Just In! (from NY-GEO)
Below are G.E.T.’s top picks from NY-GEO’s weekly “Just-In” Newsletter. Just In! features three fresh news item summaries on the NY-GEO home page every Monday. NY-GEO members get the full newsletter, which includes an advanced look at the website articles, plus event listings and job openings and several bonus article summaries with links, usually on the Saturday before website publication.
Upstate NY Has the Cleanest Electricity in the US, Long Island Among the Dirtiest – The USEPA has released 2019 data showing upstate New York has by far the cleanest supply of electricity of any eGRID subregion in the country. Upstate electricity suppliers emitted 233 pounds of CO2e per MWh of power produced, slightly more than half of the California region’s (CAMX) 2nd place rate, and slightly more than a quarter of the national average of 889 lbs./MWh. New York City/Westchester ranked 5th cleanest of the 27 eGRID subregions at 555 lbs per MWh. In contrast, Long Island ranks the 7th dirtiest at 1,219 lbs. per MWh. The eGRID data reinforces the importance New York’s wind projects being developed off the shores of Long Island. As a state, New York ranks 6th cleanest, just ahead of California. Vermont is cleanest, followed by Idaho and Maine. Wyoming, which borders Idaho, is dirtiest, just below West Virginia and Kentucky. Thanks to NY-GEO member Bob Wyman for this tip.
Building Decarbonization Coalition is Expanding to New York – From the organization’s website: “Creating safe, healthy & affordable communities through all-electric, clean energy homes & buildings…The Building Decarbonization Coalition unites building industry stakeholders with energy providers, environmental organizations and local governments to power California’s homes and workspaces with clean energy.” BDC is looking to hire a New York Director. See Job listings in blue below or near the bottom of this webpage.
Flagstaff, AZ – Gas Utilities Fight To Stay In Business
– NPR – Facing the rising threat of wildfire and extreme drought, Flagstaff, Ariz., unveiled an ambitious effort two years ago to cut the heat-trapping emissions that drive climate change. A critical part of Flagstaff’s climate plan proposed that all new construction get to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and that the city promote “aggressive building electrification”
to decrease reliance on fossil fuels. As in many places, buildings are a big source of Flagstaff’s greenhouse gases
, mainly because many are heated by burning natural gas.
But in February 2020, the Arizona Legislature blocked much of Flagstaff’s plan for its buildings. With the backing of the state’s main gas utility, the Legislature passed a bill that prevents municipalities and counties from banning new gas infrastructure and hookups. The Arizona law was a test case for a strategy the natural gas sector is now deploying nationwide. Gas utilities, with help from industry trade groups, have successfully lobbied lawmakers over the past year to introduce similar “preemption” legislation in 12 mostly Republican-controlled state legislatures, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council
(NRDC). NPR article here
. Thanks to NY-GEO member Joanne Coons for this tip.
– As we electrify heating systems with geothermal heat pumps, it’s helpful to know about other electrification measures that can help wean us from fossil fuel use. The Kitchen Electrification Group
has put together some great resources on cooking without fossil fuels by using induction ranges and cooktops. Several California cities and towns have induction equipment loan programs to help consumers get familiar with induction cooking appliances, which are very efficient and precise (forget what you know about typical electric ranges, whose heat can be hard to adjust). There are published survey results here
, which include the chart below. Thanks to NY-GEO member Irene Weiser for this tip.