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Drive Electric Week is Here: September 8 – 16

National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles.  Find events in your area at https://driveelectricweek.org/

 

Newbury Conservation Commission-NCC Fall Events

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THESE EVENTS AND FOLKS TO COME HAVE FUN!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Energy Financial Incentives Available to New Hampshire Businesses

Renewable Energy Fund reopens rebate program for solar and wood energy; deadlines loom

NH businesses seeking to control energy costs by incorporating solar or biomass energy on-site can now take advantage of rebates up to $50,000-$65,000 through the state’s Renewable Energy Fund. Under the fund, managed by the NH Public Utilities Commission, rebates are now available for commercial and industrial solar and biomass energy systems that meet program requirements.

This opportunity comes after the programs were recently re-opened on August 29 following a period of closure over the summer due to high demand outpacing available funding. Biomass applications are due September 7, with a lottery to follow on September 12 to determine queue positions; solar applications are due September 17, with a lottery to follow September 24, also to determine queue positions. Applications received after these deadlines will be funded or waitlisted based on availability of funds remaining. Terms and conditions are available at www.puc.nh.gov .

The recent reopening of the rebate programs is highlighted in a newly released “Financial Incentives for Commercial Sustainable Energy” free technical assistance resource just released by the NH Rural

Renewables Program. Rural Renewables provides free renewable energy technical assistance to qualifying NH rural small businesses and agricultural producers. Under the grant, businesses can receive a free site visit and customized site report and technical guidance to begin the process of implementing renewable energy projects. The project is funded by a USDA Rural Development “Rural Energy for America Program” grant.

One participant of the grant, Kelly Chapman of Chapman Holdings in Meredith, says: “ I was thrilled to connect with NH Rural Renewables. One of my biggest concerns about researching sustainable energy options was working with manufacturers who would have a vested interest in the outcome of my questions. Through Rural Renewables, I was educated on a range of sustainable energy solutions for my specific property and the cost-benefit ratios of each. In addition to giving me a well-rounded understanding of substantial investments to consider, they also helped me identify immediate solutions that were both economically and environmentally beneficial. As a Main Street business and building owner, I appreciate that their feedback addressed my environmental concerns while also helping to protect the long-term viability of the businesses in my building.”

“We are helping small businesses reduce their energy costs through strategic use of renewables and efficiency,” says Andy Duncan, the Rural Renewables program manager at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC). “Many businesses are not aware of all these incentives, and we help them determine their eligibility for these incentives and how they can affect net project costs.” The NH Rural Renewables program is a collaborative effort with the energy experts at LRCC, Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative, and NH Sustainable Energy Association. Visit www.lrcc.edu/nhrr to learn more about the program and to take the “Get Started Survey” for free technical assistance. The Rural Renewables homepage also provides a helpful list of free technical resources and NH commercial solar and wood energy installers.

 

September 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Hurricane Florence: Four Things You Should Know That Your Meteorologist is Truly Too Busy to Tell You” • Florence has an unusual path and conditions are making it powerful. We should keep that in mind as we look at the climate dynamics that make Florence stand out from others in the history of Atlantic hurricanes. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Atlantic hurricane (NASA image)

  • “Plan to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is getting underway” • An ambitious project to clean up the ocean’s plastic pollution got underway over the weekend as members of The Ocean Cleanup project began towing their system out to sea. It is being taken 240 nautical miles off shore for a two-week test in the open ocean. [CNN]
  • “UN chief Guterres calls on world leaders to prevent ‘runaway climate change’” • Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world is facing an existential threat and must shift from dependence on fossil fuels by 2020 to prevent “runaway climate change.” He called the crisis urgent and decried a lack of global leadership. [France 24]
  • “Natural gas line explosion leads to evacuations in western Pennsylvania town” • Dozens of people were evacuated after a natural gas line explosion in a small western Pennsylvania community. There were no injuries as a result of the blast shortly before 5 a.m. ET in Center Township in Beaver County, police Chief Barry Kramer said. [CNN]
  • “California governor signs law for clean energy by 2045” • California now has a law committing the state to exclusively carbon-free electricity sources by 2045. This is a very big step. If California were it an independent country, it would have the fifth largest economy in the world, trailing only Germany, Japan, China, and the US. [BBC]

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

September 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Tucson utility joins fight against initiative to increase solar, renewable use” • Tucson’s largest utility is joining the fight against a November ballot initiative that seeks to increase the use of renewable power in Arizona. Proposition 127 would require public utilities to get 50% of their power from clean energy sources by 2030. [Phoenix Business Journal]

Solar array in the desert

  • “Air pollution: know your enemy” • Sometimes you can’t even see it, but air pollution is everywhere. Perhaps you think that air pollution does not affect you because you live in a place with no smog. If so, you are most likely wrong. Nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to air pollutant levels the WHO considers unsafe. [UN Environment]
  • “Tesla Model 3 = #1 Best Selling Car In The US (In Revenue)” • In August, Tesla’s Model 3 became a top 5 best-selling car in the US in terms of units sold. But it cost twice as much as the cars by Toyota and Honda that sold greater numbers. In terms of the revenues from the cars sold, the Tesla Model 3 was the number one car. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Australia could be 100% renewable by 2030s, meet Paris targets by 2025” • Australia could reach the equivalent of 100% renewables for its electricity by the early 2030s by merely maintaining the current pace of wind and solar development, according to a report from Australian National University researchers. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Heavy hitters on climate change converge on San Francisco for Global Climate Action Summit” • The Global Climate Action Summit is a hybrid of any number of high-level international meetings in which political figures discuss what can be done to address climate change, sign declarations, adjourn, and get set to meet again. [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

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

NH RISES for Climate, Jobs, and Justice A Just and Fair Transition to Fossil Freedom

A Just and Fair Transition to Fossil Freedom

KEENE, NH – Hundreds attended the public rally to support a just and fair transition to renewable energy at Keene’s Central Square on Saturday, September 8th in conjunction with hundreds of others and just days before New Hampshire’s primary day.

Speakers at the Rally in Keene included standing left to right: Denise and Chief Paul Pouliot, Conor Hill, Dan Weeks, Bob King, Phil Suter, Matt Bacon, Julie Mudd, and Emily Caverhill Manns. Kneeling: Bri Precourt, Peter Wotowiec, Beth Wheland and Reverand Elsa Worth. (C. Corkery photo credit)

With New Hampshire’s 18 days of 90 degree temperatures so far this summer, the temperature trends of a changing climate keep getting worse every year and for people at the NH Rise for Climate Jobs and Justice Rally in Keene, NH we have reached the boiling point. We are demanding a just and fair transition for all in New Hampshire to enjoy the benefits of clean energy with safe jobs, protected wildlife, efficient housing, healthy air, and a better future than what we inherited from our elders.

An hour of speakers at Central Square was followed by an afternoon with local favorite Murphy’s Blues Band at Railroad Square setting the mood for a speakers’ tent and information tables. Ice cream and treats were provided by sponsors Stonyfield Farms and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream – businesses that have taken the movement to their factory floors and business principals.

With only days before the primary election, political actions were top priority. People called their elected officials about the popular net metering bill, SB446, that will be in the NH State House on veto day next week. Pledges to vote in November, voter registration, clean car standards, immigration protections, and Indigenous People’s Day discussions popped up at the ready.

The rally and afternoon included NH Sierra Club, The Monadnock Progressive Alliance, Harris Center for Conservation Education, Moms Clean Air Force, League of Conservation Voters, Clean Energy Team, Monadnock Progressive Alliance, The Sustainability Project, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, League of Women Voters-Peterborough Plus, Monadnock Sustainability Network, Twin States Animal Liberation, NH Plastic Pollution Alliance, Conducive, ECHO Action NH, Elm City Compost Initiative, Union of Concerned Scientists, Keene Immigrant and Refugee Partnership, Walker Cellar Works, Cowasuck Band of Pennacook-Abenaki People, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 490, Stonyfield Yogurt, and Ben&Jerry’s Ice Cream.

NH Rise for Climate jobs and Justice Rally Goers walking to Railroad Square in Keene with signs for a just and fair transition for all people to a clean energy and climate solutions. (photo credit: Donna Robbins)

Quotations from speakers, supporters and rally goers:

Conor T. Hill, Keene High School Senior Class President and KHS Sierra Student Coalition President
Contact:

“Eric Houlthaus wrote in an article in Grist about how every action has meaning in the age of the climate crisis. We have to take his advice, and not despair, but embrace our responsibility to mature as a society and combat climate change with our hopes, fears, laughter, and art. We all must roll up our sleeves and mobilize, each and every day, to demand justice for our children and communities. It’s time that we take care of one another. The future is bright, my friends, and the path to that future is lit not only by the power of solar panels and wind turbines, but by the light of the human heart. ”

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Bob King, President, Ashuelot River Hydro Inc.
Contact: 603-827-9999

The best way to increase small hydro’s percentage of the New Hampshire energy pie is to reduce the overall size of the pie. Then hydro becomes a larger slice. This is accomplished through aggressive energy efficiency and deep conservation. A countervailing, though positive, force is the adoption of electric vehicles, which will drive up electricity consumption. Recognizing the importance of electric vehicles to a clean energy future, our small hydro plants already include charging stations. More electric vehicles charging directly from hydro and solar means fewer financial losses and heightened awareness of where one’s electricity comes from. Once the software is in place, these same electric vehicles will help shave system peaks and enhance the value of renewables of all kinds.”

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Julie Mudd, Tesla

Contact: jmudd@tesla.com

 

In the beginning the TESLA companies worked tirelessly to ‘Accelerate the worlds transition to sustainable transportation!” Now that we have successfully changed the trajectory of the auto industry with an innovative collection of vehicles leading the way in all areas electric and sustainability and luxury!  We now focus our efforts on helping to ‘Accelerate the worlds transition to sustainable ENERGY!’

We deserve the ability to control our EVER RISING energy costs, to protect ourselves with predictability and sustainability. With Solar power and net metering, one home with a Tesla eco system powered by the sun can help fuel your entire neighborhood on Solar Power! Take back our power and our control! The more we demand options to these ever growing utilities the faster sustainability can spread!

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Rev. Elsa Worth, Saint James Episcopal Church in Keene

I am here today to speak of the spiritual beauty of creation.  Of the peace that we have all experienced in nature, in the laughter of children, in the love between friends and family, and in the midst of a loving, respectful community.  And I am also here to lament the damage to creation that has been caused by our wasteful and unspiritual disrespect of nature, children, persons, community – which is none other than our wasteful and unspiritual disrespect of God.

 

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Andrea Polizos, The Mondanock Progressive Alliance
Contact:
603-209-0277

The Monadnock Progressive Alliance is proud to join our grassroots actions with the NH Sierra Club and other organizations across the state to bring the NH Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Rally to Keene! United actions demonstrate strength and resiliency in the fight for Justice and Democracy!

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Catherine M. Corkery, NH Sierra Club, Chapter Director
Contact: 603-491-1929

New Hampshire is witnessing the changing climate with the demise of the moose population and extreme heat this summer. New Hampshire is ready for the just and fair transition to clean energy for all. Solutions abound – energy efficiency measures, distributed energy sources like small scale hydro, solar, and wind energy, and energy conservation – that are supported by science. This is the election to vote for protecting our future by supporting climate solutions together and make progress.

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Marge Shepardson, Citizen’s Climate Lobby
Contact: 603-762-1058

Citizen’s Climate Lobby is working to implement a carbon fee and dividend plan as the most effective way to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. The goal is to create the political will for a livable world.

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BJ Wahl, Twin States Animal Liberation, a grassroots NH/VT animal rights group, highlighted the environmental degradation caused by the meat, dairy, and fishing industries, especially in regards to climate change.
Contact: twinstatesanimallib@gmail.com

“Going vegan is the single biggest way to reduce your carbon footprint, by as much as 75 percent. This not only helps the planet and the animals, but studies show a plant based diet is far better for humans too and can reverse and eliminate many diseases.”

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Doug Walker, Walker Cellar Works of Harrisville
Contact: 603-827-9999

“Walker Cellar Works is passionate about preserving our existing homes and protecting this beautiful planet. I’m excited to have this opportunity to educate people about our process at this event.”

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John Kondos, The Monadnock Energy Hub,
Contact:
jkondos@home-efficiency.com

We’re at this rally in support of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco 9/13-15 because the Monadnock Energy Hub focuses on effective actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and improve energy security and resilience throughout our communities.

 

MORE EVENTS to celebrate and envision a clean energy future:

Sunday, September 9, 2018: Electric Car Expo at the New London Historical Society in New London from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 9, 2018: Portsmouth Electric Vehicle Show at Portsmouth City Hall/Police Dept. Lower Parking Lot, Portsmouth from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday, September 10, 2018: Movie showing “Burned: Will Trees be the Next Coal?” at Red River Theatre in Downtown Concord at 7 p.m. with a expert panel discussion. Cost: $10

Wednesday, September 12, 2018:  Movie showing of “Reinventing Power – America’s Renewable Energy Boom” from the Sierra Club followed by a panel discussion Keene State College’s Centennial Hall in the Alumni Center at 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 13, 2018: Granite State Electrical Coop hosts the Plymouth Electric Car Day at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, 2018: The Monadnock Energy Hub is hosting the Monadnock Drive Electric Expo at Keene Ice Arena, 380 Marlborough St. Keene, NH from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 16, 2018: National Drive Electric Car Show at the Exeter Town Hall Parking Lot (& bandstand) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Visit http://www.driveelectricweek.org for details.

September 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Scenes From San Francisco’s #RiseforClimate” • In San Francisco, political and business leaders are gathering for the Global Climate Action Summit. On Saturday, so were 30,000 people, who came to make it clear that the stakes for dawdling on replacing fossil fuels with a just transition to clean energy are very, very high. [Sierra Magazine]

Young Aztec dancer at protest (Photo: Sam Murphy)

  • “Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit” • Organised by New York-based group 350.org, environmentalists held protests around the world demanding stepped up action on climate change, ahead of a summit in California. Thousands took part in Paris, days after France’s environment minister quit over perceived policy failures. [BBC]
  • “30,000 Zambian households gain access to energy” • Over the course of a period of nine months, 30,000 Zambian households have gained access to energy for the first time. The increased access was achieved through the collaborative efforts between renewable energy company Fenix International and telecom firm MTN. [Lusaka Times]

Solar panels and a thatched roof

  • “Dirty Reality Catching Up With Fossil Fuel Vehicles” • The new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure has been put into force in the EU from 1st of September 2018. With it and the Real Driving Emissions test, OEMs whose cars have always been highly polluting, and are finding that they are now running out of road. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Tesla’s battery business is booming amid Model 3 struggles” • For the past year, Tesla watchers have been obsessively focused on its struggles to build its Model 3 electric sedan. But another element of Tesla’s business has been booming. Deployment of Tesla’s stationary batteries surged 450% during the first half of 2018. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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

September 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Ryan Zinke brushes past threatened islands’ most pressing demand during visit” • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has spent his week traveling through a series of tropical islands in the Pacific Ocean, part of an effort meant to strengthen strategic and security-based alliances. But he is ignoring their need to deal with climate change. [ThinkProgress]

Living between the breakers and the wet place (Credit: Fiona Goodall | Getty Images For Lumix)

  • “Federal Policy Vacuum Spurs Surge of State Environmental Ballot Measures” • At least 11 states will get a chance to vote this fall on a variety of environmental ballot measures, in a surge of activity that could foreshadow policies of a future Democratic administration. The measures run a gamut of environmental policies. [Scientific American]
  • “Bombshell: Tesla Announcement Implies HUGE Quarter 3” • The latest Company Update from Tesla had a statement buried in it that really stands out when it is allowed to sink in. “We are about to have the most amazing quarter in our history, building and delivering more than twice as many cars as we did last quarter.” [CleanTechnica]
  • “Department of Energy Walks Into a Fight About Subsidies” • A fight over power plant costs could threaten grid reliability, and it is not as simple as people have been hearing. By throwing three issues together, each to cost billions, policymakers are putting into jeopardy the electric grid reliability they say they are trying to protect. [Union of Concerned Scientists]
  • “BBC issues internal guidance on how to report climate change” • The BBC, one of the world’s largest and most respected news organisations, has issued formal guidance to its journalists on how to report climate change. The BBC has faced repeated criticism over the past decade for enabling “false balance” on the topic. [Carbon Brief]

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

September 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “‘Bold’ Climate Action Could Deliver $26 Trillion In Economic Benefits Through 2030” • A report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate shows that benefits of climate-smart growth are “significantly” underestimated. It says “bold climate action” could drive at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Studying under an electric light

  • “Big wind, solar farms could boost rain in Sahara: study” • A study in the journal Science used computer modeling to simulate the effect of covering 20% of the Sahara Desert with solar panels and installing three million wind turbines there. In addition to slowing global warming, it would also give a small but beneficial boost to rain. [ETEnergyworld.com]
  • “August the ‘cleanest energy month of the year in modern times’ in UK” • Fossil fuel generation in the UK fell to record lows last month, while renewables provided a quarter of all electricity, making August “the cleanest calendar month of the year in modern times” energy experts at consultancy EnAppSys said. [Power Engineering International]
  • “No future: Even existing coal to be beaten by renewables and storage on costs” • A new report authored by Australian and international researchers suggests there is no prospect for a new coal generator in Australia, and even existing coal generators are going to be challenged by the falling costs of renewables and storage. [RenewEconomy]
  • “US Energy Storage Deployments Increase 200% Year-Over-Year” • Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables published its US Energy Storage Monitor, collaborating with the Energy Storage Association. It showed that 156.5 MWh of energy storage were deployed in the second quarter of 2018, up 200% over Q2 ’17 (which was particularly low). [CleanTechnica]

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

September 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Court Upholds Massachusetts’ Authority to Cap Power Plant CO2 Emissions” • Massachusetts’ highest court resoundingly upheld the state’s power to impose limits on carbon emissions from power plants. It is an example of states establishing their authority to fill the regulatory void the Trump administration is creating. [InsideClimate News]

Gloucester, Massachusetts (Don Emmert | AFP | Getty Images)

  • “Advocates: Trump’s coal-friendly power plan will hurt Ohio’s health” • Ohioans likely face more early deaths, more asthma attacks, and higher electric bills under the Trump administration proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan, say environmental groups. Those conclusions come from the EPA ’s own analysis of the proposal. [Energy News Network]
  • “Average Atlantic Coast Offshore Wind Farm Could Add Billions To Economy & Thousands Of Jobs” • A report shows that an average-sized offshore wind farm located off the Atlantic Coast of the US could result in billions in economic benefits and yield thousands of jobs. Such wind farms could be put up in any of several states. [CleanTechnica]
  • “World’s largest offshore wind farm launches off English coast” • The Walney Extension project opened off Cumbria, in the northwest of England, with a capacity of 659 MW. This makes it the world’s biggest offshore wind park in operation, overtaking the London Array off England’s east cost with a capacity of 630 MW. [Deutsche Welle]
  • “Lock ‘Em Up? Bavarian Judges Propose Jail Time For Politicians Who Ignore Air Pollution” • When politicians don’t enforce measures to protect the public from pollution, should they be punished? And if so, then how severely? Bavarian judges are putting this question to the European Court of Justice, seeking legal guidance. [CleanTechnica]

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