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November 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Record European Electric Bus Order (157 Volvo Buses), And Volvo Trucks Launches Urban Electric Trucks” • Volvo is not widely known in North America for buses or trucks. However, in Europe, the company is quite a big producer of commercial vehicles. And it is now rolling out some big electric vehicle news in those industries. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo Electric Bus in Sweden

  • “”The Climate Crisis Will Profoundly Affect The Health Of Every Child Alive Today, Report Says” • If the world continues to produce the same amount of CO₂ emissions, children born today live in a world 7.2°F (4°C) warmer by their 71st birthday, according to a report in the medical journal The Lancet. And that is really bad for their health. [CNN]
  • “How To Cut US Carbon Pollution By Nearly 40% In 10 Years” • A study from economists at Columbia University found that a tax plan with broad support in Congress would reduce American carbon pollution by almost 40% within a decade. It would go well beyond the commitment the US made under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. [The Atlantic]
  • “Venice Floods: Climate Change Behind Highest Tide In 50 Years, Says Mayor” • Severe flooding in Venice that has left much of the Italian city under water is a direct result of climate change, the mayor says. The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years would leave “a permanent mark,” Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted. [BBC]
  • “Corporate Green Energy Adoption Flourishes” • Corporations have finally put their collective weight into a green energy rush this year. The average size of the renewable energy acquisition by US corporates rose from 85.6 MW during the third quarter of 2018 to a whopping 411.4 MW in the third quarter of this year, according to GreenBiz. [CleanTechnica]

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November 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Another Nail In Coal’s Coffin? German Steel Furnace Runs On Renewable Hydrogen In World First” • German manufacturing giant Thyssenkrupp has completed a successful, first-of-its-kind demonstration of running a steel furnace entirely on hydrogen, a development that is likely to further dent the future prospects for the global coal industry. [RenewEconomy]

H₂O – they way to get away from CO₂ (Photo courtesy of Thyssenkrupp)

  • “Proposed New Rule Would Amp Up EPA War On Science” • A new rule proposed by the EPA would upend decades of scientific research – studies that have confirmed that air pollution leads to shortened life spans or that mercury impairs brain function in young children – by requiring all that confidential data be made public. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Climate Change: Do More Now Or Risk Catastrophe, Warns Energy Agency” • The world’s existing climate policies will not be enough to end the upward march of record energy emissions rising beyond 2040 without a “grand coalition” of governments and investors, according to the International Energy Agency. In 2018, emissions set a record. [The Guardian]
  • “Australia Bushfires: Fresh Warnings In Queensland And New South Wales” • Australian authorities warn that massive bushfires will continue to pose a threat, despite “catastrophic” conditions easing. “We’ve got […] the worst of the season still ahead of us as we head into summer,” the New South Wales Rural Fire Services Commissioner said. [BBC]
  • “Greta Thunberg Leaves US With Simple Climate Crisis Message: Vote” • As Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who ignited a youth movement with her Friday school strikes, departs the US to sail back across the Atlantic, she is leaving behind a simple message for those who care about the climate crisis: you must vote. [The Guardian]

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

11th Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference Coming to Concord

Community power, offshore wind, energy innovation to feature prominently at the state’s premier conference for clean energy 

New Hampshire’s state capitol will once again play host to the state’s premier conference for clean energy. Over three hundred attendees will descend on November 15th at the solar-powered Grappone Center from 8:00-4:30 for the 11th annual Local Energy Solutions (LES) Conference.

New to the event this year is the morning panel of experts discussing energy innovation, featuring Steve Walker of NH-based IMBY Energy, Dr. Glenn Shwaery from the UNH School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and Sharon Nall of the NH Dept. of Environmental Services. Also joining the panel is the keynote speaker, renowned host of the Energy Transition Podcast, Chris Nelder. Chris is the author of two books on energy and investing, as well as more than 200 articles on energy in publications such as Nature, Scientific American, Slate, The Atlantic, Quartz, Financial Times, Greentech Media, SmartPlanet, and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He is also a Manager in the Mobility practice at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where he heads the EV-grid Integration team.

The conference also features prominent experts in offshore wind, including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs, James Bennett, and Bill White, Managing Director for EnBW North America.

The event will also feature a session dedicated to Community Power, enabled by recent legislation and eagerly anticipated by the state’s cities and towns as a way to control costs, diversify their energy mix, and become more energy independent. Attendees will also get the chance to check out the new XL Fleet Ford F-250 hybrid pick-up truck and the country’s only minivan hybrid, the Chrysler Pacifica, as well as nearly a dozen other electric and hybrid vehicles during the afternoon Electric Vehicle Showcase.

“Advancing a New Hampshire-based energy economy is all about pulling together diverse perspectives to create a system-wide view of energy,” says Henry Herndon, Director of Local Energy Solutions with Clean Energy NH. “That’s what Local Energy Solutions is all about – bringing together businesses, community leaders, policymakers, utilities, state agencies, students and everyone in-between to advance our collective understanding of energy in New Hampshire in a holistic way.”

Registration and more details about the LES Conference including agenda and exhibitors are available online at www.cleanenergynh.org. The event is free for legislators, and reduced admission is available for students. The LES Conference is co-hosted by Clean Energy NH, the state’s leading clean energy educator and advocate, and the NH Local Energy Solutions Workgroup, an ad-hoc group of energy professionals representing the private, public, and non-profit sectors dedicated to supporting local energy work across New Hampshire. Auburn, NH based Freedom Energy Logistics is the premiere sponsor of the event.

November 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Formula 1 Launches A Plan To Become Carbon Neutral By 2030” • Formula 1 has launched a plan to become carbon neutral by 2030. The intention is to wipe out the carbon footprint of activity at race tracks, including road and air transport of staff and equipment to the events. F1 says it will offset any emissions that cannot be cut. [BBC]

Formula 1 race in 2018 (Wikimedia Commons)

  • Australia’s Deadly Bushfires Bring Threat Of ‘Long And Dangerous Day Ahead'” • Two Australian states are bracing for a day of “catastrophic” risk as firefighters battle over 100 deadly active bushfires. Clouds of smoke seen as far away as New Zealand. Queensland and New South Wales have declared a state of emergency. [CNN]
  • “The Most Destructive Hurricanes Are Hitting The US More Often” • Big, destructive hurricanes are hitting the US three times more frequently than they did a century ago, according to a study. Looking at 247 hurricanes that hit the US since 1900, the researchers found the top 10% of hurricanes are happening 3.3 times more frequently. [NBCNews.com]
  • “Renewable Energy Gives Farmers Another Reason To Love It” • As if the case for renewable energy needs any more making, along comes a new study showing that wind and solar power are good for the water table and they could help farmers survive periods of drought. Most other electric generation technologies compete with irrigation. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Two Rural Colorado Utilities Take Tri-State Complaints To State Regulators” • La Plata Electric Association and United Power want to provide cleaner, lower cost electricity. But they are currently limited by their contract agreement with Tri-State to generate just 5% of renewable power locally. They asked state regulators to step in. [Colorado Public Radio]

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

2019 Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair Nov. 16

2019 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair

The fourth annual Green Energy Fair will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 10-4 pm at the Sage College Armory, 130 New Scotland Ave. Albany, NY. It is sponsored by Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment, a local grassroots group.

The Fair is free and open to the public with ample space and easy parking. The Capital District Electric Vehicle Club will have a variety of cars on display outside. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will make opening remarks. This is the largest indoor/outdoor environmental Fair in the Capital Region.

Enjoy one-stop shopping with information, services and products related to living in harmony with our earth. Visit with nearly seventy- five for-profit and not-for-profit exhibitors.

Interact with speakers and exhibitors sharing their knowledge on a variety of environmental topics such as: community solar and electricity clubs, geothermal energy, heat pumps, energy conservation, efficiency, energy audits, etc.

Learn about sustainability topics such as: composting, veganism, recycling, car and bike renting, green investing and much, much more.

Enjoy good food (including vegan options) and drink.

The Fair is a “zero waste” event with compostable utensils and a useful Fair Program Booklet made from recycled paper at a union shop.

Speakers:

What YOU Can Do to Help the Environment: Panel Presentation from local renewable energy businesses and climate activists

The Drawdown Project and What We Can Learn From It: Melissa Everett, Sustainable Hudson Valley and Dorna Schroeter, Biomimicry Institute 

What The NY Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Really Means: A member of NY Renews, the coalition that wrote and lobbied for the bill

Animal Agriculture and its Impact on the Environment: Rachel McCrystal, the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Join us for this event and let your family, friends and neighbors know about it.

Contact Becky Meier: 518-781-4686 or beckyjmeier@gmail.com with questions.

Local Energy Solutions Conference: Friday, November 15th, Concord, NH

Local Energy Solutions Conference

Friday Nov 15th 8am-4:30pm

The Local Energy Solutions (LES) Conference is the event of the year for local energy champions, policymakers, municipal officials, town staff, regulators, and industry representatives. The event is hosted by Clean Energy NH and the LES Workgroup.  FOR MORE INFO:   click on ad on the right.

November 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Rising Seas, Melting Ice, Raging Fires – Why Didn’t Anybody Warn Us?” • In a recent New York Times op-ed, Eugene Linden suggests reasons why scientists have been too conservative on climate change. There have been scientists who showed that rapid changes have happened in the past and can again, but they were regarded as on the fringe. [CleanTechnica]

Melting ice (NASA image)

  • “Australia Fires: Nation Braces For ‘Most Dangerous Bushfire Week Ever Seen'” • Fire chiefs in Australia have warned of “the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen”, saying New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, faces an unprecedented “catastrophic” fire day. NSW has 60 fires, 40 of which are out of control. [The Guardian]
  • “As Climate Change Threatens Midwest’s Cultural Identity, Cities Test Ways to Adapt” • Think of a Minnesota with almost no ice fishing, Missouri as hot and dry as Texas, and communities on rivers where catastrophic floods happen almost every year rather than every few generations. This, scientists warn, is the future if emissions continue as they are. [InsideClimate News]
  • “Renewable Energy Proposals Top 75” • The Hawaiian Electric Companies’ public call for additional renewable energy resources has been answered with more than 75 proposals, as the utilities move toward fossil fuel reduction. The proposals are for projects on Hawai‘i Island, Maui and O‘ahu and include grid services such projects as for rooftop solar. [Big Island Now]
  • “McDonald’s Unveils Two New Sustainability Initiatives That Could Power 2,500 Stores” • The sustainability plans McDonald’s announced last week, including power purchase agreements with Apex Clean Energy and Ares Management for solar and wind energy in Texas, are expected to be able to power over two thousand stores. [The Rising]

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

November 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Toll Of Climate Change On Greenland’s Icebergs Unnerving” • The tallest icebergs in the world were towering in front of me, pristine and glistening in the Arctic sunshine. It felt unnerving to be near them, however. The tallest of the icebergs in front of us was around 80 metres high, and the icebergs of Disko Bay were once double that height. [RTE.ie]

Iceberg (Ansgar Walk, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Even Trump Can’t Keep Coal Companies From Declaring Bankruptcy” • The US Energy Information Administration or EIA’s data says, “between 2010 and the first quarter of 2019, US power companies announced the retirement of more than 546 coal-fired power units, totaling about 102 gigawatts of generating capacity.” [Forbes]
  • “‘We’re Fighting For Our Lives’ – US Apple Farmers Endure Major Crop And Profit Losses As Climate Changes” • Fruit growers like Elizabeth Ryan are trying to find ways to cope with warmer winters and unprecedented heat, rain and drought. But climate change has become an impossible financial burden for many farmers. [CNBC]
  • “Did Exxon Mislead Investors About Climate-Related Risks? It’s Now Up to a Judge to Decide” • Lawyers for New York State and ExxonMobil wrapped up a landmark climate fraud trial, shaping a tangle of testimony and evidence into competing narratives on whether the oil company misled investors about the risks it faces from climate regulation. [InsideClimate News]
  • “Thirsty Future Ahead As Climate Change Explodes Plant Growth” • By the end of the century plants could consume substantially more water, leaving less for people across North America, Europe, and Central Asia, even if it rains and snows more, according to a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. [National Geographic]

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

November 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “How Airships Could Return To Our Crowded Skies” • The Airlander was created by Hybrid Air Vehicles, founded in 2007. Hybrid airships emit a fraction of the pollution of conventional aircraft. Now, HAV has been given over £1 million ($1.3 million) by the UK government and industry to develop all-electric propulsion producing zero pollution. [BBC]

HAV’s Airlander (Credit: HAV)

  • “Fed Sees Climate Change Shaping Economy, Policy” • Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said the Fed will need to look at how to keep banks and the financial system resilient amid risks from extreme weather, higher temperatures, rising sea levels, and other effects of increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. [Reuters UK]
  • “Fed: $500 Billion In Losses Show Economic Threat of Climate Change” • A Fed official warned risk managers not to ignore climate change. “The US economy has experienced more than $500 billion in direct losses over the last five years due to climate and weather-related events,” Federal Reserve Bank of New York Executive Vice President Kevin Stiroh said. [Newsmax]
  • “EU Finance Ministers Call For End To Fossil Fuel Funding” • The EU’s finance ministers urged the European Investment Bank and other international lending institutions, to halt their funding for oil, gas, and coal projects in a push to address climate change. It is the first time European finance ministers have taken such a stand. [Taiwan News]
  • “Europe ‘On Track’ For 53% Renewable Power By 2030 Despite Country Gaps” • A mix of policy and economics puts Europe in a solid position to source more than half of its power supply from renewables by 2030, even though not all countries will reach their targets equally as fast, according to analysis from Wood Mackenzie. [PV-Tech]

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