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Free Online Workshop: Home Efficiency for Savings & Comfort

Saturday Dec. 4th from 10:00 – 11:30 am

Zoom in to learn what you can do to affordably make your home more comfortable & healthier. The basics are no longer basic, as building science includes everything from retrofitting to improve thermal gain & loss, moisture control, indoor air quality, to off-gassing, supply chain carbon footprint, materials recycling and even the gold standard of PHIUS House Alliance.

But the complex can become simple when you know where to begin.

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This free online expert panel, moderated by Passive House Certified architect Alan Benoit, AIA, features professionals from Efficiency VT, the HEAT Squad, and weatherization contractors. Additionally, the group includes personal success stories from Window Dressers and the Rupert Meeting House about the quest to cut costs and be more sustainable.

The full schedule is posted, and all workshops are free

Due to the recent uptick in COVID cases this workshop is only being offered online, but it’s hoped that beginning in January the workshops will be held in person at the beautiful 1786 Meeting House in Rupert.

Free to the public, a new and valuable topic will be covered each month: Jan. 15th – Transitioning to an Exciting and Great Paying Green Job, Feb. 5th — Solar Energy + Storage Showcase, and Mar. 5th — Getting Off the Grid.

Pre-register to attend the SolarFest Winter Workshops

While you’re there, check out the expanding library resources including video recordings from past SolarFest events like the workshop “Heating & Cooling with Heat Pumps” from Nov. 13th.

There’s still no better place for fun, new ideas, and the most interesting conversations.

Ready to Go: Opportunities for Cities and States to Deploy Federal Funding to Advance Clean Energy and Equity


Date and time: Thursday, December 9, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Recent and pending federal funding initiatives, including the American Rescue Plan Act and bipartisan infrastructure bill, may provide billions of dollars that can help cities and states reach their goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance equity in their communities. Governments can learn from example programs to efficiently and effectively leverage these generational opportunities.

Join us to learn more about how your government can strengthen its new or expanded energy programs. Attendees will hear lessons shared in a new ACEEE toolkit that lays out guiding principles for governments, as well as 17 strong programs that can serve as models for new or expanded efforts. The lead author of the toolkit will highlight key takeaways from this research.

Officials from Connecticut and Washington, D.C. will share insights from their programs and how they are planning to leverage federal funding, and a representative from Elevate will discuss how governments can ensure that programs are deployed equitably to advance energy justice.


Tuesday 11-30 at Noon – NY-GEO – Electrify with Heat Pumps



Non-Pipeline Alternatives (NPA): Bringing Together Utilities & the Heat Pump Industry Noon to 1 PM EDT – Natural gas pipeline expansions are being evaluated carefully and alternatives are being explored. Natural gas supplies are also constrained in some existing service areas, and again utilities are looking for non-pipeline alternatives. In this session we will hear from investor-owned utilities about what NPA activities have occurred to date and desire to continue collaborations with the heat pump industry in the search for sustainable solutions. Click Here to Register – scroll down and find the date!
• Zach Fink / ZBF Geothermal
• Elizabeth Murphy / Avangrid
• Arthur Pearson / National Grid


November 29 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “US Seeks To Boost Oil Royalties To Account For Climate Change” • The Biden administration issued a long-awaited blueprint for overhauling oil and gas development on federal lands. The Interior Department report recommends higher fees and more limits on federal oil and gas leasing to better account for climate change. [World Oil]

Drilling rig ready to be towed to sea (Maria Lupan, Unsplash)

  • “TotalEnergies Launches Its Largest Solar Power Plant In France” • TotalEnergies has launched its largest PV solar power plant in France, with a capacity of 55 MW. The solar farm is northeast of Gien (Loiret) and has 126,000 PV panels spread out over 75 hectares (185 acres). The plant will produce around 64 GWh per year. [MarketWatch]
  • “Tesla’s Business Model Has Created Disruptive Growth” • Tesla, best known for its EVs, has disrupted a legacy industry with a new business model and consumer approach. In mid-2016, under CEO Elon Musk’s leadership, Tesla adapted a corporate mission “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” It has evolved since then. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Researchers Try Producing Potato Resistant To Climate Change” • University of Maine researchers are trying to produce potatoes that can better withstand warming temperatures as the climate changes. Warmer temperatures and an extended growing season can lead to quality problems and disease, according to a professor of crop ecology and management. []
  • “Musk Says ‘No Thanks’ To German Battery Factory Subsidy For Tesla” • Early in 2021, the German government announced a program to subsidize battery factories. Tesla applied to the program, but has recently withdrawn its application. The reason for this may be partly based on Tesla pursuing other options that would render it ineligible. [CleanTechnica]

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

Just In! (from NY-GEO)

Just In! is NY-GEO’s weekly news feed for members. NY-GEO’s calendar-year memberships are open to everyone and available for as little as $35. See more information on memberships hereClick here to see some of the work a NY-GEO membership supports. We also feature three of the top news item summaries on the NY-GEO home page every Monday.

 Your Furnace Costs the Climate ~ $700 Each Year – This year, NY DEC provided guidance for state agencies that centers on a CO2 price of $125 per ton. NY-GEO has calculated that adding the cost of methane leaks as required by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) raises that price to at least $157 per ton of CO2e (equivalent) produced, which works out to more than $700 worth of carbon pollution per year from an average gas-heated New York home. Write for a copy of NY-GEO’s calculations.
Jigar Shah – Getting Smart Appliances To Low-Income Americans – How the DOE could marshal its loan guarantees to decarbonize the grid and boost energy equity in one fell swoop – Jeff St. John – Canary Media – Jigar Shah, head of the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO), “sees … homes and businesses… can shift when they use power to better match the variability of…wind and solar power — a form of ‘grid-responsive’ demand that could play a major role in balancing an increasingly clean-powered electricity supply….’We can insert ourselves there and help people get 6…or 7 percent interest rates,’ Shah said. ‘But in exchange, they have to opt in their air-conditioning system [or heat pump] into a distributed energy resources project and…get paid to provide grid flexibility.’ Full article here.
The Oil And Gas Industry Is Facing A $3.3 Trillion Stranded Asset Nightmare – By Tsvetana Paraskova – Oil – Nov 23, 2021 – “The largest international oil and gas firms wrote down assets worth $150 billion last year when prices crashed with the demand slump in the pandemic. Despite the fact that this year’s oil prices are now nearly double compared to the 2020 average, the energy industry faces additional impairments in the coming years and decades, this time due to the investor pressure to slash emissions and start accounting for changes to energy demand in the transition to low-carbon sources.” Full article here.

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November 28 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Interior Department Report Finds Significant Shortcomings In Oil And Gas Leasing Programs” • The Department of the Interior released a report on federal oil and gas leasing and permitting practices, after a review of onshore and offshore oil and gas programs. The report identifies significant shortcomings that should be addressed. [CleanTechnica]

Oil rig (Arvind Vallabh, Unsplash)

  • “Hydro Versus Batteries: Tasmania Pushes Its Undersea Cable Plan” • Tasmania has an abundance of hydroelectric power, quite a bit more than it needs. It would very much like to sell some of its excess electricity to the rest of Australia. But there’s a flaw in the Hydro Tasmania plan. The proposed Marinus Link would be up against big batteries. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Transparent Solar Windows: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” • Researchers have worked on the challenge of using sunlight to generate electricity from see-through windows for years. Just look at any glass building and you can feel the possibilities blooming. There are many obstacles, but it looks like a real breakthrough may be at hand. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Power To X Highlights Process That Use Renewable Electricity To Create Products” • A Venture Taranaki paper explores creating more green energy than New Zealand may need, based on the current economy, to enable the economy to power-up and expand significantly into the manufacturing of green products to substitute carbon intensive ones. []
  • “2022 Massachusetts Solar Tax Credits And Other Incentives” • A couple of states stand out for green energy efforts. Despite not having the vast land of California or the year-round sun that Arizona has, the availability of a Massachusetts solar tax credit has long been a reason that this New England state is a top state for solar energy installations. [EcoWatch]

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

November 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Rolls-Royce Sets Electric Airplane Speed Record” • After years of work on a battery-electric airplane Rolls-Royce Aerospace put Spirit of Innovation to its first extended flight in November, with a goal to exceed 300 mph (483 km/h). It hit 387.4 mph and set records for speed and rate of climb. RR sent the records data to the certifying authority. [CleanTechnica]

Spirit of Innovation (Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Aerospace)

  • “Interior Department Approves Second Major Offshore Wind Project In US Federal Waters” • The Biden-Harris administration has a goal to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030. As part of that, the Interior Department announced that it approved the construction and operations of the South Fork Wind project off Rhode Island. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • “China Adviser Says Energy Crisis Won’t Stall Climate Action” • China’s energy crisis won’t derail plans to make progress on curbing greenhouse gas emissions in the next few years, a top researcher involved in drafting proposals said. The 2025 energy blueprint will be centered on prioritizing renewables and energy efficiency, he said. [JWN Energy]
  • “$1.4 Billion Approved For Zero-Emissions Vehicles In California” • California is the leading electric vehicle state in the US both for the total number of EVs and public EV chargers, so it’s no surprise that the California Energy Commission approved $1.4 billion in funding to support zero emissions vehicles and the supportive infrastructure. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Biden Administration Calls For Hike In Federal Drilling Fees In Report That Largely Sidesteps Climate Issues” • The Interior Department released a review of oil and gas drilling on federal lands and oceans that recommends an increase in leasing fees. But it does not recommend one of President Biden’s election promises, a halt to drilling. [CNN]

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

November 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Britain’s Ancient Fortresses For Nature” • Though made by man, hedgerows form a vital reservoir of biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes where many species might otherwise struggle to survive. By nurturing pollinating insects, they can enhance the yield of crops. And they do it all while pulling carbon out of the atmosphere. [BBC]

Hedgerows (Tony Hand, Unsplash)

  • “German Government Deal: 2030 Coal Phaseout, But Plenty Of Questions Remain” • An accelerated 2030 coal phaseout is inevitable for Germany to meet the EU’s environmental, energy, and climate targets, and Paris Agreement goals. Also, coal profits have collapesed, coal is uneconomic, and subsidizing it would be an intolerable waste of public money. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Mining Nickel From Plants Is Possible And Could Cut CO₂ Emissions” • We eat plants every day for their mineral content, but actively growing plants that contain massive amounts of minerals such a nickel and extracting that mineral for industrial purposes? This is agro-mining, growing plants specifically to absorb metals from the soil. [CleanTechnica]
  • “FLO Installs The Northernmost Fast Chargers In North America” • If Santa ever trades in his reindeer for battery power, he might rest easier knowing there’s a public charging station conveniently close to home. That’s because FLO installed a pair of DC fast chargers in Fairbanks, Alaska. FLO charging stations are certified to operate at -40°. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Madeira Island Will Reach 50% Renewable Energy With New Battery Storage System” • The Portuguese island of Madeira will be able to reduce its fossil fuel use radically while keeping its electricity supply stable and reliable, thanks to battery energy storage system technology. The battery system capacity is to be 22.5 MVA, 15.6 MWh. [Energy Storage News]

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

November 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Federal Officials Green-Light Wind Farm Off Coast Of Rhode Island In Quest To Expand Renewable Energy” • Federal officials are green-lighting plans for a wind farm off the Rhode Island coast as the Biden administration aims to grow renewable energy capacity. The South Fork wind farm will provide enough power for 70,000 homes on Long Island. [CNN]

Block Island Wind Farm (US DOE image)

  • “White House Creates New Climate-Focused Division Within Office Of Science And Technology Policy” • Underscoring its commitment to tackling the climate crisis, the White House announced it has created a new climate-focused division within its Office of Science and Technology Policy and tapped Stanford professor Sally Benson to lead it. [CNN]
  • “Bright Future For Landfill Solar – Yes, Landfill Solar” • There are over 10,000 closed landfills in the US. A report from the RMI, The Future of Landfills Is Bright, estimates that 4,312 of these sites alone – those for which adequate data is available – could host at least 63 GW of solar capacity. That is enough to power about 7.8 million homes. [CleanTechnica]
  • “San Francisco Declares A Water Shortage Emergency And Urges Residents To Cut Usage” • California has had a rough year, suffering through high temperatures and low precipitation, both driven by the climate crisis. Because of this, San Francisco has declared a water shortage emergency and is calling for a 10% reduction across its regional system. [CNN]
  • “Pilgrim Nuclear Plant May Release A Million Gallons Of Radioactive Water Into Bay. What We Know” • One of the options being considered by the decommissioning company working on the closed Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is to release around one million gallons of potentially radioactive water into Cape Cod Bay. [Cape Cod Times]

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

November 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Power Producers Had To Pay To Send Electricity Into South Australia Grid” • Big plants in SA had to pay to operate when the state “became the first gigawatt scale grid in the world to reach zero operational demand when the combined output of rooftop solar and other small non-scheduled generators exceeded all the local customer load requirements.” [CleanTechnica]

Wattle Point wind farm, South Australia (ScottDavis, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

  • “Biden Announces Release Of Oil Reserves, But Says Gas Prices Will Not Drop Overnight” • President Joe Biden announced the release of emergency oil reserves to combat high energy prices, though it will take weeks to affect the price, he said. The DOE will release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the White House said. [CNN]
  • “The Silent Strength Of Indigenous Renewable Energy Micro-Grids” • For the first time since the 1970s, silence descended on the tiny, isolated village of Old Crow in Canada’s Arctic in August. The incessant drone of a diesel generator was silenced for the first time in decades as the nation brought its micro-grid online, powered by solar energy. [Yahoo News Canada]
  • “British People Are More Concerned Than Ever About Climate, Ahead Of Covid And Brexit, Poll Shows” • People in the UK think that climate change, pollution and the environment are together the most important issues they face, well ahead of the pandemic, the impacts of Brexit, and the country’s troubled National Health Service, a poll from Ipsos MORI shows. [CNN]
  • “The Deception Continues As Companies Hide Behind Fake Environmental Promises” • Companies run zero emissions ad campaigns that arose from public pressure to reject the fossil fuel industry. But behind the scenes, those same companies continue to maintain the same long-standing relationships that perpetuate carbon-emitting practices. [CleanTechnica]

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