Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

January 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “What Does It Mean That (Once Rare) Atmospheric Rivers And Bomb Cyclones Are Becoming More Frequent?” • Atmospheric rivers and bomb cyclones are ever more frequent and intense parts of the North American meteorological landscape. That fact is perfectly compatible with projections of climate change driven by our warming our planet. [The Hill]

Atmospheric river (National Weather Service image)

  • “China Seen Accelerating Wind And Solar Power Installation Under 5-Year Plan, Reaching 2030 Renewable Target Ahead Of Time” • Climate analysts expect China to reach its 2030 goal for renewable energy about five years ahead of schedule, after at least 30 provinces unveiled their respective programs under the national five-year plan. [South China Morning Post]
  • “Renewable Sources Set Energy Record In El Salvador” • Last year, the main generators of renewable energy in El Salvador were hydroelectric, geothermal, and solar. In combination, they supplied 83% of the electricity that reached Salvadoran homes, according to the Hydroelectric Executive Commission of the Lempa River [Prensa Latina]
  • “ZF Partners With Beep To Bring Robo-Shuttle To Market” • ZF and US mobility provider Beep have formed an alliance to introduce a new shuttle service in America. They presented the shuttle in Las Vegas at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show. By joining together, ZF and Beep are paving the way for a more convenient mode of transportation. [CleanTechnica]
  • “TI Claims New Battery Management System Can Increase Range Of Electric Cars” • This week, Texas Instruments was at the Consumer Electronics Show 2023, where it introduced its latest battery cell and battery pack management tools. TI says its battery management tools could increase the range of an electric vehicle by as much as 20%. [CleanTechnica]

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January 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Natural Gas Prices Haven’t Been This Low Since Russia Went To War” • Natural gas prices in Europe and the US have tumbled to levels last seen before Russia sparked a global energy crisis by invading Ukraine. Europe can thank a record-breaking spell of warm weather, as well as its own barnstorming effort last summer to fill gas storage. [CNN]

Gas storage tanks (Patrick Federi, Unsplash, cropped)

  • “Widespread Damage To The California Coast In The Wake Of Major Storms” • A deadly storm has inflicted widespread damage in northern California, dumping record-breaking rain along the coastline. Waves washed away walls of homes, while mudslides, sinkholes, and flooding were reported throughout the region. Two deaths have also been reported. [BBC]
  • “Great Salt Lake Will Disappear In Five Years Without Massive ‘Emergency Rescue,’ Scientists Say” • Utah’s Great Salt Lake is facing “unprecedented danger,” experts say, It has fallen to an alarmingly low levels in a megadrought fueled by climate change. A dire report calls for “emergency measures” to save the Great Salt Lake from going dry. [CNN]
  • “EPA Is Proposing A New Rule To Crack Down On Deadly Air Pollution” • For the first time since 2012, the US EPAis proposing an update to the federal air quality standard for fine soot. It is a step that has long been awaited to reduce deadly air pollution. It would reduce the amount of particulate matter, called PM2.5, allowed to be in outdoor air. [CNN]
  • “Mercury Marine Unveils Its First Electric Outboard Boat Motor” • Mercury Motors presented its all-new Avator™ 7.5e electric outboard at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It is a revolutionary accomplishment, as it is both the first of its kind from Mercury and one of many slated to be released this year! [CleanTechnica]

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Gardening Choose Your Own Adventure

In the dark days of January, gardeners sometimes find themselves overwhelmed by dazzling seed catalogs and online offerings. Everything looks wonderful and it is hard to decide what to pick or what to plant. Join Otsego Master Gardener, Francine Stayter, on Saturday, January 21, at 10 a.m., for Gardening: How to Choose Your Own Adventure, a hybrid workshop in-person at the CCE Education Center in Cooperstown, or virtually via Zoom.

Cornell has many resources that can help you make decisions that suit your garden to give you the right plants for the right place. In this workshop, Ms. Stayter will discuss how to use some of these resources, from selecting from seed catalogs to seed starting, to planting your 2023 garden, that will help you choose your best gardening adventure.

This workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required by Wednesday, January 18th. To register and for more information, go to https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/Gardening-Adventure_243 or call 607-547-2536 x0.

Otsego Master Gardener Volunteers have been specially trained and certified by Cornell University Extension with a mission to provide education on a broad range of horticultural topics and practices based on university research and recommendations.

Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties prior to a program.

January 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Global Renewable Power Capacity To Double In Five Years: IEA Report” • The global capacity of renewable power generation is expected to almost double over the next five years as countries step up efforts to deal with the energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a report by the International Energy Agency has shown. [毎日新聞, The Mainichi]

Rooftop solar system in a village (Pixabay, Pexels)

  • “Wind Power Hits Record As Turbines Deliver Over A Quarter Of UK Electricity In 2022” • Data from National Grid show wind was the second largest source of electricity over 2022, supplying 26.8%. It represents a gain of five percentage points compared to 2021. Wind now accounts for a greater proportion of the UK’s electricity mix than nuclear. [The Telegraph]
  • “Up To Half Of The World’s Glaciers Could Disappear Even If Ambitious Climate Targets Are Hit” • Glaciers will lose far more ice, causing more sea level rise than current scientific estimates project, a study shows. Researchers found that up to half of all glaciers could be lost by the end of the century, even given the world’s ambitious global climate actions. [CNN]
  • “Germany Generated A Historical Amount Of Electricity From Wind Energy This Week” • On January 4, Germany set a wind energy record. European Energy Exchange data showed wind farms nationwide had produced more than 50,000 MW of power, resulting in the highest production of electricity ever from wind turbines. [Green Matters]
  • “UK’s 2022 Was Hottest Year On Record, Says Forecaster” • The UK experienced its hottest year on record in 2022, the national weather service said. Human-induced climate change made what would normally be a once-in-500-year event likely to happen every three or four years. Since 1884, all the ten warmest years have occurred after 2003. [Devdiscourse]
  • “Evacuations Ordered In California As Deadly Storm Slams Into Coast” • Heavy rain and powerful winds are pounding the northern California coast and forecasters have warned people to expect more flooding and mudslides. California has been under a state of emergency since Wednesday. Over 160,000 home and businesses have lost power. [BBC]

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L-Prize Deadlines Approaching on January 13

The U.S. Department of Energy L-Prize® challenges industry to bring forward new innovations to realize the full potential of advanced lighting systems for commercial buildings. The competition has three distinct phases: Concept Phase winners were announced in February 2022, the Prototype Phase opened in June 2022, and the Manufacturing and Installation Phase is expected to open in September 2023. Participation in the Concept Phase is not required to participate in the Prototype Phase.

The L-Prize Prototype Phase “Intent to Submit” deadline is January 13, 2023.

The Prototype Phase introduces two tracks, one for luminaires and the other for connected systems, and competitors are invited to submit working prototypes for evaluation. A total prize pool of $2 million for this phase will be split among up to six competitors across the two tracks. Here is everything you need to know to enter:

  • Visit the L-Prize website and register on the HeroX platform. Click on “Solve this Challenge” and accept the competitor agreement in order to access the full capabilities of the website.
  • Click on “Begin Entry” and complete the Intent to Submit form, providing a brief description of your intended luminaire or connected system. You do not need to have your complete submission package ready at this time. The complete submission package is due in May 2023; see the L-Prize Official Rules for more details.
  • If you have any questions that you think are not answered after reading the L-Prize Official Rules, and after searching the HeroX Forum Q&A, please email LPrize@nrel.gov

The public comment period for the L-Prize Manufacturing and Installation Phase requirements closes January 13, 2023.

The final phase of the L-Prize will reward production and installation of real products meeting the L-Prize technical requirements. DOE will evaluate entries on technical performance and innovation in addition to U.S. manufacturing content, deployment strategy, and innovative installation models. Up to four competitors will share an award of $10 million. The public comment period to provide inputs on the Manufacturing and Installation Phase requirements closes on January 13, 2023. Complete the Comment Form on the L-Prize website and share your input.

January 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Duo Plan Greenland’s ‘First’ Commercial Wind Project” • H2Carrier and Greenland-based company Anori have signed a Letter of Intent to develop the first commercial wind farm in Greenland. The 1.5-GW wind farm is intended to supply power to H2Carrier’s vessel, P2XFloater, for on-board production of hydrogen and green ammonia. [reNews]

P2XFloater (H2Carrier image)

  • “Green Surge Is Circuit Breaker On Nuclear Revival” • Nuclear power received what seem like two plum gifts for 2023. High energy prices and the desire to decarbonize spurred renewed interest in nuclear technology, which provides about 10% of the world’s electricity supply. But a surging supply of green power is likely to limit any renaissance. [Nasdaq]
  • “BYD Hits Nearly 1 Million BEV Sales In 2022” • Overall, BYD sold 1,863,494 plugin vehicles in 2022. The company sold 911,140 battery EVs. Tesla was the first automaker to surpass 1 million BEV sales in a year, scoring 1.31 million sales in 2022, but BYD is not that far behind on that milestone. It will surely be the second automaker to reach it. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Powerful Bomb Cyclone Slams Into California With Hurricane-Force Winds And Heavy Rain” • A powerful bomb cyclone slammed into the California coast Wednesday night, lashing the state with heavy downpours and hurricane-force winds as the storm advanced onshore. Peak wind gusts at 85 mph were recorded in Nicasio Hills. [CNN]
  • “Texas Ag Agency Says Climate Change Threatens State’s Food Supply” • On the heels of a historic drought that has devastated crops from the High Plains to South Texas, a report from the Texas Department of Agriculture has linked climate change with food insecurity and identified it as a potential threat to the state’s food supply. [KVUE]

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January 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Peter Sterling: A Vermont Solution To Fighting Climate Change: 100% Renewable Energy” • It’s 2023 and the question is no longer “is climate change here” but “what is Vermont going to do to stop it?” We already have a law in place, the 2015 Renewable Energy Standard, that takes us part way there. It’s time to take the next step. [Caledonian Record]

Vermont (Kevin Davison, Unsplash)

  • “Wind Power Sets Third Generation Record In A Year” • A new wind energy record was set last week in the UK, National Grid ESO confirmed. Wind power generated 20.918 GW of electricity over a half-hour period on 30 December 2022. Trade body RenewableUK said that wind energy provided 61.4% of the UK’s power that day. [reNews]
  • “FirstEnergy Agrees To Pay $3.9 Million For Failing To Tell FERC About Energy Bill Bribery Payments” • FirstEnergy is working through issues related to bribes it doled out in support of HB 6, energy legislation in Ohio that provided about $1 billion to two nuclear power plants owned by a former subsidiary, now called Energy Harbor. [Utility Dive]
  • “Massachusetts Approves Commonwealth And Mayflower PPAs” • The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has approved the power purchase agreements for the Mayflower and Commonwealth Wind offshore wind farms. The decision comes despite concerns raised by both developers over the financial viability of the sites under the current terms. [reNews]
  • “The Promise Of Batteries That Come From Trees” • As demand for EVs soars, scientists are searching for materials to make sustainable batteries. Lignin, a constituent of wood, is shaping up to be a strong contender. Stora Enso, a forestry company in Finland, hired engineers to look into the possibility of using lignin to make batteries. [BBC]
  • “California Braces For More ‘Brutal’ Flooding And Mudslides As Experts Warn It Won’t Quench Historic Drought” • Parts of drought-plagued California are facing an onslaught of powerful storms, bringing flooding rainfall and even mud and debris flows to the state. The entire state will see impacts of the storm, but it won’t be enough to end the drought. [CNN]

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SUN DAY CAMPAIGN

LAST EIA REPORT OF 2022 REVEALS:

Solar now provides more than 5% of U.S. electricity generation.
Electrical generation by all renewable sources grew by 14.3%
during past 12 months, driven by increases in solar (26.2%),
wind (16.9%), geothermal (6.5%), and hydropower (6.1%).

Washington DC – According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided almost 23% of the nation’s electrical generation during the first ten months of 2022.

The final issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” report series published in 2022 (with data through October 31) reveals that during the first ten months of 2022, renewable energy sources (including small-scale solar systems) [1] increased their electrical output by 14.26% compared to the same period a year earlier. By comparison, electrical generation by all energy sources combined grew by just 3.14%.

Year-to-date, renewables have provided 22.60% of total U.S. electrical generation compared to 20.40% a year earlier. Accordingly, they are on track to reach or surpass EIA’s forecast of renewables providing 22% of U.S. electricity in calendar year 2022.[2]

Output by solar alone increased by 26.23% and its share of total U.S. electrical generation year-to-date (YTD) surpassed 5.0%, providing 5.05% through the end of October. For perspective, solar’s YTD share first reached 1.0% in March 2016. Since then, solar’s monthly generation has increased almost six-fold. The trend seems likely to continue – in October alone, solar’s output was 31.68% greater than a year earlier, a rate of growth that strongly eclipsed that of every other energy source.

Further, for the ten-month period, electrical generation by wind expanded by 16.86% and provided almost a tenth (9.80%) of total electrical generation. In addition, generation by hydropower grew 6.13% and accounted for 6.14% of the total. Electrical output by geothermal as well as wood & wood-derived fuels also increased by 6.45% and 0.16% respectively. Only generation by “other biomass” fell – by 4.85%.

Taken together, during the first ten months of 2022, renewable energy sources comfortably out-produced both coal and nuclear power by 16.62% and 27.39% respectively. However, natural gas continues to dominate with a 39.40% share of total generation.

“As we begin 2023, it seems very likely that renewables will provide nearly a quarter – if not more – of the nation’s electricity during the coming year,” noted the SUN DAY Campaign’s executive director Ken Bossong. “And it is entirely possible that the combination of just wind and solar will outpace nuclear power and maybe even that of coal during the next twelve months.” 

Notes:

[1] Unless otherwise indicated, the electricity figures cited above include EIA’s “estimated small-scale solar photovoltaic” (e.g., rooftop solar systems) which accounts for 28.9% of total solar output and over six percent (6.4%) of total net electrical generation by renewable energy sources.   

[2] See, for example, U.S. Energy Information Administration, “EIA expects renewables to account for 22% of U.S. electricity generation in 2022” (August 16, 2022) https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=53459 ;   

Sources:

EIA’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” report was released on December 22, 2022. For the data cited in this news release, see Table ES1.A “Total Electric Power Industry Summary Statistics 2022 and 2021” and Table ES1.B. “Total Electric Power Industry Summary Statistics, Year-to-Date 2022 and 2021”at:  

https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?t=table_es1a ;

https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?t=table_es1b
The 2016 data cited may be derived from Table ES1.B found on p.12 of EIA’s May 2016 “Electric Power Monthly” report; see: https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/archive/may2016.pdf  

Contact: Ken Bossong, 301-588-4741 ; 301-270-6477 x.6

January 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Wait For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Aircraft Just Got Shorter” • Batteries and fuel cells have scaled up for semi trucks, locomotives, and construction vehicles along with stationary energy storage. Sending them up on an airplane is a different matter entirely, but recent activity indicates that zero emission aircraft are close at hand. [CleanTechnica]

ZeroAvia airplane (ZeroAvia image)

  • “2022 Another Remarkable Year For Australian Renewables” • Not many years ago, some so-called experts claimed more than 20% renewables would be a disaster for the electricity grid. In 2022, Queensland had the lowest portion of renewable electricity at 22.4%, New South Wales was next lowest at 27.7%, and the other states ranged from 38.2% to 93.1%. [SolarQuotes]
  • “EPA Can Now Regulate Waterways – A Huge Shift After A Decade Of Legal Challenges” • It’s amazing what difference a US federal rule can make. With the stroke of a presidential pen, the US EPA can now regulate and protect hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands, and other waterways. Of course, the Supreme Court could change that. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Battery Manufacturing Is Creating Lots And Lots And Lots Of Jobs” • With the demand for EVs on the rise, new Battery Belt factories are reinventing the workplace in many communities of the Rust Belt. Battery manufacturing is creating new economic development opportunities – and no college degree is needed to qualify for employment. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Fossil Fuel Power Fell Up To 68% As Blackouts Hit US South” • Duke Energy Corp and the Tennessee Valley Authority cut power to homes and businesses during the holiday season at a time when an extreme winter storm pounded the South. The outages were due to major generating failures at plants powered by coal and natural gas. [Rigzone]

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January 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Highland Peatbog Seeking Worldwide Recognition” • In the 1970s, peatbogs were drained as huge diggers made massive ditches for planting non-native trees for commercial forestry. Then the environmental damage became clear. Now a vast area of peatbog in Scotland’s Flow Country could become one of Unesco’s newest World Heritage sites. [BBC]

Flow country (Jayzed kay, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

  • “EU To ‘Decouple Gas And Renewables Prices’” • The European Union is planning to decouple market prices for renewables and gas as part of a revamp of the bloc’s energy policy. The Financial Times reported that Brussels wants to prioritise cheaper green power, and that would upend the current system that generally sees fossil fuels set the market rate. [reNews]
  • “How China’s Solar Panel Price War Could Drive Renewable Energy Installations Globally” • Amid falling costs of polysilicon, due to excess supply, leading Chinese manufacturers Longi Green Energy Technology, TCL Zhonghuan, and Tongwei Solar reduced prices by as much as 27%, according to the China Silicon Industry Association. [South China Morning Post]
  • “$4,000 Tax Credit For Used EVs Under $25,000 Starts Now, But When Will Tesla Model 3 Be Eligible?” • EVs have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their environmental benefits and cost savings, among other reasons. Now, EVs that are at least two years old, selling for under $25,000 may be eligable for incentives. [CleanTechnica]
  • “New York – 6 GW Of Energy Storage By 2030 Proposed” • A roadmap to have 6 GW of energy storage in New York State by 2030 is to be considered by the NY PUC. That is at least 20% of the state’s peak electricity load. The roadmap proposes adding 3 GW of bulk storage, 1.5 GW of retail storage and 200 MW of residential storage. [Power Engineering International]

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