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May 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • China Power and General Electric have launched a joint bid for a contract to construct the 2,400-MW Batoka Gorge hydropower project being co-developed by Zimbabwe and Zambia. Energy and Power Development Minister Simon Khaya Moyo said they paid him a visit at his offices and expressed strong interest in the undertaking. [Chronicle]
Batoka Gorge

Batoka Gorge

  • Power generation in West Virginia is changing, though some do not want to embrace the shifting priorities and others say it is a mistake to bet the bank on one horse. China Energy is interested in investing up to $84 billion in shale gas and petrochemical projects in the state. That would create some jobs, but it would cost others. [WV News]
  • According to the recently published Energy Atlas of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, European countries are distributing €110 billion in subsidies and free CO2 certificates to producers of fossil fuel energy. This means coal and gas power plants receive three times as much in subsidies as the renewable energy sources do. [Devdiscourse]
  • Russia is offering to put up floating nuclear power plants in the Philippines as the country explores the possibility of nuclear power generation. Russian state-owned Rosatom and the Philippine Department of Energy agreed in November of 2017 to cooperate on a possible Philippine foray into nuclear power generation. [GMA News]
  • Tata Power Co, one of India’s largest private power utilities, is planning to invest as much as $5 billion to ramp up its renewable capacity fourfold, according to its CEO. The 103-year-old power utility plans to increase its clean-energy capacity to 12,000 MW by 2028, with an investment of up to ₹40 million ($594,000) per megawatt. [ThePrint]

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May 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Tesla’s giant Powerpack battery in South Australia has been in operation for about 6 months now and we are just starting to discover the magnitude of its impact on the local energy market. A report now shows that it reduced the cost of the grid service that it performs by 90% and it has already taken a majority share of the market. [Electrek]
Tesla battery system in South Australia

Tesla battery system in South Australia

  • According to Catherine Von Burg, CEO of battery maker Simpliphi Power, 2017 was a blockbuster year for the company, with sales more than tripling from 2016. The spike in sales has Simpliphi Power bursting out of its Ojai, California headquarters and scrambling around the surrounding area looking for more manufacturing space. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Yale Program on Climate Change Communications carried out a study that reveals a jump in the number of Republicans who agree that climate change is caused by carbon emissions from human activities. The results showed a 9-point uptick in GOP voters who said they believed climate change was fueled by emissions. [Earth.com]
  • Scientists researched sea level rise in five Florida communities and the flooding can cause. Three of the communities already find themselves partially submerged regularly, unrelated to storm events. The scientists forecast that all will have greater problems within 17 years, and the areas that are flooding now could double in size in that time. [Ocala]
  • China’s major power plants generated 528.34 billion kWh in March, up 2.1% year on year, data showed. Thermal power production was up 1.4% in March. Electricity generated by wind and solar farms in March saw strong year-on-year growth of 30.6% and 27.9%, generating 30.57 billion kWh and 7.8 billion kWh, respectively. [Xinhua]

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Hanford Mills Museum to open for the 45th season; Guided tours offered at historic water-powered mill

[East Meredith, NY] Hanford Mills Museum opens for its 45th anniversary season on Wednesday, May 16. Guided tours will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays and feature demonstrations in the water-powered sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking shop.

In addition to the operating the 1926 Fitz overshot waterwheel and water turbines, on select days, the Museum operates its wood-fired steam boiler and steam engines.

“People are often awed by the ingenuity of the Mill and its machines, many of which continue to operate just as they did a century ago,” says Museum Executive Director Liz Callahan. “By demonstrating how the Mill evolved over its 120 years as a business, we can talk about entrepreneurship, technology, natural resources, sustainability, rural life, and other topics that resonate with visitors.” She noted that tours take about two hours, and that Museum staff are happy to tailor tours to the interests of visitors.

Visitors can also tour the Hanford House, barns and other outbuildings and view exhibits and a video. The Learning Lab, which opened in 2017, offers young visitors a hands-on play space with blocks, gears, books, and more. The Museum also has picnic tables and a shop with Mill-made items as well as books and local crafts.

Special events at Hanford Mills include the Independence Day Celebration on July 4, the Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest on September 8, and the Woodsmen’s Festival on October 14. Free Family Saturdays, which offer free admission to adults who are accompanied by children under 18, will be offered on May 26, June 16, July 28, and September 1. Workshops are held throughout the season, including a Woodstove Cooking Workshop on May 20, a Coopering Workshop on June 16-17, and a Steam Power 101 Workshop on June 23-24.

See the website for more information, hanfordmills.org.

Dartmouth Sustainability Solutions Café: Shaping Energy Transitions

Please join us for the next Sustainability Solutions Café!

Elizabeth Wilson – Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and Professor of Environmental Studies

“Shaping Energy Transitions”

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Kemeny 007

 Changing energy systems requires shifts in technologies, but also values, laws, institutions and practice. How energy systems evolve in New England states and towns will be shaped by a different set of resources, legacy energy systems, institutions, and societal values than in other parts of the United States, North America, and the world. While many states have passed aggressive policies, deployment often remains challenging.  Come learn about different contexts for energy system transitions and discuss different energy system transitions in New England and the world.

Please join us for light refreshments before the talk at 4:30!

Sponsored by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum and the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth

https://envs.dartmouth.edu/

May 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Elon Musk made some bold claims in tweets about the Boring Company. He said the tunnel under Los Angeles is nearly done and will soon be in use. He said work on a tunnel linking New York City and Washington, DC, has already begun. And he said a Hyperloop connection between Los Angeles and San Francisco would begin next year. [CleanTechnica]
Boring Company Los Angeles Pod Concept

Boring Company Los Angeles Pod Concept

  • Representatives of the German and Ugandan renewable energy sector successfully tested their jointly developed solutions for electricity and biogas supply in Uganda. Micro biogas plants have been in operation in Uganda for many years, but they typically cost around €1,000 ($1,200), and this is too high for much of the rural population. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Iceland is pursuing further adoption of renewable energy, with incentives to promote electric vehicles and the installation of over 20 new ABB fast charging stations. A realization that Iceland was too dependent on fossil fuel imports led to corrective efforts. Today, 80% of the energy for the country comes from renewable sources. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Sunrun is expanding, with a new office in Nevada during a resurgence in home solar in the state. Applications for home solar in Nevada are on a rapid rise; there were 287 in 2016 and 3,308 in 2017. The growth is the direct result of the federal solar investment tax credit combined with net metering policies for solar households. [Nasdaq]
  • Democrats joined Republicans to pass a bill looking for a place to deposit the growing stockpile of nuclear waste generated by power plants across the country. This includes, for example, the 3.55 million pounds of spent fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, or SONGS, sitting just yards from the Pacific Ocean. [The Keene Sentinel]

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May 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Carlos Alvarado, the new president of Costa Rica, announced the country’s “titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies.” He made the remarks at his inauguration speech in front of a crowd of thousands, according to a report in the Independent. [EcoWatch]
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

  • Opinion: “We Will Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change!!” • Of late, I feel increasingly confident that environmentalists will be able to make that claim soon. A few experts, like Tony Seba and Ramez Naam, are starting to make the claim. I had been wary of the idea, but increasingly I think they are right because of the exponential growth of renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly axed the monitoring system NASA runs to keep track of greenhouse gas levels, the US journal Science revealed. The Carbon Monitoring System, a project costing $10 million (£7 million) per year, which remotely tracks the world’s flow of carbon dioxide, is to lose funding. [BBC]
  • Voters in Newport, New Hampshire, approved a 2.2-MW solar energy project capable of providing the entire annual energy needs for Newport town and school facilities. The vote was 652 to 235. The solar installation will be the largest municipal project in New Hampshire and one of the state’s largest solar projects overall. [Green Energy Times]
  • The Arkansas Public Service Commission found that the Wind Catcher Energy Connection project is in the public interest. The $4.5 billion project includes a 2,000-MW wind farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle, and construction of a dedicated power line about 350 miles long that will carry the wind energy to the Tulsa area. [Transmission and Distribution World]

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VT Solar Developer Helps Newport, NH Achieve Net Zero Energy Status

Newport, NH – Newport voters approved by a margin of 652 to 235 a 2.2-Megawatt solar energy project capable of providing the entire annual energy needs for Newport Town and School facilities. The solar installation will be the largest municipal project in New Hampshire and one of the state’s largest overall.

Likewise, the solar arrays will make Newport the largest town in the state to net its entire municipal and school district energy demand from solar energy.

The Town vote last night authorized the Town and School District to enter into a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with local solar developer Norwich Solar Technologies for the project.

The project will serve the School District offices and the Town’s three schools, as well as all town-owned facilities, including the public library, airport, wastewater treatment plant, as well as the police, EMS and fire departments.

Town Manager Hunter F. Reiseberg said, “Being the ‘Sunshine Town’ we thought that it was appropriate that the Town embrace solar power as a means of offsetting our carbon footprint and saving the taxpayers’ money along the way.”

In the past two years, the Town has converted all of its offices and street lighting systems to LEDs. In May 2018 the Town and Norwich Solar Technologies will begin construction of the 2.2-MW solar arrays that will offset 100% of the electrical power requirements for the municipality, the school district, the library, as well as the police and fire departments. “We will, in short, be Net Zero and are already seeing significant savings. It has been a home run!” said Rieseberg. Net Zero means the total power used by the municipal and school buildings on a yearly basis is equivalent to the amount of power created by renewable sources.

A Power Purchase Agreement allows the Town and Schools to buy energy created by a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at a discount without having to provide any capital investment for the project. The PPA calls for the placement of solar PV arrays at the closed Town landfill and on land adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant. Land selected for the solar arrays are either under-utilized or currently not developable.

Work on the project will begin immediately and, upon commissioning, the Town will see immediate savings, with greater savings as energy prices rise over time—historically 2-3% annually. The PPA also includes a provision allowing Newport the opportunity to purchase the solar arrays at a substantial discount in the future.

In addition, “projects of this type typically help attract and retain forward-looking commercial and industrial companies and industrial businesses,” said Norwich Solar’s CEO Jim Merriam. “We applaud the real leadership Newport has shown as well as the cooperation by the facilities department, School Board, School Superintendent, Select Board and voters to make this marquee project a reality.”

Norwich Solar Technologies representative Don McCormick, who has managed the project for the past year said, “In addition to the long-term energy savings from this multi-million-dollar project provided at no cost to the Town, there are the added benefits of protection from volatility in an unstable electricity market, energy independence, contributions to a clean energy economy, and educational opportunities for school STEM programs.”

May 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “State Clean Energy Laws Make New England Grid More Resilient” • The New England power grid is more resilient and reliable thanks to state laws that promote renewable energy and efficiency and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. That is our evidence-based message to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
Renewable energy in New England (Chris Devers via Flickr)

Renewable energy in New England (Chris Devers via Flickr)

  • The US Energy Information Administration projects that 21 GW of gas-fired generators will be brought online in 2018, out of a total 32 GW of new capacity expected to be added this year. If that is correct, 2018 will be the first year since 2013 in which renewables failed to account for a majority of new generating capacity. [Daily Energy Insider]
  • The California Energy Commission has voted unanimously to adopt new energy efficiency standards, which would make solar panels a requirement for new home construction. While the vote was a big step forward, the proposed new standards will still have to go to the California Building Standards Commission for final consideration later this year. [CNN]
  • German utility Uniper launched a pilot scheme to produce methane gas at its Falkenhagen site from wind power as the country seeks wider uses for renewable energy. The plant, set up five years ago in Germany’s wind-swept Brandenburg state, already produces green hydrogen. Carbon for the methane will be supplied from a bio-ethanol plant. [Reuters]
  • Hawaii’s position as one of the leading US states for energy storage deployment shows no sign of weakening as Hawaiian Electric Co last week announced 120-MW of new battery storage across two projects in Oahu. One will be a 20-MW/80-MWh system, and the other will have 100-MW/100-MWh of storage capacity. [Energy Storage News]

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GOT WATER – GOT POWER?

What do you do when the power goes out?

Even if you have Solar PV system, if it is grid tied there is not much you can do but wait it out, or perhaps there is…

This presentation offers two innovative solutions for your water and power needs during a power outage;

Dan Foster – 5:30 to 6:15 Accessing your well water during power outages on hand pumping water using the new hand pumps available.

The price of frost free hand-pumps has come down significantly and the installation on top of your well casing is easier than you might think. Dan will present his experience with hand powered water pumps, in Vermont.

For more information – come to the presentation.

Helen Bruno – GMP – Tesla Power Wall program – 6:20 – 7:30 with Q and A. Seamless backup power – with or without solar PV.

Powerwall detects grid outages and automatically becomes your home’s main energy source. Protect your home from the next power outage and keep your lights on, phones charged, and no puddles under the fridge.

This cutting-edge battery acts as a home backup, storing energy for when you need it. The Powerwall 2.0 provides 8-12 hours of whole-house backup power. You can generate and store your own energy when you pair your Powerwall 2.0 with solar, or it can store energy directly from the grid itself.

GMP is partnering with customers to use the battery’s stored power during peak times to lower costs by reducing transmission and capacity expenses. Not only does the Powerwall improve reliability for customers; it can also reduce costs for everyone on peak energy days.

This is a special program for Vermonters, that offers a Power wall battery system with installation for an low monthly rental fee.

https://greenmountainpower.com/product/powerwall/

May 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Seajacks won a contract in Taiwan, its first order outside of Europe. The 10,000-tonne jack-up vessel Zaratan will install 20 6-MW wind turbines in the Taiwan Strait in water around 30 meters deep, up to six kilometres off the north-west coast of Taiwan. The work is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2019. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
Seajacks Zaratan (Courtesy of Seajacks)

Seajacks Zaratan (Courtesy of Seajacks)

  • “China reaps benefits of U.S. solar innovation while American workers are left behind” • IRENA reported over 500,000 new jobs in renewables in 2017 bringing the total to well over 10 million. Two thirds of solar jobs are in China. But in the US, where the technology was developed, solar jobs are on the decline. [ThinkProgress]
  • “Trump withdraws from Iran deal: What’s next?” • President Trump announced that the US intends not to participate in Iran nuclear deal and will re-impose sanctions. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded that Iran may be willing to remain a part of the deal, subject to negotiations with the remaining international partners. [CBS News]
  • The renewables arm of GE announced that it will supply 190 wind turbines totalling 470 MW for two projects in Iowa owned by Alliant Energy Corp. GE Renewable Energy will deliver the turbines for the 300-MW Upland Prairie Wind Farm in Clay and Dickinson counties, and the 170-MW English Farms Wind Farm in Poweshiek County. [Renewables Now]
  • Eight Democratic attorneys general are pushing EPA head Scott Pruitt to rescind a proposed regulation that would restrict the science it could use to write and enforce regulations. The group might sue the EPA if it moves forward with the rule, which critics say is an attempt to stop the EPA from using some important scientific findings. [The Hill]

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