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November 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Orders For Eviation Alice Electric Plane Pass $2 Billion” • On September 27, Eviation’s Alice electric plane conducted its first flight at Moses Lake Grant County International Airport, in Washington state. Now, Eviation Aircraft has announced that the order book for the all-electric Alice airplane has passed a total value of $2 billion. [CleanTechnica]

Alice (Image courtesy of Eviation/GlobalX)

  • “Will We Ever … Live In City-Sized Buildings?” • Enclosed cities have become a narrative shorthand for futuristic settlements in science fiction. Many are self-contained habitats, incorporating all essential infrastructure, including energy generation, food production, waste management and water. Some have already been proposed for construction. [BBC]
  • “Volvo Australia To Sell Only Electric Cars By 2026” • Volvo Group is one of the car-manufacturing brands that has made a commitment to switch to EVs by 2030. But in Volvo Australia announced it has decided to step it up a notch, by vowing to sell EVs only in Australia by 2026, well ahead of the car company’s global commitment. [CleanTechnica]
  • “EU Cutting €11 Billion In Gas Costs Via Record Growth In Wind And Solar” • The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sent one very clear message to Europe: Ween yourself off dependence on Russian fossil gas, and gas in general. That led to record growth in wind and solar power this year. And analysis shows that has led to €11 billion in gas cost savings. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Canoo’s New EV Battery Module Manufacturing Facility In Oklahoma” • Canoo has announced a new EV battery module manufacturing facility in MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, Oklahoma. Once it is fully operational, the new facility will be able to handle approximately 3200 MWh of battery module manufacturing capacity. [CleanTechnica]

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November 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Outdoor Living Rooms And Renewable Power: How San Francisco Is Fighting Climate Change” • Air pollution and traffic congestion plague cities worldwide. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In San Francisco, a number of environmental initiatives encourage eco-friendly habits, increasing greenery, and creating better space for everyone. [Yahoo News UK]

Lombard Street, San Francisco (Braden Collum, Unsplash)

  • “New 50-Tonne Battery-Powered Electric Crane” • Just as in every other vehicle market, electric cranes are starting to arrive. The 653 E Electro Battery from SENNEBOGEN, developed with Dutch dealer Van den Heuvel, is a 50-tonne battery-powered electric crane. It answers a need for heavy equipment that meet the needs of quiet, clean cities. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Enevate And Lightning Motorcycles Partnership Creates 5-Minute Fast Charge For Electric Motorcycles” • Enevate makes batteries with high energy density and extremely fast charging. Lightning Motorcycles makes electric motorcycles that set performance records. The two combined efforts on Lightning’s Strike Carbon motorcycle. [CleanTechnica]
  • “US Trade Officials Open Talks With EU On IRA Incentives For Electric Cars” • To the surprise of no one, trade officials from the US and the EU plan to hold high level talks designed to defuse tensions over the tax credits for electric cars in the Inflation Reduction Act. The law sets requirements for electric cars to be eligible for the full $7,500 credit. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Ess Inc To Deliver Long-Duration Battery System To Burbank Water And Power” • In California, ESS Inc and Burbank Water and Power entered into an agreement for ESS to deliver a battery storage project to BWP. Under the agreement, a 75-kW, 500-kWh iron flow battery will be installed and connected to BWP’s 265-kW solar array. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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PRINCE WILLIAM UNVEILS FINALIST FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL EARTHSHOT PRIZE AWARDS

PRINCE WILLIAM UNVEILS LANZATECH AS A FINALIST FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL EARTHSHOT PRIZE AWARDS

  • Launched in 2020 by HRH Prince William, The Earthshot Prize is the world’s most prestigious environmental prize
  • Following a rigorous, 10-month selection process, a panel of advisors with expertise in science, conservation, innovation, investment, economics, politics and activism selected LanzaTech from more than 1,000 nominations
  • LanzaTech’s gas fermentation technology traps pollution and turns it into something useful. By targeting CO2, as well as industrial, municipal and agricultural waste, the company has discovered a way to produce large quantities of useful materials, while keeping fossil fuels in the ground

LanzaTech leaders: Dr. Sean Simpson, founder and CSO and Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO

November 4, 2022 — Today, Prince William and The Earthshot Prize revealed LanzaTech as one of the 15 Finalists for the second inaugural Fix Our Climate Earthshot for their carbon transformation solution, that can be deployed in any geography using available waste streams. The solution creates new circular models of production, reducing the carbon footprint of the things we use every day, while keeping our skies clean and healthy for all communities.

LanzaTech will be in the running to receive a £1 million award at the second-annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony. The Prize takes inspiration from President John F. Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot,’ which united millions of people around an organising goal to put man on the moon and catalysed the development of new technology in the 1960s.

Prince William said: “The innovators, leaders, and visionaries that make up our 2022 Earthshot Finalists prove there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of our planet. They are directing their time, energy, and talent towards bold solutions with the power to not only solve our planet’s greatest environmental challenges, but to create healthier, more prosperous, and more sustainable communities for generations to come.

“I am so excited to celebrate these fifteen Finalists and see the five Winners of The Earthshot Prize announced in Boston – the hometown of President John F. Kennedy, who shared The Earthshot Prize’s belief that seemingly impossible goals are within reach if we only harness the limitless power of innovation, human ingenuity, and urgent optimism.”

LanzaTech is led by Colombian-born chemist, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren and was launched by Dr. Sean Simpson and the late Dr. Richard Forster in 2005 in New Zealand, to find new ways of producing sustainable fuels and chemicals that didn’t impact land, food or biodiversity. Since then, LanzaTech’s partners have deployed three commercial plants in China, converting industrial emissions to ethanol, mitigating the equivalent of over 200,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. The ethanol produced at these plants has been converted into useful products, such as sustainable fuels, packaging, cosmetics, cleaning products and textiles. Zara, Unilever, Coty, Mibelle, On and Lululemon are some of the major consumer brands that have made products from recycled carbon.  LanzaTech hopes to work with local communities, governments, and partners to establish a Post Pollution future, where carbon can be infinitely reused. LanzaTech has six plants under construction, with eight more in the design phase, each using different waste feedstocks.  With LanzaTech, waste feedstocks are building a clean future.

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren said, “We are honored to be recognized by HRH Prince William as a Finalist for The Earthshot Prize. Fixing our climate is one of the greatest challenges of our generation, and we believe that with the support of The Earthshot Prize we can accelerate and scale our carbon transformation solution rethink how the world procures, uses and disposes of carbon. By utilizing carbon emissions as a resource, we hope to bring sustainable choices to all people.  It is only through collaboration and the support of our community that we will succeed in repairing and regenerating our world. Congratulations to all the finalists.”

In addition to their eligibility for the £1 million prize, all Finalists will receive tailored support and resources from The Earthshot Prize Global Alliance Members, an unprecedented network of private sector businesses around the world committed to helping scale innovative climate and environmental solutions and multiplying their impact.

The five Winners will be selected by The Earthshot Prize Council, a diverse team of influential individuals committed to using their platforms to champion inspiring leadership and elevate urgent efforts to repair and regenerate the planet. The Earthshot Prize Council Members include: HRH Prince William, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Alves Da Silva, Sir David Attenborough, Ernest Gibson, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Jack Ma, Shakira Mebarak, Yao Ming, Luisa Neubauer, Indra Nooyi, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Naoko Yamazaki.

A truly global project, The Earthshot Prize convenes a diverse nominator coalition of more than 200 people and organisations around the world from every continent, a distinguished Expert Advisory Panel, and The Earthshot Prize Council comprising influential individuals committed to championing positive environmental action.

The fifteen Finalists were assessed by the Expert Advisory Panel of scientific, academic, and subject-matter leaders. Each of the Finalist’s solutions excelled in the rigorous screening process and were assessed on their potential to create game-changing impact around the world, and their ability to help us reach our Earthshot challenges while positively impacting people, communities, and the natural world.

For more information about The Earthshot Prize 2022 Finalists, please visit www.earthshotprize.org.

The Earthshot Prize awards ceremony will take place on Friday, December 2 at the MGM Music Hall in Boston. It will air around the world on BBC in the UK and PBS in the United States. The show will also be available globally on YouTube. It will premiere on Sunday, December 4.

November 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “This Little Autonomous Vehicle Getting Use At New York’s JFK International Airport” • Navya, a little autonomous shuttle company, is not usable in nearly as many environments as the tech from other companies, but it is effective on various simple routes. The company’s latest contract is with New York City’s JFK International Airport. [CleanTechnica]

Autonomous vehicle (Navya image)

  • “COP27: Why The Latest UN Climate Conference Matters” • COP27 is reckoned to be the world’s best hope of progress on the climate issue. The global effort to cut emissions is “woefully inadequate” and means the world is on track for “catastrophe”, the UN warned last week. But the meeting in Egypt is shaping up to be prickly and confrontational. [BBC]
  • “Why High Temperatures Can Make Planes Too Heavy To Take Off” • Our planet’s rising temperatures are making it harder for planes to take off at certain airports, presenting yet another challenge to civil aviation. As heatwaves become more frequent, the problem could extend to more flights, forcing airlines to leave passengers on the ground. [CNN]
  • “Irish Wind Output For October Nudges 50%” • Wind Energy Ireland has released its October Wind Energy report, which shows that wind energy provided 47% per cent of Ireland’s electricity in October 2022. The latest figures mean that wind energy has supplied 33% of Ireland’s electricity demand this year to the end of October. [reNews]
  • “California To Spend Another $1.8 Billion On Electric School Buses” • California has spent $1.2 billion on electrifying school buses over the past 20 years. Another $1.8 billion is set to be spent in the next five years on zero-emissions school buses and associated charging infrastructure. A report includes guidance on how it should be spent. [CleanTechnica]

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November 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “US To Deploy 550 GW Of New Renewables By 2030” • The American Clean Power Association projects that the US may deploy 550 GW of new renewable energy projects by 2030. Solar, wind, and energy storage capacity will help pave the way for the nation to cut economy-wide emissions by 40% below 2005 levels. The work will create 1 million jobs. [pv magazine USA]

Wind turbines (Quang Nguyen Vinh, Pexels)

  • “These Glaciers Are On Track To Disappear Within The Next 30 Years, New Report Shows” • Recently, researchers at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization found that glaciers in one-third of the planet’s most beautiful parks and protected areas are set to disappear by 2050 – even if global warming is slowed. [CNN]
  • “America’s Largest Transit Bus Charging Station And Microgrid Opens In Maryland” • Montgomery County, Maryland, now has the largest transit bus charging station and microgrid in the US. It has the largest fleet of electric school buses in the nation and is planning for all 70 of the buses in its county transit system to be electric by 2026. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Neoen To Use Wind And Big Battery In ‘First Of Its Kind’ Baseload Renewables Contract With BHP” • French renewable energy developer Neoen says it has signed a “baseload” contract with mining giant BHP to supply power to its huge Olympic Dam copper mine in South Australia. The power will come from wind and battery storage. [Renew Economy]
  • “Burlington Electric Department Announces Partnership With Arc Industries” • The Burlington Electric Department announced a partnership with ARC Industries to pioneer ARC’s new, leading-edge wind turbine – The Orb – at Burlington International Airport in pursuit of Burlington’s goal of becoming a Net-Zero Energy City by 2030. [City of Burlington, VT]

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November 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Natural Gas Power Plants Begin Their Inevitable Decline” • Natural-gas-fired power plants are expected to provide 38% of the nation’s electricity in 2022, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Though nearly a net 6,900 MW of capacity will be added this year, natural gas is expected to be 36% of the power mix in 2023. [The Street]

Wisconsin gas-powered plant (Dual Freq, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

  • “Ukrainians Are Dreading The ‘Darkest Winter’ As Russia Takes Aim At The Power Grid” • As the weather gets colder, millions of Ukrainians are trying to prepare for what they know will be an extremely difficult winter. The Ukrainian government said in July that over 800,000 homes had been damaged or destroyed in the war. Now Russia is bombing power plants. [CNN]
  • “EDF Renewables Turns Sod For 50-MW Battery” • EDF Renewables UK has started construction of a 50-MW battery site at Energy Superhub Coventry. The 50-MW, 100-MWh battery will help to support the integration of renewables in the UK by storing energy when the supply is abundant and discharging it when the supply is lower. [reNews]
  • “Renewable Energy Records Tumble Around The Country As Rooftop Solar Power Soars” • Soaring power production from rooftop solar panels broke records across Australia as output from fossil fuels fell to all-time lows. “We have observed records being broken recently – I think we need to get used to that,” a former electricity system planner said. [ABC]
  • “Almost 25% Of US Electrical Generation Was Renewable In The First Two-Thirds Of 2022” • Renewable electricity sources saw increases in the first two-thirds of 2022, Energy Information Administration data shows. In the first eight months of 2022, nearly a quarter of US electricity generation came from clean energy sources, Electrek reported. [EcoWatch]

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November 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “How Tucson, Arizona Is Facing Up To A 1,200-Year Drought” • Tucson is a desert city where barely 12 inches (30 cm) of rain falls in an average year. Over the past 15 years or so thousands of its residents have turned to rainwater harvesting. They joined the city’s drive to embrace the practice as part of its suite of water conservation initiatives. [BBC]

Blue front door in Tucson (Sean Benesh, Unsplash)

  • “Industrial Agricultural Needs To Be Replaced By Agroecology – Soon” • The agricultural sector accounts for nearly 25% of all emissions. Agroecology is a method of farming with nature rather than against it, using ecological principles for agricultural systems. The method promotes diversity, resilience, circularity, social values, and cultural practices. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Power And Water Hit As Grain Ships Call Russian Bluff” • Power and water supplies across Ukraine have been bombed, including the hydroelectric power plant in Zaporizhzhia. Also, twelve ships filled with grain left the country’s Black Sea ports despite Russia’s suspension of an agreement allowing exports to some of the most vulnerable countries. [BBC]
  • “European Parliament Moves To Mandate EVs By 2035” • The EU Parliament agreed to a set of rules that will see an increase in the number of recharging and alternative refueling stations for cars, trucks, trains, and planes. This is part of the “Fit for 55 in 2030 package” which plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% come 2030. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Toyota Places Recycled EV Batteries On Grid” • JERA Co and Toyota created the world’s first large-capacity Sweep Energy Storage System using batteries from previously owned EVs. It is now connected to the consumer electrical power grid. They plan to store 100 MWh in grid batteries at JERA’s Yokkaichi Thermal Power Station. [CleanTechnica]

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October 31 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Lula Da Silva Will Return To Brazil’s Presidency In Stunning Comeback” • Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva was elected the next president of Brazil, in a stunning comeback following a tight run-off race. His victory heralds a political about-face for Latin America’s largest country, and environmentalists hope that it will make Brazil a climate leader. [CNN]

Forest on the Amazon (Nareeta Martin, Unsplash)

  • “USA’s First Vehicle-To-Grid Export Rate For Commercial Electric Vehicles” • A settlement agreement between PG&E and the Vehicle-Grid Integration Council, Electrify America LLC, and the California PUC is to establish the nation’s first “vehicle-to-grid” export compensation mechanism for its commercial EV charging customers. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Singapore To Use Low-Carbon Hydrogen To Reach 2050 Net Zero Target” • Singapore announced that it intends to achieve a carbon-neutral status by 2050, and that it will use low-carbon hydrogen as a major component of its decarbonization. The country is especially vulnerable to the impact of a warming planet. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
  • “Renewable Energy Contributes Record 68.7% Of Power To Australia’s Main Grid For Brief Period” • Renewable energy hit a new record on Friday, briefly contributing over two-thirds of the power in Australia’s main grid. The Australian Energy Market Operator said the record was set at 12:30 pm, with 18,882 MW, from renewable sources. [The Guardian]
  • “Green Grid To Connect Asia” • Sun Cable, funded by Mike Cannon-Brookes and Twiggy Forrest, is building partnerships to develop the giant Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink). AAPL consists of up to 20 GW of solar and 42 GWh of energy storage on a 12,000-hectare site in the Northern Territory. This is the Asian Green Grid Network. [CleanTechnica]

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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.

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 These Apartments Will Soon Get Their Heat from Wastewater – Adele Peters – Fast Company – 2 minute read – “At two high-rise apartment buildings in the Bronx, when a tenant takes a shower or does laundry, the hot water that goes down the drain will soon help heat their apartment in the winter—or cool it in the summer. The buildings, two 20-story towers in an affordable housing co-op, currently use steam heat that runs on fossil fuels. But now the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative plans to shift to a new combination of energy sources: geothermal energy from underground, plus energy captured from the wastewater that flows through pipes.”  Full article here.

NY-GEO Signs on to Recommendations to HUD’s Green & Resilient Retrofit Program – Rewiring America has organized comments on HUD’s retrofit program that include an emphasis on electrification. “Further, when considering appliance replacement as part of the upgrade package, particularly at the end of the incumbent machine’s useful life, HUD should require the switch to the most efficient electric technology available on the market, especially when switching from fossil-fuel appliances and electric resistance. Efficient electric appliances like heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and induction stoves are vastly more efficient than their fossil-fuel counterparts and should be treated that way especially as HUD is taking steps to improve the overall efficiency of the building. The graph below is from the letter. Full letter here.

Benzene for Breakfast? Study Finds Gas Stoves Produce Toxins Linked to Cancer – Caleb Heeringa – Gas Leaks – “We know that the “natural” gas in millions of American homes is mostly methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that’s worsening the climate crisis.  But it turns out that may not even be the worst thing coming out of your gas stove. A new study from researchers at PSE Healthy Energy found benzene – a widely recognized carcinogen linked to leukemia and lymphoma – as well as an array of other toxins linked to birth defects and cognitive impairment.  Benzene was found in 99% of samples, which were taken in the kitchens of 159 homes serviced by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), and San Diego Gas and Electric. Shockingly, the research shows that it didn’t even take using a gas stove to compromise the air inside our homes — gas stoves leak even when they’re turned off. Researchers found that ‘in certain cases, just having a gas stove in your kitchen could create benzene concentrations comparable to secondhand (tobacco) smoke.’”

October 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Architect Helping Sinking Cities Fight Flooding” • When floods devastated Bangkok over a decade ago, Thai landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom became determined to help her sinking hometown fight this deadly climate threat. The central question she focuses on is “how are we going to live with the water, without fear?” [CNN]

Design by Kotchakorn Voraakhom (Landprocess image)

  • “Antarctica’s Emperor Penguins At Risk Of Extinction Due To The Climate Crisis” • Global warming is melting the sea ice the Antarctica’s emperor penguins depend on for their survival, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service now categorizes the species as threatened. The agency lists “imperiled species as endangered or threatened regardless of their country of origin.” [CNN]
  • “The Nigerian Woman Cleaning Up A Land Soaked In Oil” • It is the rarest of stories: a fix for an environmental disaster that is actually working. Oil spill after oil spill has turned the Niger Delta, in southern Nigeria, into one of the most polluted places on Earth. Scientist Eucharia Nwaichi is using bioremediation to remove pollutants in the soil naturally. [BBC]
  • “Solar Powering South Australia Completely For Several Hours A Day” • Recently, all of the electricity demand in South Australia was met by solar from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, for six hours of free electricity. All operational demand being met by renewables may become the norm this year, with excess supply being exported to Victoria or stored in batteries. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Renewable Energy And Nepal” • Nepal declared Energy and Water Resources Decade (2018-28) to implement the Roadmap for Energy Development. Nepal is self-sufficient in electricity production now, producing 11,064 GWh in 2022, a big jump from 4,258 GWh in 2013. And next year, all of its people are to have access to electricity. [The Kathmandu Post]

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