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October 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Greta Thunberg Leads Iowa Students In Pop-Up Climate Strike” • In Iowa City, home to the University of Iowa, 14-year-old high school student Massimo Biggers was planning the protest he has done every Friday since last spring, when he got a message from Greta Thunberg saying she would join him. Over 3,000 people showed up for that. [CleanTechnica]

  • “‘Sunny Day Flooding’ And 90-Degree Days During South’s Endless Summer” • Atlanta has broken a record for 90-degree days this year; there have been 91 of them, wildly surpassing the average of 37 per year. Charleston has had 58 coastal flood events so far in 2019. These are effects of global warming, and this September was another record month. [CNN]
  • “Water Resources Minister ‘Totally’ Accepts Drought Linked To Climate Change” • David Littleproud, Australia’s drought and water resources minister, said he “totally” accepts that worsening droughts are linked to climate change. He signaled more support for regional communities was coming as Australia’s big dry “escalates.” [The Guardian]
  • “Notre-Dame: How An Underwater Forest In Ghana Could Help Rebuild A Paris Icon” • A forest of massive trees has been submerged since Lake Volta was created for hydropower in1965. A Ghanaian company believes that using its wood to rebuild Notre-Dame is more environmentally friendly than cutting down new trees. [BBC]
  • “Global Shipping Is Making False Impressions About Circumventing Pollution – Billions Spent On ‘Cheat Devices'” • Will Crisp of The Independent follows the money: “More than $12 billion (£9.7 billion) has been spent on … open-loop scrubbers.” They capture sulfur from the exhaust, but then they discharge it into the ocean. [CleanTechnica]

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

October 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “$3.3 Million Grant For Fuel Cell/Electric Aviation Startup ZeroAvia” • The aviation startup ZeroAvia has received a £2.7 million ($3.3 million) grant from the government of the UK. The funds will be used to support the continued development of fuel cell/electric propulsion technology to reduce aviation carbon dioxide emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Hydrogen-powered airplane (Credit: ZeroAvia)

  • “PA To Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative” • Pennsylvania is taking a major step forward in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov Tom Wolf has set the wheels in motion for the Keystone State to join nine other northeastern states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Announcing the plan, he spoke of climate change. [Public News Service]
  • “Dulles Airport Pilot Is One Of The Region’s Largest Solar Project” • Dominion Energy has partnered with Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for a solar energy pilot project at Washington Dulles Airport. The 100-MW solar PV project is the Airports Authority’s first large scale renewable energy initiative of this kind. [Smart Energy]
  • “Virginia To Develop Four New Solar Energy Projects” • In Virginia, permits were issued for construction and operation of four new solar projects that are expected to offset carbon dioxide emissions in the state by 459 million pounds, the equivalent of driving more than 44,000 cars for a year. They have a combined capacity of 192 MW. [Associated Press]
  • “Generac Pivots From Generators Into Residential Energy Storage And Solar At SPI 2019” • Generac is known for installing more than 2 million backup generator into homes. Earlier this year, however, Generac acquired the residential energy storage company Pika Energy. And with that, it is moving heavily into energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

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

October 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Students, Teachers: Drift Along With An Epic Arctic Climate Expedition” • K-12 students around the world can now be a part of one of the largest Arctic climate research expeditions ever conducted. In September, the RV Polarstern icebreaker set out to freeze itself in Arctic sea ice. For the next year it will drift across the Arctic ocean. [CU Boulder Today]

RV Polarstern frozen in the ice (Stefan Hendricks | AWI)

  • “Tesla 3rd Quarter Sales Grew 1664% In 6 Years, 271% In 2 Years” • Many of us who believed that Elon Musk’s aggressive forecasts could come to pass weren’t super confident they would actually would be. We were perhaps more hopeful than convinced. Nevertheless, Tesla is currently on track to nail Elon Musk’s 2014 forecast for 2020 sales. [CleanTechnica]
  • “PacifiCorp To Add 7 GW Clean Power By 2025” • PacifiCorp, a untility serving the Northwest, has published a 20-year blueprint setting out a plan to add around 7 GW of new renewables and storage capacity by 2025. The plan includes more than 3.5 GW of new wind capacity, 3 GW of solar, and 600 MW of storage by the middle of the next decade. [reNEWS]
  • “Shipping Is One Of The Dirtiest Industries. Now It’s Trying To Clean Up Its Act” • The shipping industry was excluded from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement because its emissions are hard to allocate to individual countries. But the international community has started to act, and some shipping businesses are taking up the challenge. [CNN]
  • “Greta Thunberg Just Sassed Putin With Her Classic Clapback Style” • Greta Thunberg is a teenager who knows what it’s like to be criticized by leaders of the world’s most powerful countries, but she doesn’t seem to be short on comebacks. Her Twitter bio used to mock criticism of her by Donald Trump. Now it mocks one from Vladimir Putin. [HuffPost UK]

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

October 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Anheuser-Busch And BYD Launch North America’s Largest Electric Class 8 Fleet” • Anheuser-Busch is dipping its toes into electrifying its fleets with the purchase of 21 fully electric Class 8 trucks from BYD. The BYD 8TT Class 8 trucks will be put to use at four of Anheuser-Busch’s Southern California distribution facilities. [CleanTechnica]

Anheuser-Busch electric Class 8 truck by BYD

  • “Big Oil Faces A Formidable Foe In Fight Against EVs” • Electric utilities are keen on EVs, seeing them as a future revenue source. They are developing programs to encourage the buildout of the charging infrastructure needed for this. But millions of dollars are being put into campaigns around the country to try to put a stop EV infrastructure projects. [CleanTechnica]
  • “EU Will Provide €530 Million In Funding Towards Irish-French Power Line” • The EU will contribute €530 million to the Celtic Interconnector project, to connect the Irish electric grid to France. The project will cost €1 billion. It will link Ireland’s electricity network to France via an underwater connection. It is to be complete by 2026. [thejournal.ie]
  • “Energy Transformation Delivers Renewable Solution To Regions” • Horizon Power will install solar PVs, batteries, and back-up diesel generators for 17 standalone power systems in Australia’s Esperance region. It will be the country’s first utility to remove poles and wires of a network and replace them with off-grid renewable energy systems. [Mirage News]
  • “New Coalition To Steer The Future Of California’s Offshore Wind” • Wind industry leaders including Equinor, Magellan Wind, Mainstream Renewable Power, Northland Power, Ørsted, and others, announced a coalition, Offshore Wind California. OWC is urging California to set a goal of reaching at least 10 GW of offshore wind by 2040. [Smart Energy]

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

October 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Koch Brothers And Protest In America” • Documentary filmmaker and journalist Deia Schlosberg was arrested and charged with felonies carrying a maximum sentence of up to 45 years in prison for reporting on the Indigenous protests against fossil fuel infrastructure, Common Dreams tells us. What about the First Amendment? [CleanTechnica]

Deia Schlosberg (Image from Edward Snowden, via Twitter)

  • “Feds Seek To Gut Law Boosting Small-Scale Renewables” • Since 1978, the Public Utilities Regulatory Act has boosted renewables by requiring big utilities to buy some power from small solar and wind companies. Now federal regulators are proposing changes that would hurt both the smaller companies and consumers. [Environmental Working Group]
  • “Elizabeth Warren’s Climate Plan Is Much Stronger With Addition Of Inslee-Related Commitments” • Elizabeth Warren announced changes to her climate plan inspired by elements of Jay Inslee’s, possibly a gold standard. Warren is nearly tied with Biden in key states and could turn out to be the Democratic candidate in 2020. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Tractebel Eyes Green Hydrogen Offshore” • Two Engie businesses, Tractebel Engineering and Tractebel Overdick, are working on an offshore platform that could produce ‘green’ hydrogen from offshore wind power. The companies said the platform would incorporate all the technical components needed for hydrogen production. [reNEWS]
  • “Americans Really Want The US To Adopt Renewable Energy Like Wind And Solar Power, While Rejecting Fossil Fuels Like Coal” • The latest Insider poll shows that both self-identified Democrats and Republicans support the transitioning towards renewable sources of energy. They favor wind and solar, and they rank coal last. [Business Insider]

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

Have you entered the NAPHC2019 Design Competition?

The NAPHC2019 Passive Projects Competition is
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Showcase your work and celebrate the great strides being made in the field of passive building by entering the 5th Annual Passive Projects Competition!  Back by popular demand, this juried competition recognizes fully certified passive building projects of all types and climate zones.

Submit your entry for: Single FamilyMultifamilyAffordableCommercial/Institutional, or the Source Zero category. Special recognition for Best Overall Project and Best Project by a Young Professional. View more competition details here.

Submissions are due by Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:59pm ET 

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October 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “A Formula For Catastrophe In The Arctic” • The White House views the Arctic as a key arena for great-power competition, with the ultimate prize being a great trove of resources, including oil, natural gas, uranium, zinc, iron ore, gold, diamonds, and rare earth minerals. It is possible because of climate change. It will worsen climate change. [CleanTechnica]

Arctic ice (NOAA image)

  • “Saudi Crown Prince Warns Of Threat To Global Oil Supply” • Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the BBC that if Iran and Saudi Arabia go to war, oil prices could rise up to “unimaginably high numbers.” He says this is possible if the world doesn’t try to deter Iran, and that escalation will threaten the world’s interests. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Renewable Energy Will Provide Discount To Thousands” • Imperial Irrigation District and Citizens Energy Corporation just completed the largest low-income solar project in the country. There are more than 100,000 solar panels in the solar array in Calipatria, California. It will generate 30 MW of power and serve over 12,000 customers. [NBC Palm Springs]
  • “New Campaign Launched On 30 Campuses Urges Colleges And Universities To Shift To 100% Clean Renewable Power” • Environment America Research & Policy Center is launching 30 campaigns in 11 states, pressing colleges and universities to get 100% of their energy from renewables. Their goal is to get 150 to sign on by 2021. [Environment America]
  • “ACT Has ‘100% Renewable’ Electricity From Today. But What Does That Mean?” • The last stage of South Australia’s Hornsdale wind farm is coming online, and the Australian Capital Territory is “officially” powered by 100% renewable electricity. That means that for every watt of power the ACT consumes, it provides one through its renewable investments. [ABC News]

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

Acclaimed Filmmaker, Author and Activist John de Graaf presents REDEFINING PROSPERITY: The Gold Rushes of Nevada City

Ava Gallery & Art Center in Lebanon, NH October 8th 5:30 – 8:30pm Free & Open to the Public 

The film is the remarkable story of Nevada City, torn by clashing values and united by a common love; of how the ‘back to the land’ movement and the outward-looking creative people who live there changed ideas about food, education and respect for nature; and how the fight to save a beautiful river, turned conflict into understanding.

Born in the California Gold Rush, Nevada City was once the scene of some of the most destructive environmental practices on earth and extreme mistreatment of both the native Nisenan Indian people and the immigrant workers who built many of the mines. By the 1960s, the town was a backwater, its extractive industries dying. Then it was discovered by the “back to the land movement.” It was a second gold rush, with a different idea of gold based on nature, community and a sense of place.

The Yuba River brought conflicting factions of the community together while different ideas about the meaning of wealth have led to changes in local food production, education, arts, music and a commitment to building community. Once a place whose essence was individualism, competition and extractive industries, Nevada City is now moving toward a future of solidarity, stewardship, and livelihoods based on renewable resources, husbandry and sustainability.

ABOUT JOHN de GRAAF John de Graaf’s has produced 40 documentary films since 1977 and has received more than 100 regional, national and international awards for filmmaking. Fifteen of his documentaries have been broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS, including the popular special AFFLUENZA. His books include, Take Back Your Time, What’s the Economy for Anyway? and the bestseller, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. 

de Graaf’s work and speaking engagements invite us to “reach deep” into ourselves and our humanity, to see the world with greater clarity and rediscover what we care about. He reminds us what we are capable of when we come together and commit to the exhilarating, courageous work of creating a healthy, happy and sustainable quality of life for our communities and the Earth.

PLEASE JOIN US AT 5:30PM TO ENJOY LIGHT REFRESHMENTS & EXPERIENCE THE ART AT AVA! The program will begin at 6pm and will include opening remarks, the film, and a community dialog: exploring questions about what we value and how we define prosperity, talking with John and sharing perspectives and ideas for our own community here in the Upper Valley.

Sponsored by Ava Gallery & Arts Center, the Upper Valley Arts Alliance, Arigatozaishoma Studio, BALE (Building a Local Economy), the Center for Transformational Practice, Dazzle Cupcakes and Lucky’s Coffee Garage 

“I was very moved by how the fight for beauty brought a very polarized community together… It’s about inspiration. I think we need to think very differently about what wealth is—that is what the film is about.” — John de Graaf

 

 

 

September 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Can A Carbon Fee Save The World’s Oceans? Senator Whitehouse Says ‘Yes'” • Climate change is altering the oceans, and CO₂ is changing their chemistry. In an exclusive comment for CleanTechnica, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) says a carbon fee is the best method to limit emissions and mitigate ocean quality loss. [CleanTechnica]

Lobster fishing (AK-Bino, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “California Governor Newsom And Michael Bloomberg Announce Plan To Use Satellite To Track Climate Change” • Gov Gavin Newsom of California and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new initiative that will use satellite data from Earth-imaging company Planet to monitor climate change in California. [Newsweek]
  • “Hanwha Q Cells Dedicates Largest Solar Panel Factory In Western Hemisphere” • Hanwha Q Cells opened a 300,000 square foot solar panel factory in Dalton, Georgia. The $200 million factory employs more than 650 workers and is capable of producing 12,000 solar panels a year, enough to generate 1.7 GW of electricity. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The Short List Of Climate Actions That Will Work” • People often ask about solutions for climate change. What works? What should we be doing? A question on Quora was well enough formed to trigger me to write down the solution set: “What exactly is the current scientific consensus on steps to combat climate change?” [CleanTechnica]
  • “RWE Touts 18 GW Renewable Project Pipeline In Green Shift” • German utility RWE said it has a renewable project pipeline of more than 18 GW, mostly in the US. The company confirmed that it is setting aside €1.5 billion ($1.37 billion) per year into renewable energy and storage, but indicated it could expand that to €3 billion. [ETEnergyworld.com]

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

September 29 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Dozens Arrested At Protest Outside New England’s Largest Coal Power Plant, In Bow, NH” • Nearly 70 people were arrested during a protest at a coal-fired power plant in Bow Saturday. The activists had marched onto the grounds of Merrimack Station, the largest coal-burning facility left in New England that is not set to retire. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

Activists at Merrimack Station (Annie Ropeik | NHPR)

  • “Why Vladimir Putin Suddenly Believes In Global Warming” • Some Russians have seen climate change as a “good thing,” with new opportunities for commerce, shipping, and exploration for petroleum sources. But the melting of permafrost poses a huge threat to Russia’s heartlands, as the thawing ground cannot bear the weight of infrastructure. [Bloomberg]
  • “Big Banks Are Shifting Mortgages Made Riskier By Climate Change Onto Taxpayers” • New research first reported by The New York Times suggests banks are shifting mortgages made riskier by the climate emergency over to financial institutions backed by US taxpayers, a finding that echoes the subprime lending crisis of 2008. [Truthout]
  • “Solar, Wind Are Now Cheaper Than Coal In Most Of The World” • Bloomberg reported this week on the once unthinkable phenomena of solar and wind subsidies disappearing across the world because the industry has outgrown the need for them. The costs of electricity from renewable resources has dropped below the cost from coal. [OilPrice.com]
  • “China struggling to kick its coal habit despite Beijing’s big climate pledges” • Even as China reiterated its commitment to reducing emissions last week in New York, earlier this month at least three large, new coal-fired power stations appeared to be either operating or under construction in Inner Mongolia in northern China. [CNN]

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