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Below are G.E.T.’s top picks from NY-GEO’s weekly “Just-In” Newsletter. Just In! features  fresh news item summaries on the NY-GEO home page every Monday. NY-GEO members get the full newsletter, which includes an advanced look at the website articles, plus event listings and job openings and several bonus article summaries with links, usually on the Saturday before website publication.

1. Brits Aim for 600,000 annual heat pump installations by 2028 – “The UK Government recently set out its 10-point plan for a ‘green industrial revolution’ to accelerate the UK towards its ambitious goal of becoming net-zero carbon by 2050. The plan committed considerable investment for the increased deployment of heat pump technology, aiming to have 600 000 heat pumps installed every year by 2028. Which variant – ground source heat pumps or air source heat pumps – is best suited to the task? UK ground source heat pump manufacturer, Kensa Heat Pumps, argues that ground source will be the lowest cost heat decarbonization strategy, and the optimal heat pump solution for the householder, the community, and the environment.” Full article from Energy Global here. Thanks to Jerry Acton of Grey Edge, LLC for this tip.

2. February 4, 2021 – A Chance to Engage on Heat Pumps and NY’s Climate Future – 3:00-5:00 PM – The Energy Efficiency and Housing Advisory Panel of the Climate Action Council will be holding a public engagement session on Thursday, February 4th. This panel is charged with developing recommendations for the NY Climate Action Council to meet goals of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 while providing employment and a cleaner environment for New York’s disadvantaged communities. Click here and then click on Energy Efficiency and Housing Advisory Panel to join the meeting. The recommendations of this panel, if enacted, are likely to have a major impact on the development of the heat pump market and the phase out of fossil fuels in NY State. All NY-GEO members and interested stakeholders are urged to take part. The meeting will include a presentation of preliminary recommendations and then an opportunity for the public to respond. Speakers will likely have a 2-minute limit.

3. ClimateMaster Geothermal Webinar Series for New York Homeowners Starts January 28, 2021 – 7:00 PM – This free web class will discuss how residential geothermal heating and cooling works and how to utilize federal, local, and utility incentives. It will feature live interviews from geothermal homeowners and contractors and show what a detailed home energy analysis looks like. Attendees can take part in a live Q&A. This is part of a monthly series ClimateMaster will be hosting. See more and register here. To learn more about ClimateMaster and their heat pumps, visit here. Climate Master is also hosting podcasts on geothermal. The first three podcasts will cover:
–      Basics of Geothermal – what it is, how it works, utility cash & government tax incentives
–      The Contracting & Installation process: Expert assessment, analysis, options, permitting, installation expectations, timelines
–      A Westchester Homeowners perspective on the process and the outcome – on what to expect, questions to ask, things to look forward to, problems to avoid
These digital events will be hosted by Ron Kamen, of EarthKind Energy Solutions https://awesomeearthkind.com/

4. Why We Need Healthy Electric Homes – 2 Minute You Tube video from Physicians for Social Responsibility – “Our short video, ‘Why We Need Healthy Electric Homes’, is designed for advocates to share with decision-makers, utility providers, agencies, and contractors to promote better access to, and use of, electric appliances and heating as a healthier, less-polluting alternative to gas.”

 

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January 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewable Energy Surpassed Fossil Fuels For European Electricity In 2020” • Europeans got more of their electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuels for the first time last year, according to an annual report from Ember and Agora Energiewende. It found that 38% of electricity was generated by renewables last year, and 37% by fossil fuels. [CNN]

Wind turbines in Italy (Totoyba2, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

  • “Three Reasons Scientists Are Optimistic Under President Biden” • During the Trump Administration, there was a general feeling that science was under attack. Whether climate science, COVID-19, or the environment, a “fog” hung over the science community. Now, there seems to be a new optimism with the inauguration of President Biden. [Forbes]
  • “BP Oil Exploration Team Swept Aside In Climate Revolution” • The geologists, engineers, and scientists of BP’s oil exploration team have been cut to less than 100 from a peak of more than 700 a few years ago, company sources told Reuters. The job cuts are part of a climate change-driven overhaul triggered last year by CEO Bernard Looney. [Reuters]
  • “Heatwave Sweeps Australian Cities And Raises Bushfire Danger” • A heatwave sweeping south-east Australia has sent temperatures soaring in the nation’s biggest cities and escalated the threat of bushfires. There was an emergency warning for Adelaide due to a large blaze in South Australia, and Victoria faced its worst fire risk in a year. [BBC]
  • “Wyoming Could Lead US Green Energy Push With Wind Power” • The area of Gillette, Wyoming was the self-declared “energy capital of the nation.” It used to supply some 40% of the country’s coal. That was a source of pride. Now, times have changed, and Wyoming offers some of the best areas in the country to develop windpower. [Deutsche Welle]

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

January 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Saxon Church Prays For Deliverance From Nuclear Plant” • The Grade I-listed church St Peter-on-the-Wall was built in an abandoned Roman fort in about the year 660. Now the Bradwell B nuclear reactor is to be built threateningly close by. Members of the congregation question why nuclear power is needed when renewables are cheaper. [The Guardian]

St Peter-on-the-Wall (Mjrogers50, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

  • “Our Amazing Clean Energy Future Has Arrived” • Evidence of a great green wave is now overwhelming. In 2020 the world spent half a trillion dollars on renewables and clean technology, according to BloomergNEF. Prices are going down, and they will continue to fall with economies of scale, so the rate of renewable energy adoption will increase. [Foreign Policy]
  • “Corporate Solar Funding Increased 24% In 2020” • Global corporate funding in the solar power sector grew by $11.7 billion, or 24%, in 2020 compared to 2019, despite the pandemic. That figures covers a broad range of financing methods, including venture capital funding, private equity funding, debt financing, and public market financing. [CleanTechnica]
  • “In UK, 79% Of Drivers Could Charge An Electric Car Just Once Every Week Or Two” • A new study out of the UK points out that 79% of drivers in the country drive less than 150 miles per week, which could easily be met with one charge in most of the very popular EVs. If you get a longer range model, you might charge up just once every two weeks. [CleanTechnica]
  • “New York Times: Electric Cars Are Cheaper And Cleaner” • A feature in the New York Times, citing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study, definitively stated: “Electric vehicles are better for the climate than gas-powered cars … [and] despite the higher sticker price, electric cars may actually save drivers money in the long run.” [CleanTechnica]

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

January 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Elon Musk Contributing $100 Million To Discover Carbon Capture Technology That Works” • We had been relegating carbon capture to charlatans and sorcerers. But now Elon Musk, the wealthiest man in the known universe, says he is donating $100 million as a prize for whoever can come up with the best carbon capture technology. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk being himself (Credit: Elon Musk via Twitter)

  • “As Climate Change Push Grows, Japanese Firms Accelerate Shift To Renewable Energy” • With Japan announcing a goal to become carbon neutral by 2050 and the US getting back into the Paris Agreement, the momentum toward curtailing climate change is growing. And Japanese businesses are pushing plans to switch to renewables. [The Japan Times]
  • “Biden Revs The Executive Branch’s Climate Engine After Four Lost Years” • President Joe Biden gave an inaugural address that outlined the country’s many challenges he must face as the leader of its executive branch. The bulk of the speech carried a demand for unity and for truth as we tackle the “cascading crises of our era.” [National Audubon Society]
  • “In Switch, Chamber Of Commerce Endorses Climate Action, Possible Carbon Tax” • The Chamber of Commerce embraced tougher action to combat climate change through carbon taxes, emissions caps or other “market-based” policies. The nation’s biggest business lobbying group is pivoting to a Washington dominated by Democrats. [The Keene Sentinel]
  • “Wedbush Believes Tesla Could Exceed 1 Million Deliveries In 2022” • Wedbush’s Tesla analyst, Daniel Ives, thinks that Tesla shares should have more charge left in the battery, Nasdaq reports. Ives raised the price target on TSLA from $715 to $950 and centered his thesis on China. Consumer demand for Tesla in China has grown exponentially. [CleanTechnica]

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

January 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Forests Absorb Twice As Much Carbon As They Emit Each Year” • Research published in Nature Climate Change found that the world’s forests sequestered about twice as much carbon dioxide as they had emitted in 2001 through 2019. In other words, they provide a “carbon sink” that absorbs about 1.5 times as much CO₂ as the US emits. [CleanTechnica]

Forest (Dan Meyers, Unsplash)

  • “China Adds 72 GW Of Wind In 2020” • China added just under 72 GW of wind power capacity in 2020, nearly tripling the amount of capacity added in 2019, according to data from the National Energy Administration. Installed capacity of solar power rose by 48.2 GW, returning that sector to growth after two years of lost momentum. [reNEWS]
  • “BYD Will Sell 1,002 More Electric Buses To Bogotá, Colombia” • We recently reported that a stunning 470 BYD electric buses were headed to Bogotá, Colombia. That was apparently the warmup act. BYD has now been selected to provide the city with 1,002 more electric buses. This comes from winning an open tender the city put out. [CleanTechnica]
  • “How Africa’s Largest City Is Staying Afloat” • Lagos is Nigeria’s economic powerhouse, home to more than 24 million. The most populous city in Africa, it is also one of its most vulnerable to sea level rise and floods. Here is a look at how the city is adapting, as it faces threats of the increased rainfall and rising seas that are expected to come with climate change. [BBC]
  • “LA Seeking Public Input Getting To 100% Renewable Energy By 2030” • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power needs the community’s help with ideas on how to achieve 100% renewable energy. The department is conducting a study to determine how the city can reach its objective and has asked for feedback. [CBS Los Angeles]

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

Norwich Solar Technologies – One of Vermont’s Best Places to Work

 

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VERMONT, January 21, 2020 – – has earned the distinction of being named one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Vermont. Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced this week the top Best Places to Work in Vermont 2021.

The awards program was created in 2006 and is presented in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont State Council, (SHRM) and the Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development and Best Companies Group.

Norwich Solar Technologies CEO Jim Merriam said, “I am very happy that the entire team of Norwich Solar Technologies was recognized with this award.  The work we do, our customers, and everyone at Norwich Solar Technologies truly does make this a great place to work.”

The rankings of the Best Places to Work in Vermont will be unveiled at an awards ceremony to be determined at a later date. Winners will be announced on the Vermont Business Magazine website this month as well as in the February issue of the magazine. VBM will publish a special section in the April issue highlighting each of the winners.

The Best Places to Work in Vermont list is broken down into three categories, Small Businesses (15-99 employees), Medium Businesses (100-249 employees) and Large Businesses (250+ employees).

Of the 50 companies being recognized, eight are new to the list in 2021, including NST. This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Vermont, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce, and businesses.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have at least 15 employees working in Vermont;
  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in the state of Vermont; and
  • Must be in business a minimum of 1 year.

“All Vermonters know that Vermont is a great place to live, work and play. We know that our employees are happy with their place of employment. The employers have created a work environment where the employees love to work. Even with a destructive pandemic hitting our world, these employees and employers are committed to a productive workplace, be that while in the office or working remotely. This list is a testament to the fantastic companies here in Vermont”, states John Boutin, Publisher, Vermont Business Magazine.

Who is number one?

The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation to be determined at a later date. Each Business on the list will be highlighted in the April issue of VBM.  For more information on the Best Places to Work in Vermont program, visit http://BestPlacesToWorkinVT.com or contact them at 717-909-1570. For more information on the event when determined,  email Denise Sortor at Vermont Business Magazine denise@vermontbiz.com.

About Norwich Solar Technologies

Norwich Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2011 with a vision of developing and commercializing leading-edge innovations in Clean Technology. Based in White River Junction, Vermont, our mission includes rapidly advancing the integration and deployment of affordable solar power through our commercial arm, Norwich Solar Technologies, to help New England companies and nonprofits improve their financial, social and environmental Triple Bottom Line.

Our RunTime Solar division provides 24/7 operations and maintenance support to over 30 megawatts of PV solar sites across Northern New England, including group net metered community solar, nonprofit, and commercial and industrial installations.  Norwich Technologies also conducts cutting-edge U.S. Department of Energy-funded Research & Development into Concentrated Solar Power systems and other clean energy technologies.

January 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Biden’s First Act Sets Tone For Ambitious Approach” • Make no mistake, returning to the Paris climate agreement is not mere symbolism. It is an act cloaked in powerful, political significance. While re-joining involves simply writing a letter and waiting 30 days, there could be no more profound signal of intention from this incoming administration. [BBC]

Joe Biden taking the oath of office (US Government photo)

  • “StoreDot, Penn State Announce Batteries That Recharge In Under 10 Minutes” • StoreDot, an Israeli company, says it has batteries that will take a vehicle up to 250 miles and recharge in just 5 minutes. And researchers at the Penn State University say they have found a the key to fast charging LiFePO₄ batteries in just 10 minutes. [CleanTechnica]
  • “New York Wins Lawsuit Against EPA Over Clean Energy” • The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled to vacate the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule. New York Attorney General Letitia James lead a coalition against the ACE rule, which was Trump’s attempt to replace the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. [WETM]
  • “In Bid To Lead Autonomous Driving Revolution, Microsoft Invests $2 Billion In Cruise ” • With the nature of transportation changing, Microsoft is cozying up to GM to become its cloud computing partner of choice. In fact, Microsoft is kicking $2 billion into the pot to support the work in autonomous driving that the company is doing. [CleanTechnica]
  • “BOEM To Explore Californian Offshore Wind Sites” • The US Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is to assess potential offshore wind lease areas off the Pacific coast. The agency filed a Notice of Intent to prepare two environmental studies on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of northern and central California. [reNEWS]

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

January 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Ørsted To Press Ahead With Green Hydrogen Pilot” • Ørsted has taken final investment decision on the Danish demonstration project H2RES, which will use offshore wind energy to produce renewable hydrogen. The project is expected to produce its first hydrogen in late 2021 and will be Ørsted’s first renewable hydrogen project in operation. [reNEWS]

2-MW demonstration project (Ørsted image)

  • “What’s Next For Vermont Yankee Property?” • A new land inventory report offers a series of possibilities for the site of the retired Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to eventually be used for industry, recreation, preserving habitat, and recognizing the Abenaki relationship to the banks of the Connecticut River, past and present. [Commons]
  • “McKinsey: Continuous Fall In Battery Prices Is Enabling The Rapid Rise Of Renewable Energy” • Renewable energy uptake and the falling costs of battery energy storage are “inexorably linked” as the global economy faces a crucial decade ahead in its urgent need to decarbonise, according to work by McKinsey & Company. [Energy Storage News]
  • “5/3 Bank Achieves Carbon Neutrality” • CleanTechnica switched to Fifth Third Bank in 2019. Two big factors for us were (1) it had the most ambitious clean energy achievements and plans of any bank, and (2) it won’t invest in private prisons. In fact, it was even 100% solar powered already. Fifth Third Bank announced that it is now carbon neutral. [CleanTechnica] (1,154 branches)
  • “Vermont – Highest Number Of Public EV Chargers Per Capita” • The number of public EV chargers across the country has been growing. As of November 2020, Vermont had 114 EV chargers per 100,000 people, the highest number for any state. Vermont was followed by the District of Columbia (81) and California (72). [CleanTechnica]

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

January 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Miami-Dade Starts Transition To Electric School Bus Fleet” • Miami-Dade County Public Schools have decided to convert its fleet from diesel buses into an electric fleet. Holly Thorpe, a middle school student, had used her science fair project to show the school board that diesel buses had levels of CO₂ in them that are ten times the EPA limit. [CleanTechnica]

 

Electric school buses (Lion Electric image)

  • “Keystone Pipeline: Biden ‘To Cancel It On His First Day'” • US President-elect Joe Biden is to cancel the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day in office, North American media report. The pipeline is projected to carry oil nearly 1,200 miles (1,900 km) from the Canadian province of Alberta down to Nebraska, to join an existing pipeline. [BBC]
  • “GE Renewable Energy Finalizes Contracts For 1.1-GW Ocean Wind Energy Offshore Project In New Jersey” • GE Renewable Energy will supply Haliade-X wind turbines for Ørsted’s Ocean Wind offshore wind project off the coast of New Jersey. It could be the state’s first project to feature the 13-MW variant of GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X platform. [REVE]
  • “Climate Change Plan: What Carbon Markets Mean For Farmers” • Regenerative farming not only has been proven to mitigate erosion and boost soil health. It may also be a huge opportunity to reduce carbon footprints. It is gaining popularity among environmentalists as a potential tool in the fight against climate change. [The Indianapolis Star]
  • “More Renewable Energy Used In 2020 Than Fossil Fuels For The First Time In World’s 4th Largest Economy” • Last year, for the first time, a combination of wind, solar, and other renewables overtook Germany’s coal, oil, and gas, as its most important fuel source, according to data collected from the German think tank Agora Energiewende. [Good News Network]

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

January 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Weird Asymmetry: Nights Warming Faster Than Days Across Much Of The Planet” • University of Exeter scientists studied warming from 1983 to 2017 and found that days and nights have not warmed at the same rate. Areas where night-time warming is greater are about twice as large as those where days have been warming faster. [SciTechDaily]

Southern US at night (NASA image)

  • “Acciona Leads Spanish Floating Green Hydrogen Study” • Acciona is to coordinate a project to design and validate Spain’s first offshore plant for generating, storing, and distributing green hydrogen. The OceanH2 project will study several scenarios for implementation, including use of floating wind and solar, for offshore hybrid power generation. [reNEWS]
  • “The Solar Allure Of WA’s New-Model Business Park” • Peel Renewable Energy is about to energize a 1.2-MW solar farm in Western Australia. It has a fresh approach to industrial-estate development based on a phased microgrid. The infrastructure is small, while the renewably powered microgrid grows to meet the needs of incoming businesses. [pv magazine Australia]
  • “Japanese Firms Call On Government To Raise 2030 Renewable Energy Goal To 40-50%” • A group of Japanese companies, including Toshiba Corp, Sony Corp and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, called on the government to raise its 2030 renewable energy goal to account for 40-50% of its electricity mix, from the current 22-24%. [Business Recorder]
  • “Connecticut’s Bill 127 Would Allow Tesla To Sell Directly To Consumers” • The EV Freedom Bill proposes that manufacturers that produce only EVs and have no existing franchised dealer network be allowed to sell their vehicles directly to consumers. The proposed bill also allows for new ownership models such as subscriptions. [CleanTechnica]

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