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Net-Zero Energy Festival – Burlington, VT

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022   9AM-1PM

585 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont
Free admission
rain date: September 24

Burlington Electric Department is hosting a day of outdoor fun for the whole family to share Burlington’s Net Zero Energy vision.

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In addition to all the fun games and music, you’ll be able to speak with vendors and experts about all the ways you can get on the road to Net Zero Energy.

  • EV Test Drives
  • E-bike Test Rides
  • Heat Pump, Solar Power, Lawn Care Demos
  • Energy Expert Advice

MUSIC SCHEDULE

FOOD VENDORS

September 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Volvo Trucks Ramps Up Big Electric Truck Production” • This week, Volvo Trucks made waves in the heavy-duty truck space by becoming the first manufacturer to begin series production of an all-electric, 44 ton heavy-duty semi truck. The Volvo Trucks line-up includes six electric semi truck models for a wide range of applications. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo Trucks trucks (Volvo Trucks image)

  • “Biden Administration Announces Plan To Develop Floating Offshore Wind Turbines For The West Coast” • Several new initiatives to develop technology for massive, floating offshore wind turbines were announced by the Biden administration as part of the effort to launch offshore wind in California and elsewhere on the US coastlines. [CNN]
  • “New ‘Gen6′ BMW Battery Promises 620 Mile Range” • When BMW recently announced the 46 mm round battery format, they said the new cells would offer more range than their current EVs, but we didn’t know how much more. Now we do: over 1000 km (about 620 miles). The Gen6 EV battery also offers significantly faster charging. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Siemens Commissions 8.75-MW Green Hydrogen Plant In Germany” • Siemens announced that it has commissioned one of Germany’s largest green hydrogen generation plants. The plant has an electrical capacity of 8.75 MW. It is able to produce up to 1,350 tonnes of green hydrogen per year, powered by wind and solar capacity in the same area. [Energy Digital]
  • “Giant Steps And Baby Steps For Fuel Cell Trucks In The US” • Fuel cell trucks have yet to crack the US market, but it looks like things are about to pop open. Last month Bosch announced a $200 million investment to upgrade a fuel cell facility in South Carolina aimed at heavy duty trucks, and now here comes Ford Motor Company with a pilot test. [CleanTechnica]

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

September 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Leapmotor Starts Exports Of The T03, And The First 60 Units Are On Their Way To Israel” • Chinese EV manufacturers have been exporting vehicles to Europe and other places, but are now starting to really position themselves for global exports on a larger scale. The Leapmotor T03 is one example. The car starts at the equivalent of $10,000 in China. [CleanTechnica]

Leapmotor T03 (Courtesy Leapmotor)

  • “‘Our Next Energy’ To Showcase Anode-Free Battery With 600-Mile Range” • Our Next Energy says it has created an anode-free battery cell with an energy density of 1,007 Wh per liter. The new cell eliminates the need for graphite and anode equipment, which could make it possible for manufacturing costs to be as low as $50 per kWh. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Patagonia’s Founder Transfers Ownership Into Two Entities To Help Fight The Climate Crisis” • Patagonia, based in Ventura, California, sells outdoor apparel and equipment. It was founded in 1973 by rock climber Yvon Chouinard. He and his family are transfering ownership to two nonprofits, which will use its profits to fight climate change. [CNN]
  • “California’s Mosquito Fire Prompts More Evacuations As It Races Toward Mountain Communities” • The Mosquito Fire burning in Northern California flared up and charged toward the community of Foresthill, torching more homes and burning dangerously close to a high school. It has already consumed 58,544 acres in two counties. [CNN]
  • “Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Set To Unveil Water-Test Results” • The owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station plans to share test results on the plant’s radioactive water at a meeting of a state nuclear advisory panel this month. But Holtec says it could be next year before the company is ready to reveal how it plans to dispose of the water. [WCAI]

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

National Drive Electric Week is Friday, September 23 – Sunday, October 2.

Drive Electric Week in New Hampshire

National Drive Electric Week is Friday, September 23 – Sunday, October 2. With events happening across New Hampshire, check out the Drive Electric NH events page to find an event closest to you. Ask questions and learn more about electric vehicles – maintenance, how to charge them, cost savings ‘at the pump,’ where to find charging stations, etc.

September 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Switching To Renewable Energy Could Save Trillions – Study” • Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy could save the world as much as $12 trillion (£10.2 trillion) by 2050, according to an Oxford University study. The report said it was wrong and pessimistic to claim that moving quickly towards cleaner energy sources was expensive. [BBC]

Wind turbines (Tom Fisk, Pexels, cropped)

  • “Ford Plans New Build-To-Order System To Reduce The Cost Of Electric Cars” • Reuters reports that Ford CEO Jim Farley will be in Las Vegas next week to meet with Ford dealers. His mission is to convince them the “build to order” business model is better and could help reduce the cost of delivering Ford electric cars and trucks by about $2,000. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Ethanol Burns Clean, But Creates More Emissions Than Gasoline” • Ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline in cars. But there is a dispute about the carbon emissions of making ethanol from corn. Research by Reuters shows that US ethanol plants produce over twice the harmful emissions of oil refineries, per gallon of fuel production capacity. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Tesla To Build Ten to Twelve Gigafactories; Progressing Faster Than Most Expected Possible” • Tesla continues rapid expansion throughout the world, and despite two new gigafactories having opened earlier this year (in Germany and Texas), the automaker is already looking at where to build next. CEO Elon Musk has his sights set on a high target, as usual. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Americans Should Brace For Higher Natural Gas Prices, Chevron CEO says” • Prices at the pump have fallen along with the cost of a barrel of crude oil. But the CEO of Chevron, one of the world’s largest energy companies, thinks consumers in the US should be prepared for a shock when they get home heating bills this winter. [CNN]

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

Today’s Webinar: Strategies for Achieving Zero Energy in Multifamily Buildings

Learn about ASHRAE’s latest Advanced Energy Design Guide for Multifamily Buildings, developed with support from DOE, which, step-by-step, assists organizations and building professionals in achieving zero energy buildings.

 

Speakers:

  • Keith McCulloch, SBP
  • Stet Sanborn, SmithGroup
  • Paul Torcellini, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

If you’re interested in this webinar, register today.

September 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Are Drying Rivers A Warning Of Europe’s Future?” • Nearly two-thirds of Europe suffered drought conditions this year, the worst in 500 years. Scientists say global warming has played a large role in the crisis. Crops were lost. River shipping slowed. Nuclear power plants were shut down for lack of cooling water. But extreme weather is becoming normal. [BBC]

Dry river in Northern Ireland (K Mitch Hodge, Unsplash)

  • “Can The Electric Grid Handle EV Charging?” • As the adoption of electric cars, trucks, and buses gains momentum, many people are wondering if the electric grid is up to the task of charging all of those vehicles. On the near term, we can be assured that it is. For the long term, it will require some planning, but it should not be difficult. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Charles Will Not Cool On Climate Action, Say Friends” • Will King Charles III turn his back on a lifetime of environmental campaigning? As Prince of Wales he spent decades campaigning, cajoling, and convening meetings for action on environmental issues. As king, his politics are supposed to be neutral, but friends say he will not cool on environmental issues. [BBC]
  • “Ditch The Plane, Take The Night Train” • People who travel by train leave a carbon footprint 50 times smaller than those who fly. Recognizing how dramatic the difference is, many Europeans now prefer to take the train rather than fly. Nightjet, a service of ÖBB (Austrian Railways), is increasing the allure of train travel by adding 33 custom designed trains. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The Gulf Of Maine And Its Lobsters Are At Risk From Climate Change” • According to an article published earlier this year in the National Fisherman, 82% of lobsters caught in the US come from Maine. A new report from The Washington Post details the effects of the current climate crisis on the Gulf of Maine. The lobster industry is in trouble. [InsideHook]

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

 

September 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Mixing Solar Power And Agriculture: A Blueberry Farm Does A Test Run” • With dual-use agrivoltaics, crops are grown under or between the rows of solar panels, with the aim of generating renewable energy without removing farmland from production. The University of Maine is studying a combination of solar power and blueberry farming. [Canary Media]

University of Maine team members (University of Maine Extension)

  • “Reasons For (Cautious) Optimism: The Good News On The Climate Crisis” • We could say a lot about what’s going wrong. The extent of damage caused at 1.2°C of global heating since pre-industrial levels is proving greater than was forecast by climate scientists not that long ago. But there are reasons for hope, as we push harder to address the issue. [The Guardian]
  • “Air Quality Worsens As 94 Fires Burn Across Western US” • Air quality alerts are in place in much of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Smoke from active fires is leading to poor air quality in the aftermath of a record-breaking heat wave. There are now 94 large fires burning across eight states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. [CNN]
  • “California Embraces A New Approach To Community Solar” • Community solar is a way to allow people who don’t have a site suitable for solar panels to own solary systems. Utility companies generally oppose it. California may soon enact a law that will pay community solar owners at rates for electricity at the time it is generated. [CleanTechnica]
  • “States With The Most Untapped Wind Energy Potential” • Using data from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Stacker compared installed wind energy capacity in the continental US to potential wind energy capacity. The EERE calculation of wind energy used suitable wind turbine locations based on legal and technical factors. [Arizona’s Family]

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

 

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Con Edison to Restart Incentives – At a September 8th stakeholder session of the Utility Joint Management Committee (JMC), Con Edison announced they will restart incentives for larger “custom” geothermal installations, as well as air source heat pump installations, with a target date of January 1st, 2023 following an August Public Service Commission decision to provide some funding for these incentive programs. Residential geo installations have continued to receive incentives, although they will now be capped at $50,000 per project. The Commission approved $518 million in funding transfers, which will likely primarily go to projects whose applications are already in the Con Edison pipeline. The Commission also approved $10 million per month in new funding for the programs, which had been receiving applications at an estimated clip of $25 million per month, indicating that incentive levels will need to be scaled back.

Con Ed will be holding listening sessions with small groups of stakeholders over the next month to get feedback on final aspects of the restart which may include reducing incentive levels, allocating portions of the $10 million to different program sectors, and requiring ASHP and GSHP installations to be designed to meet 100% of heating demand.  The schedule for the listening sessions is below, along with contact information to signing up.

The JMC also announced “GSHP startup/design document requirements will be clarified in a forthcoming communication.” It was announced that the meeting slide deck would be posted here, although it is not up yet as of the early morning of September 10th.

Who Will Pay for Stranded Gas Infrastructure? – Sarah Shemkus – Energy News Network via Canary Media – “As some cities and towns across the U.S. prepare to ban new residential fossil fuel systems, advocates say now is the time to create a long-term strategy to make sure lower-income residents aren’t left to pay for a sprawling and aging natural gas system they can’t afford to opt out of…’If we don’t start planning now, if we’re not thinking long-term as we start these steps, then we aren’t going to do it in the smartest way…[or] the cheapest way.’ ”  noted Dale Bryck, former NYS Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment from 2019-2020 and current Senior Attorney and Director of State & Regional Climate Policies at the Harvard Law School Environmental and Energy Law Program. This article focuses on the issue in a Massachusetts context. New York has initiated a Gas Planning Proceeding which should be addressing this issue, and in the last legislative session Sen. Liz Kreuger and Assembly Member Pat Fahy had introduced the Gas Transition and Affordable Energy Act – (S8198/A9329) which was designed to address the issue. That bill didn’t advance out of Committee consideration in the Legislature. Full article here.

‘Heatflation’ Hits the Farmers Market – Colin Kinniburgh – NY Focus – “This summer’s heat and drought have driven New York farmers’ input costs up and their yields down, straining their finances and further pushing up food prices…Rick Osofsky is sick of hearing about the beautiful weather. The owner of Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, Osofksy has spent the summer listening to news anchor after news anchor touting the nonstop sunshine just as it’s been torching his business. Cows ‘ate the heat,’ Osofsky said. They normally stay outside at pasture much of the year, but they’ve lately had to spend most of their time in the barn, with extra fans and sprinklers to keep them cool. The few bouts of rain that have come through the area lately have done little to change the situation, Osofsky said, because it’s too late in the season. ‘There’s nothing that rain is going to do now to change the crop production that we’ve had. Nothing.’ ” Full article here.

September 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “German Farmer Grows Fruit Under Solar Power Equipment” • A German farmer is successfully growing apples beneath solar power equipment that produces electricity. Many of the farm’s trees grow beneath solar panels that have been producing power. In addition to providing electricity, the panels protect the fruit below with shade. [VOA Learning English]

Apples growing on a tree (Jeremy Bezanger, Unsplash)

  • “Identifying Undocumented Orphaned Oil & Gas Wells” • Los Alamos National Laboratory is leading a research consortium funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to identify and evaluate the hundreds of thousands of undocumented orphaned wells in the US. It will determine environmental impacts with a focus on methane emissions. [CleanTechnica]
  • “At Current Rates, Five Key Climate Tipping Points Are Already Possible, New Study Warns” • At current rates of global warming, the world is perilously close to five tipping points that could send global weather systems into irreversible collapse, a study found. Two of them are an abrupt thaw of the permafrost, and the end of a Labrador Sea ocean current system. [CBC]
  • “Rivian And Mercedes In Talks To Start Van Production In Europe” • Rivian and Mercedes have signed a “memorandum of understanding” to work together on production of electric vans in Europe. The companies will jointly invest in adapting an existing Mercedes production site in central or eastern Europe for building new electric vans, they said. [CNN]
  • “Sunrun And Tesla Solar Roofs And Batteries Saving The Day In California” • Thanks to solar PV and battery companies, the California grid is much better equipped to deal with challenges of heatwaves than it was a decade ago. A leading force in these industries is Sunrun, the largest home solar and battery storage company in the USA. [CleanTechnica]

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