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December 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Solar Ammonia In A Climate Crisis: Almost Certainly The Most Affordable Of All Low-Carbon Shipping Fuels” • Shipping has a relatively small portion of total GHG emissions, but it will be hard to eliminate because large ships have long lifetimes and need a high specific energy storage medium. Green ammonia may be a fuel for that job. [CleanTechnica]

Container ship (Borderpolar Photographer, Unsplash)

  • Heavy Rain Triggered Indonesia’s Volcano Eruption. This Could Happen More” • Indonesians are used to dealing with natural disasters. But Mount Semeru’s eruption on the island of Java was different. Days of heavy rain had gradually eroded its lava dome, which acts as a plug. Scientists say the rain and the eruption are connected. [CNN]
  • “Grid Stability And 100% Renewables” • Research by Stanford University’s Mark Jacobson addresses doubts about grid stability in a world powered 100% by renewable energy. The study models 100% wind, water, and solar powered grids in the US, finding no risk of blackouts in any region. It also sees broad benefits in cost reduction, job creation, and land use. [PV Magazine]
  • “Biden Signs Order For Government To Achieve Net-Zero Emissions By 2050” • The US government will be a net zero contributor to the climate crisis by 2050 by transitioning to an all-electric fleet of cars and trucks and reducing planet-heating emissions from its operations, under to a new executive order signed by Joe Biden. [The Guardian]
  • “It’s Extremely Rare For Teslas To Spontaneously Catch On Fire” • A Tesla hater website has listed every incident of a Tesla catching on fire. They listed a total of 60 fire-related Tesla incidents from 2013 through 2021. By contrast, The National Fire Protection Association found that 212,500 US vehicle fires caused 560 deaths in 2018 alone. [CleanTechnica]

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Comment on the Draft Comprehensive Energy Plan

Public comments on Vermont’s draft Comprehensive Energy Plan may be made until December 20, 2021.

From Renewable Energy Vermont:

The Vermont Department of Public Service has released its draft Comprehensive Energy Plan to guide the State of Vermont’s energy policy for the next five years. While the draft Plan has some notable high points such as its commitment to greater equity, the draft does not recommend utilizing new in-state wind resources to meet Vermont’s future energy needs and therefore falls well short in moving Vermont towards a more independent and resilient energy future based on reliable in-state wind and solar power.

REV members also need to push back against the Plan’s statement that, “Under any reasonable measure, the existing siting process allows well-sited generation projects to be built in Vermont.”

REV members have long documented how the existing siting process is unpredictable and unnecessarily time-consuming adding extra costs and uncertainty to the construction of renewable energy projects.

You can read REV’s full comments on the draft Plan here.

Renewable energy is the key to stopping climate change, so please take a few moments to submit your comments on the draft comprehensive plan!

The Department will accept public comments on the draft CEP until December 20, 2021 and can be submitted via the CEP email portal: PSD.ComprehensiveEnergyPlan@vermont.gov. For reference, here is the link to the full CEP draft.

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December 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “This New 64-Foot Hydrogen-Powered Catamaran Uses Renewable Energy To Supply Unlimited Range” • Fraser Yachts has just unveiled a new catamaran powered by hydrogen. Aquon One combines innovative green technologies for sustainable cruising without noise and emissions but with modern comforts. It is set for delivery in 2023. [Robb Report]

Aquon One (Fraser Yachts image)

  • “Investigating Coal Ash Sites Near You” • Coal ash is one of the most important types of industrial waste in the US. Hundreds of coal ash ponds, filled with various solids from burning coal, dot the country, as shown by data federal regulations require pond operators to publish. The data was compiled by Earthjustice, an environmental nonprofit. [CNN]
  • “Jersey City Receives Its Five BYD Battery-Electric Refuse Trucks” • Jersey City is taking delivery of its five battery-electric refuse trucks. BYD said they are the first battery-electric refuse trucks deployed in New Jersey and this is the largest deployment of them in the US to date. Delivery is expected to be completed by the end of this year. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Finally Some Relief: Gasoline And Natural Gas Prices Are Falling” • After a relentless rise, prices at the pump are heading south. The national average price for a gallon of regular as fell to a seven-week low of $3.35 a gallon on Tuesday, according to AAA. The outlook for home heating costs this winter is also improving significantly. [CNN]
  • “How To Teach Climate Science” • The big glitch in California’s new science education standards, which focus heavily on climate change, is that few schoolteachers have the background to give lessons on the subject, says Kelley Le, director of the UCI Science Project. Le organized climate change boot camps for educators to address the problem. [Phys.org]

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December 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Amid Shortage, Canada Taps Into Emergency Maple Syrup Reserves” • The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers – the so-called OPEC of maple syrup – has released about 22 million kg from its emergency larder, nearly half the total in reserve. Demand for maple syrup is high, but a shorter and warmer season caused the supply to drop by nearly a quarter. [BBC]

Sugar house (Mike Petrucci, Unsplash)

  • “Siemens Gamesa Partners On Offshore Wind-To-Hydrogen” • Siemens Gamesa signed a memorandum of understanding with Strohm to collaboratively develop offshore wind-to-hydrogen infrastructure. They will focus on a decentralized concept, with each turbine generating green hydrogen and sending it to shore through a submarine pipe. [reNews]
  • “Con Edison Plans 2.4-GW Offshore Link To New Jersey” • Con Edison Transmission is proposing a grid network link to deliver electricity from offshore wind farms to New Jersey. The plans for the Clean Link New Jersey project would look to connect 2.4 GW of future offshore wind capacity to the grid’s high-voltage onshore network. [reNews]
  • “Electrify America Adds 30 MWh Of Battery Storage To 140 EV Charging Sites” • Electrify America has been installing large behind-the-meter storage batteries from Tesla to 140 of its fast charging facilities, 90 of them in California. To date, the total installed battery capacity is 30 MWh and growing. It is the largest such system in North America. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Shell Pulls Out Of Cambo Oil Field Project” • Things can change in a heartbeat in the oil business, it seems. The Guardian reports that Shell announced it won’t pursue the Cambo project after all. Its CEO said last week that it needed to develop such projects, but now it says the business case for the development is too weak to go ahead. [CleanTechnica]

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DOE Moves Toward Ensuring Light Bulbs Save Energy, but Hurdles Remain

Washington, DC—The Biden administration took a major step late Friday toward ensuring most new light bulbs do not waste the bulk of the energy they use, but it is unclear how long inefficient bulbs will remain on the market. The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed to require that everyday light bulbs meet an efficiency standard—easily achieved by today’s LEDs—that had been set to take effect last year before the Trump administration prevented it from doing so. 

Each additional month that light bulb standards are delayed costs consumers nearly $300 million in needless energy bills and causes 800,000 tons of preventable carbon dioxide emissions over the lifetime of the inefficient bulbs sold in that month. 

DOE is now certain to miss a year-end deadline for finalizing the rule; it hasn’t yet begun a 45-day comment period on the proposal. In an inauguration day executive order, President Biden directed DOE to consider “suspending, revising, or rescinding” Trump-era rules that conflict with his climate objectives. DOE in February identified rules it would review and take final action on by a year-end deadline in the order, including President Trump’s two major light bulb efficiency rollbacks. 

Bulb manufacturers requested earlier this year that DOE allow for potentially years of continued sales even after the rule is finalized. The new proposal calls for unspecified “enforcement discretion” and floats a “staggered implementation” approach. 

Continue reading DOE Moves Toward Ensuring Light Bulbs Save Energy, but Hurdles Remain

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.

 

NY-GEO Call to Action: Please Call NYC Council member Cory Johnson to Pass Gas Ban Legislation – Time is growing short for the New York City Council to pass critical climate change legislation this year. Intro 2317 would ban gas hookups in new buildings and major renovations, an essential step towards moving New York off fossil fuels. On November 17, the council held a hearing during which experts, including NY-GEO members/staff Zach Fink, Bill Nowak, John Rath and allies, provided overwhelming evidence that the bill is feasible and necessary. The next step is for Speaker Corey Johnson to bring the bill to a vote this year. Unfortunately, industry opponents are seeking to delay and weaken the bill, and even block it altogether. We need to send a message that the council must pass the strongest possible bill NOW. Please call Speaker Johnson and share this alert widely:888-431-7599. You don’t need to be a resident or NYC business to call.

NY City Council Speaker Corey Johnson

Viewpoint: Decarbonize with the All-Electric Building Act – 2021 11 17 Op Ed by Lisa Marshall in the Albany Times-Union – “In a recent press statement, Gov. Kathy Hochul said, ‘buildings are the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in New York state, and we need to ramp up tangible solutions that decarbonize buildings faster to fight climate change.’ She’s right. The technology exists to kick fossil fuels out of buildings. There is simply no good reason a building built in New York today should be connected to the gas system.” Full Op Ed here.

Lisa Marshall, Mothers Out Front

 

Nearly Half of NYC Buildings Fail to Make the Green Grade – By Samantha Maldonado – Dec 2, 2021, -in The City – “The second annual report card for 20,000 structures — from pre-war apartment complexes to skyscrapers — showed modest improvements. But the most popular mark was again “D,” even as the pandemic skewed power usage… Across the city, nearly 20% of buildings 25,000 square feet or larger received A grades, compared with about 16% in 2020, the data shows. ‘Building owners care so much. We’ve never seen anything have as high an impact,’ said Donnel Baird, CEO of the company Blocpower, which upgrades buildings for improved energy efficiency, mainly through electrification. ‘Even the threat of fines has not created as much of a reaction as these letter grades on the front of the buildings.’ ” Full article here (tip from 2021 12 03 – City & State First Read)

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December 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Explaining The Exponential Growth Of Renewable Energy” • Understanding the exponential growth of renewable energy gives us reason to be more optimistic about how fast it can ramp up to meet climate goals. This article explains the reasons behind solar and wind’s growth, how much progress has already been made and what’s needed to go even further. [GreenBiz]

PV-covered Stadium of World Game 2009, Kaohsiung (Peellden, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

  • “Scientists Discover Another Reason Why EV Batteries Can’t Charge In A Few Minutes” • At Argonne National Laboratory, scientists discovered that when lithium-ion batteries are charged too quickly, the lithium ions cover on the surface of the graphite anode, plating it, instead of inserting themselves into the anode’s graphite. This reduces battery life. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Lithium Brine Bummer Could Turn Into Bonanza Soon” • Geothermal power plants at the Salton Sea in California produce brine that is so extraordinarily high in lithium that the US could become to a leading producer of lithium for EV batteries. There are technical issues in the way, but it appears that the issues can be overcome. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Six California Communities Move To 100% Renewable Energy” • East Bay Community Energy said six communities, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Hayward, Pleasanton, and San Leandro, have elected to transition to its Renewable 100 service, sourced entirely from California wind and solar resources, at a slight increase in cost. [The Independent]
  • “PUC To Give A Boost To Renewable Projects In Northern Maine” • Despite criticism of the New England Clean Energy Connect project, state regulators in Maine have begun the process of collecting proposals for a high-voltage transmission line to serve as a conduit for renewable energy projects in northern Maine. [The Portland Press Herald]

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

December 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewable Energy And Sustainability: Stakeholders And Consumer Trends” • Reports released by Norwegian clean energy firm ECOHZ and US utility NRG Energy highlight the value of clean capacity. According to the report by ECOHZ, sustainability strategies are pushing large companies to embrace renewable energy. [Power Engineering International]

Wind turbines (Jason Blackeye, Unsplash)

  • “Renewable Wind Energy Can Help Save The Planet And The Ocean’s Marine Life” • The ocean’s winds are about to play two new historical roles: helping to save us from fossil fuels and making habitats safe for marine life. As offshore wind turbines generate electricity, they also bring fish and shellfish and even crustaceans back to the seas. [EVWind.es]
  • “Stuck Jet Stream, La Nina Causing Weird Weather” • America’s winter wonderland is starting out this season as anything but traditional. Umbrellas, if not arks, are needed in the Pacific Northwest, while in the Rockies snow shovels are gathering cobwebs. Meanwhile, there is a blizzard warning on Hawaii’s Big Island summits. [AP News]
  • “South Lake Tahoe May Pass Most Ambitious Renewable Energy Plan In Country” • Next week, South Lake Tahoe’s City Council may pass the most ambitious renewable energy plan of any municipality in the US. If it approves resolution 100/24/7, it would commit the city to using 100% renewable, carbon-free electricity, 24/7, by 2030. [Tahoe Daily Tribune]
  • “Vogtle Monitors See More Delays, Extra $1 Billion For Nuclear Plant” • Don Grace, who is paid by the Georgia Public Service Commission to monitor the Vogtle plant construction, says that the increased delay to get the reactors online could mean $1 billion more in spending on a project already set to cost $28.7 billion. [WSAV-TV] (Originally, it was to cost $14 billion)

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

December 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “IEA Forecast On Renewable Electricity Capacity” • Renewables are set to account for almost 95% of the increase in global power capacity through 2026. Global renewable electricity capacity is forecast to rise over 60% from 2020 levels to over 4,800 GW by then, equivalent to the current global power capacity of fossil fuels and nuclear combined. [GreentechLead]

Wind turbines (Charl Folscher, Unsplash)

  • “New Canadian Facility To Produce Renewable Fuel From Air” • In British Columbia, Canadian clean energy company Huron Clean Energy and its partner Carbon Engineering Ltd have plans to create a revolutionary fuel for cars, airplanes, and ships. They are engineering a commercial facility that they say will produce usable fuel out of air. [EcoWatch]
  • “Drag Race: Tesla Model S Plaid Crushes Fossil Fuel Powered Competitors (Video)” • Here is a drag race with a 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, a 2022 BMW M5 CS, and a 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid. The sedans with internal combustion engines may have been among the fastest in their class, but in a drag race against the Plaid S, both were left far behind. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Huge $2.6 Billion Green Hydrogen Project Planned For Europe” • Spanish power company Iberdrola and a Swedish company, H2 Green Steel, are to partner and develop a €2.3 billion ($2.6 billion) facility that will produce green hydrogen. This is yet another example of how companies are taking an interest in the sector. [CNBC]
  • “Washington And Oregon Jack Up Their Electric Vehicle Leadership” • The transportation sector is the largest source of climate pollution in the US. Adopting the Clean Trucks Program in Oregon and the Advanced Clean Trucks and Zero Emission Vehicle Programs in Washington solidifies the West Coast as one of the world’s biggest EV markets. [CleanTechnica]

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