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August 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “As The World Gets Hotter, Environmental Consequences Get Worse” • July was the 415th consecutive month of above-20th-century-average temperatures. The five warmest years on record were 2014-18, and this year is on track to be one. Things are heating up. As they do, the destruction to our environment and our economy only gets worse. [Charleston Post Courier]

Railroad on Svalbard after permafrost melt (Ckt2packet, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Solar Energy Storage Market To Grow At Over 35%” • A research report published by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc, projects that the Solar Energy Storage Market will surpass an annual installation of 3 GW by 2025. One of the forces adding to the growth is the advent of EVs. [Smart Energy]
  • “Why Some VC Summer Refund Checks Are ‘Not Worth The Postage’” • Since 2008, South Carolina household electricity customers have paid on average $1,565 extra to finance two reactors at the VC Summer Nuclear Station. They were not built, so the customers are getting refund checks. Some got checks for as little as $0.04. [Charlotte Observer]
  • “Tesla Cars Is #1 In US Luxury Car Sales In Second Quarter Of 2019” • The Tesla Model 3 absolutely embarrassed the luxury car competition in the United States in the second quarter. Looking at the luxury car ranking, Tesla took the title in the second quarter, on the shoulders of the Model 3’s unprecedented domination of its class. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Tesla Model 3 Has 67% Of US Electric Vehicle Sales In Second Quarter” • The story of the US electric vehicle in Q2 is all about unbalanced sales. There’s the Model 3, and there’s everything else. In fact, the Model 3 accounts for 67% of US electric vehicle sales, according to 2nd quarter sales data and estimates. Its sales nearly doubled from Q1 to Q2. [CleanTechnica]

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August 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Tesla Model 3 Outsold BMW, Mercedes, Audi, And Lexus Competitors In 2nd Quarter In USA – By A Landslide!” • No car in its category comes close to matching the Model 3 for sales. Tesla sold much more than three times as many Model 3s as the runner-up BMW 3 Series. Its sales were almost as great as all other top five cars put together. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3

  • “Is An Oil Price Crash Coming?” • Plunging prices for batteries and renewables are driving an EV revolution so rapidly that the economics of oil “are now in relentless and irreversible decline.” That is the startling conclusion of a detailed analysis produced by BNP Paribas, which is the world’s eighth-largest bank by total assets. [The National Interest Online]
  • “The Gulf Stream Is Slowing Down. That Could Mean Rising Seas And A Hotter Florida” • The Gulf Stream, the warm current that brings the east coast of Florida the mixed blessings of abundant swordfish, mild winters and stronger hurricanes, may be weakening because of climate change. It has reached its weakest point in 1,600 years. [Phys.Org]
  • “First Energy To Close Last Coal-Fired Plant In Pennsylvania Earlier Than Expected” • First Energy is closing its last coal-fired energy plant two years earlier than expected. The plant in Beaver County will cease operations on November 7. Representatives of First Energy say with competition from gas and renewables, the plant is not making much money. [CBS Pittsburgh]
  • “PG&E Pledges To Keep All Power Purchase Agreements Despite Bankruptcy” • PG&E said it would honor all existing power purchase agreements in a forthcoming plan to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy. Whether legacy power contracts would survive has been a hot topic in power industry circles since bankruptcy proceedings began. [Greentech Media]

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August 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Shipping Industry Must Go Carbon Neutral To Survive” • A report from Maritime Strategies International predicts the value of all the world’s oil tankers will enter a period of dramatic decline from 2025 onward due to a dramatic collapse in demand for oil and coal. Ships built in 2015 may not be worth more than scrap metal prices in just 10 years’ time. [CNN]

Supertanker (US Navy photo, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Change Food Production And Stop Abusing Land, Major Climate Report Warns” • Humans have damaged around a quarter of the ice-free land on Earth, a major report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned. It stressing that further degradation must be stopped to prevent catastrophic global warming. [CNN]
  • “Energy Innovation Report Claims Fuel Economy Rollback Will Cost Americans Big Bucks” • Energy Innovation studied the financial and environmental impacts of the Trump emissions rollback for automobiles. It concluded in a report that the administration’s plan will cost consumers billions while adding significantly to carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Study Shows How US Can Maximize Benefits Of Waste-Derived Fuels” • The US could produce enough energy each year by harnessing waste, largely bio-waste, to power the states of Oregon and Washington, all while cutting the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of carbon. That is according to research published in Nature Energy. [Biomass Magazine]
  • “NY Wraps Up Offshore Transmission Study” • New York Power Authority has published a report based on lessons learned from European offshore wind transmission models. The report will help guide New York state as it achieves its 9-GW offshore wind target by 2035 and will also inform regional and national offshore wind development. [reNEWS]

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August 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Cheap Renewable Energy: Cracking The Photosynthetic Process That Enables Plants To Split Water” • Scientists have identified an important photosynthetic process that enables plants to split water and powers all plant life on Earth. The process could make possible a limitless supply of cheap renewable fuel. [Phys.Org]

Hydrogen (Australian National University image)

  • “Global Renewable Energy Market 2018 By Top Manufactures With Production And Forecast To 2025” • The Global Renewable Energy Market is projected to reach $2,152.9 billion by 2025 and is expected to grow at 4.90% during forecast period 2018 through 2025, according to a report recently produced by Big Market Research. [Innovative Reports]
  • “Smithfield Foods Completes ‘Manure-To-Energy’ Project In US” • US pork processor Smithfield Foods completed a major ‘manure-to-energy’ project in Missouri. The firm has built a pipeline from one of its pig farms in the state to the natural gas mainline. It sends low-pressure natural gas to the pipeline for the city of Milan. [Bioenergy Insight Magazine]
  • “New Mexico Ranked Third In The Nation For Wind Energy Development” • According to the AWEA’s Q2 market report, New Mexico has 2,774 MW of windpower under construction or development, trailing Wyoming’s 4,831 MW and Texas’ 9,015 MW. It is ahead of Iowa, with 2,623 MW, and South Dakota, with 2,183 MW. [Carlsbad Current-Argus]
  • “Regional Water Authority To Be Completely Powered By Green Energy” • In South Central Connecticut, the Regional Water Authority announced that it has signed a contract allowing it to be completely powered by renewable energy, starting in December 2019. The contract will not increase energy costs over what it pays today. [Milford Mirror]

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August 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Proterra Launches Proterra Powered To Help” • Electric bus company Proterra has a new vehicle electrification offering called Proterra Powered. It makes the same technology Proterra has used in its vehicles for years available to other manufacturers to use in theirs. Most recently, Proterra electrified Thomas Built Buses’ Jouley school bus. [CleanTechnica]

School bus powered by Proterra (Proterra image)

  • “How Shorter Workweeks Could Save Earth” • There can be no doubt that we are living unsustainably, but there’s a novel idea that could turn this around: we work less, thus slowing down the global economy and curbing our seemingly endless appetite to consume more stuff. Is that feasible? And would it really save the world? It could at least help. [BBC]
  • “How Vaccines Could Fix Our Problem With Cow Burps” • Livestock may be responsible for up to 14% of all greenhouse emissions from human activities. But scientists at AgResearch hope a vaccine targeting methane making microbes could make it possible to reduce the contribution livestock farming is making to global warming. [BBC]
  • “New Car Sales In UK Falter As BEV Sales Soar” • The Society of Motor Manufacturing and Traders says that in July, UK new car sales were down by a whopping 4.1%. And diesel sales, which have trended downward for 28 months, were off by a further 22%. Sales of new fully electric cars, however, were up 158% in July compared with a year ago. [CleanTechnica]
  • “US Installs 736 MW Of New Wind As Pipeline Grows To Record Highs” • The US wind energy sector saw record wind capacity under construction or in advanced development in the second quarter of 2019, with its pipeline reaching nearly 42 GW, and 736 MW of capacity commissioned. One factor is demand by Fortune 500 companies. [CleanTechnica]

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NHSAVES UPDATES HOME ENERGY AUDIT PROCESS

Home Heating Index Tool and Streamlined Online Application Process Makes it Easier for Customers to Realize Incentives and Energy Savings.

 

MANCHESTER, NH – With fall just around the corner, NHSaves is making it easier than ever for residential customers to assess their home’s energy efficiency and qualify for incentives through the introduction of a new and improved online tool and application process.

 The updated Home Heating Index (HHI) tool is part of the NHSaves Audits and Weatherization program, which can be found at https://nhsaves.com/programs/energy-audits-weatherization/. The easy-to-navigate tool helps customers determine if their home qualifies for an audit that could ultimately help them earn incentives and rebates, as well as heat and cool their home more efficiently.
 NHSaves, a collaboration of Eversource, Liberty Utilities, New Hampshire Electric Co-Op and Unitil, helps New Hampshire residents, businesses and municipalities reduce energy costs and protect our environment.
 “The tool brings people into our retrofit weatherization program, which improves the efficiency of the home by tightening it up, adding insulation and making it more comfortable,” says Matt Minghella, Residential Program Manager at Liberty Utilities. “This also allows the home to consume less energy for cooling.”
 The HHI tool identifies homes with high energy usage per square foot. Using the online tool, customers simply plug in their heating usage over one year, the conditioned square footage of their home, their provider and zip code. Customers are then provided with an index of their home’s energy efficiency. The online tool simplifies the application process by taking it entirely online.
 “The process was very old school before and my gut feeling is it might have turned people away,” says Frank Melanson, Supervisor, Energy Efficiency at Eversource. “Now things are much smoother.”
 “In the past, folks had to print, sign and mail in the application with copies of fuel-use records,” says Phil LaMoreaux, Energy Solutions Program Administrator at New Hampshire Electric Co-Op. “Now they can just upload an image.”

Meaningful incentives, established contractor relationships and access to low-interest financing contribute to significant savings of up to $4,000 on overall improvement costs. Through enhanced weatherization tactics supported by NHSaves, customers save on all of their energy use, including electricity for cooling during the summer, as well as on oil, propane and wood heating costs during colder months.

The HHI tool and weatherization program is a part of the Home Performance with ENEGRY STAR® program, a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort at home that can save customers on energy costs. The program was recently honored by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) with the Exemplary Program Award as one of the leading energy efficiency programs in the United States

Due to low fuel prices, some natural gas customers may not qualify for the full Home Heating Audit. Liberty Utilities and Unitil natural gas customers who can upgrade at least one home heating zone to a WiFi thermostat may qualify for a newly launched efficiency assessment called a “Visual Audit.” This abridged audit still determines the home’s energy efficiency and provides homeowners with the direct installation of efficiency products like LED light bulbs and pipe wrap, as well as a check on insulation.

“Customers who go through this program will see immediate benefits through their utility bills and through the fact that their house will be more comfortable and quieter because it’s better insulated,” says Ben Stephenson, Program Coordinator, Customer Energy Solutions for Unitil.

To use the Home Heating Index tool and see if you qualify for the NHSaves Home Performance with ENEGRY STAR program, go to: https://nhsaves.com/programs/energy-audits-weatherization/.

August 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Europe’s Record Heat Melted Swiss Glaciers” • According to initial findings from the Swiss Glacier Monitoring Network, Swiss glaciers experienced unusually high melt rates during the last two heat waves, which occurred in June and July. The network’s head tweeted that Swiss glaciers lost about 800 million metric tons of ice. [Science Magazine]

Aletsch Glacier (Sam Rayner | Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

  • “As Climate Reckoning Arrives Over Agriculture, USDA’s Scientists Face Censorship” • A government climate scientist, who says the Trump administration buried a groundbreaking report he authored, has left the US Department of Agriculture in protest over the “political views” top officials allegedly imposed on his work. [ThinkProgress]
  • “July Confirmed As Hottest Month Recorded” • July 2019 has replaced July 2016 as the hottest month on record. This July’s global temperatures marginally exceeded the previous record, according to meteorologists of the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Programme, which analyzes temperature data from around the planet. [CNN]
  • “Dominion’s 100% Renewables Tariff Could Kill Virginia’s Retail Choice Ambitions” • Dominion Energy filed an application with Virginia’s State Corporation Commission in May for approval of its 100% renewable energy tariff. That tariff offering would keep other retail electricity providers from competing with 100% renewable options. [Utility Dive]
  • “EU Makes A New Bet On Green Hydrogen” • The European Commission has awarded a contract is for the construction of one of the world’s largest electrolysis plants for producing green hydrogen. The project partners will work and conduct research to develop an innovative hydrogen demonstration plant in Linz, Austria. [Transmission & Distribution World]

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August 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Overlapping Crisis Of Climate Change Cause Of Ecological Land Grab” • The crises of climate change, unsustainable food systems, and mass species extinction are on a course towards what might best be called an ecological land grab. Experts who once touted “win-win” scenarios for the environment now talk about “trade-offs”. [Deccan Chronicle]

Tropical forest (Photo: AFP)

  • “The Animals That Will Survive Climate Change” • With one in every four species facing extinction, which animals are the best equipped to survive the climate crisis? American bullfrogs might benefit from climate change, but some scientists say we humans, even with our extraordinary capacity for innovation and ability to adapt, probably won’t survive. [BBC]
  • “Stop Abusing Land, Scientists Warn” • Scientists and officials on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are meeting in Geneva to finalizing a document on the climate. It will deliver a stark condemnation of the damage we are wreaking on the land surface of the planet with farming and land use that cause CO₂ emissions. [BBC]
  • “Wood Mackenzie Report Claims World Will Still Get 85% Of Its Energy From Fossil Fuels In 2040” • According to Wood Mackenzie, renewable energy provides 8% of global electricity, a figure that will triple by 2040. But by then, growth in developing countries is expected to increase the demand for energy in all sectors by 25%. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Power Struggle Hindering US Growth Of Renewable Energy, Experts Say” • As more consumer options emerge in the US for greener technologies, there is a power struggle raging for control of the electricity market. It is between customers and vendors of solar power, on the one hand, and utilities that sell and deliver energy to the masses, on the other. [UPI.com]

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August 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Big Auto’s Existential Problem: Cannibalize Cash Cows Or Evolve Too Slowly” • Legacy automakers have a dilemma on their hands. Transitioning to electric cars is hard. A few German automakers have calmly voiced their concerns. Others have resorted to all-out whining. So what about Big Auto in America? Here is a look. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Photo Credit: Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

  • “Germany Hopes To Replace Coal With Hydrogen” • Germany is increasingly looking to hydrogen as an alternative to gas to end the dependence on coal. Last month the Economy Ministry announced funding for 20 hydrogen research labs, and natural gas pipeline owners asked for rule changes to allow hydrogen to be added to the mix. [Energy Reporters]
  • “Colstrip Owner’s Losses Mount As Hunt For Cheaper Coal Continues” • With two of its four units shutting down this year, Colstrip Power Plant is still struggling to find cheap coal and retain employees, plant operator Talen Energy told Montana lawmakers. The company abruptly announced in June it would close two units three years early. [Billings Gazette]
  • “Solar Power On The Rise In Susquehanna Valley” • Nine separate utility-grade solar energy projects are proposed to be built in Montour, Northumberland and Snyder counties, a database for the PJM electric grid shows. If constructed, each would tie into PJM, which serves 65 million people across 13 states and Washington, DC. [Sunbury Daily Item]
  • “MECO Makes Next Big Push For Renewables” • Maui Electric Co had a goal of 30% renewable energy by 2020. It is already at 37%, according to its website, and it is on track to reach the state’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. A second phase in growth is to take it to 80% renewable energy, or maybe even close to 100%. [Maui News]

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August 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “We May Have A Future Without Joshua Trees Thanks To Climate Change, Study Says” • Can you imagine a world without Joshua trees? A study by University of California-Riverside scientists says that could be the new reality, thanks to climate change. It says the hearty American desert trees could be driven to extinction by a drier climate. [CNN]

Joshua trees (National Park Service image)

  • “Climate Change Made Europe’s July Heat Wave Up To 3°C Hotter, Scientists Say” • The scorching heat wave that broke records across Europe last month was made a hundred times more likely, more intense, and up to 3°C hotter by climate change, according to a study from an international alliance of meteorological researchers. [CNN]
  • “California Farmers Are Planting Solar Panels As Water Supplies Dry Up” • Solar projects could replace some of the jobs and tax revenues that may be lost as constrained water supplies force California’s agriculture industry to scale back. In the San Joaquin Valley alone, farmers may need to take more than half a million acres out of production. [Seattle Times]
  • “Amid Historic Heat, Greenland Ice Sheet Loses 11 Billion Tons Of Water In One Day Of Melting” • Greenland, home to the world’s second largest ice sheet, is melting at such an alarming rate that scientists are warning it’s on track with worst-case scenario models for the year 2070. On July 31 alone, the island lost 11 billion tons of ice. [Sand Hills Express]
  • “‘Bolder Action Needed’ To Meet Paris Climate Goals” • Without bolder action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the world will not meet the Paris climate accord’s goals, according to a report by Wood Mackenzie. The report shows that the world is on a trajectory for global warming above pre-industrial levels of 3°C rather than the target of 2°C. [reNEWS]

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