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November 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Stories of Kauai are turning heads at the United Nations Climate Conference. The island’s strides in clean energy, along with the progress in the rest of the state, are catching attention. Sen Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is part of a five-person legislative delegation representing the American people at the UN Climate Conference. []
Kauai (Photo: Christopher Michel, Wikimedia Commons)

Kauai (Photo: Christopher Michel, Wikimedia Commons)

  • Pope Francis blasted “shortsighted human activity” for global warming and rising sea levels and urged leaders at climate talks in Germany to take a global outlook as they negotiate ways to curb heat-trapping emissions. Francis met with a delegation of Pacific leaders and told them he shares their concerns about rising sea levels. [CTV News]
  • “Letter from Bonn: Pollution Killing More Indians Than Wars, Govt Must Understand Urgency of Now” • India loses more people to pollution than it would possibly to a war. Yet, successive governments resort to ad hoc measures, lacking implementation of a long term strategy to ensure clean air to people and address their right to life. [News18]
  • “Stop rewarding failure: Protect consumers, not profits” • More than a decade ago, our nation decided to pursue more nuclear power generation. But what we did not support was providing corporate welfare, putting all the project’s risks on the backs of electric customers, instead of on the people who decided to take the risk of investment. [The Augusta Chronicle]
  • “COP 23: Bill McKibben says the drive for 100% renewables is too slow. Time to accelerate!” • It may be possible for the world to reach 100% renewable energy by 2050, or sooner. But Bill McKibben said preventing absolute catastrophe requires action on emissions far faster than what market conditions alone would produce. [Red, Green, and Blue]

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

November 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Officials of Dairyland Power inaugurated a $167 million wind farm in the southwestern part of Wisconsin. The 98-MW Quilt Block project, with 49 turbines, is the state’s fourth largest wind farm and boosts the Wisconsin’s wind capacity by 15%. It is expected to provide enough energy for over 35,000 average households. [The Courier Life News]
Wisconsin farmland (Dairyland Power Cooperative image)

Wisconsin farmland (Dairyland Power Cooperative image)

  • Senate Republicans have put forward their own tax reform plan this week which, unlike the tax reform bill proposed by the House, does not take aim at renewable energy provisions such as the wind Production Tax Credit. The House plan proposed eliminating the vehicle tax credit and added a retroactive tax hike on the wind industry. [CleanTechnica]
  • Practically the entire island of Puerto Rico went dark again after a major power line repaired by Whitefish Energy failed. Even though that the failure may have had nothing to do with Whitefish’s work, it is still a demonstration that microgrids and renewable energy are the way to go for grid resiliency and reliability. [CleanTechnica]
  • The China National Renewable Energy Center advises the Chinese government to increase its 2020 solar target to 200 GW, up from its current 110 GW. The boom of installations saw the country pass its existing 2020 target last August. CNREC also advises increasing to wind and bioenergy targets and halting approvals of coal power capacity. [PV-Tech]
  • The South Carolina House speaker is proposing six laws aimed at protecting consumers from financial consequences of a failed project to build two nuclear reactors. South Carolinautilities spent more than $9 billion on two nuclear reactors before abandoning them. They had collected nearly $2 billion from ratepayers as they did. [New Jersey Herald]

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

November 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Cities Stand United on Paris Agreement at COP23” • Cities face a new reality of monster storms, unprecedented flooding, dangerous and record-breaking heat and drought, wildfires, and other challenges. More than 350 US “Climate Mayors” have pledged to commit to reduce emissions 80% by 2050, as laid out in Paris. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
Bonn, site of COP23 (Pixabay image)

Bonn, site of COP23 (Pixabay image)

  • Self-driving systems don’t have to be perfect to save tens of thousands of lives, the RAND Corporation says in a report, The Enemy of Good: Estimating the Cost of Waiting for Nearly Perfect. If autonomous vehicles systems drive only slightly better than humans, they could prevent hundreds of thousands of fatalities worldwide over the next 30 years. [CleanTechnica]
  • The failure of wealthy nations to deliver on short-term climate commitments could hinder the rollout of a landmark treaty, a bloc of 134 developing countries, including India and China, warned Thursday at UN negotiations in Bonn. The diplomatic spat has underscored the difficulty of reaching a consensus at the 196-nation talks. [Phys.Org]
  • Apple signed a deal to power to a Nevada data center with one of the cheapest contracted starting prices for solar power in the US. The deal was signed with NV Energy, owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway. The start price is 3.099¢/kWh with a 2% a year escalator, making it very inexpensive energy. The project has a capacity of 50 MW. [Electrek]
  • The federal government is ignoring threats to life presented by climate change, according to a claim of a lawsuit against Trump administration officials. The suit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia, on behalf of two Pennsylvania children and the Clean Air Council. Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt, and Rick Perry are named as defendants. [Public News Service]
Protecting future generations (Photo: Pezibear | Pixabay)

Protecting future generations (Photo: Pezibear | Pixabay)

  • The US car industry will be wrecked if President Trump relaxes emissions standards, California Governor Jerry Brown said. He said China would dominate car manufacture because it was heavily promoting the electric vehicles that would dominate the future. He said President Trump and US car-makers had not understood the scale of the challenge. [BBC]

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

Video: Young People’s Burden: Averting Climate Disaster – COP-23

Click here to view a video of Jim Hansen and his granddaughter, Sophie at COP-23:  Young People’s Burden.

Dr. James Hansen and his granddaughter, Sophie Kivlehan, confront the leaders of the world with the truth of the burden they have placed upon young people. You will find this Climate Matters show, videotaped at COP-23 in Bonn, Germany, to be most pertinent and pointed.

Video: Climate Change Progress Post-Paris: Is the U.S. Still In?

Click here to listen to the environmental awareness lecture by Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) that was held at Dartmouth College on Monday, October 30th, 2017.
Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world. Mr. Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states.  This event was sponsored by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum, the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth, and the Irving Institute for Energy and Society.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties’ Annual Meeting and Dinner – 11.9.17

Residents are cordially invited to the Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties’ Annual Meeting and Dinner on Tuesday, November 28, at Justine’s Restaurant at 399 W. Main St., Cobleskill, NY, 12043. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. with the dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. This meeting and dinner offers an opportunity for volunteers, staff, and guests to renew friendships and become acquainted with new staff and volunteers and learn about current Extension programs 
Our guest speaker is Michael Lapi, restaurateur and SUNY Cobleskill Chef Instructor.  His keynote is “Farm to Table and Eating Well–the Foundation of Life.”  Michael’s appreciation and advocacy of local agriculture and his thoughtful approach to seasonal foods has inspired his pursuit in crafting fine dining experiences.     
To learn more about the event, please visit our website, or by calling our office in Cobleskill at (518) 234-4303/296-8310 or in Cooperstown at (607) 547-2536 ext. 0.  The reservation deadline is Wednesday, November 22
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities, and provides equal program and employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties prior to the event.

Solar Saves Lives: Help Restore Electricity to Puerto Rico and the USVI

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Weeks after the hurricanes devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, millions of American citizens still lack electricity and other basic services. This natural disaster is far from over — it is clearly a humanitarian crisis.

The solar industry has a unique opportunity to help. Since the storms hit, solar and battery storage companies have been on the ground providing immediate relief while building a more resilient infrastructure for the future. And much more remains to be done.

Today we are announcing Solar Saves Lives, a coordinated effort between leading solar companies and relief organizations to restore electricity to hurricane-affected areas. Learn more about Solar Saves Lives and make a contribution now.

The Solar Foundation is proud to lead this effort in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, Operation Blessing, Direct Relief, and J/P HRO. We are seeking both product donations of solar equipment and monetary contributions that will help buy additional products and ship the equipment directly where it is needed.

We had a great call on Tuesday night to kick off this initiative with President Bill Clinton, solar industry CEOs, and leaders of major relief organizations. We thank all of you who were able to join the call and look forward to moving ahead with this important and vital initiative.

We’re launching Solar Saves Lives with more than $5 million in solar equipment commitments from more than 20 companies and organizations, including Sunrun, BayWa r.e. Solar Systems, the SunSpec Alliance, CAM Solar, Carolina Solar Energy, Solight Design, Renogy, Campervan HQ, and Prana Power, among many others.

This initiative builds on the work of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and allows the entire industry to support the relief effort, through contributions large and small. Solar companies are donating panels, inverters, battery packs, solar lighting, and other products. Members of the general public are making monetary contributions and setting up fundraising events and employee giving campaigns.

Solar Saves Lives will coordinate transportation of solar equipment directly to affected areas, working with partners to coordinate shipping and distribution and ensure proper installation and service. One immediate priority is to restore power in two food markets in the heart of San Juan, Puerto Rico, which provide a critical food source for vulnerable populations. A second priority will be 62 rural medical clinics in Puerto Rico — many of which remain closed due to lack of power after the storms.

Contributions are tax-deductible and are welcome from individuals and corporate entities, large and small. Your monetary contributions will go directly to the relief effort.

We invite you to learn more and make a contribution now by visiting

If you have questions, contact Ian Munn, Operations Coordinator, at, (202)-866-0891, or simply reply to this email. We are grateful for all your support.


Andrea Luecke
President and Executive Director
The Solar Foundation

New York Solar Energy Society’s: Bridge to Action Meeting

You are cordially invited to attend New York Solar Energy Society’s
“Bridge to Action”
Friday, November 17, 2017
7:45 am – 5 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Troy Auditorium

Solar and ground source together, flexible safe storage, new technologies, policy and regulations, community solar farms, finance, networking, jobs, education and more.

Follow the link for sponsors, installer scholarships, registration and the agenda of superstars their bios.

There will be a meeting space at the hotel for those coming in on Thursday night.

Can’t make it? Please rejoin ASES and click on the chapter sharing rate near check out at

Help Students from PV Job Corps Centers Located in FL and Puerto Rico

We all want to help the victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria. What is the best avenue to take? “Teach a man (woman) to fish and feed them for a lifetime.”

The PV Job Corps Centers in Gainesville, Florida and Puerto Rico have been damaged or destroyed, so their students have been relocated to Glenmont, NY to study solar PV at Hudson Valley Community College. Since these PV students are in town, we have an opportunity to allow them to attend the November 17th NYSES conference “Bridge to Action”. Please consider sponsoring a student to attend and have their first conference experience.

If interested, please contact Joanne Coons at

November 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A global transition to 100% renewable electricity, far from being a long-term vision, is happening now, a study says. It is the work of Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Energy Watch Group, and it was published at the UN climate change conference, COP23. The conference is now underway in Bonn, Germany. []
Solar Farm in Thailand (Asian Development Bank image, CC BY 2.0)

Solar Farm in Thailand (Asian Development Bank image, CC BY 2.0)

  • Exposure to particulate matter air pollution is responsible for more than 10.7 million cases of the development of chronic kidney disease per year, according to a study. Chronic kidney disease is just one of a long list of reasons moving away from petrol/gas and diesel cars, and coal-fired power plants, would benefit public health greatly. [CleanTechnica]
  • The European Commission published its annual climate action progress report this week. Between 1990 and 2016 the European Union has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 23% while at the same time growing its economy by 53%. This proves again that environmental action need not negatively affect the financial bottom line. [CleanTechnica]
  • HomeBiogas, which successfully launched its first home biodigester system on Indiegogo in early 2016, has been working to improve the design of its product into a more durable, lower cost, and more efficient model. It recently unveiled the next iteration of this backyard biogas device, cutting the cost of the device in half. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill aimed at expanding hydroelectric power by a vote of 257-166. The bill was sponsored by Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington. It defines hydropower as a renewable resource and streamlines the way projects are licensed, with primary authority granted to a single federal agency. [ABC News]

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