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January 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “How the Fossil Fuel Industry Got the Media to Think Climate Change Was Debatable” • Documents uncovered by journalists and activists over the past decade lay out a clear strategy of the fossil fuel industry: Push the media to report “uncertainties” in climate science, and push conservatives to believe climate change is a hoax. [Washington Post]

German coal-fired plant (Sascha Steinbach | EPA-EFE | REX)

  • “Spain Proposes Trading in Nuclear Permits for Others in Renewable Energy” • As an incentive to close nuclear plants, the Spanish Government proposed giving their owners advantages for developing renewable energy. Connection rights for nuclear plants would convert to renewable energy permits for the same amount of power. [The Corner Economic]
  • “New Year Delight for Chinese Mega-Farm” • Chinese energy company State Power Investment Corp has received approval for the first phase of a wind farm of up to 6 GW at the region of Siziwangqi, in the China’s Inner Mongolia region. Costing over €5 billion ($5.77 billion), the wind farm would be the largest onshore project in the world. [reNEWS]
  • “Fiat Chrysler to Pay Hundreds of Millions to Settle Emissions Charges in the US” • Fiat Chrysler will pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and civil penalties to settle charges that its diesel vehicles sold in the US violated emissions rules. A person familiar with the details told CNN the total amount will be roughly $800 million [CNN]
  • “Tesla Has the Highest Customer Loyalty of All Car Brands” • Last year, Consumer Reports found that Tesla has the highest rate of customer satisfaction of all car brands. Now, research conducted by Experian, shows that the high levels of satisfaction are translating into exceptionally high rates of customer loyalty as well. [CleanTechnica]

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

LES January Webinar – NHSaves Button Up – Register Now!

Please register for Virtual NHSaves Button Up Workshop on Jan 17, 2019 12:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8364484526661443331

The popular home energy savings workshop, NHSaves Button Up, will be offered as a webinar on Thursday, January 17th, Noon – 1pm. This webinar will give you tips on how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. It covers basic building science principles as well as examples of whole house weatherization measures. It also covers details about the residential energy efficiency financial incentive programs offered by NH utilities to provide energy audits, weatherization measures such as air sealing and insulating, and rebates on electric and gas appliances as well as other incentives. NH residents wishing to use energy more efficiently, conserve energy and save money on their heating and cooling bills will find this information very helpful. Andy Duncan Ph.D., Energy Training Manager for Lakes Region Community College will be the presenter. This webinar is sponsored by the utilities through NHSaves and coordinated by the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

January 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “AEP Plans 1.2-GW Wind Push” • AEP subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Company issued a request for proposals for 1,200 MW of wind projects. They must be at least 100 MW and be operating by 15 December 2021. Projects must also be located in the Southwest Power Pool regional grid in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, or Oklahoma. [reNEWS]

Farm and wind farm (Pixabay image)

  • “Ambitious New York City Bill Aims to Replace Gas-Fired Power Plants with Renewables” • A top councilman for New York City is preparing to introduce a bill mandating that the city come up with a plan by the end of the year to phase out nearly two dozen gas-fired power plants and replace them with renewable sources of electricity. [HuffPost]
  • “New Hampshire Eager to Join Northeast Offshore Wind Club” • New Hampshire Gov Sununu has requested that the federal government set up an intergovernmental offshore renewable energy task force for the state to facilitate coordination between federal, state and local governments regarding commercial leasing proposals. [Renewables Now]
  • “Colorado Could Save $2.5 Billion by Rapidly Shutting Down Its Coal Power Plants” • According to PacifiCorp, which owns 22 coal plants in Colorado, its own analysis shows 13 of the 22 plants are currently losing money. Analysis commissioned by the Sierra Club showed that it would be cheaper to replace 20 of the 22 plants with windpower. [Vox]
  • “Wind Deal May Allow Holy Cross Energy to Reach Renewables Goal Early” • Colorado’s Holy Cross Energy may reach its goal of providing 70% renewable energy nine years ahead of schedule. In a deal with energy wholesaler Guzman Energy, HCE will develop a new wind farm that will bring it to nearly 70% renewables by summer of 2021. [Aspen Times]

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

January 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Drones, Automation, and Reforestation: How DroneSeed is Keeping Forests Healthy Post-Wildfire” • DroneSeed uses drones in post-fire environments to combat the spread of wildfires and keep affected areas healthy. Using automation, it seeks to make the revitalization of our forests faster, cheaper, and more efficient. [CleanTechnica]

Forest

  • “Before They Disappear: Treasured UNESCO Sites at Risk from Climate Change” • From the sinking city of Venice to the mass bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, climate change is drastically impacting some of the world’s most treasured heritage sites. Here is a set of many photos of UNESCO sites threatened by a changing climate. [CNN]
  • “DC and Nine States Collaborating on Carbon Emissions Reduction Policy” • The District of Columbia, Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont are working together to formulate a policy proposal to reduce transportation carbon emissions and air pollution. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Supreme Court Blocks ExxonMobil’s Effort to Conceal Decades of Documents in Probe of Oil Giant’s Climate Deception” • The Supreme Court rejected ExxonMobil’s attempt to block Massachusetts’s demand for documents related to its investigation into allegations that it deceived the public and investors for decades about global warming. [DeSmog]
  • “Guess what? US Carbon Emissions Popped Back Up in a Big Way” • A report by the Rhodium Group, a research institution that analyzes global economic and environmental trends, found that in 2018 CO2 emissions rose 3.4% from the prior year. It is the second largest gain in two decades, and it comes after three straight years of decline. [Yahoo News]

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

January 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Silvopasture Can Mitigate Climate Change. Will US Farmers Take it Seriously?” • Trees absorb and sequester large amounts of carbon over time. The sequestering process is rendered even more powerful when they are used together with grazing and planted on “marginal” land that is not great for growing crops, such as woodland edges. [Civil Eats]

Cattle grazing in a silvopasture forest in Georgia (Photo: USDA National Agroforestry Center)

  • “Researchers Say Solar and Wind Energy Could Be the End of Coal in Texas” • Texas is a renowned producer of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, but researchers at Houston’s Rice University claim that increased solar and wind energy adoption could be all Texas needs to quit coal for good. Texas does not even need batteries for such a transformation. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
  • “Years of Shoddy Safety Policies Leave Pacific Gas and Electric Facing Bankruptcy” • After being suspected a culprit of the last devastating Californian wildfires, PG&E is reportedly facing bankruptcy. The utility is not only facing severe criticism over its recurring lack of security prevention in recent years, but also gigantic lawsuits. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Hydrogen May Have a Future on the Rails” • Perhaps, finally, hydrogen’s moment has arrived. Electricity from renewable sources can be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen through electrolysis. That “green hydrogen” can then be used in fuel cells to generate electricity. It can also be used to power rail transportation. [Red, Green, and Blue]
  • “Cuomo Calls Elon: Can Tesla Put NYC Subway System Back on Track?” • The MTA, which operates the New York City subway and bus system, is under the control of the governor, not the city. The system used to be one of the best in the world, but today it need help, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for it from Elon Musk. [CleanTechnica]

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

January 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Melting Arctic Sends a Message: Climate Change is Here in a Big Way” • Scientists are trained to be skeptics, but for those of us who study the Arctic, it is clear that a radical transformation is underway. The question is not whether the Arctic is warming, but how drastically it will change, and what the changes mean for the planet. [Red, Green, and Blue]

Warming erosion at Drew Point, Alaska (USGS image)

  • “The PRC Bets on Climate Diplomacy in the Caribbean” • China is bidding to brand itself as the world leader on climate change. Beijing has put up billions to fund initiatives aimed at reducing carbon, supporting green energy, and promoting climate resilience worldwide. One target of Chinese attention is the Caribbean. [The Jamestown Foundation]
  • “Dutch EV Sales: Tripled in 2018, 30% Market Share in December, Tesla Model S Took #1 Spot” • In 2018, 24,024 fully electric vehicles were sold in the Netherlands, three times as many as were sold in 2017, according to figures from industry associations. In December, 30.4% of cars sold in the country were fully electric cars. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Tesla Gigafactory Tour Shows Where Tesla Continuously Drives Down Battery Costs” • Even Tesla’s detractors concede that the carmaker has a lead of at least a couple of years in battery technology. Its President of Automotive said, “There [are] more batteries produced here for electric vehicles than in the rest of the planet combined.” [CleanTechnica]
  • “Ramping Up Renewable Energy Remains Lawmakers’ Focus in 2019” • Connecticut Gov Dannel Malloy and lawmakers moved in 2018 to get contracts for over 1,000 MW from Millstone nuclear plant and to procure 300 MW of offshore wind power. But clean energy advocates are pushing lawmakers for more renewable energy in 2019. [theday.com]

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

January 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Minnesota-Vermont Partnership Will Offer Solar to Low-Income Families” • A Minnesota nonprofit has a community solar model they think could go national. The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance and Southeastern Vermont Community Action are partnering to get solar power to 50 low-income households in Windham and Windsor counties. [CleanTechnica]

RREAL crew installing a solar system in Minnesota

  • “ASLA Warns Landscape Architects Could Be Liable for Climate Impacts on Projects” • During the 2018 annual meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects, it was determined that landscape architects could potentially face liability due to climate impacts of their projects. This follows a Texas class-action lawsuit. [Total Landscape Care]
  • “You Cannot Separate Health and Wellness from Climate Change” • People seem to be less concerned about climate change, carbon emissions, and resilience than they are about health and wellness, as evidenced by the booming of the Well Standard and the KB Home pivot to wellness. Climate change, however, is a threat to health. [Treehugger]
  • “Solar Energy Investment Predicted to Grow in 2019” • The removal of tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels plus a shift in attitude towards renewables are set to give the EU a 12% share of the global solar module market. Industry experts say Europe’s solar capacity is set to jump from 9.5 GW to 13.5 GW (42.1%) during 2019. [Open Access Government]
  • “PUC Nod Sought for 262 MW of Solar Capacity with Storage in Hawaii” • Hawaiian Electric Companies is seeking the state Public Utilities Commission’s approval of contracts for a total of 262 MW of PVs with 1,048 MWh of storage in seven projects on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island. The cost for two of the seven is as low as 8¢/kWh. [Renewables Now]

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

January 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Tesla Model 3 Is the #1 Best Selling Car in USA From an American Car Company” • Comparing sales numbers from top car companies, we can see how the 5 top-selling cars in the US were for December and the 4th quarter of 2018. The Tesla Model 3 was the only car from an American car company that was in the top 5 on either list. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3

  • “More Coal Plants Shut Down in Trump’s First Two Years than in Obama’s Entire First Term” • Despite campaigning on a pledge to save the dirtiest of fossil fuels, President Donald Trump has presided over a faster rate of coal plant retirements in his first two years than President Barack Obama saw in his entire first term in office. [ThinkProgress]
  • “GM Passed 200,000 EV Milestone in Q4” • The $7,500 federal EV tax credit will drop to $3,750 for General Motors on March 31, 2019, because GM recorded more than 200,000 EV sales in the 4th quarter of last year. The credit will be at $3,750 the following 2 quarters. Then it will drop to $1,875 for the next two quarters. And then, it will end. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Electric Vehicle Sales up 130% in 2018, 210% in Q4 2018 – US Electric Car Sales Report” • EV sales growth has been uneven. Aside from the new models (Jaguar I-PACE and Honda Clarity EV), the only models that saw growth were the Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, and Nissan LEAF. But those models certainly grew a lot . [CleanTechnica]
  • “New York’s Solar for All Program Will Award No-Cost Community Solar to 10,000 Low Income Residents” • In a bid to reduce the energy costs for low income New York households and to help increase access to renewable energy for both renters and homeowners alike, New York is enabling no-cost community solar for up to 10,000 residents. [CleanTechnica]

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

January 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “UK Power Stations’ Electricity Output Lowest Since 1994” • The output of British power stations fell this year to levels last seen almost a quarter of a century ago, while renewables got a record share of the UK electricity supply. Electricity generation in 2018 was the lowest since 1994, when Tony Blair became the leader of the Labour party. [The Guardian]

Plants like this gas-fired power station in Teesside are losing market share. (Photo: Alamy)

  • “New Zero Emissions Rules for Public Transportation and Shuttles in California” • Every bus used for public transportation in California will be a zero emissions vehicle by 2040 as the result of a new initiative approved by the Air Resources Board. Transportation accounts for 40% of CO2 emissions and up to 90% of smog-causing pollutants. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Tesla Crushes Records, Wall Street Expects More – Miracles?” • Tesla crushed 2017’s numbers, solidly passed the 2018’s 3rd quarter numbers in the 4th quarter, and showed what was probably the most dramatic growth in the history of the auto industry. But Wall Street decided it wasn’t enough and the stock price declined. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Two Wind Facilities in Northeast South Dakota Moving Forward Quickly” • Two wind facility proposals in South Dakota are in the fast lane for approval from state regulators, as no one applied to intervene. One is a 10.4-mile transmission line. The other is the Dakota Range III wind farm with 42 turbines and eight miles of transmission line. [Keloland TV]
  • “PacifiCorp Study Prompts Review of Coal-Fired Power Plants in Six States, Including Utah” • PacifiCorp’s own analysis shows 60% of its coal-fired power plant units are more costly to run than shutter. A report to the Oregon Public Service Commission shows closing some of its coal-fired units could save hundreds of millions of dollars. [Deseret News]

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

Jan. 10th DEC Lunch: The Social Cost of Nuclear Power

Fukushima prefecture in Japan is the site of a 2011 tsunami and nuclear accident after a major earthquake off the east coast of Japan. Despite the very minor release of radiation into the atmosphere, the disaster has had profound effects on the lives of the local citizens. Dr. Davies will share field notes and invite discussion on her reflections after visiting the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant to observe the dismantling and containment progress, and meeting and working with the scientists running the Fukushima Health Management Survey.

Thursday, January 10th

12:15pm-1:15pm

Dartmouth College

Fahey Hall – First Floor Commons

 
 

About Dr. Louise Davies:

Louise Davies, MD, MS, is an otolaryngologist and health services researcher on thyroid cancer here at Dartmouth. She spent last year as a Fulbright Global Scholar doing research on thyroid cancer in Japan and England, and serving on a task force for the International Agency for Research on Cancer to make recommendations about thyroid monitoring after nuclear accidents.