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NH Permaculture Day at Canterbury Shaker Village August 17

The 7th annual New Hampshire Permaculture Day takes place at Canterbury Shaker Village on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 9 am to 5 pm.

What is permaculture? The term references both permanence and agriculture. It is a growing field of research and practice dedicated to living sustainably guided by the ethics of earth care, people care, and fair share.

Permaculture Day will include information on local food systems, enhanced soil health, indigenous wisdom of plants as food and medicine, and sustainably-raised livestock. Climate change, social justice, sustainable energy, natural building, and earth-friendly agricultural practices are all part of the permaculture outlook.

The day will be filled with hands-on workshops, demos, discussions, and guided walks. The vendor marketplace will offer engaging information, local goods, and crafts for sale. Pick up morning snacks and coffee from a local food truck, stroll the grounds of the Village with its 24 historic structures, and admire what the Shakers created in their 200-years of communal work and worship.  Join other attendees for a locally-sourced lunch, included in the cost of registration.

Adult tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the event. Children 6-18, $10 in advance, $15 at the event. Students and Seniors receive a $5 discount. Canterbury Shaker Village members pay $20. There is plenty of free parking.  For more information and tickets go to www.nhpermacultureday.org/2019-Event, or follow the links at www.shakers.org.

This event is presented by the NH Permaculture Guild in partnership with Canterbury Shaker Village. Thanks go to sponsors Northeast Organic Farmers (NOFA) of New Hampshire, Concord Food Coop, and Warner Public Market.

Canterbury Shaker Village is a private non-profit historic site that is devoted to preserving the legacy of the Shakers and providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit. Located just 20 minutes from the state capital in Concord, the Village maintains 25 restored original Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. The address is 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH 03224.  Phone 603-783-9511.

August 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Volkswagen Triplets Are Going 100% Electric” • German car maker Volkswagen AG announced that it is replacing its inexpensive A-segment cars, which are powered by fossil fuels, with 100% electric vehicles. A-segment cars are the smallest under the European standard, and the VW vehicle will be the only full EV in its class. [CleanTechnica]

Škoda Citigoᵉ iV, made by VW (Image courtesy of Škoda)

  • “And Now, The Really Big Coal Plants Begin To Close” • When the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona shuts down this year, it will be one of the largest carbon emitters to close in American history. Of all the coal plants to be retired in the US in recent years, none has emitted more. But it will not be alone. Other large plants are also closing. [Scientific American]
  • “Tesla Makes Solar Affordable Again With New Monthly Rental Plans” • Tesla is making solar affordable again with a new solar rental program that lets homeowners simply rent a solar system for a flat monthly rate. To further sweeten the deal, there is no upfront installation cost at all and there is no long-term contract. Details will vary by state. [CleanTechnica]
  • “In Trying To Gut Endangered Species Act, Trump Administration Puts Profits Ahead Of People” • New Endangered Species Act regulations sweep aside important protections for threatened and endangered species to benefit exploitative industries. Political motives are overruling science, and the intention of the act is being ignored. [CNN]
  • “Tesla Energy Storage Potential Given Boost At Company And Industry Levels” • Tesla’s Megapack battery announcement earlier this month may have gone somewhat under the radar. The new Megapack has 3 MWh of storage and an inverter capacity of 1.5 MW. It has a 60% increase in energy density over the Powerpack. [Seeking Alpha]

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August 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewable Energy Can Generate Billions Of Dollars In Health Benefits, Study Finds” • Ten states across the Midwest and Great Lakes region could see $4.7 billion in health benefits in 2030 if they stick with current renewable energy standards, according to a study from MIT. Building the renewable infrastructure would cost $3.5 billion. [The Verge]

Wind farm in Kansas (Drenaline, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Solar Power Is Now Cheaper Than The Grid In Hundreds Of Chinese Cities” • Some 344 Chinese cities were found to have solar systems producing energy at lower prices than the grid, without any subsidies, research published in the journal Nature Energy says. According to the authors, that could encourage further investment in renewable energy. [CNN]
  • “July Was Earth’s Hottest Month On Record” • According to NOAA, Earth faced unprecedented heat in July, its hottest month on record. July’s temperature across land and ocean surfaces worldwide was 1.71°F above the 20th-century average of 60.4°. It was the highest for July since records began in 1880, besting the record set in 2016 by 0.05°. [CNN]
  • “New Research Points To Fracking As Cause Of Spikes In Atmospheric Methane” • Cornell researchers studying rising methane emissions found there is a way to tell where it is coming from. The percentage of carbon-13 is higher than normal in fracked methane, so they can show that the increased methane emissions are fracked. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Renewable Energy Projects Took 80% Of All Energy Financing In 2018” • In India, renewable energy projects took up a vast majority, nearly 80%, of the total energy financing last year, while financing for coal-fired power plants decreased by a staggering 90%, according to the report, “Coal versus Renewables Finance Analysis.” [Saurenergy]

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New York legislators and renewable heat advocates call on Public Service Commission to mandate investor-owned utilities to comply with State climate goals

Following the passage and signing into law of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), New York State legislators and renewable heat advocates are calling on the Public Service Commission (PSC) to require investor-owned utilities to meet state climate goals by expanding energy efficiency programs.

Clean energy advocates with the Renewable Heat Now Campaign sent a letter to the PSC on August 13th, with three specific demands:

● The utilities must comply with the 5 TBtu heat pump targets established in the December 2018 order. Currently, the Joint Utilities have stated their goal as only 2.7 TBtu, far short of the PSC’s goal.

● In order to meet the nation-leading targets outlined in New Efficiency: New York, the utilities must be mandated to expand efficiency programs to rapidly scale up energy retrofits for commercial (for-profit and not-for-profit) and residential buildings, including robust incentives and more and affordable financing options for insulation, air sealing, and heat pump installation.

● The utilities must provide strong incentives to support conversion to renewable, efficient heating and cooling to all customers, regardless of their current heating fuel. All electric customers – including those who heat with fracked gas – will pay for these programs through charges on their utility bills, and it is unfair, discriminatory, and contrary to the state’s climate goals to leave gas customers with no rebates for heat pumps. New York will reach its climate goals only if it transitions a large percentage of customers who are heating with fossil fuels – including fracked gas – to heat pumps.

Legislators are closely following the State’s New Efficiency: New York proceeding and offer the following comments:

“Last year, the Public Service Commission ordered New York’s utilities to implement measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also reducing rate payers’ costs through energy efficiency. Con Edison’s utility filings fell short of these requirements,” said Senator Julia Salazar. “We recently passed the historic Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act through the state legislature in order to plan and commit to environmental justice. A month later, Con Edison cut power in our Brooklyn communities during one of the hottest days of the year, after the company failed to properly maintain the grid with our ratepayer dollars. The Commission must send a strong message to the utility companies that business as usual is completely unacceptable, and that all New Yorkers deserve access to heat pumps and energy efficiency measures, regardless of where they live or how much money they have.”

“Following passage of the historic Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) this year, New York State is committed to meeting ambitious climate goals and energy efficiency standards over the next few decades,” said Assembly member Patricia Fahy. “Last year, the Public Service Commission (PSC) ordered utility companies operating in New York State to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while reducing ratepayers’ costs through implementing new energy efficiency standards. We urge the PSC to ensure utility companies are adhering to these standards and expanding access to heat pumps and other energy efficiency measures for all New Yorkers.”

State Senator James Sanders Jr. said: “As the sponsor of the Green New Deal for New York on the state level, I fully support the Renewable Heat Now Campaign’s efforts to make the five boroughs a cleaner, greener, place that preserves the environment and protects the earth. My legislation aims to make our state greenhouse gas emissions neutral by 2030 by transitioning from a fossil fuel-based economy to one based on 100% clean renewable energy. The Renewable Heat Now Campaign’s proposal to the Public Service Commission goes hand in hand with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which I hope will be speedily implemented in order to continue on the path to make our world a better place for future generations to thrive and flourish.”

“This year, New York became a leader by passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. In order for us to reach the important milestones outlined in the legislation, we must hold all parties accountable. I urge the NYS Public Service Commission to uphold their December 2018 order and begin making plans for more stringent targets for all investor-owned utility companies to ensure we achieve our climate goals,” said Senator Rachel May.

“With passage of the historic Climate Leadership and Protection Act, utilities need to step up their game and develop energy efficiency programs that align with New York’s energy efficiency goals and help customers reduce energy consumption in their homes, schools, and workplaces. With buildings accounting for some 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, we will not achieve our goals unless the Public Service Commission mandates more stringent requirements for utilities, including robust programs to support the switch to air-source and ground-source heat pumps. We face a climate crisis and we have no time to lose,” said Senator Jen Metzger.

“To meet our State’s robust clean energy statutes, our economy is not only going to have to quickly ramp up our generation of renewable electricity, but we’ll also have to use it to heat and cool our buildings and power our vehicles,” said Assemblyman Steve Englebright. “That’s why we need our utilities to invest in energy efficiency programs and support meaningful rebates to promote homeowner conversion to renewable energy heating and cooling devices such as heat pumps as well as comply with the stronger PSC targets for renewable heat energy.”

Renewable heat advocates plan on attending the September 19th PSC meeting to shine light on the process and press for a strong, comprehensive role for heat pumps in the energy efficiency program.

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Senator Salazar: 917-370-4440

Assemblymember Fahy: 518-455-4178

Senator Sanders: 718-523-3069

Senator May: 315-478-8745

Senator Metzger: 845-344-3311

 

Override Veto Day, September 18 at the New Hampshire State House

Earlier this summer, Governor Sununu vetoed SB 72 which would have supported clean energy in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Constitution gives the Governor the power to veto a bill, but on Override Veto Day, the Legislature can override those bills.
This year, Override Veto Day is planned for September 18 at the New Hampshire State House.
We need your voice to be heard.
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August 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Greta Thunberg: Teenage Climate Change Activist Sets Sail On Zero-Carbon Journey Aboard Malizia II” • Greta Thunberg has set sail on a two-week journey by boat across the Atlantic ocean. She will be attending two big climate change conferences in the US. The journey will take around two-weeks on a high speed yacht, called the Malizia II. [BBC]

Malizia II (Xriss, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “‘It Is Raining Plastic’: Scientists Find Colorful Microplastic In Rain” • It’s raining plastic, a survey of rainfall in Denver and Boulder, Colorado, concluded. Scientists at the US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey said they couldn’t see the plastic with their naked eyes, but found it using a binocular microscope fitted with a digital camera. [CNN]
  • “Plastic Particles Falling Out Of Sky With Snow In Arctic” • Even in the Arctic, microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow, a study has found. The scientists said they were shocked by the sheer number of particles they found: more than 10,000 of them per liter in the Arctic. People are likely to be breathing in microplastics, even in the Arctic. [BBC]
  • “Montana Supreme Court To Decide Renewable Power Lawsuits Filed Against PSC” • Developers and backers of small, independent solar- and wind-power projects have won a trio of lawsuits against Montana’s Public Service Commission, and now the state Supreme Court will decide whether the PSC is illegally undermining these projects. [Missoula Current]
  • “Apprenticeship Program Trains Future Workforce In Renewable Energy” • The Power for America Training Trust Fund and Utility Workers Union of America announced a unique union apprenticeship program that provides world-class skills training and a path to employment for in-demand renewable energy jobs. [Transmission & Distribution World]

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August 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “eHang Wants To Start An eVTOL Service In Guangzhou Soon” • eHang will build a fleet of autonomous passenger air taxis and low-altitude freight aircraft, possibly making it the world’s first operational urban air mobility company. The government of China has sanctioned the company, and the city of Guangzhou is hosting the pilot program. [CleanTechnica]

eHang eVTOL (eHang courtesy image)

  • “States Sue To Block EPA’s Coal Power Plant Emissions Rollback” • A coalition of states and cities will ask a federal court to block the Trump administration’s overhaul of regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants. The so-called Affordable Clean Energy plan shifts regulatory authority to states and offers hope to the struggling US coal industry. [CNN]
  • “SoCalGas and Electrochaea Announce Commissioning Of New Biomethanation Reactor System Pilot Project” • Southern California Gas Co and Electrochaea announced that they are commissioning the nation’s first scalable biomethanation reactor system at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy System Integration Facility. [PRNewswire]
  • “Europe Has The Untapped Onshore Capacity To Meet Global Energy Demand” • Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore windfarms, analysis from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University has revealed. In fact, it has more than enough to power the world. [EurekAlert]
  • “A Wind Farm That Can Power 168,000 Homes Is Blowing Into Central Texas” • After a series of nearby wind developments in recent years, locals came to back plans to revive a shelved project near Eden, Texas. Construction of the Maverick Creek wind farm is set to begin in September, just as wind energy is on track to surpass coal energy in Texas. [Dallas News]

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August 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Wind Power Costs And Prices Driven To New Lows In US” • Wind power is enjoying a prime period in the United States, with record low technology costs spurring strong investment, as local production of the components helps projects avoid the worst impacts of Trump’s trade war with China that has hit the solar market hard. [RenewEconomy]

Wind turbines in the US

  • “World’s Lowest Cost Solar P V Contract Awarded In Portugal” • Portugal is now the country with the world’s lowest-cost solar PV contract. The lowest tariff awarded in the country’s first solar PV auction, held in July, was just €14.76/MWh ($16.54/MWh, 1.654¢/kWh) at today’s exchange rates. This beats a $16.95/MWh contract awarded in Brazil. [ETEnergyworld.com]
  • “Solar Power Is Playing A Growing Role To Save The Bees” • After the worse bee losses on record. The US Department of Agriculture announced that it will no longer track honeybee populations or collect data for its Honey Bee Colonies Report. However, Solar companies are increasingly stepping in to provide safe havens for bees. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Saudi Arabia Wind Farm Claims World Record Low Energy Cost” • Saudi Arabia’s 400-MW Dumat Al Jandal onshore wind farm announced what it says is a world record-low onshore wind levelized cost of electricity of 1.99¢/kWh. The Dumat Al Jandal onshore wind farm will be the country’s first wind project and the largest in the Middle East. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Solar Now ‘Cheaper Than Grid Electricity’ In Every Chinese City, Study Finds” • Solar power has become cheaper than grid electricity across China, a development that could boost the prospects of industrial and commercial solar, according to a study. The report, published in Nature Energy, concludes that solar power is at grid parity in China. [Carbon Brief]

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August 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Over 50 Coal Power Plants Closing Each Year” • Power companies are forecasting to retire coal facilities that currently offer about 17 GW of capacity by 2025. Shuttering these plants is a complex, multi-year process that includes decommissioning, remediation, and redevelopment. Last year, 13 GW of coal-burning capacity was shut down. [ThomasNet News]

Coal-burning power plant (Credit: Kodda | Shutterstock)

  • “Australia Coal Use Is ‘Existential Threat’ To Pacific Islands, Says Fiji PM” • The prime minister of Fiji has warned Australia to reduce its coal emissions and do more to combat climate change as regional leaders prepare to gather in Tuvalu ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum this week. He referred to the emissions as an “existential threat” facing Pacific nations. [The Guardian]
  • “‘Coal Is Over’: The Miners Rooting For The Green New Deal” • The coal industry in Appalachia is dying. It is something that people there know better than anyone. Some in this region are pinning their hopes on moving on to alternative solutions, including rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. [The Guardian]
  • “Vattenfall Builds Hybrid Renewables Plant” • Vattenfall is developing its first wind-solar-battery power plant in the Netherlands. The developer has decided to build a PV system and a battery at its Haringvliet onshore wind project site, in the Goeree-Overflakkee region of South Holland. The plant will be online in the second half of 2020. [reNEWS]
  • “State Backs Community Solar Plan To Take Victoria Town 100% Renewable” • A community-driven solar project that aims to make the western Victoria town of Natimuk 100% renewable powered won state government funding. The Andrews Labor government said it awarded a grant of $339,000 for the town’s 1.6-MW solar farm. [One Step Off The Grid]

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August 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “As The World Gets Hotter, Environmental Consequences Get Worse” • July was the 415th consecutive month of above-20th-century-average temperatures. The five warmest years on record were 2014-18, and this year is on track to be one. Things are heating up. As they do, the destruction to our environment and our economy only gets worse. [Charleston Post Courier]

Railroad on Svalbard after permafrost melt (Ckt2packet, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Solar Energy Storage Market To Grow At Over 35%” • A research report published by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc, projects that the Solar Energy Storage Market will surpass an annual installation of 3 GW by 2025. One of the forces adding to the growth is the advent of EVs. [Smart Energy]
  • “Why Some VC Summer Refund Checks Are ‘Not Worth The Postage’” • Since 2008, South Carolina household electricity customers have paid on average $1,565 extra to finance two reactors at the VC Summer Nuclear Station. They were not built, so the customers are getting refund checks. Some got checks for as little as $0.04. [Charlotte Observer]
  • “Tesla Cars Is #1 In US Luxury Car Sales In Second Quarter Of 2019” • The Tesla Model 3 absolutely embarrassed the luxury car competition in the United States in the second quarter. Looking at the luxury car ranking, Tesla took the title in the second quarter, on the shoulders of the Model 3’s unprecedented domination of its class. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Tesla Model 3 Has 67% Of US Electric Vehicle Sales In Second Quarter” • The story of the US electric vehicle in Q2 is all about unbalanced sales. There’s the Model 3, and there’s everything else. In fact, the Model 3 accounts for 67% of US electric vehicle sales, according to 2nd quarter sales data and estimates. Its sales nearly doubled from Q1 to Q2. [CleanTechnica]

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