September 7, 2017, Upstate New York – Today, Dandelion, a geothermal startup that recently graduated X, the research and development lab at Google’s parent company, announces the selection of its first installation partner, Aztech Geothermal. The companies will complete all of Dandelion’s 2017 installations.
Dandelion is making geothermal heating and cooling affordable by introducing a number of process and technology innovations, including analytics-based marketing, fixed system pricing, a low monthly payment option and an innovative drilling method. Dandelion’s business model is based on “taking care of everything,” including system design, and installation of home geothermal heating and cooling systems. The indoor portion of the installation will be subcontracted to regional installers, decentralizing this function and helping regional companies grow their business. Aztech Geothermal will be Dandelion’s first installer for its initial regions of the Capital Region and Hudson Valley.
“Aztech has installed geothermal for hundreds of homeowners in the area, many of which we’ve spoken to and who couldn’t be happier about their installations,” says James Quazi, CTO of Dandelion. “We’re thrilled to have them as our first installation partner.”
“The introduction of Dandelion will be a real boost for our business and the whole industry,” said John Ciovacco, President of Aztech Geothermal, “Their marketing capabilities, innovative business model and technology innovations will make the best heating and cooling system also the most affordable for homeowners. We are thrilled to be selected as the first regional installation partner.”
Under the partnership, Aztech Geothermal will be responsible for all home inspections, system designs and installation of the geothermal heat pumps to homeowners with ductwork.
- A recent report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis warns that Indonesia’s coal-based electricity strategy risks wasting $76 billion over the next 25 years. New generating technology and changing energy markets are making it easier and cheaper to supply electricity with small distributed power stations. [eco-business.com]
Indonesian power plant (Image: peggydavis66, CC BY-SA 2.0)
- France plans to pass legislation by the end of 2017 to phase out all oil and gas exploration and production on its mainland and overseas territories by 2040, according to a draft bill. It will no longer issue exploration permits and the extension of current concessions will be gradually limited until they are phased out by 2040. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]
- “Our Hurricane Risk Models Are Dangerously Out-of-Date” • More than half of the deluge associated with Tropical Storm Harvey happened “outside of any mapped flood zone,” even including 500-year events, in areas with only “minimal flood hazard.” The Houston area suffered from something more than random bad luck. [MIT Technology Review]
- The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has paired up with the University of Toronto to develop technology to convert carbon dioxide and water into hydrogen-rich syngas, a basic building block for high value chemicals and fuels, including synthetic gasoline. The process can be fueled with renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]
- Thanks to community-based energy efficiency programs, Duke Energy has delayed plans to build a natural gas-fired peaker plant in North Carolina. The plant, will now be built in 2027 instead of 2023, as planned, the Citizen-Times reported. Duke said the transition to renewable energy could even eliminate its need entirely. [Power Engineering Magazine]
2016 NH Drive Electric Week in Concord, NH
By Randy Bryan, Concord, NH
There will be several National Drive Electric Events around NH during National Drive Electric Week, September 9-16th. The Events are sponsored by NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Sierra Club, ConVerdant Vehicles, Plug-in America, New England Electric Auto Association, and others. For information on all Drive Electric Week events, go to: https://driveelectricweek.org/events.php
On Saturday, September 9th, Concord hosts the 6th annual NH Drive Electric Week Event on the Main Street sidewalk in front of the Statehouse and next to the Saturday Farmer’s Market. The event starts at 8:30am and lasts until 1pm.
On Saturday, September 9th, the Dothan Brook School in White River Junction, VT hosts a Drive Electric Event in the parking lot. Noon-4 pm. This event includes support by the NH’s New London and Upper Connecticut Valley volunteers and Dealers..
On Thursday, September 14th, the Common Man Resort and Spa in Plymouth hosts a Drive Electric Event. 3-7pm.
On Saturday, September 16th, Durham will host a Drive Electric Event at the Wagon Hill Farm on Rte 4, 11am – 3pm, in concert with the Durham Days Fair. The electric cars will then caravan to the Red Hook Brewery in Newington for ride-drives.
There will be lots of electric vehicles present of various makes and types for all to see, with owners and dealers present to answer questions. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever with electric cars, bikes, motor cycles, and more. Scheduled to exhibit are Teslas, Nissan Leafs, BMW i3s, Chevy Bolts and Volts, and more. Electric cars are improving by leaps and bounds, with the latest models offering 200+ mile range at more affordable prices. Come kick the tires!
Randy Bryan has been an advocate for electric cars for 8+ years. He is one of the co-founders of Drive Electric NH.
The nationwide celebration of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) is here!
We’re gearing up for the 7th annual National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) to be bigger than ever. From Hawaii to New Hampshire, a record number of cities are taking part.
Find out what EV parades, test drives, electric tailgate parties, press conferences, and more are in your area from September 9th to 17th.
Once a year, NDEW is a chance to come together and see how EV drivers are part of a growing community that believes in the future of clean transportation. NDEW’s increasing popularity and participation shows that, from public officials to your neighbor down the block, American drivers want 21st century solutions to slash climate pollution.
If you’ve ever wondered why electric vehicles are lower in emissions, cheaper and easier to maintain, and more fun to drive — or if you just want to see what the Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Ford C-Max Energi, BMW i3, Prius Prime, and other electric cars are all about — then see for yourself at a National Drive Electric Week event near you.
Look up a National Drive Electric Week event near you and RSVP.
Can’t make it to a National Drive Electric Week event? Be sure to check out Sierra Club’s interactive EV Guide. Just type in your zip code to get EV comparisons in your area, including consumer incentives, fuel cost savings, and environmental impacts.
Hanford Mills Museum is offering a two-day course September 16-17 on the theory and practical operation of a wood-fired steam power plant. Steam Power 101 will be taught by Joe Michaels, who designed and helped build the Museum’s wood-fired steam power plant. Before his retirement, he was senior mechanical engineer at the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project.
The course will provide a working understanding of small, basic steam plant operation, which can be applied to other mill (or stationary) settings, as well as marine and mobile applications. The class will begin with an overview of boiler and steam engine principles, operation, fittings, and equipment. Participants will learn how to fire a boiler, build and maintain a head of steam, control feed water, monitor steam engine valve settings, and other facets of steam engine operation in the Museum’s steam boiler plant. Beginners welcome, no technical expertise required.
“Joe Michaels is a wonderful teacher who draws on a career of knowledge and a lifetime of practical wisdom,” says Liz Callahan, executive director of Hanford Mills Museum. She noted that many who have taken this workshop have become members of the Steam Team who operate the Museum’s steam power plant. “Hanford Mills is one of the few historic sites in the country with an authentically operating nineteenth-century wood-fired steam power plant. In addition to the workshop, we’ll be running the steam power plant on September 9 during the Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree.”
Steam Power 101 will be held Saturday, September 16, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, September 17, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The cost is $100 for Museum members, $125 for non-members. Register by Thursday, September 14 online, www.hanfordmills.org or by calling the Museum, 607.278.5744. The class is limited to 10 participants.
- The Norwegian municipality of Arendal pledged to become 100% climate neutral. It is the world’s first municipality to join the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative, which means it will measure and reduce emissions “to the greatest extent possible” and offset other emissions. Municipal operations have been climate neutral since 2008. [Energy Live News]
Arendal (Image: Shutterstock)
- In a paper published in July, James Hansen said that because of continued inaction since the Paris agreement was reached, limiting carbon emissions will no longer be enough. Now, he says, active measures to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will be required. And those measures will impose staggering expenses. [CleanTechnica]
- Two recent reports indicate that the cost of wind power will continue to decrease, making it one of the most affordable green alternatives on the market. The US DOE’s Wind Technologies Market Report and a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory both say wind technology and efficiency continues to improve. [Interesting Engineering]
- The annual report from trade body Oil & Gas UK said 60,000 direct and indirect jobs were lost across the industry in 2016, more than the 40,000 it had predicted. The report said the sector could lose another 13,000 jobs in 2017. The oil and gas industry still supports more than 300,000 jobs in the UK, but that is 150,000 fewer than the peak in 2014. [BBC]
- A major Wyoming wind project designed to deliver energy to California faces growing competition from solar power. Solar development alone could succeed in meeting California’s renewable energy standard, which will require half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030, Wyoming legislators were told. [Redwood Times]
By Patrick Kiker, Communications Manager
Looking to get involved in the second annual Energy Efficiency Day on October 5th? Last year’s first-ever national event was a big success, and we welcome your help in expanding the reach of this year’s event.
Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of regional and national organizations that promote energy efficiency. More than 175 government agencies, companies, utilities, cities, and other organizations were official supporters in 2016. This year we are amplifying our efforts with a website, a Facebook account
, more official declarations, and a challenge to save energy in homes and businesses.
Here are four ways you and your organization can spread the word about the benefits of energy efficiency.
1. Visit our new website and sign up.
You can sign up as an individual or as an organization. As we get closer to EE Day, we’ll send you more ideas on how to get involved, including fun facts to share on social media.
2. Take the Lightbulb Challenge or the Office Lighting Challenge.
By taking the challenge, you agree to replace at least one light bulb with an LED. If each US household purchases just one LED bulb, consumers could save $500 million annually. Share your experience with friends and colleagues.
3. Encourage mayors/governors to officially proclaim October 5 Energy Efficiency Day.
In 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige did so, and this year Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has already followed suit. Check the link above for a sample proclamation that you can share with your mayor and governor.
4. Create and share your own content. You can share the news about Energy Efficiency Day and the benefits of saving energy—and money—through blog posts, emails, newsletters, and social media. Tell your own energy efficiency success story with videos, photos, graphics, or other content. Or share this blog post. When you sign up on the EE Day website, we will send material you can use.
Last year, EE Day participants generated more than 5,000 social media posts that were seen by millions of viewers. We were blown away by the creativity and humor
of the 2016 posts, and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next month. We believe we can make an even bigger impact this year with your help. Send any questions to me at email@example.com
A household hazardous waste collection event was forced to shut down early on Saturday, September 2nd, when a resident brought material for collection without realizing it was explosive. The event, hosted by the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD), was held at the Highway Garage in Jericho.
Upon identifying the material as diethyl ether – a shock-sensitive explosive chemical – the staff at the Rover, CSWD’s mobile collection unit for household hazardous waste, immediately initiated the emergency response plan. The fire department was dispatched and they evacuated the event. The chemicals were moved to a secure location until they are able to be detonated safely.
“The safety of our customers and staff is always our number one concern,” said Jennifer Holliday, CSWD’s Compliance Program and Product Stewardship Manager. “While we regret that some customers were unable to take advantage of the Rover’s annual stop in Jericho, we are proud of our staff members who acted quickly to protect the public. They performed exactly as they have been trained to do.”
Residents unable to attend the Jericho event are encouraged to bring their household hazardous waste to the Rover at the CSWD Drop-Off Center in Richmond on Saturday, September 9th, from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., or to the Environmental Depot, CSWD’s year-round hazardous waste collection and processing facility in South Burlington.
The Environmental Depot is located at 1011 Airport Parkway in South Burlington. The facility is open for residential drop-off of household hazardous waste Wednesday
from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
, and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Businesses must call (802) 865-4663
to make an appointment. Last year, the Depot collected over 651,723 pounds of hazardous waste.