0)

  • “These Red and Blue States are Tackling Climate Change Since Trump Won’t” • If you have been focused on reports of climate disaster, or on the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on environmental safeguards and climate science, you are likely to worry that we are not making progress at all. But look a little closer. [Environmental Defense Fund]
  • “Snowy Hydro Smashes Price Benchmarks for ‘Fair Dinkum’ Wind and Solar” • The Australian federal government-owned utility Snowy Hydro announced stunning new prices for “firm” (dispatchable) wind and solar power after awarding contracts to eight wind and solar projects. The result is power costing below current wholesale. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Billionaire Tackles Government ‘Dishonesty’ on Renewables” • Australian software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of being dishonest when he blamed renewables for rising power bills. Cannon-Brookes called on clean energy supporters to back his “Fair Dinkum Power” movement. [The Sydney Morning Herald]
  • “The North Carolina Governor’s Ambitious Climate Goal” • North Carolina would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2025 under a statewide goal set by Gov Roy Cooper. With Cooper’s executive order, North Carolina has joined states like Colorado, California, and others that have set ambitious climate change goals. [Governing]

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

What will Massachusetts’ new efficiency targets mean for future policy?

By Maggie Molina, Senior Director for Policy

Massachusetts’ new three-year energy efficiency plan includes aggressive energy-savings targets for utilities. The plan, approved Tuesday by the state’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and filed for approval with utility regulators, is estimated to cut greenhouse gas emissions and achieve $8.6 billion in customer benefits.

Massachusetts is one of 27 states that have an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS). ACEEE has found that EERS policies, which set specific energy-saving goals, are the most successful way to drive large energy efficiency gains in the utility sector, especially when aligned with utility business models to support efficiency, including performance-based incentives and revenue decoupling.

While utility regulators in Massachusetts still need to formally rule on the targets, the plan represents months of stakeholder input. The plan helps show how the next generation of EERS policies is evolving to reflect major changes in the energy system and in climate policy.

Here are five ways the proposed plan indicates a broad evolution in utility efficiency targets…

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