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September 3 Green Energy News


Headline News:

  • “At Least 46 People Have Died After Floodwaters From Ida’s Remnants Swamp Cities From Virginia To New England” • At least 46 people have died in six Eastern states – Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia – after the storm brought unprecedented rainfall to some areas. There are 23 known deaths in New Jersey. [CNN]

Flooding from Ida in Pennsylvania (Michael M Stokes, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

  • “Climate Scientist: This Is A Dystopian Moment” • I’m a climate scientist. My colleagues and I have been warning for years that human-induced global warming will bring us a future of faster and more furious extreme weather events. But now the events are coming with such speed and ferocity that the moment can be called dystopian. [CNN]
  • “Solar Activity Was At Record-High Level In USA In 2020” • In the US, solar PV module shipments rose to 21.8 million peak kW of solar power capacity in 2020, by far their best ever. In fact, that was 5.4 million peak kW above 2019’s total, their previous best. Rooftop solar installations grew, but larger installations grew even more. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Arctic Warming Linked To Colder Winters” • A study shows that increases in extreme winter weather in parts of the US are linked to accelerated warming of the Arctic. The scientists found that heating in the region ultimately disturbed the circular pattern of winds known as the polar vortex. The Texas cold wave in February is an example. [BBC]
  • “Biden Says He’ll Press Congress On Infrastructure After Wildfires And Ida Wreak Havoc On Us: ‘The Climate Crisis Is Here'” • President Joe Biden said he plans to press Congress to take further action on his infrastructure proposals that he says will better prepare the nation for future natural disasters and the effects of climate change. [CNN]

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Efficiency Maine Extends its Electric Vehicle Accelerator Program for Another Year, Advancing Key Climate Change Objective

On September 2, 2021, the second anniversary of launching its electric vehicle (EV) rebate program — the EV Accelerator Program — Efficiency Maine announced it will extend the program for another year. 

Efficiency Maine estimates it has sufficient funds to help defray the cost of approximately 2,500 more EV purchases in the next year. Twenty-five percent of the funds are reserved for income-eligible buyers. Efficiency Maine estimates the vehicles added with these funds can save Maine drivers a total of $2 million per year in fuel costs, and more than $18 million over the lifetime of the vehicles. Those same vehicles will prevent an estimated 82,000 tons of CO2 from being emitted over the course of their on-road lifetimes. The funding for the next year of the rebate program comes from a one-time $5 million payment received from the settlement of the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project, approved by the Maine Public Utilities Commission on May 3, 2019. 

“The Maine Climate Council identified cars and trucks as the state’s largest source of carbon pollution and recommended shifting to EVs as one of the best ways to achieve Maine’s carbon reduction targets,” said Michael Stoddard, executive director of the Efficiency Maine Trust. 

Continue reading Efficiency Maine Extends its Electric Vehicle Accelerator Program for Another Year, Advancing Key Climate Change Objective

September 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Air Pollution Is Cutting More Years From People’s Lives Than Smoking, War Or HIV/AIDS” • Air pollution is taking years from billions of people’s lives around the world and is a greater threat to life expectancy than smoking, HIV/AIDS, or war, a report shows. In India, air pollution reduces life expectancy an average of 5.9 years. [CNN]

Air pollution (Pixabay, Pexels)

  • “Coming Hours Are Make Or Break For Lake Tahoe Resort City, Fire Officials Say” • Firefighters have been able to make some headway against the Caldor Fire around South Lake Tahoe, and the popular California tourist town may, with luck, be spared from flames, if conditions on Wednesday night remain favorable, a fire official said. [CNN]
  • “LA City Council Votes To Have City Transition to 100% Renewable Energy By 2035” • The Los Angeles City Council voted to have the Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in the country, transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035, as well as develop a long-term hiring plan for nearly 10,000 “green” jobs. [MyNewsLA.com]
  • “Fifty-Four Members Of Congress (All Democrats) Push For End To Fossil Fuel Subsidies” • In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer this week, 54 members of Congress called for an end to over $120 billion in tax handouts to the fossil fuel industry. The letter follows a proposal by President Joe Biden. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Exelon Threatens Nuclear Plant Closure After Springfield Energy Deal Falters” • The operator of three Illinois nuclear plants facing potential closure said that Illinois lawmakers must act on an energy omnibus package in less than two weeks to avoid having the Byron plant being taken offline permanently on September 13. [WBEZ]

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Central Hudson Commits to Reducing Gas Sales

Central Hudson, a utility with about 309,000 electric and 84,000 gas customers, is the first utility in New York to agree to reduce their gas sales!

This hard-fought victory was achieved through months of pressure and negotiations with Central Hudson in their most recent rate case. Rate cases are one of the few ways that New Yorkers can advocate for better utility service, fight back against rate hikes that only benefit utility shareholders and executives, and oppose specific investments in the utility gas system.

Based on an agreement reached in that case, the utility will use a combination of energy efficiency and renewable heating technologies over the next four years to achieve a 2.5% net decrease from 2019 levels in the amount of gas it sells to customers. The company will also stop promoting oil to gas conversions on its website and remove claims that gas is more environmentally friendly than oil. This agreement with Central Hudson shows that gas utilities can and should begin decreasing gas sales and transitioning their business models away from fossil fuels.

Congress Can Slash Emissions by Supporting New Low-Carbon Industrial Technologies

By Steven Nadel, Executive Director

As Congress prepares its budget reconciliation package, one of the most effective ways it can reduce the large greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the industrial sector is by supporting commercialization of transformative industrial technologies.

The federal government has funded research, development, and demonstration projects for some of the critical technologies. However, these projects do not frequently reach commercial-scale deployment because potential investors often consider initial deployments, which can cost $1 billion or more, too high risk. Federal co-funding could address this challenge, accelerating adoption of these technologies.

An ACEEE policy brief released today proposes federal co-funding for the first three installations at production scale of new technologies that decarbonize industrial processes. Legislation to establish a program along these lines was introduced Friday by Rep. Kathy Castor, the chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

We rallied environmental, industry, and labor stakeholders this week to call on Congress to include this proposal and other industrial decarbonization investments in the budget reconciliation bill this fall.

Under our plan, factory owners, technology providers, and other partners would work together to submit proposals for cost-sharing of the first, second, or third applications of new transformative industrial technologies. The Department of Energy would then select the proposals that would best maximize long-term GHG reductions for co-funding. The maximum grant would be 60% of the total cost for the first application of a new technology, 45% for the second application, and 30% for the third…

To continue reading the blog post, visit: https://www2.aceee.org/e/310911/carbon-industrial-technologies/2jgflc3/902165582?h=b_n8CEABC_nPhl0DWTCUj2-IJ5EqD5F4x4xzNG9i9ec.

 

Efficiency Maine Funding Opportunity Invites Service Stations with Retail Operations to Step Up Conversions to High-Efficiency Equipment

Maine service stations with retail operations now have the opportunity to upgrade heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, LED lighting, and refrigeration equipment. For a limited-time, Efficiency Maine is offering a special promotion that aims to accelerate the conversion to high-efficiency equipment at service stations across the state.

“Many of these businesses use their HVAC and lighting systems more than a typical business because they operate during extended hours from early morning to late at night,” said Rick Meinking, senior program manager for commercial initiatives at Efficiency Maine. “It makes good business sense to consider these upgrades, which could improve customer experience and reduce energy costs.”

Enhanced incentives are available for eligible high-performance heat pumps, variable refrigerant flow systems, energy recovery ventilator projects, an array of refrigeration measures, and interior and exterior LED lighting. The limited-time offer begins on September 1, 2021. The application deadline is January 31, 2022. Accepted projects must be completed by May 1, 2022. Detailed incentive information on the qualifying equipment can be found in the Service Station Retrofits Funding Opportunity Notice.

Service stations with retail operations, such as convenience stores, food franchises, restaurants, or tourist gift shops, are eligible to apply for incentives under this funding opportunity. Other businesses are not eligible, but may qualify for other incentives offered through Efficiency Maine. Those businesses can go to the Efficiency Maine website to learn more about energy efficiency solutions, how to get started, and program details. 

Efficiency Maine’s Commercial and Industrial Prescriptive Program offers fixed incentives to reduce the cost of projects and to improve energy efficiency for various sectors, including businesses, municipalities, schools and higher education facilities, manufacturing and other industrial facilities, as well as other non-residential facilities, and multifamily and condominium buildings with five or more units.

To learn more about the Efficiency Maine Prescriptive Program and how to maximize its benefits visit https://www.efficiencymaine.com/at-work/ci-prescriptive-incentive-program/.

September 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Paris Slams On The Brakes And Sets 30 kph Speed Limit To Reduce Pollution” • Authorities in Paris are forcing drivers to slow down, setting a speed limit on almost all the city’s roads to reduce pollution and improve safety. But there are questions about whether the rule, which limits drivers to 30 kph (19 mph), will actually reduce pollution. [CNN]

Notre Dame gargoyle looking over the streets of Paris (Pedro Lastra, Unsplash)

  • “China Curbs Coal-Fired Power Expansion, Giving Way To Renewables” • In the first half of this year, the government of China has chopped newly-approved coal-fired units by 78.8% to 5.2 GW as compared with the same period last year, the non-government environment organisation Greenpeace said in its latest research report. [Upstream Online]
  • “Using Hot Sand To Store Energy” • Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are in the late stages of prototype testing a thermal energy storage technology that uses silica sand as a storage medium. The system is a reliable, cost-effective, and scalable solution that can be sited anywhere. The sand is heated to 1,200°C (2,192°F) for energy storage. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Renewables Surge ‘Not Fast Enough For Net Zero’” • The world will fall far short of hitting the 2050 net zero ambition established by the COP21 Paris Agreement, according to a report, DNV’s Energy Transition Outlook. The report made clear that this is true even if all new electricity generation capacity is from renewable resources. [reNEWS]
  • “Cunningham: Energy Legislation Creates Thousands Of Jobs, Fights Climate Change” • The Illinois Senate passed legislation that sets an ambitious goal of 100% renewable energy for the state by 2050. It creates a firm schedule for closing coal, oil, and gas-based power plants. It provides short-term funding for old nuclear plants. [Illinois Senate Democratic]

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August 31 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Hurricane Ida: One Million People In Louisiana Without Power” • Louisiana residents may be in the dark for weeks as officials take stock of the damage from Hurricane Ida. Ida made landfall on Sunday with 150 mph (240 km/h) winds, the fifth strongest to ever hit the US mainland. About one million locals remain without power. [BBC]

Storm (Hunt on Photos Studio, Pexels)

  • “Keep Fuel Dollars Local By Switching To EVs” • A study shows that in the US Southeast, consumers spend about $94 billion on fossil fuels annually. Of this money, about $64 billion leaks out of the region’s economy every year. A switch to EVs powered by local renewable energy would retain this within the region, a boon to its economy. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes Stronger, Slower And Wetter. Ida Checked All The Boxes” • Human-caused climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous. They are produce rainfall, move slower once they make landfallm and generate larger storm surges along the coast. Hurricane Ida was a prime example of those changes. [CNN]
  • “DOE Releases New Reports Highlighting Record Growth And Declining Costs Of Wind Power” • The Department of Energy released three reports showing record growth in land-based wind energy, significant expansion of the pipeline for offshore wind projects, and continued decline in the cost of generating energy with wind turbines. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Heimdal Uses Renewable Energy To Get CO₂, Cement From Seawater; Startup To Debut Carbon-Free Materials” • Heimdal is a tech startup that focused its services to extract CO₂, cement, and other materials from seawater, using renewable energy sources. The company features one of the most eco-friendly ventures in the world. [Tech Times]

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August 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Hurricane Ida Forces Mississippi River To Reverse Flow” • Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph. Its storm surge and strong winds actually caused the flow of the Mississippi River near New Orleans to reverse, something the US Geological Survey says is “extremely uncommon.” [CNN]

Hurricane Ida, August 29, 7:00 AM (NASA image, public domain)

  • “Hurricane Ida’s Impact On Louisiana Is ‘Unprecedented,’ Cajun Navy Relief President Says” • Nearly a Category 5 storm, Ida had maximum sustained winds estimated to be 150 mph, when it hit land on Katrina’s anniversary. Only two storms that strong have ever hit Louisiana before, Last Island in 1856, and Hurricane Laura in 2020. [Yahoo News]
  • “Floating Wind Turbines Could Open Up Vast Ocean Tracts For Renewable Power” • In the stormy waters of the North Sea, 15 miles off the coast of Aberdeenshire, in Scotland, five floating offshore wind turbines stretch 574 feet (175 metres) above the water. The world’s first floating windfarm, it has already broken UK records for energy output. [The Guardian]
  • “Non-Hydro Renewables To Have 72% Of Power Capacity Growth By 2030, Fitch Says” • Non-hydropower renewables – which refers largely to wind and solar power – will account for 72% of global capacity growth between 2020 and 2030, amid efforts to rapidly decarbonize the global power systems, Fitch Solutions projected. [The National]
  • “Electrolyzer Market Value To Hit $53 Billion By 2030, Says Global Market Insights Inc” • Global electrolyzer market revenue is expected to surpass $53 billion by 2030 according to a study by Global Market Insights Inc. This is due to large-scale integration of renewable energy resources and ongoing development of hydrogen infrastructures. [Yahoo Finance]

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August 29 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Hurricane Ida: Thousands Flee As Storm Bears Down On Louisiana” • Thousands of people are fleeing as Hurricane Ida closes in on Louisiana. Ida is expected to make landfall with 130 mph (209 km/h) winds and a “life-threatening” storm surge. Forecasters say it may be stronger than Hurricane Katrina, which devastated much of New Orleans in 2005. [BBC]

Projected path of Hurricane Ida (NOAA image)

  • “Space Mission Tests NREL Perovskite Solar Cells” • NREL Researchers are testing ways to bring costs down for terrestrial applications and transforming how PV technologies could work in space. Now, a test will evaluate the potential use of perovskite solar cells in space and assess the durability of materials used in those cells. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Volkswagen ID Buzz Assembly Line Update, Chip Shortage Shuts Down Production” • VW is expanding production of EVs, but MDR Sachsen reports that Volkswagen is pausing electric car production at its Zwickau factory because of the global shortage of computer chips. The shortage is also affecting the company’s main factory in Wolfsburg. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Louisiana Hasn’t Yet Recovered From Two Major Hurricanes In 2020. Now Another Is Taking Aim” • Five named storms struck Louisiana in 2020. Two of them were major hurricanes, doing a total of $18.75 billion in damages. As the state still reels from the destruction, another major hurricane is now barreling toward the coast. [CNN]
  • “Gas Cars Are Declining Significantly And Full Electrics Rising In USA” • We may have experienced peak fossil car sales in the USA, and the peak year wasn’t even very recently. It appears that 2016 will go down in history as the peak year for fossil-powered light-duty vehicle sales. Ironically, that’s also the year the Tesla Model 3 was unveiled. [CleanTechnica]

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