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September 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Donnie Dim Bulb Channels David Koch To Save The Incandescent Light Bulb” • The latest lunacy from the former coal lobbyist now running the EPA is a proposal to eliminate a regulation scheduled to go into effect next year to halt the sale of virtually all incandescent light bulbs in the US and replace them with more energy efficient lights. [CleanTechnica]

Light bulb (Pixelmaniac pictures, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Renewable Energy’s Booming, But Still Falling Far Short of Climate Goals” • Renewable energy capacity quadrupled worldwide over the past 10 years, with an estimated $2.6 trillion invested in its growth, a UN report shows. But the speed of that growth still falls far short of what researchers say is needed to deal with global warming. [InsideClimate News]
  • “Solar Tops Coal As World’s Biggest Source Of New Capacity Over Past Decade” • The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019 report, shows that solar power accounted for the largest single share of the net 2,366 GW of new power capacity installed over the past decade, at 638 GW. That includes coal and other fossil fuels. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Oil And Gas Companies Undermining Climate Goals, Says Report” • Major oil and gas companies have invested $50 billion (£40.6 billion) in projects that undermine global efforts to avert a runaway climate crisis, according to a report. The report from financial thinktank Carbon Tracker analyzed individual projects for climate effects. [The Guardian]
  • “Bernie Sanders In Climate Change ‘Population Control’ Uproar” • Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been criticized after arguing population control should be part of tackling climate change. The Vermont senator told a TV debate that women “in poor countries” should have access to birth control. [BBC]

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

The Global Climate Strike 9/20-9/28 – Join Us in Bow NH on September 28th

The Global Climate Strike – A Week of Action in Vermont and New Hampshire
September 20 – September 28
The week of taking action to stop the world wide climate crisis will begin on September 20th as Vermont students and their adult supporters join the Global Climate Strike. The week will end on September 28th as dozens of grass roots groups and hundreds of people from across New England gather in Bow, NH to shut down the Merrimack Generating Station –the last coal-fired power plant in New England.
Join Us in Bow, NH on September 28th – To Shut Down New England’s Last Coal-Fired Power Plant
Since officials won’t shut this plant down, we’ll act to shut it down ourselves. If you’re thinking of coming to Bow on September 28th: Go here to learn more about the plant in Bow and sign the Pledge of Resistance:

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/pledge-of-resistance-3?clear_id=true&source=email-today-i-took-action-to-shut-down-the-coal-plant-in-bow                                                                          

Click here to join the weekly Bow action mass calls:  https://actionnetwork.org/events/95-bow-action-mass-call

Click this link to learn how to form an affinity group and register your group:  https://actionnetwork.org/forms/register-your-affinity-group

We’re working to connect people to carpools traveling from the Upper Valley to Bow on the 28th. We’ll also be arranging a phone-in and in-person meeting to plan how we can support each other on the 28th as Upper Valley neighbors, including possibly forming affinity groups for the action in Bow. If you’ll be going to Bow from the Upper Valley and are interested in carpooling and the planning meeting contact Laura at simonlaura@gmail.com.
To learn more about the Student Strike go to https://vermontclimatestrike.org
For more information about other events during the week of climate action write to us at: UpperValleyAffinityGroup@gmail.com

ENERGY EFFICIENCY DAY – OCT. 2, 2019

On October 2, 2019 a growing network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities and others will showcase the benefits of efficiency during the fourth annual Energy Efficiency Day.

What can you do for Energy Efficiency Day 2019? Click here to find out more.

September 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Local Motors Will Introduce Its Olli 2 Autonomous Shuttle This Fall” • Olli is designed to provide shuttle service at colleges, hospitals, military installations, and other campus environments. As long as it stays within the confines of the space it is configured for, it is capable of Level 4 autonomy and requires no human driver/attendant. [CleanTechnica]

Olli 2 (Local Motors image)

  • “This Is The Bahamas. This Is What Hurricane Dorian Did To It” • The pictures coming out of the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian are truly frightening. Whole neighborhoods were under water. Apocalyptic destruction seemingly was everywhere. But it is not true that the entire country was flattened by the storm. [CNN]
  • “What Happened During CNN’s Climate Town Hall And What It Means For 2020” • Ten Democratic presidential candidates took to the stage for CNN’s climate town meeting as Hurricane Dorian menaced the East Coast and at a time when the impact of a warming Earth is no longer just a vision of a catastrophic future but is increasingly visible. [CNN]
  • “Report Shows Massachusetts Will Fall Short Of Its Renewable Energy Goals Unless It Makes Some Changes” • A report from Vote Solar shows that inconsistent policy environment slowed Massachusetts’ once booming solar market dramatically. It says the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target is undermining its renewable energy targets. [Solar Builder]
  • “Democrats Split Over Nuclear Energy Amid Climate Fight” • The use of nuclear power is splitting Democratic presidential candidates, with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and businessman Andrew Yang among those calling for new nuclear plants and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) arguing vehemently against any expansions. [The Hill]

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

Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign

Passionate about protecting wild spaces, indigenous rights, and preventing climate change?

Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign: Upper Valley Kick-Off Meeting!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Howe Library – 13 South St., Hanover, NH

The Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign is working in the Upper Valley to stop oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 2017, the tax bill contained a provision that opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska for oil and gas drilling. The Arctic Refuge is one of the largest and most intact ecosystems on planet earth, sustaining millions of birds, over 250 animal species as well as the nine thousand Indigenous Peoples of the Gwich’in nation.

Opening up the Arctic Refuge to oil and gas development would be catastrophic. It would not only imperil the amazing landscapes and biodiversity in the region, but would also contribute to climate change, and jeopardize a rich culture that has thrived for thousands of years. This is an attack on both the environment and on human rights.

The good news, is that it doesn’t have to be this way. We can preserve our spaces of wild natural beauty. We can protect this vital and largely pristine ecosystem. We can ensure the survival of the birds, polar bears, caribou, and the Gwich’in peoples’ way of life. Together, we can stop drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Join other concerned residents and local organizations Thursday night, Sept 19, 2019 for a fun event to learn more about the campaign, help us strategize how to win, and take action!

RSVP to let us know you can make it and please bring a friend!

To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact Jason Atwood at jason.atwood@publicinterestnetwork.org

September 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “‘Record’ Turbine Orders Placed In Q2 2019” • Wind farm developers placed a record 31 GW of turbine orders in the second quarter of 2019, according to new research by Wood Mackenzie. The previous record set in the fourth quarter of last year was beaten by 13.2 GW, the ‘Global Wind Turbine Order Analysis: Q3 2019’ report said. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Pixabay image)

  • “Australia’s Renewables Power Past Renewable Energy Target” • Australia continues to install renewables at record rates and will surpass the scrapped target of 41,000 GWh of renewable energy capacity around the end of 2020, analysis from The Australian National University shows. The newer target of 33,000 GWh has already been achieved. [Mirage News]
  • “Elizabeth Warren Embraces Jay Inslee’s Climate Change Platform” • Sen Elizabeth Warren announced she would adopt Washington Gov Jay Inslee’s 10-year climate plan. She would also put $1 trillion into additional protections to workers and to help fund a radical transition of American infrastructure and industry away from fossil fuels. [CNN]
  • “Julián Castro Rolls Out $10 Trillion Plan To Fight Climate Change” • Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro released his plan to combat climate change. The Democratic presidential candidate outlined his approach to what he calls the “greatest existential threat to our future” ahead of his appearance at CNN’s climate crisis town hall. [CNN]
  • “China Sets Sight On Leapfrogging US And Japan In Fuel-Cell Vehicles” • China’s government set its sight on fuel-cell vehicles as the next growth engine in its automobile market, as it aims to catch up with the US and Japan in cutting emissions and to take a giant leap in technology. It will heavily subsidize both cars and charging stations. [South China Morning Post]

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

September 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Attacks on Greta Thunberg, Say Allies, Show Just How ‘Terrified’ Reactionary Forces Have Become of Global Climate Movement” • As champions of Greta Thunberg hit back against malicious right-wing bullies, she said, “When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!” [Common Dreams]

Greta Thunberg (Photo: Anders Hellberg | Effekt)

  • “The Netherlands – Fossil Cars Down 20%, Electrics Up 75%” • In August, overall Dutch automobile sales were down by 16% year over year. Sales for cars powered by fossil fuels vehicles fell 20% from 39,430 to 31,430. At the same time, sales of fully electric vehicles jumped to 2,800 from 1,579 a year earlier, an increase of over 75%. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Why Are Hurricanes Like Dorian Stalling, and Is Global Warming Involved?” • Research shows that more North Atlantic hurricanes have been stalling as Dorian did, leading to more extreme rainfall. Their average forward speed has also decreased by 17% from 1944 to 2017, according to a study published by scientists at NASA and NOAA. [InsideClimate News]
  • “PV Peaker Plant A Model For Solar-Plus-Storage Projects” • Pairing solar energy with batteries lets utilities store excess power when the sun is shining but demand is low, and use it after the sun sets. One innovative project on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i is doing that and more, tapping into several other benefits in the process. [POWER magazine]
  • “A Renewable Benefit: Texas Extends Tax Abatement Program” • Texas Gov Greg Abbott (R) signed into law a bill that extends the state’s Chapter 312 property tax abatement program until September 1, 2029. Tax incentives available in Texas make it one of the friendliest states in the country for renewable energy development. [POWER magazine]

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

 

September 2 Green Energy Times

Headline News:

  • “Investors Are Leading The Climate Change Charge Towards Zero Emissions And Cleaner Fuels While Governments Lag Behind” • Financial giants from Europe, China, Japan, the US, Australia, and elsewhere can see the looming risks and rewards, and they are not waiting for policymakers to signal what needs to be done. [South China Morning Post]

Icelandic girl, where the Okjokull glacier once flowed (Photo: AFP)

  • “Unsanctioned Democratic Climate Change Debate Could Occur On TYT” • The DNC created a draconian rule to prevent Democratic candidates from taking part in unsanctioned debates. Candidates who take part in such debates will be barred entry to DNC-sanctioned debates. The Young Turks is trying to organize a climate change debate. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Trump Doesn’t Think He’s ‘Ever Even Heard Of A Category 5’ Hurricane. Four Such Storms Have Threatened The US Since He Took Office” • Dorian is the most recent of four Category 5 hurricanes to endanger parts of the US since Trump assumed the Oval Office. With Dorian, he said he had never heard of such a thing. He said that of the earlier ones also. [CNN]
  • “The Country Disappearing Under Rising Tides” • Bangladesh has been a vulnerable state for much of its short existence. In this flood-prone country, people have coped with rising water levels with a combination of innovation, flexibility, and resilience, but the extremes the environment is now throwing at them might be beyond anyone’s endurance. [BCC]
  • “Bullrock Solar To Partner On Renewable Energy Effort With Porter Medical Center” • Bullrock Solar of Shelburne, along with the University of Vermont Medical Center and the UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center, announced that the UVMHN Porter Medical Center will be the beneficiary of an 800-kW solar field. [Shelburne News]

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

September 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Florida’s Cities Are Building To Fight Rising Seas. Small Towns May Struggle To Defend Themselves” • Delray Beach is joining other Florida towns that are developing plans to respond to the threat of rising seas. An engineering report estimated the cost of protecting its most vulnerable neighborhoods in the city of 65,000 people at $378 million. [CNN]

Delray Beach, Florida (Matt Gannon | CNN)

  • “Uncertainty Of Climate Change Underscores The Need To Act” • Feedback loops, such as the release of CO₂ and methane from melting Arctic permafrost, mean that even if we achieve the very stringent greenhouse gas cuts required, there is a significant chance that warming from that amount of emissions could be much higher than 1.5°C. [The National]
  • “How M-KOPA Labs Is Pulling Academic Research Into The Off-Grid Solar Industry” • As of November 2018, M-KOPA, a Kenyan off-grid solar company, has over 700,000 subscribing households. Unlike typical organizations in the low-cost solar industry, M-KOPA is meeting demand for larger appliances such as TVs or refrigerators. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Time Is Running Out To Act On Climate Change” • I won’t be around to see the worst impacts of climate change, but my children, grandchildren and countless families around the world will be. They’ll suffer the brunt of this crisis. They’ll bear the burden of cleaning up my generation’s mess. We can, and must, do better. – Former Senator Harry Reid [Las Vegas Sun]
  • “An Increasing Number Of Young Republicans Are Concerned About Climate Change” • A new poll has found that a growing number of young Republican voters are concerned about human-induced climate change. Of Republican voters aged 18 to 34, 67% are worried about climate change, an 18% increase since earlier polls. [Earth.com]

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

August 31 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Federal Energy Data: Coal In Death Spiral, Renewables Surge” • Data from the US DOE’s Energy Information Administration shows that the amount of electricity generated by coal fell by more than 13% in the first half of this year. Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the US coal sector’s rating from “stable” to “negative.” [Environmental Working Group]

Coal-burning power plant

  • “‘Science Not Silence’: Greta Thunberg Takes Weekly Climate Strike To UN” • Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg took her weekly campaign for greater action on climate change to the gates of the UN, urging “everyone who cares about our future” to join her as world leaders gather in New York next month. She will address the UN on September 23. [SBS]
  • “Dominion Energy To Deploy Electric School Buses; Utility Exceeds 2018 Virginia Authorized ROE” • Dominion Energy plans to deploy 1,050 electric school buses by 2025 in its Virginia service territory and replace all diesel school buses with electric versions by 2030. The initial deployment would start with 50 buses in 2020. [S&P Global]
  • “China Pushes Regions To Maximize Renewable Energy Usage” • China’s parliament will send inspection teams through the country to ensure regions are prioritizing renewable energy resources in a bid to cut waste and boost the sector’s profitability, Xinhua reported. Renewable generation is currently 38% of China’s capacity. [The Express Tribune]
  • “NV Energy Boss: 50% Renewables Will Be Achieved ‘Well Before 2030’” • The CEO of NV Energy, applauded the 2019 Nevada Legislature for passing a bill mandating that 50% of NV Energy’s power come from renewables by 2030, but he said the company is ahead of that schedule. Its its last coal-burning plant will close by 2025. [NN Business View]

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