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August 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Drawdown Review 2020: How To Address Global Warming In A Responsible Manner” • Three years later publishing Drawdown, Project Drawdown published Drawdown Review, which suggests humanity can manage the climate crisis effectively using only the tools available today. Of course, that assumes we start acting like responsible adults. [CleanTechnica]

Solar trackers (Image credit: Project Drawdown)

  • “Is This The End For ‘King Coal’ In Britain?” • According to figures released last week, a mere 8 million tonnes of coal were incinerated in UK factories and power plants last year. That is roughly the same amount that was burned nationally in 1769, when James Watt was patenting his modified steam engine. It has been an extraordinary transformation. [The Guardian]
  • “Argonne National Lab Breakthrough Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol” • According to ANL, its researchers, working with partners at Northern Illinois University, have discovered an electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide and water into ethanol with very high energy efficiency, high selectivity for the desired final product, and low cost. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Denmark’s 300-Year-Old Homes Of The Future” • On the Danish island of Læsø, houses are thatched with thick, heavy bundles of silvery seaweed that have the potential to be a contemporary building material around the world. The eelgrass used for thatching has some interesting properties. For example, it makes a roof that cannot burn. [BBC]
  • “India’s Coal Import Drops 43% In July Owing To High Stockpile At Pitheads, Plants” • India’s coal import fell 43.2% to 11.13 million tonnes in July this year on account of high stockpile of the dry fuel at pitheads, plants and ports. The country had imported 19.61 MT of coal in July 2019, according to data in a provisional compilation. [The New Indian Express]

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August 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Swarm Of Tiny Robots Could Help Eliminate Pesticides” • Imagine a future of foods free of harmful chemicals, where crops still grow strong and dense in the absence of choking weeds, but bees and other pollinators buzz and frolic among the crops. At Clint Brauer’s farm in Kansas, that future is very nearly a reality, thanks to autonomous robots. [CleanTechnica]

Autonomous robots (Image courtesy of Greenfield Robotics)

  • “Verdant Power Progressing Tidal Energy Project In New York” • Verdant Power is moving ahead on installation of three, fifth-generation tidal power turbines on its TriFrame mount at its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project site in the East River in New York City. The turbines have been mounted in preparation of a move to the site. [Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine]
  • “Hyundai And Urban-Air Port Working On Urban Air Mobility Infrastructure In UK” • Hyundai Air Mobility and Urban-Air Port teamed up to “explore new, purpose built, multifunctional, and scalable infrastructure for urban air mobility.” Hyundai plans to invest $1.5 billion over 5 years to develop an air vehicle and the broader urban air mobility ecosystem. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The Value Of Rooftop Solar Power In Michigan: 24 Cents Per kWh” • The Solar Energy Industries Association discovered that the value of rooftop solar in Michigan is 24¢/kWh, well above what is paid to net-metered customers with solar power. It is less costly to serve residential customers with solar than those without it. [CleanTechnica]
  • “European Renewables Are Growing Despite Pandemic” • In Europe, renewables grew during the pandemic despite an overall reduction in energy consumption, according to Fitch Ratings. This supported the earnings of renewables-focused utilities. Renewables generation grew by 8.4% over 2019 in Q2, while total energy generation fell 9.7%. [Fitch Ratings]

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

Volinsky to Launch GOTV Courage to Lead Rally in West Lebanon

Rally Kicks off 30 Days till Primary and Celebrates
Demise of Lebanon-Hanover Liberty Utilities Pipeline

West Lebanon, N.H. — New Hampshire Gubernatorial candidate and Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky (D) launches a GOTV Courage to Lead rally TOMORROW in West Lebanon as August 8 represents one month till the September 8 primary. He will be joined by other anti-pipeline and climate activists at a rally in West Lebanon. This event will celebrate the cancellation of the Lebanon-Hanover Liberty Utilities pipeline and show why Volinsky is the only candidate for governor to stand on the right side of climate change. The rally will be socially distanced, require masks and participants may remain in or near their vehicles.

  • Who: Gubernatorial candidate and Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky and special guests, including people from the Sierra Club, 350NH, and the Sunrise Movement
  • When: Saturday, August 8th, 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Where: Civic Memorial Field, Seminar Hill Road, West Lebanon, NH 03784

August 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “How Falling Solar Costs Have Renewed Clean Hydrogen Hopes” • The world is increasingly banking on green hydrogen fuel to fill some of the critical missing pieces in the clean-energy puzzle. For decades, researchers have heralded a new “hydrogen economy,” but it’s barely made a dent in fossil fuel demand, so far. Now, that might change. [MIT Technology Review]

H2FUTURE green hydrogen plant (Voestalpine image)

  • “Offshore Wind To Reach Over 234 GW By 2030 Led By Asia-Pacific” • Global offshore wind capacity will surge to over 234 GW by 2030 from 29.1 GW at the end of 2019, led by the exponential growth in the Asia-Pacific region and continued strong growth in Europe, according to a report from the Global Wind Energy Council. [Power Engineering International]
  • “Lawsuit Challenges Trump’s Overhaul of Environmental-Review Law” • A legal battle with far-reaching consequences for industry and ecosystems has kicked off with a federal lawsuit over the Trump administration’s revamp of a longstanding law that requires extensive environmental reviews for road, industry and building projects. [Courthouse News Service]
  • “Aker Offshore Wind Unveils Norway Floater Plans” • Aker Solutions’ new offshore wind spinoff is planning to develop floating and deepwater wind projects, totalling 1700 MW, in the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Aker Offshore Wind said one project, Sorlige Nordsjo 2, could potentially be the site of the 1.2-GW Sonnavindar project. [reNEWS]

Floating offshore windpower (Principle Power image)

  • “Northvolt: $3 Billion For 2 Battery Gigafactories In Europe” • Northvolt raised another $1.6 billion in debt, bringing total debt and equity raised to $3 billion. This and the previously raised $1.4 billion are for two battery gigafactories, one each in Sweden and Germany, along with “investments in R&D, industrialization, and recycling.” [CleanTechnica]
  • “Mercedes-Benz And CATL Team Up” • One of the largest EV battery producers on the planet, CATL, and a luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz have teamed up to “lead in battery technology.” In particular, they are combining their R&D efforts. The batteries they produce are also intended to be manufactured in a such a way as to be CO₂-neutral. [CleanTechnica]

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

August 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Underground HVDC Line To Connect Renewables, Other Generators In MISO, PJM Markets” • The developer of the SOO Green project announced a solicitation to allocate transmission capacity rights on a first-of-its-kind project co-locating electric transmission underground with a railroad corridor running from Iowa to Illinois. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Co-location of rail and power line (Image: Direct Connect)

  • “Covid-19 Bankrupts 19 Energy (Oil & Gas) Companies” • A total of 19 energy companies have filed for bankruptcy this year. These are not the only recent ones in the US industry, though. There are around 225 bankruptcy cases across the country in the energy sector that are still pending in federal bankruptcy courts as of May 31, 2020. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Toxic Chemicals From Burning Fossil Fuels Poison Dolphins And Whales On East Coast” • High levels of toxic chemicals have been found in stranded dolphins and whales along coast of the the southeastern US, according to a study. Arsenic, mercury, and other chemicals from burning fossil fuels and mining were found in their bodies. [CNN]
  • “Vestas Becomes First Renewable Energy Manufacturer With Verified Climate Targets In Line With 1.5°C Scenario” • Vestas is the first renewable energy manufacturer to have its targets validated by the SBTi as consistent with a 1.5°C scenario. The target validation follows Vestas’ announcement in January 2020 to be carbon neutral by 2030. [REVE]
  • “Berkeley Lab Scientists To Help Advance Geothermal Energy Thanks To California Energy Commission Grants” • Deep under California’s Imperial County sits an immense reserve of critical metals, dissolved in brine. Among them is a huge amount of lithium. They are becoming available because of geothermal energy production. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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

VT Electric Car Webinar

Are you interested in learning more about electric vehicles?
 
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are hosting a free webinar about electric vehicles (EVs)  
Thursday, August 20, 2020      from 7:30 to 8:30 PM.
Vermont’s incentive program offers up to $4,000 for an EV purchase, but that incentive has an uncertain future due to COVID-19 budget issues. That means it’s a great time to save on an electric vehicle while incentive funds remain available!
The webinar will cover the basics about electric cars:   
 * What to keep in mind if you’re considering switching over from a gas-powered car.
 * Types of EVs available in Vermont (including some recently introduced models).
 * Different ways to charge, and current availability of charging options.
 * Incentives for buying an EV.
 * You’ll also hear from some Vermonters who’ve made the switch to driving an EV,
    including all-electric and plug-in hybrid models.
There is no charge to join the webinar, but you must pre-register here:

Once registered you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar through a web browser.
Please forward the registration link to anyone in Vermont who is interested in EVs.  
We look forward to sharing the latest information with you at 7:30 PM on Thursday, August 20th
The Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op is sponsoring this event  
as part of its ongoing energy education series.

Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op

info@acornenergycoop.com

802-385-1911

www.acornenergycoop.com

Baker-Polito Administration Launches First-in-the-Nation Clean Peak Energy Standard

Program Will Promote Use of Clean Energy When Costly Electricity Demand is Highest

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the launch of the first-in-the-nation Clean Peak Energy Standard (CPS), a financial incentive program that promotes the use of clean energy technologies to supply power when electricity demand is at its highest, also known as peak demand. Through the CPS, the use of clean energy during seasonal peak periods will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower electricity costs and facilitate the continued growth of renewable energy in the Commonwealth.

“To combat climate change, we need to change the way we consume our energy, the resources we use, and when we use them,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This first-in-the-nation program is an innovative approach to create a cleaner and more affordable energy future for residents and businesses across the Commonwealth, while serving as a national role model for making meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

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August 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Yamaha Creating High Performance Electric Motors For Mainstream Manufacturers” • The EV revolution keeps pushing forward, and Yamaha has turned its attention to designing and building high output electric motors that are as small and light as possible. It will soon offer a range of motors ranging from 35 kW (47 HP) to 200 kW (268 HP). [CleanTechnica]

Yamaha electric motor for cars (Image credit: Yamaha)

  • “Siemens Seeks To Optimize Microgrid Solutions With New Building Management System Integration” • Siemens is pushing into microgrid development with the launch of a microgrid test bed at its New Jersey R&D facility. It is a ‘living lab’ to explore the integration of a wide range of traditional microgrid components with the building itself. [CleanTechnica]
  • “BP To Cut Oil Production 40% By 2030, And Invest Billions Into Green Energy” • BP announced that it is planning to cut oil and gas production by 40%, and it will invest billions of dollars into clean energy. This is part of a major strategic plan that was unveiled along with a gigantic second-quarter loss and a cut in dividends. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Connecticut’s Largest Ever Renewable Energy Investment Nears Final Approval” • Connecticut ratepayers are one step closer to funding the state’s largest ever purchase of renewable electricity, an offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. It is expected to provide 14% of Connecticut’s electricity once it’s completed in 2025. [Hartford Business]
  • “Irish Solar Developer’s Projects In Maine Attract $100 Million Investment” • A global solar-electric development company from Ireland, BNRG Renewables, is partnering with a Maine firm, Dirigo Solar LLC, to develop eight large-scale projects over the next year. The enterprise has attracted roughly $100 million in private capital investment. [Lewiston Sun Journal]

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August 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Road Revenue Plummets – New Ways To Fund Infrastructure Projects Needed” • With Covid-19, traffic has been reduced to a fraction of what it had been. As road revenue plummets because of low sales of gasoline and diesel oil, road infrastructure projects that keep our labor force on the job and support the economy are in real jeopardy. [CleanTechnica]

Lonesome truck (Image from Transportation.gov)

  • “It’s Time For American Leaders To Wake Up To The Threat Of Climate Change For The Good Of The Planet And Business” • If left unchecked, the impact of climate change will alter our world, reshaping our coastlines and coastal cities, accelerate extinctions, devastate agriculture, cause famine, ravage our economy, and threaten our health. [TIME]
  • “The ‘Solar Canals’ Making Smart Use Of India’s Space” • One of the main challenges in building solar farms in India is finding good places to build them. The high population density makes it hard to find sites for solar arrays. Rooftop solar is used, but roofs are inadequate for the need. In Gujarat, the answer has been to cover its canals with solar panels. [BBC]
  • “San José Clean Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy Launch Joint Request For Offers For Renewable Energy + Battery Storage” • San José Clean Energy and Peninsula Clean Energy launched a joint Request for Offers for the purchase of 1,000 GWh annually of new, long-term renewable energy or renewable energy-plus-battery storage resources. [Solar Power World]
  • “Report: ‘Total Decarbonization’ Would Create 25 Million Jobs” • “Rapid and total decarbonization” of the US economy, by tripling the size of the electric grid and replacing nearly every fuel-burning machine with an electric one, would create 25 million US jobs, according to a report. Its authors compare the effort with that undertaken for World War II. [E&E News]

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

Webinar: Increasing Interest in Energy Efficiency Through Real Estate Listings

 

Clicking into Efficiency: Increasing Interest in Energy Efficiency Through Real Estate Listings

Date and time: Thursday, August 6, 2:00 pm ET

Could energy efficiency information in online real estate listings nudge home buyers to click on homes that are more efficient? Does the form in which home buyers see the information matter? Can a voluntary labeling program work as well as a mandatory labeling program? In this webinar, the Director of the Behavior and Human Dimensions Program at ACEEE, Reuven Sussman, teams up with the Management & Programs Analyst in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Madeline Salzman, to discuss the results and implications of a first-of-its-kind online experiment addressing these questions.

Moderator: Reuven Sussman, Director, Behavior & Human Dimensions Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Speaker:

  • Madeline Salzman, Management & Programs Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office

Webinar: https://www2.aceee.org/e/310911/FE5523C03B413256DCB2A5FEB101B4/tbrsb7/624072658?h=3vbji4KSnqnQS1JzpbS8KsHUe6zGKu10t1jPdYyA_9A