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July 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The Ohio Power Siting Board has given conditional approval for the 21-MW Icebreaker offshore wind farm on Lake Erie, according to local news reports. The wind farm will not be allowed to operate at night from 1 March until 1 January unless the developers have an adequate monitoring plan for birds and bats in place, the reports said. [reNews]

Icebreaker test site

  • California took another step to mandate that utilities move towards sourcing 100% of their electricity from sources that do not emit CO2. On a 10-5 vote, the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee approved SB100. The bill now goes to the full Assembly, and if approved will go to Governor Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it. [pv magazine USA]
  • The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum commissioned a study of the economic impacts of increased renewable energy on the state’s economy. They were shocked to find that if renewable energy is increased 30% by 2027, it will create more than 68,000 new jobs and have a gross economic impact on the state of over $10 billion. [CleanTechnica]
  • A new 2.4-GWh hydro pump storage plant in Scotland’s Loch Ness will increase the country’s ability to deliver renewable energy. Plans for the huge facility were revealed last week. Technical, practical, ecological and all other plans for Red John will go to the government this September. It is exptected that the review will take a year. [Wired.co.uk]
  • The new energy company and electric vehicle titan BYD, based in China, has signed the largest bus deal it has ever had in the Americas, with a new order for 100 fully electric BYD buses in Santiago, Chile. The new buses will start operations in November of this year, when BYD hands them over to the transit operator, Transantiago. [CleanTechnica]

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July 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Rhode Island has become the first state to sue oil companies over the effects of climate change. It filed a complaint seeking damages for the costs associated with protecting the state from rising seas and severe weather. The state’s attorney general said Rhode Island would hold the companies accountable for harm they have caused. [InsideClimate News]

Rhode Island (Photo: Marc Choquette | CC-BY-2.0)

  • Wind turbines or solar panels with batteries will be able to provide on-demand power cheaper than old coal plants in China by 2028, analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict. In the US, the combo can outcompete gas generation by 2027, according to the same New Energy Outlook report, presented in London. [Climate Home]
  • The TransAlta power plant contributes 10% of the of the total greenhouse gas emmissions of Washington state. Its three units will shut down, one at a time, from 2020 to 2025. The plant’s coal comes from a terraced, open-to-the-sky strip mine, and TransAlta will replace its generating capacity by repurposing 1,000 acres of the mine site to a solar farm. [CleanTechnica]
  • An administrative law judge has recommended that plans for a proposed natural gas power plant in Minnesota come to an end. Judge Jeanne M Cochran said Minnesota Power’s proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center is neither needed nor in the public interest, and should be rejected by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. [Duluth News Tribune]
  • The production of renewable energy in Germany has hit a new record, providing 41.5% of the country’s power supply in the first half of 2018. Politics are becoming embroiled in migration issues, but the launch of a commission to find a path to end coal-fired power generation has fuelled hopes that the country will be able to reduce emissions more. [RenewEconomy]

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Ten reasons shifting to green energy can be better for your family

by Alycia Gordan

Green energy has been taking center stage ever since the threat of global warming and environmental degradation has started looming over the planet. 2017 was the eighth consecutive year during which the investment in green energy exceeded $200 billion. Out of this, solar energy attracted the most global investment. The world added 98 gigawatts of solar capacity in 2017 only.

The investment in renewable energy seems justifiable; after all, it comes with numerous advantages. It is not only environment-friendly but economical as well. Do you know that only one turbine can power 1400 homes? While green energy is beneficial for the economy, you can also leverage it to your advantage. Here is why switching to green energy will be better for your family:

1.      Lower electricity bill

Electricity has been a blessing since its introduction, but it comes at a considerable cost. Green energy, however, can lead to cost savings. Installing a wind turbine or a solar panel means that you will use less power from the grid.

Solar panel installation can considerably reduce your electricity bill, but it depends upon several factors such as daily sunlight hours and local electricity rates. A typical American family spends about $1430 on electricity every year. 20 years savings can be as high as $30,523, but it varies from state to state.

1.      Increase the value of your home

Adding solar panels to your home can increase its resale value. According to a survey conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory buyers are willing to pay a $12,000- 15,000 premium for a house with solar. The laboratory analyzed 4000 homes in eight different states. Initially, real estate agents were unaware of how the additional benefits of a solar panel. However, now 1.5 million households are equipped with solar panels, and there is one new installation every 90 seconds. Hence, the real estate agents have more experience in marketing these features.

2.      Guaranteed performance

The best part about shifting towards green energy is that you don’t have to worry about the equipment at all. Making a huge investment can be a scary thought, but you should know that it is a secure investment because most of the manufacturers offer a warranty of 20-25 years, which means they expect the equipment performance to go down by only 1% every year. Issues with solar panels are rare, especially if you opt for a reliable and well-known manufacturer.

3.      Low maintenance

Solar panels may seem high maintenance by the face of it. However, that is not the case. In fact, there is little maintenance involved in the entire lifespan of the equipment. The only thing that you need to take care of is the dust and pollen, especially during the summers. Rain is often enough to clean your solar panels, but in case there is no rain, you can easily rinse off the dust with a garden hose. Most companies offer maintenance packages along with the warranty.

4.      Affordable

One of the reasons why green energy is gaining traction is its affordability. Technological advancements have significantly reduced the prices of green energy. According to a recent report, the trend will continue in 2020. Also, all the renewable technology is capable of competing head-on with fossil fuels. The average cost of solar panel is $18,840, 6.6% lower than the price a year ago. The cost of a wind turbine is even lower than that of solar panels. The average upfront cost of wind power equipment is $5,000.

5.      Tax rebates

Apart from affordability, another advantage of green energy is tax rebates that add to cost savings. You will get back around 30 percent of the installation costs as federal income tax credits when you file for your taxes, which means you will get back $7,500 on an investment of $25,000, which is not bad. On top of this, you can also avail state and local rebates and solar energy renewable credits that can cut down the cost of investment into half.

6.      Stable prices

One of the downsides of using electricity from the grid is fluctuating prices of the fossil fuels. For example, before 2008, prices of coal skyrocketed due to high demand. However, there was a rapid decline after 2008 because the demand decreased. As far as renewable energy is concerned, it can provide stable prices. A decade ago, it cost around $600MWh to generate electricity from solar power, while it cost $100 through gas and coal. Today, electricity from solar power costs $100 while electricity from the wind costs only $50.

7.      Easy installation

Technological advancements have simplified green energy equipment, which has consequently made solar installation easier. In fact, you can now install the equipment yourself. However, you must be very careful since these solar panels produce high voltage electricity when exposed to the sun. Another option is solar roof tile, which are easier to install. The market is now full of solar energy software that makes the installation process seamless.

8.      Reduce your carbon footprint

By switching to green energy, you will not only benefit yourself but the environment as well by reducing greenhouse gases. There is a formula that you can use to determine how your green actions are improving the environment. However, to give an idea, a typical vehicle produces 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year, and if the average size of a solar panel is 6 KW, then it means that a solar panel takes a car off the road.

9.       Keep the house cool

One additional benefit of installing a solar panel in your home is that it keeps the temperature of house lower. With the solar panels, the sun rays do not fall upon the house directly. Instead, they get absorbed by the solar panels, which keeps your home cool.

The world is already suffering from high pollution and increasing temperatures. By shifting to green energy, you can play a small part in saving the environment.

AUTHOR BIO

ABOUT Alycia Gordan

Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer. She loves to read and write article related to health and lifestyle, sometime on health-tech as well.  She is crazy about choclates and you can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia

EPA Launches National Electronic Hazardous Waste Tracking System

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System (e-Manifest). The system will improve access to higher quality and more timely hazardous waste shipment data and save industry and states valuable time and resources to the tune of $90 million annually.

“Creation of the e-Manifest system demonstrates EPA’s commitment to innovation and robust collaboration with states and the private sector,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Through this extensive modernization of the hazardous waste program, the e-Manifest system will significantly reduce regulatory burdens and save businesses and states valuable time and resources, while improving protection of human health and the environment.”

“EPA is very excited to partner closely with the waste management industry to bring much-needed efficiency and modernization to how companies track and manage wastes, and how they work with government agencies,” said Alexandra Dunn, Regional Administrator of EPA’s New England office.  “We are confident that updating these systems will yield a reduction of regulatory burden, saving time and resources, and improving protection of human health and the environment.”

“The successful launch of EPA’s E-Manifest system is a very significant accomplishment,” said Terri Goldberg, Executive Director of Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association. “The New England State environmental agencies are eager to work with EPA Region 1 on implementing the new system and look forward to having the enhanced access to data and information that it will provide. Once the online system is fully functioning and all parties are utilizing its features, the New England States believe that it will reduce the reporting burdens on generators, haulers, and TSDFs and help all parties save time and associated costs.”

Starting June 30, 2018, users must submit all manifests, whether paper or electronic, to EPA’s e-Manifest system. There will be several ways to submit manifests to EPA, ranging from mailing conventional paper to full electronic delivery. Receiving facilities will pay a fee that varies based on how the manifest is submitted.

The e-Manifest system, authorized by the 2012 e-Manifest Act, enables electronic tracking of hazardous wastes and will serve as a national reporting hub and database for all hazardous waste manifests and shipment data. Once electronic practices are widely adopted, EPA estimates e-Manifest will ultimately reduce the burden associated with preparing paper shipping manifests, saving state and industry users, on average, about $90 million annually. Complete transition to electronic manifests will be phased in. EPA will continue to conduct ongoing outreach to states and industry.

The Agency will also re-evaluate whether additional security measures are necessary for a small subset of manifest data about certain acute hazardous wastes. In the interim, EPA will be working directly with impacted receiving facilities on specific procedures related to those manifests. Additionally, EPA recently announced it would grant receiving facilities extra time to submit paper manifests in the initial months after system launch to further support industry implementation. Facilities that receive manifested waste between June 30, 2018 and September 1, 2018 will now have until September 30, 2018 to send those paper manifests to EPA.

For more information about e-Manifest, visit: www.epa.gov/e-manifest

July 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • To address the threat of rising seas and subsiding land, during the recent primary elections Foster City, California proposed a ballot measure: $90 million worth of property tax increases to fund raising the levees by 2½ metres. Foster City residents voted yes, by more than 80%. The levees should protect them for a little over thirty years. [CBC.ca]

Foster City (Kim Brunhuber | CBC)

  • Tesla teamed up with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the largest electric utilities in the US, to produce a massive battery system with a capacity of up to 1.1 GWh. The battery packs for this project will be provided by Tesla with an output capacity of 182.5 MW of power for 4 hours. PG&E can choose to increase the time to 6 hours. [TNW]
  • Vattenfall has delivered power for the first time from the 93.2-MW Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm. The project delivered electricity to the UK National Grid on 1 July from the first two of the 11 MHI Vestas turbines to go live, according to the Swedish company. Aberdeen Bay will feature two 8.8-MW machines and nine 8.4-MW units. [reNews]
  • The Chinese plug-in electric vehicle market is at full charge, with some 94,000 units registered in May, up 127% from last year and just 8,000 units less than the current record of 102,000 units set last December. PEVs took a 5% market share in May, well above the 2.1% of 2017. If sales keep progressing this fast, expect a new all-time record in June. [CleanTechnica]
  • In the US, EV sales have been hovering in the neighborhood of 1% for the last two years. But EV sales in April 2018 were 1.74% of total light vehicle sales and could end up close to 2% by the end of 2018. This is primarily because of deliveries of Tesla’s Model 3. California’s EV market share reached a record 7.77% in April and could go much higher. [CleanTechnica]

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July 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The Swansea tidal lagoon energy project could go ahead without UK government backing. The Welsh government said it does not have the resources to back the project, but a Swansea council leader told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales it could be viable under different ways of paying for it and selling the energy. [BBC News]

Swansea tidal lagoon energy project (TLP)

  • A study from the University of California in Santa Cruz, shows that we might have a powerful tool at our disposal to scrub carbon dioxide from the air. We can do this by splitting seawater atoms and producing hydrogen gas for fuel at the same time. The carbon dioxide is turned into a bicarbonate. [India Times]
  • US President Donald Trump has urged Saudi Arabia to sharply increase its oil production to combat the rising cost of fuel. Mr Trump tweeted that he had asked Saudi ruler King Salman to raise oil output by up to two million barrels a day. “Prices to [sic] high! He has agreed!” the president added. [BBC]
  • “India’s huge solar ambitions could push coal further into shade” • India says it intends to launch a tender for 100 GW of solar power, 10 times the size of the current largest solar tender in the world, which is also Indian. These and other green power promises from Delhi have serious implications for the coal industry. [The Guardian]
  • Colorado farmers are turning to a resource bringing new economic life into eastern Colorado: wind turbines. One family has thirty turbines going up on its land, part of the largest wind farm ever put up in the state. The Xcel project will have a capacity of 300 MW, and is to be in operation in October. [Colorado Springs Gazette]

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June 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Levels of air pollution well below what is considered safe by the US EPA and the World Health Organization are causing an increased risk of diabetes worldwide, a study published in Lancet Planetary Health said. In 2016, air pollution contributed to 3.2 million new diabetes cases, worldwide. It is linked to 150,000 new cases per year in the US. [CNN]

Salt Lake City (Eltiempo10, Wikimedia Commons)

  • Three utilities announced a collaboration aimed to advance the research and development of renewable natural gas, including such technologies as power-to-gas, which uses renewable power to synthesize fuel. One of the utilities, Énergir (formerly Gaz Metro), is the parent company of Vermont Gas Systems and Green Mountain Power. [Vermont Biz]
  • The US Energy Information Administration summarized the true coal power trends very concisely, saying, “At least 25 GW of coal-fired capacity will retire within the next three years (2018–2020), according to planned retirements reported to the EIA.” It also pointed out that natural gas now produces more power than coal. [CleanTechnica]
  • A PacifiCorp study concluded that coal plants owned by Wyoming’s largest utility are not always the cheapest power source for customers, particularly compared to renewables. That finding runs counter to assumptions that proximity to coal mines always drives down the cost of coal power, compared with other options. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]
  • Land O’Lakes, Inc and California Bioenergy have launched a collaboration to support financing, installation, and management of on-farm methane digesters to generate compressed natural gas fuel from renewable resources in California. State law requires that farms reduce methane emissions 40% from 2013 levels by 2030. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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June 29 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • BYD announced that it was releasing the technology for 341 sensors and 66 controllers for its DiLink system “on an open platform” to encourage other companies to adopt a standard platform for the developing EVs. BYD’s DiLink Intelligent Network System is a critical part of its e-Platform, the foundation for its EV technology. [CleanTechnica]

BYD production line in Shenzhen, China

  • Hydro-Québec and Central Maine Power Company jointly announced the successful conclusion of contract negotiations with Massachusetts electric distribution companies for the New England Clean Energy Connect 100% hydropower project. The deal will provide enough renewable electricity to power over 3 million electrical vehicles. [CleanTechnica]
  • BYD opened a 24 GWh battery factory in Western China’s Qinghai province, with plans to ramp up to a total production capacity of 60 GWh by 2020. The new factory joins BYD’s two other existing battery factories in Shenzhen and Huizhou. At full capacity, the factory’s 60 GWh of batteries can supply 1.2 million of BYD’s popular Tang EV. [CleanTechnica]
  • At the World Gas Conference in Washington this week, the world’s biggest energy companies championed natural gas as the fuel of the future, rather than one that simply bridges the gap toward renewables. Their message was that to reduce emissions and provide affordable electricity, the world needs to burn more fossils, not less. [Bloomberg]
  • “How to convince a country to end their reliance on coal” • In a victory for all of us campaigning for a renewable future, Israel’s Minister of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, recently announced that Israel will be free of coal and oil by 2030. We focused on three issues: Coal is bad for public health, bad for public finances, and bad for our climate. [Greenpeace International]

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June 28 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • In Oregon, Eagle Point solar farm has a “solar apiary” that has agriculture with PVs. The owners believe the installation is the largest of its kind in the country. Utility-scale solar is sited with 48 beehives, covering 41 acres of land and providing pollination services to surrounding farms, while also producing electricity for the local grid. [Treehugger]

Bee visiting a flower (supersum, CC BY 2.0)

  • “Can Wind Turbines Make You Sick?” • Whether the sound, audible or inaudible, actually impacts human health remains a deeply contested issue. Scientific consensus suggests it does not. Twenty-five peer-reviewed studies looking at a range of health effects have found that living near wind turbines does not pose a risk on human health. [NOVA Next]
  • Renewable energy sources accounted for more than one-fifth (20.05%) of net domestic electrical generation during the first third of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data released by the US Energy Information Administration. And solar power alone is now providing 2.07% of the nation’s electrical production. [Solar Power World]
  • The City of Albuquerque is installing 12 solar power systems using a bond that will be paid back with electricity savings. Along with this, the local police and fire facilities are increasing their resilience with onsite energy generation. Along the way, the city moves closer to 25% renewable electricity and local jobs are being created. [pv magazine USA]
  • On June 22, Puerto Rico quietly asked the world to deliver one of the biggest battery systems ever built. The proposal, which was posted on a government website, calls for the island to add at least 200 MWh of batteries as it rebuilds in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. That is enough to supply 5% of the island’s peak electricity demand. [Quartz]

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July Webinar: Financing 2.0: Navigating 3rd-Party Financing for Efficiency and Renewables

 

UPCOMING WEBINAR
FINANCING 2.0:
NAVIGATING 3RD-PARTY FINANCING FOR EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLESTUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018
3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
The last few years have seen dramatic growth in the variety of third-party financing options available for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. To help make sense of the options, DOE recently rolled out Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, an improved version of our online tool that helps organizations find financing solutions for efficiency and renewables projects. 
Version 2.0 features renewable energy financing options like power purchase agreements and solar leases, a smart database of financing providers, sector-specific and location-specific financing resources, updated market data and insights, a fresh design, and more!
Sign up to learn the powerful new features of Navigator 2.0. You’ll get a review of key market trends in energy project finance, what they mean for your organization, and how the Navigator can help. You’ll also hear from industry experts on practical tips and tricks to help you secure funding that works for you.
Presenters: 
Jon Powers, CleanCapital; Julia Emerson, Highland Commercial Properties; Joe Indvik and Holt Mountcastle, RE Tech Advisors