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The September Green Energy Times is Now Available

The September, 2020, edition of Green Energy Times has gone to press and will soon be available at distribution locations.

The online edition can be downloaded HERE.

The individual articles can be viewed HERE,  but please note that not all have been uploaded as yet.

October 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Has The World Started To Take Climate Change Fight Seriously?” • The announcement by Chinese President, Xi Jinping that China would cut emissions to net zero by 2060 is enormously important. China, the biggest greenhouse gas emitter, may have fired the starting gun on what will become a global race to eliminate fossil fuels. [BBC]

Wind turbines in China (Public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “General Motors To Achieve 60% Renewable Energy Thanks To Massive Arkansas Solar Deal” • GM announced a significant step towards achieving its goal of sourcing 100% of its energy from renewables by 2040. The company has signed a power purchase agreement for a 180 MW solar project that is set to be built in Arkansas. [pv magazine USA]
  • “Tesla Will Begin Selling Chinese Model 3 With LFP Batteries This Week” • Confidential sources tell Reuters that Tesla will begin selling Model 3 cars built in Shanghai and equipped with LFP (LiFePO₄) batteries to customers in China this week. Lithium iron phosphate batteries contain no nickel and no cobalt. Prices have not been announced. [CleanTechnica]
  • “US Farmers And Ranchers In Action Group Commits To UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals” • US Farmers & Ranchers in Action issued a report spotlighting the key role US agriculture plays in reaching the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They acknowledged a need for unmatched collaboration for climate-smart agriculture. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Brazilian Court Blocks Government’s Decision To Revoke Key Mangrove Protections” • A Brazilian court blocked a move by the country’s government to revoke key regulations protecting its mangroves. Mangrove swamps are homes for many species of sea birds and safe havens for young fish, crabs, and shrimp. They prevent erosion and are carbon sinks. [CNN]

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

September 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “All Aboard! UK’s First Hydrogen-Powered Train Starts Trial Journeys Today” • The first-ever hydrogen-powered train will run on the UK mainline today. Today’s trials of the train, named HydroFLEX, follow almost two years of development work and more than £1 million of investment by both Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham. [Energy Live News]

HydroFLEX with factory original graffiti (University of Birmingham)

  • “Two-Fifths Of Plants At Risk Of Extinction, Says Report” • Two-fifths of the world’s plants are at risk of extinction, scientists have warned. Researchers say they are racing against time to name and describe new species, before they disappear. Plants hold huge promise as medicines, fuels and foods, says a report by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [BBC]
  • “Dominion Unleashes Coastal Virginia” • Dominion Energy commenced started operations at its 12-MW Coastal Virginia offshore wind farm in the US. Ørsted oversaw the installation of the offshore project’s offshore components for the US developer, including turbines and foundations, while Dominion Energy oversaw all onshore aspects. [reNEWS]
  • “Global Renewable Energy Jobs Hit Record High” • Global renewables industries supported a record 11.5 million jobs in 2019, but governments will need to “supercharge” the energy transition to keep growth on track with Covid-19, said the International Renewable Energy Agency. Solar dominated growth technologically. [Recharge]
  • “DHL Inaugurates Package Delivery In London Using Water Transportation” • Packages arriving at Heathrow airport are taken to a nearby dock on the Thames by electric vehicles. Then DHL takes them by boat down the river to London, where they are unloaded and put on pedal-powered cargo bikes for delivery to final destinations in the city. [CleanTechnica]

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

Your Input is Important – 2021 United States Energy and Employment Report (USEER)

                                           Call for Participation in the U.S. Energy and Employment Report 2021

Over the past 3 years, the survey has been led by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI).  The purpose of the survey is to compile employment-related data from the energy, energy efficiency, and motor vehicle business community to provide policy makers, business leaders and energy stakeholders with key information on trends, outlook, and challenges facing these critical sectors of our economy. This confidential, voluntary survey will take about fifteen minutes of your time and will provide us the valuable feedback needed to ensure the needs of companies like yours are well understood by key energy stakeholders.

Follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
https://bwresearch.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7QH0z2M0hnrUx8N?Q_DL=myWYAYMzkiEpBVd_7QH0z2M0hnrUx8N_MLRP_3rNUmGKkMMIkxOR&Q_CHL=email

This is the sixth year of a national survey originally launched by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2015.  The U.S. Energy and Employment Report 2021 is an extension of work originally produced by the U.S. Department of Energy (see: https://energy.gov/downloads/2017-us-energy-and-employment-report).

NASEO and EFI have maintained the continuity of this information over the past several years and have sought to add additional breadth and depth to the data (see: www.usenergyjobs.org).  NASEO and EFI have engaged the same independent research firm, BW Research Partnership, to conduct the survey.  The resulting database will provide needed insights on the strengths, weaknesses, barriers, opportunities and needs from the business, workforce, investment, innovation, and policy aspects of this important sector.

Please be assured that your individual responses will remain strictly confidential.

If you have any questions regarding this survey or would like more information about the confidential and anonymous nature of the study, please contact the Principal Investigator for this study, Philip Jordan, at pjordan@bwresearch or Ryan Young, Research Manager at BW Research at ryoung@bwresearch.com.

Thank you in advance for taking time to participate in this important study.

Sincerely,

Philip Jordan
Vice President

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Installs EV Chargers for Visitors

Program supported by New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

EV charging station at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a longtime proponent of green initiatives. From composting toilets, to energy efficient lighting, and small changes that add up to larger impacts like turning off lights and recycling food waste, the Science Center tries to teach about, support, and implement initiatives that help our planet. The latest project is the installation of EV charging stations for visitors driving electric vehicles.

Two Level 2 EV charging stations are located adjacent to the Welcome Center giving Science Center guests with electric vehicles two dedicated parking spaces and allowing them to charge their vehicle while they visit the trails or attend programs.

The cost of the installation of the chargers was sponsored by the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative through a rebate program. The Electric Vehicle Commercial Charger Rebate allows businesses to cover half of the cost of installation with a maximum of $5,000 for two chargers per property. The chargers were donated anonymously.

“Installing EV chargers at your business is a great way to show your customers that you care about the environment,” said Alicia Melanson, Program Administrator at New Hampshire Electric Cooperative. “New Hampshire has a need for more public charging stations, especially north of Concord, and we’re glad to see the Science Center embrace the many benefits of driving electric.”

Randy Brown Excavation prepared the site location and Mauchly Electric completed the electrical work.

The EV chargers are available to Science Center visitors during regular hours, May 1 through November 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the same hours for Monday through Friday from November through April.

Learn more about Squam Lakes Natural Science Center at nhnature.org.

September 29 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Angelo Campus Electrifies The Renewable Energy Business With BoxPower” • Princeton alumnus Angelo Campus built a business, BoxPower, to ensure those who need quick access to power can find it in a simple configuration: a shipping container equipped with solar panels, a battery for energy storage and a backup generator. [Princeton University]

BoxPower installation (BoxPower image)

  • “Cities Announce Massive Fossil Fuels Divestments” • Last week, 12 cities around the world announced a commitment to divest from fossil fuels, looking towards a green and just recovery from COVID-19. Los Angeles and New York City signed the declaration. Importantly, and perhaps surprisingly, so did New Orleans and Pittsburgh. [Triple Pundit]
  • “Renewable Energy Among The Most Pandemic-Resilient Infrastructure Sub-Sectors” • The renewables sector is among the most pandemic-resilient infrastructure sub-sectors, thanks in part to its ability to secure finance as well as government efforts to grow the green economy, according to a white paper from investment firm Foresight Group. [PV-Tech]
  • “Despite Major Health Risks, Trump’s EPA Plans To Leave Millions Of Lead Water Pipes In The Ground” • A draft of the Trump administration’s final Lead and Copper Rule has been leaked. It showed that the EPA will weaken safeguards for keeping lead out of drinking water. It allows lead service lines to remain in use, in some cases permanently. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Ameren Announces Plans To Reach ‘Net-Zero’ Carbon Emissions By 2050, And Spend Billions On Renewable Energy” • Ameren announced that it intends to invest $8 billion in renewable energy projects over the next two decades, and will accelerate its plans to reduce carbon emissions, reaching “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050. [STLtoday.com]

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

September 28 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Boris Johnson Promises To Protect 30% Of UK’s Land By 2030” • An extra 400,000 hectares of English countryside will be protected to support the recovery of nature under plans by Boris Johnson. He will make the commitment at a virtual UN event. He is joining 65 leaders who pledged to reverse losses in the natural world by 2030. [BBC]

Lake District (Aivin Gast, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “UpriseEnergy Demonstrates Rapid-Deploy Wind+Battery Energy Solution In A Shipping Container” • UpriseEnergy has shown a portable wind turbine. The company took a prototype from their 20,000 square foot facility in San Diego, drove it to a site a dozen miles away, set it up, and ran it for an hour, putting out about 6 kWh of electricity. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The Ancient Trade Holding Back The Sahara Desert” • With climate change, the Sahara Desert has grown about 100 km southward since 1950, and it is expected to keep growing. Now, acacia trees, whose gum has been prized for its unusual culinary and medical uses, are part of a continent-wide effort to hold back the Sahara Desert. [BBC]
  • “Climate Change May Spark Serial Washoe Wildfires” • Within 20 years, northern Washoe County, Nevada, may become the epicenter of persistent wildfires driven by higher temperatures and prevalent drought brought about by climate change. That prediction is among several grim conclusions based on analysis of climate research. [Reno News & Review]
  • “China’s Carbon Pledge Will Require Complete Inversion Of Existing System” • China has pledged to reduce carbon emissions to virtually zero by 2060. If it succeeds, it could reduce the global heating forecasts by up to 0.3°C. To do this, it will need to rethink its energy supply completely. One projection is for reliance on solar and windpower. [The Guardian]

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

September 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Zombie Storms Are Rising From The Dead Thanks To Climate Change” • “Zombie storms,” which return to life after petering out, are a new addition this year. And undead weather anomalies are becoming more common thanks to climate change. One example was tropical storm Paulette, a hurricane that petered only to return. [Livescience.com]

Hurricane Paulette, marked by circles where it was a hurricane and triangles where it was a storm (BananaIAm, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “GE Dumps Coal Power and Pivots to Wind” • GE said that it plans to stop building new coal power equipment. The decision didn’t come as a surprise. Coal is going out of favor rapidly in many countries due to its status as one of the dirtiest fuels, along with falling costs for cleaner sources of energy like natural gas, wind, and solar. [Motley Fool]
  • “In Siberia Forests, Climate Change Stokes ‘Zombie Fires'” • In a marshy clearing of a sprawling Siberian forest, a small cohort of volunteers battle a winter-resistant, underground blaze. It is a growing problem in Russia. In some places, peat has smoldered underground for around five years, and it can re-emerge, set fire to dry grass, and spread rapidly. [The Japan Times]
  • “Coal Dropped from 26.9% of US Electricity to 17.7% in 3 Years” • Electricity from coal power plants has declined from 26.9% of US electricity generation in the first 7 months of 2018 to 17.7% of US electricity in the first 7 months of 2020. Furthermore, that’s down from 33% in 2015, 39% in 2014, 45% in 2010, and 50% in 2005. [CleanTechnica]
  • “As Climate Displacement Accelerates, Is The US Next?” • From the extreme storms in the Atlantic and Gulf coasts to historic fires in the West, the US is facing the impacts of climate change firsthand. As people flee from ecological disasters, the US faces questions about how to respond to climate displacement, on both short and long term. [The Hill]

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

September 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Six Graphics Explain The Climate Feedback Loop Fueling US Fires” • Wildfires in the Western US, and around the world, are getting worse. Fires in Oregon, Washington and California for the last month are off the charts compared to previous years – and fire season is still not over. Sadly, are just a preview of what’s to come, as we fritter away time. [CleanTechnica]

Cumulative burned area (World Resources Institute)

  • “New Tech For Artificial Reefs Increases Marine Life And Vitality” • An artificial reef is a human-made structure that may mimic characteristics of a natural reef for ocean habitats. Several companies specialize in design, manufacture, and deployment of long-lasting artificial reefs. Typically, they are constructed of limestone, steel, or concrete. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Plane Completes Maiden Flight In ‘World First’” • A hydrogen fuel-cell ZeroAvia six-seater Piper M-class aircraft completed its maiden flight this week, in another step forward for low and zero-emission flight. The next step will be a flight of between 250 and 300 nautical miles, taking off from the Orkney Islands. [CNBC]
  • “As Fossil Fuel Jobs Falter, Renewables Come To The Rescue” • From June 2019 through June 2020, US crude oil production fell 38% and natural gas production fell 31%. The unemployment rate in North Dakota rose to 11.3% in June. But fossil fuels aren’t the only energy source the state is rich in. It is prime real estate for wind power. [CBS News]
  • “Electric Vehicles Have Arrived Much Faster Than Anticipated” • Bill Gates said, “Innovation is moving at a scarily fast pace.” Nowhere is that more true than in the world of electric vehicles. Technological progress in the electrification of cars, buses, bikes, scooters, and trucks has advanced and the market for them is growing at an exponential rate. [CleanTechnica]

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

8 Simple Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Guest post by Madison Valgari

How to Save Energy in Your Home

Saving energy is not as complicated as people think. Your power consumption can be reduced easily by making small, everyday changes. Energy saving is all about becoming aware of how you use energy, make smart decisions, and come up with effective solutions to use it efficiently. Continue reading this article to learn some easy and amazing ways to save energy at home.

8 Simple Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

  1. Turn off unnecessary lights

Do you know traditional light bulbs waste 95% energy and use only 5% when glowing? They are the main culprit behind high electricity bills and should be turned off when not in use. For better efficiency, replace them with smart LED bulbs; they consume less energy and light up your room well.

  1. Unplug battery chargers when not in use

Battery chargers are energy vampires and consume energy even when not in use. They drain power continuously, so it is best to unplug them when not in use or when your devices are fully charged. You can also use a smart power strip and plug the charger there; it will automatically cut off the connection when the charger is not in use.

  1. Buy smart appliances

The innovations in the Internet of Things industry has given birth to smart appliances like microwave, refrigerator, television, and lights. These appliances can be monitored from your mobile device and can be turned off when not in use. Including them in your home is a brilliant way to reduce power consumption, save energy, and get an economic bill.

  1. Wash clothes with cold water

Making small decisions like using cold water for washing clothes can help you save $60 a year. The reason being, laundry detergents and clothes washers are built and designed to work efficiently with cold water as compared to hot water.

  1. Do not open the refrigerator frequently

Do not open and close the refrigerator again and again. It makes the appliance use extra energy to maintain a cool temperature and work efficiently for you. If you open the refrigerator, take out what you want and shut the door as soon as possible to save some extra energy. Also, check the settings to make sure the refrigerator and freezer are working at ideal temperatures.

  1. Use an electric kettle to boil water instead of a microwave

Boiling is an essential part of the cooking routine and can help you save money on energy bills if done smartly. Instead of using a microwave for boiling water, go for an electric kettle. It boils water faster on less electricity and thereby is an efficient appliance for boiling purposes.

  1. Utilize Solar Energy

This is the smartest way to save energy in your home. Solar energy is cost-effective, renewable, and needs little to no maintenance.

Here are a few ways you can start using solar energy. The most obvious way is to install solar panels on the rooftop with the help of an electrician. It is a one-time investment but saves an ample amount of money in the long term. Also, you can use a solar-powered gate opener at the entrance of your home. The last thing would be to switch over your appliances to solar-powered options. Ovens, refrigerators, freezers and even kettles have solar options available.

Madison Valgari is a freelance writer based in Florida who enjoys writing about beauty and sustainability. When she’s not online, she’s helping clients at her salon.

September 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Dynegy Will Power Chicago’s Willis Tower With Wind Energy” • Dynegy entered into a multi-year partnership with Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower to provide 100% renewable electricity to the Tower. The contract with Dynegy ensures that 100% of Willis Tower’s electricity comes from wind power and assures that costs remain constant. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Loop skyline dominated by Willis Tower (J Crocker, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Total Seals 3.3-GW Spanish Solar Deal” • French energy giant Total has signed an agreement with Spanish company Ignis to develop about 3300 MW of solar projects in Spain. The projects, located near Madrid and in the Andalusia region, are expected to start operations in 2022 with the ambition of putting them all into production in 2025. [reNEWS]
  • “Nuclear Power Is The Most Expensive Form Of Generation, Except For Gas Peaking Plants” • The levelized cost of energy from nuclear power rose from about $117/MWh in 2015 to $155 at last year’s end, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report says. The LCOE for solar PVs fell from $65/MWh to about $49, and for wind it fell from $55 to $41. [pv magazine Australia]
  • “The Growing Danger From Gas Pipelines” • The Merrimack Valley disaster in 2018 is remarkable, not just for its scale, but its timing. It came near the end of a decade in which officials set out to make natural gas pipelines safer. But incidents like the one in Merrimack Valley have actually grown more numerous since 2010, regulator data show. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Tesla “Pilot” Battery Factory Is The 13th Largest Battery Factory in World” • Tesla revealed that it intends to produce 3 TWh of batteries a year by 2030. The forecast from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence had been less than that for all lithium-ion battery producers combined. One Tesla “pilot plant” would be the world’s 13th largest battery factory. [CleanTechnica]

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