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February 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “How To Change The Minds Of Climate Deniers” • Recent polls have found the number of people who believe climate change is real has increased considerably. What convinced them? To learn more about climate change converts, researchers at Yale and George Mason crunched the numbers from a blend of responses to surveys. [The Guardian]

Converted by personal experience (Massimo Rumi | Barcroft Images)

  • “Indiana Is A Top 10 Coal State – And It’s Waving Helloooo There! To Renewable Energy” • Indiana ranks among the top 10 in the US for coal production. Coal also factors heavily into energy consumption in Indiana. That has begun to change since Trump took office. Now, utilities, businesses, and customers are switching to renewables. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Opposition To Tri-State Brews Among Electric Cooperatives” • In a first-of-its-kind meeting, over fifty member-owners, trustees, and activists from New Mexico and Colorado rural electric cooperatives discussed renewable energy and their co-ops’ working relationship with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. [Rio Grande Sun]
  • “Glidepath Changes Plans From Fossil Fuel Generators To Battery-Only For Town Of Ulster Project” • GlidePath Development submitted a modified plan for a proposed grid support center in the Town of Ulster, New York. It switches from a hybrid configuration using natural gas and utility-scale batteries to using batteries only. [Mid-Hudson News]
  • “Climate Misinformation Researchers Throw Support Behind California Communities Suing Fossil Fuel Companies” • Six researchers studying climate misinformation filed one of eight friend-of-the-court briefs in a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of communities suing fossil fuel companies for climate damages. [DeSmog]

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

February 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Monsoon Rains Cause Floods In Queensland” • Exceptional monsoon rains have caused severe flooding in parts of Australia’s north-eastern state of Queensland. The area normally has monsoon rains from December to April, but such flooding is rare. Meanwhile, parts of southern Australian are in the grip of a severe drought. [BBC]

Flooding in Queensland (Reuters image)

  • “Zap&Go’s Carbon-Ion Battery Delivers Ultra-Fast Charging & Zero Degradation” • Zap&Go’s new Carbon-Ion battery combines the fast charging benefits of supercapacitors with the energy storage characteristics of a battery. The carbon-based battery does not use any rare earth metals or toxic chemicals, and it can last thirty years. [CleanTechnica]
  • “BP Will Link Bonuses For 36,000 Workers To Climate Targets” • BP has pledged to align its business more closely with global climate goals and link the bonuses of 36,000 employees to greenhouse gas reduction targets. The company said that it would support a resolution from the activist investor group Climate Action 100+. [CNN]
  • “Georgia Power Plots 1-GW Renewables Push” • Georgia Power has filed a resource plan with the Georgia Public Service Commission that includes a request to approve up to 1 GW of new renewable energy resources. If the plan is approved, the company’s renewables capacity would account for 18% of its portfolio by 2024. [reNEWS]
  • “Hanergy To Set Up The Region’s First Thin-Film Solar Power Industrial Park In Middle East” • Hanergy Thin Film Power Group signed a memorandum of understanding Ajlan & Bros for the first solar thin-film industrial park in the Middle East region. The project’s investment will be over $1 billion, and the capacity will be 1 GW. [AltEnergyMag]

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

February 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “If The Earth Is Warming, Why Is It So Cold In Chicago?” • The record cold temperatures have prompted the alleged leader of the free world to tweet America could use some good old-fashioned “global waming.” The thing The Donald is incapable of comprehending is that weather and climate are two separate and distinct things. [CleanTechnica]

Temperatures and the polar vortex (NASA image)

  • “Powering The World’s Largest Telescope” • The Square Kilometre Array’s thousands of dishes and million antennas in the deserts of Australia and Africa will revolutionize radio astronomy, as long as they can be supplied with electricity. Renewable resources offer a way to provide that power inexpensively. [Physics Today]
  • “Taiwan’s Government Affirms Commitment To Abolish Nuclear By 2025” • Taiwan will maintain its goal of abolishing nuclear power by May 2025, despite the vote in last November’s referendum, which required the removal of an article of legislation calling for all six nuclear reactors on the island to be shuttered. [The News Lens International]
  • “These Dozen States Could Move To 100% Renewable Electricity” • Last year, California set the most ambitious energy goal in the nation: reaching 100% renewable energy in just over 25 years. This year, as many as 13 other states are rearing to join it. The states are signalling they will not wait for the federal government to change course. [CBS News]
  • “Australia Is Sweltering Through Record-Breaking Heat. And The Worst Is Yet To Come” • As the US suffers from record cold, with temperatures plummeting below -32° C (-27° F), Australia is sweltering through an extreme heat wave. Scientists link increasingly hot dry weather to climate change, which they say will bring even worse weather. [CNN]

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

Permaculture Program: Community Event, Wilton, NH

For more information, please contact Sandy Lafleur at (603) 654-1245 or souhegansustainabilityfair@gmail.com
 
The Souhegan Sustainability Fair is sponsoring engaging and informative programs outside of their Annual Fair (this year on Saturday, May 4th from 10:00 – 4:00 at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School.)
 
We are pleased to offer a program on “Permaculture” by Dave McConville at the Wilton Public Library, 7 Forest Road in Wilton, NH on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 pm. Free admission.
 
We live in a culture where meeting our daily needs and wants has caused much environmental destruction leading to climate change, pollution, social and economic inequality and mass extinction.  How do we redesign our world to regenerate our environment and our culture?  Permaculture can help us find the answers. This presentation explains what permaculture is and discusses its ethics, principles and design process while presenting some ways to build strong, resilient local communities and make the transition from consumers to producers.  There will be time for Q & A following the presentation.

January 31 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Key To Winning Victories Against Big Oil? Perseverance” • Vermont’s Middlebury College announced that it was divesting its fossil fuel holdings. That might not seem so newsworthy, as Middlebury is just one of many divesting colleges, but it is one of the first to reverse course. Six years ago the college flatly rejected divestment. [The Guardian]

Solar trackers in South Burlington, Vermont (Photo: Toby Talbot | AP)

  • “EDF Signs Contract With NYSERDA For Morris Ridge Solar Project” • EDF Renewables North America signed an agreement with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for its Morris Ridge Solar Project. The 212-MW DC (170-MW AC) project also includes a 20-MW energy storage component. [Power Technology]
  • “GE ‘Created The Energy Industry’, Now Its Cementing A Place In Its Future” • GE is rebuilding its clean energy business by combining its renewables, energy storage, and grid infrastructure units. The reorganization that it is pursuing makes so much sense that one of the few questions the announcement raises is why did it take so long? [Forbes]
  • “Europe’s Transition From Hard Coal To Renewables Accelerating: Report” • Renewable energy is on the increase in the EU, and the use of coal has fallen 30% from what it was in 2012, according to The European Power Sector in 2018 report. Lignite coal, however, is proving more difficult to phase out than hard coal. [Power Technology]
  • “New Mexico’s New Governor Announces Climate Policy Commitments” • Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-NM, has formally ordered New Mexico to join the US Climate Alliance, fully embracing the goals set by the 2015 Paris Agreement. She also ordered the creation of a New Mexico Climate Change Task Force. [North American Windpower]

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

January 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Extreme Cold Gripping Midwest Does Not Debunk Global Warming, Experts Say” • President Trump may believe that a cold snap proves that climate change is not happening, but climate authorities, including those inside his government, said the record-setting cold does nothing to contradict the consensus on climate change. [NBC News]

Winter storm (NOAA image)

  • “Major Utility Implicated In More Than A Dozen Wildfires Files For Bankruptcy” • California utility Pacific Gas and Electric has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It faces billions of dollars in potential damages and fines stemming from liability in 2017 and 2018 wildfires. PG&E has secured $5.5 billion for operations while it restructures. [Ars Technica]
  • “Renewables Shine, Fossil Fuels Suffer As Australia Swelters In Record Heat” • In Australia’s most recent heat wave, fossil fuel powered generating plants failed to deliver. In Victoria, 1.8 GW of capacity was lost when two fossil fueled generating stations went off-line in the record heat. Solar, wind, and battery power kept losses to a minimum. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Indian Railways Planning 4 GW Solar Power Capacity” • India’s push to promote domestic manufacturing in the solar power segment may soon get a boost, thanks to the Indian Railways. The world’s fourth-largest railway network is planning to replace almost its entire power supply of thermal power plants with new solar power plants. [CleanTechnica]
  • “China Is Exporting Clean Energy With One Hand, Coal With The Other” • China is leading the world in exporting green environmental goods and services and building the globe’s largest renewable energy industry. But China is also funding over a quarter of the coal plants currently under development outside of the country. [CleanTechnica]

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

 

“IN SEARCH OF BALANCE” at February 4th Movie Night in Bradford, VT

“IN  SEARCH  OF  BALANCE”

An exploration into how increased urbanization and an obsession with technology have resulted in a disconnect from the natural environment.

Monday, February 4, 6:30 pm, Colatina Exit Upstairs

Come early if you wish to order food or drink to enjoy with the movie
Donations welcomed, but totally optional

Contact Nancy Jones at npj.4251@gmail.com for more information

Russelectric to Attend Solar Power Northeast Annual Conference

 Russelectric, a leading manufacturer of automatic transfer switches and power control systems and solutions, announces that it will be attending the Solar Power Northeast Annual Conference, to be held February 5-6, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Solar Power Northeast is the largest learning forum in the Northeast for the solar and energy storage industries regarding trends and legislation impacting grid resilience and reliability in the region. Russelectric will showcase their Distributed Energy Controller (or RDEC) at booth 102.

The Russelectric Distributed Energy Controller integrates and optimizes a facility’s onsite energy assets into a seamless microgrid: diesel generators, cogen, fuel cells, microturbines, solar PV, batteries, and critical and non-critical demands.  At the core of each RDEC, Russelectric’s transfer switches, switchgear, and power controller provide physical, data, and control integration of a facility’s onsite demand and generation assets. At the upcoming Solar Power Northeast Conference, Russelectric will be operating an interactive kiosk to showcase RDEC for visitors to the Russelectric booth. 

RDEC improves grid outage business continuity while reducing energy costs and carbon footprint.  In addition, RDEC improves facility power quality, benefiting internal equipment and reducing utility power quality charges via dynamic islanding capabilities, fast and reliable decoupling, automatic black start of backup generators, seamless grid resynchronization, and more. 

Depending on power control needs, an optional SCADA and Electric Power Management System can be added. Russelectric can also provide storage systems or work with a user’s selected storage supplier. 

For more information, visit www.russelectric.com/

NH Energy Expo

NHEC Foundation to Award Six $1,500 Scholarships in 2019

Applications are now being accepted for six scholarships to be awarded this year to New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) members by the NHEC Foundation.  
 
The $1,500 scholarships, one of which is reserved for a student entering a vocational/technical institution, are meant to support the education and resulting careers of NHEC members and their children.  Applicants must be at least a senior in high school at the time of applying and must be either a NHEC member or the child of a NHEC member. College and non-traditional students are eligible and welcome to apply. Applications and guidelines are available under the Community menu at www.nhec.com, or by calling 1-800-698-2007.
 
The deadline for applications is April 22, 2019.
 
NHEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving 85,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities. The NHEC Foundation, a separate, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has awarded more than $3 million to non-profits and charities in New Hampshire since 2006.