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The October 2021 Green Energy Times is Available!

The October 2021 issue of Green Energy Times is now online!

You can download a complete copy as a pdf file HERE.

Articles will be put up as individual posts soon.

October 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Florida Is Ditching Palm Trees To Fight The Climate Crisis” • When you think of Florida, beaches and palm trees come to mind. But what if those palm trees were slowly replaced with other trees? That could happen over time because of climate change, and communities in South Florida are trying to save the world from the climate crisis. [CNN]

 

Live oak draws down 200 times the CO₂ that palms can. (Ashley Knedler, Unsplash)

  • “Weather Whiplash: A Series Of Storms Could Ease California Drought, But Also Unleash Flood Hazards” • Parts of the West Coast will go from extreme drought to facing a series of bomb cyclones, and an atmospheric river. The Pacific Northwest and Northern California will have rains, flash floods, debris flows, and potential hurricane-force winds. [CNN]
  • “Caltrain Pushes For Renewability With Electric Trains” • After a period of delayed funding, Caltrain’s electrification project is finally coming into place. Its mission is to transform all of Caltrain’s diesel trains into fully electric ones. The change will see benefits of quieter, faster, and less polluting train service, according to one employee. [Scot Scoop News]
  • “Fox Weather Channel To Embrace Climate Change” • Fox Weather, a new 24-hour sister network of Fox News, will strongly embrace climate change as part of its coverage, multiple press reports say. “If you’re asking about climate change, climate change is part of our lives,” Sharri Berg, the Fox executive who will head the division, told Variety. [Newsmax]
  • “The Bar For Climate Ambition Must Be Set By Science, Not Congressional Politics” • Precisely because the present emissions gap is so great, we cannot solely lean on the incredible progress enabled by leading states, localities, businesses, and individuals. To truly bend the curve, we need federal action – action, not spun words or justifications. [CleanTechnica]

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

October 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “How America Is Tackling Its Greatest Source Of Emissions” • Cars are central to American culture, giving people mobility and the freedom to travel. But since 2017, transportation has been the single largest source of greenhouses gases in the US, largely due to cars. To reach net zero by 2050 the US needs to rethink its relationship with the automobile. [BBC]

Arizona traffic (Randy Lisciarelli, Unsplash)

  • “Solar Farm Output Overloads National Grid, Sparking Calls For Accelerated Transmission” • As Australian homeowners embrace rooftop panels and solar farms pop up, renewable output is outpacing the means of transmission. With a glut of solar energy overwhelming the power grid, there’s been a seismic shift in the electricity network. [ABC News]
  • “Ameresco’s 2-GWh Battery Storage For Utility SCE To Help Address California’s Power Reliability Risks” • Clean energy systems provider Ameresco has contracted with California utility Southern California Edison to deliver battery energy storage systems with a total of 537.5 MW of power and 2,150 MWh of energy capacity. [Energy Storage News]
  • “NTSB Found That The “Driverless” Tesla Crash Wasn’t So Driverless After All” • Remember that so-called “driverless” Tesla crash in Houston that the media went nuts over? Well, now the National Transportation Safety Board has issued an investigative update on it. It found that there actually was a driver in the car at the time of the accident after all. [CleanTechnica]
  • “FERC Rulings May Change Renewables’ Path In Southeast And California” • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued two major decisions yesterday that could determine access to renewable energy in large swaths of the US, even as the FERC commissioners fought over whether the country is facing “gas scarcity.” [E&E News]

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

October 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “This Might Just Look Like Grass, But It Has The Power To Absorb A Load Of Our Carbon Emissions” • Forests, peatlands, deserts, and tundra can all absorb and hold stocks of CO₂. Of all the carbon held in land-based ecosystems, around 34% can be found in grasslands, data from the World Resources Institute show. That’s close to the 39% held in forests. [CNN]

Grassland (Jonathan Farber, Unsplash)

  • “Record Levels Of Renewable Energy Drive Down Electricity Prices Across Australia” • Record levels of renewable energy drove down electricity prices across Australia in the September quarter, with prices zero or lower a sixth of the time, AEMO said in a report. Solar, wind, and hydro power supplied a record 31.7% of the electricity. [The Guardian]
  • “Tesla Switching To LFP Batteries For Standard Range Model 3 And Model Y Cars” • Tesla started using LFP batteries in Model 3s made in China last year. Tesla will use lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO₄) chemistry for all standard range cars globally from this point forward. It is also using LFP battery cells in its grid-scale energy storage products. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Merchants Fleet Pivots To Help Fleet Managers Electrify Their Fleets” • Merchants Fleet, a fleet management company based in Hooksett, New Hampshire, is transitioning to EVs. CEO Brendan Keegan made it clear that the time for planning a transition to EVs is now, as the cost of operating an EV fleet close to parity with combustion vehicles. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Hanover Joins Newly-Formed Community Power Coalition Of New Hampshire” • Hanover joined the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire. The coalition, which includes twelve other municipalities and Cheshire County, aims to help member governments pool their resources to transition to more renewable forms of electricity. [The Dartmouth]

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

Efficiency Maine Adds Fourth EV Educational Video in Series

 

What: Efficiency Maine today launched another electric vehicle (EV) educational video — “Home Charging: Installation Tips” — featuring Maine humorist and car enthusiast Tim Sample. The quasi-state agency has produced a series of educational videos that will be released weekly throughout October and November on newly redesigned Efficiency Maine web pages. The videos complement a rich array of educational materials about EVs, rebates, and charging infrastructure to help Maine consumers learn more about and become more comfortable with EVs.

Efficiency Maine launched the EV video campaign with an introductory segment titled “Go the Distance in an Electric Vehicle,” which features Sample talking about the “new cars” on the roads in Maine — EVs. Sample lists some of the benefits of EVs placed in the context of the state’s goals to reduce carbon emissions. The video series is displayed on a new “carousel” feature at the top of the redesigned Efficiency Maine web page, which encourages visitors to click through and view videos as new ones are added to the series.

The website already includes an instructional video on how to use public EV chargers, different ways to pay for a charge at any public charging station, and where and how to find EV chargers. Other videos under production will describe considerations on charging at home; how to maximize a charge, and “one-pedal driving,” which enables drivers to come to a full stop without using the brake pedal.

Who: EV car enthusiasts and others interested in learning more about EVs.

When: Today! New videos will be released weekly throughout October and November on newly redesigned Efficiency Maine web pages.

Where: Mainers can find extensive information on the refreshed Efficiency Maine EV web pages, including a new guidebook on “How to Select and Install a Home Electric Vehicle Charger,” which provides useful information and tips for current and prospective EV owners. The guide answers common questions about home EV charging, such as:

  • What is a Level 2 EV charger?
  • Why should I charge my EV at home?
  • Where can I buy an EV charger?
  • How much does it cost to purchase and install a charger?
  • Where can I find an electrician to install my charger?

How: To learn more about electric vehicle technology and how to maximize its benefits visit www.efficiencymaine.com/ev.

October 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Instead Of A Coal Mine, This Alberta Mountain May Now Become A ‘Green Energy Complex'” • Montem Resources gave up a plan to develop an open-pit coal mine on Tent Mountain. It has a new proposal to use the mountain for pumped-hydro energy storage, powered by nearby wind turbines, along with a green hydrogen production facility. [CBC.ca]

Tent Mountain in southwestern Alberta (Montem Resources)

  • “Don’t Buy Another Gas Car!” • Maybe you normally let your cars run five years, ten years, or longer before you replace them. However, when the time comes to replace your car, don’t buy another gas car! The car companies are increasingly making EVs. Within 10 years, we will look on gas cars like we now look on film cameras and tube TVs. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Study Shows Recycled Lithium Batteries As Good As Newly Mined Lithium Batteries” • There’s a new study out that found that recycled lithium-ion batteries are as good as and even better than new batteries made with newly mined materials. The study showed that recycled NMC111 cathodes actually are superior in both rate and cycle performance. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Document Leak Reveals Nations Lobbying To Change Key Climate Report” • Leaked documents seen by BBC News show countries are trying to change a crucial scientific report on how to tackle climate change. Saudi Arabia, Japan and Australia are among countries asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels. [BBC]
  • “Grassley Calls On Biden To Support Renewable Energy Industry” • Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called on President Biden to support renewable energy as green manufacturing jobs are now leaving Iowa. In a letter, Grassley asks the President to do everything in his power to ensure workers are not hurt by federal policies moving forward. [Senator Chuck Grassley]

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

October 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Biden’s Climate Targets Are Possible Without Clean Energy Program, But Will Need Tax Credits And Regulations” • Even if Democrats’ cornerstone climate policy is stripped out of their budget bill, an independent analysis estimates President Joe Biden can still meet his climate goals. But it would take decisive action and regulations. [CNN]

Offshore wind farm (Bob Brewer, Unsplash)

  • “West Virginia’s Reliance On Coal Is Getting More Expensive, And Joe Manchin’s Constituents Are Footing The Bill” • In West Virginia, 89% of the electricity comes from coal, compared to just 19% nationwide. But coal is now more expensive than renewables or natural gas, whose prices have fallen greatly. West Virginia’s ratepayers are footing the bill. [CNN]
  • “Company Announces First-Of-A-Kind $3 Billion Renewable Hydrogen Project” • The Mississippi Clean Hydrogen Hub would use new arrays of solar panels to generate electricity, which in turn would power electrolyzers that split hydrogen from water molecules. The green hydrogen would be stored in underground salt caverns for later use. [E&E News]
  • “Oil, Coal, And Gas Got $5.9 Trillion In Subsidies In 2020 – IMF Report” • The latest analysis by the International Monetary Fund says the fossil fuel industry received $5.9 trillion in direct and indirect subsidies in 2020. That’s up from the $2 trillion the IMF estimated in 2014. The figures include intangibles such as tax breaks, but also societal costs. [CleanTechnica]
  • “UK Unveils Its Net Zero Strategy With Pledges For Guilt-Free Flying, Electric Cars And More Trees” • The UK government unveiled its roadmap to reaching net zero emissions by 2050, putting new funds behind electric vehicles, sustainable aviation fuel, and forests as carbon sinks, while boosting the role of nuclear in its energy transition. [CNN]

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

Home + Energy Chats: The Benefits of Local Wood

Register now for
Chat with the experts about how to access the best timber in the state, and why it can benefit your home building project in more ways than one. Bring your questions for these industry leaders:
  • Lee Burnett, Project Manager, Local Wood WORKS
  • Michael Friedland, Owner and CEO, The Lumbery
  • Harold Bumby, Owner, The Maine Wood Treaters
Home + Energy Chats is a webinar series for homeowners, those in the market, and anyone interested in green and healthy home improvements. With topics ranging from the Value of Green Home Improvements to Permaculture 101, Historic Home Performance to the Benefits of Local Wood, you won’t want to miss these insightful conversations between Maine’s top experts in their field.
The Home + Energy Chats series is presented by Royal River Heat Pumps and supported by Senecal Construction Services, LLC and Bath Savings.

Efficiency Maine Offers Free Building Energy Code Workshops

 

What: During October, November, and December 2021, Efficiency Maine is offering free workshops on seven separate residential and commercial code provisions and best practices related to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). 

As of July 1, 2021, the IECC 2015 became the mandatory baseline energy code for all new construction in Maine. Copies of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code can be obtained at https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/IECC2015.

Who: The workshops are open to all building professionals involved in design, equipment specifications, construction, and municipal code enforcement, including but not limited to, code enforcement officials, builders/contractors, architects, engineers, and related building trade professionals (construction supervisors, product suppliers, energy professionals, third-party inspectors, HVAC installers, home inspectors, and real estate professionals). 

When: Each workshop, facilitated by Maine Indoor Air Quality Council, will be presented three times. For more details about the sessions and to register go to https://www.efficiencymaine.com/professional-training/building-energy-code-workshops/

Where: Online virtual training. For additional Building Energy Code resources and links to previous training material click here.

How: Interested professionals can register at https://www.efficiencymaine.com/professional-training/building-energy-code-workshops/

 

October 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Democrats Are Developing A Replacement For Cornerstone Climate Measure In Sweeping Economic ” • Sen Tina Smith of Minnesota affirmed that Democrats are creating a replacement for the clean electricity program in the economic package. The program will likely be dropped from the bill due to opposition from Sen Joe Manchin of West Virginia. [CNN]

Wind turbines (Daniel Morris, Unsplash)

  • “Billionaires Beating The Government In Race To Net Zero ” • The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero is now “collectively holding assets under management of a staggering $90 trillion to invest in alignment with a 1.5°C trajectory,” said the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Billionaires are not waiting for political leadership. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Iberdrola Earmarks £6 Billion For UK Offshore Wind Hub” • Spanish utility Iberdrola will commit £6 billion to subsidiary ScottishPower’s 3-GW East Anglia Hub off the UK’s east coast. The funding is in addition to the £10 billion UK investment being made by Iberdrola between 2020-2025 to double its renewable generation capacity. [reNews]
  • “What The Global Gas And Coal Crisis Means For Clean Energy” • Energy shortages and price spikes are roiling markets around the globe. This continued risk of supply disruptions and high prices for fossil fuels – which drive up electricity costs – are a signal to countries that it’s time to invest in clean and domestic energy resources. [CNN]
  • “Equinor, BP Select Vestas 15-MW For Empire Wind 1&2” • BP and Equinor chose Vestas as the preferred turbine supplier of 15-MW units for the 2100-MW Empire Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind complex off the coast of the state of New York. Vestas will provide 138 V236-15.0MW turbines for the projects. Empire Wind 1 and 2 will be 24 km to 48 km off Long Island. [reNews]

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

Efficiency Maine Premieres Third EV Educational Video in Series

What: Efficiency Maine today debuted another electric vehicle (EV) educational video — “How to Use EV Public Chargers” — featuring Maine humorist and car enthusiast Tim Sample. The quasi-state agency has produced a series of educational videos that will be released weekly throughout October and November on newly redesigned Efficiency Maine web pages. The videos complement a rich array of educational materials about EVs, rebates, and charging infrastructure to help Maine consumers learn more about and become more comfortable with EVs.

Efficiency Maine recently launched the EV video campaign with an introductory segment titled “Go the Distance in an Electric Vehicle,” which features Sample talking about the “new cars” on the roads in Maine — EVs. Sample lists some of the benefits of EVs placed in the context of the state’s goals to reduce carbon emissions. The video series is displayed on a new “carousel” feature at the top of the redesigned Efficiency Maine web page, which encourages visitors to click through and view videos as new ones are added to the series.

The website already includes an instructional video on the different ways to pay for a charge at any public charging station, and where and how to find EV chargers. Other videos under production will describe the different types of charger plugs; considerations on charging at home; how to maximize a charge, and “one-pedal driving,” which enables drivers to come to a full stop without using the brake pedal.

Who: EV car enthusiasts and others interested in learning more about EVs.

When: Today! The new videos will be released weekly throughout October and November on newly redesigned Efficiency Maine web pages.

Where: Mainers can find extensive information on the refreshed Efficiency Maine EV web pages, including a new guidebook on “How to Select and Install a Home Electric Vehicle Charger,” which provides useful information and tips for current and prospective EV owners. The guide answers common questions about home EV charging, such as:

  • What is a Level 2 EV charger?
  • Why should I charge my EV at home?
  • Where can I buy an EV charger?
  • How much does it cost to purchase and install a charger?
  • Where can I find an electrician to install my charger?

How: To learn more about electric vehicle technology and how to maximize its benefits visit www.efficiencymaine.com/ev.