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The April, 2018 Green Energy Times is Available

The April, 2018 Green Energy Times is being distributed and can be downloaded HERE.

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April 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Americans used more solar and wind energy in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Overall, energy consumption by the residential and commercial sectors dropped a bit. Energy from both natural gas and coal declined. [Tech Xplore]
US energy flow in 2017

US energy flow in 2017 (Please click on the image to enlarge it.)

  • “Low Production Cost of Renewable Energy Will Drive Coal Production out of Business” • In last eight years, utility-scale solar costs have plummeted by 86% and wind energy prices have declined by 67%. Industry leaders expect significant decline in coal-fired and oil-fired generation, as solar power and storage grow. [Industry Leaders Magazine]
  • “Falling Grid-Scale Storage Prices Create ‘Watershed Moment'” • Energy storage has grown to the point where it can be used in place of new generating plants powered by new natural gas. Even some existing gas facilities may be replaced by renewables coupled with energy storage. We are on the brink of a watershed moment. [CleanTechnica]
  • More than 95% of the world’s population in 2016 (+7 billion) lived in areas with dangerously high levels of air pollution, according to the annual report from the Health Effects Institute. Over 95% live in areas where WHO organization guidelines for air quality (which are themselves likely an underestimate) were exceeded. [CleanTechnica]
  • There are now almost 400,000 electric buses in the world, according to BNEF. Every week, China adds 1,900 more. All those electric buses are beginning to have an impact on the demand for diesel fuel. According to Bloomberg, by the end of this year, electric buses will be displacing 279,000 barrels of diesel fuel every day. [CleanTechnica]

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

GEOTHERMAL ENERGY OPEN HOUSE IN CANAAN, NY

Something well established, but smartly engineered, has quietly entered into the Capital District home energy market.

Find out what this exciting development is by attending an Open House featuring a pioneering geothermal heating and cooling system.  This Open House showcases a modernized energy system and will point out new features and benefits during the house tour.

This free public event will be hosted by the environmentally -minded homeowners Becky Meier and Bob Connors at 1409 County Rte 5 Canaan, NY 12029 on Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

They are the co-founders of Community Advocates for Sustainable Energy.

Discover what an innovative firm called Dandelion Energy is modeling.  Dandelion will also release its incredible 2018 geothermal financial package at this event and attendees can learn if their home qualifies for it.

Dandelion currently serves homes with (hot air) vents.  There will be technical staff present to answer operational questions too.

The Capital District was the US test market site for Dandelion during recent months. The host’s home was the very first such installation in the United States that featured Dandelion Energy’s new geothermal energy program.  Their system was installed by Aztech Geothermal of Ballston Spa, NY in September 2017.

Dandelion Energy is a Google Alphabet X spin-off that has received millions of dollars in investor capital and Dandelion has created technological and installation breakthroughs that tap into a homeowner’s desire for environmental stewardship while realizing substantial cost reductions.


Some of the geothermal heating and cooling benefits are:

  • Significant savings that pay for the investment over time by switching from oil or propane energy.
  • Freedom from: price fluctuations, deliveries, leakage smells.
  •  Reduction carbon dioxide* and elimination carbon monoxide.
  • Steady airflow, quietude and peace of mind.
  • A huge step towards powering one’s home with 100% clean energy!

Please RSVP by May 14 to help the hosts plan for food and drinks under a tent.  Contact: beckyjmeier@gmail.com .

This is a “rain or shine” event!

If you forget to RSVP, feel free to stop by anyway.
* essentially speaking

SUN DAY CAMPAIGN News Update

WIND AND SOLAR PROVIDE 98%

OF ALL NEW ELECTRICAL GENERATING CAPACITY

IN JANUARY + FEBRUARY

 

RENEWABLES NOW PROVIDE MORE THAN ONE-FIFTH

OF NATION’S INSTALLED GENERATING CAPACITY

 

RENEWABLES ACCOUNT FOR ALMOST 70% OF PROPOSED

NET GENERATION ADDITIONS OVER NEXT THREE YEARS

Wind and solar accounted for more than 98% of all new U.S. electrical generation placed into service in the first two months of this year, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released  by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions (FERC).

FERC’s latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with summary statistics for January and February 2018) also reveals that the total installed capacity of renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) now provides over one-fifth (i.e., 20.39%) of total available U.S. generating capacity. Combined, wind and solar alone exceed one-tenth (i.e., 10.18%) of installed capacity – a share greater than either nuclear power (9.11%), hydropower (8.49%), or oil (3.64%). **

FERC data show that 14 new “units” of wind, totaling 1,568 megawatts (MW), came into service in January and February 2018 along with 40 units of solar (565-MW) for a total of 2,133-MW.  Two units of natural gas provided another 40-MW of new capacity. No capacity additions were reported for any other energy sources (i.e., coal, oil, nuclear, hydropower, biomass, geothermal).

FERC’s report further suggests that the rapid expansion and growing dominance of renewable energy sources will continue at least through March 2021. Proposed new net generating capacity (i.e., additions minus retirements) by renewables over the next three years totals 146,717-MW or 69.2% of the total (i.e., 211,875-MW). Proposed new net generating capacity by wind (84,324-MW) and solar (48,814-MW) alone are 62.8% of the total – supplemented by hydropower (11,839-MW), geothermal (1,130-MW), and biomass (610-MW).

Most of the remaining net proposed new generating capacity to be added between now and March 2021is accounted for by natural gas (77,421-MW – 36.5%). Net proposed additions by nuclear total only 1,831-MW while those from oil are just 231-MW. FERC also lists proposed new net generating capacity from waste heat (176-MW) and “other” sources such as fuel cells and energy storage (680-MW). Notably, the net generating capacity of coal would actually decline by 15,181-MW as 17,008-MW of coal capacity is retired, eclipsing just 1,827-MW of additions.

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FERC’s latest 5-page “Energy Infrastructure Update” report was released on April 23, 2018. For the data cited in this news update, see: https://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2018/feb-energy-infrastructure.pdf

** Note: Capacity is not the same as actual generation. While renewable energy capacity as of February 2018 reached 20.39% of the nation’s total, electrical generation was a bit lower. According to data provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, electrical generation by renewable sources totaled 17.6% in 2017.

April 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A total of 1,568 MW of large-scale wind and 565 MW of large-scale solar power capacity became operational in the US in January and February 2018, according to a report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The only other source that added some capacity in the period was natural gas, which added 40 MW. [Renewables Now]
Iowa wind farm (Photo: Carl Wycoff, CC BY SA 2.0 Generic)

Iowa wind farm (Photo: Carl Wycoff, CC BY SA 2.0 Generic)

  • With the sharp decline in tariff bids of solar and wind energy projects in India, the country’s largest power generation company is now looking to replace some coal-based power supply with potentially cheaper renewable energy. NTPC Limited will call for bids to auction 2 GW of solar and wind energy capacity. [CleanTechnica]
  • China’s National Energy Administration announced that the country installed an impressive 9.65 GW of new solar PV capacity in the first quarter of 2018, up 22% on the same period a year earlier and up on analysts’ projections. Last year, China installed a massive 52.83 GW worth of solar capacity in its own territory. [CleanTechnica]
  • According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, India overtook the entire continents of North America and Europe in terms of solar power capacity added during 2017, and is only behind China. India added 9.63 GW of solar power capacity in 2017. The US added 8.2 GW last year, down from 11.3 GW in 2016. [CleanTechnica]
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is joining with the City of San Diego, non-profit Clean Coalition, and San Diego Gas & Electric to determine a city-wide plan for distributed power generation. They are planning on solar plus energy storage to increase the city’s electricity grid affordability, reliability, and resilience. [pv magazine USA]

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

April 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • France is sitting on a tidal energy “goldmine” that could see as much as 2 GW of projects at Le Raz Blanchard off the Normandy coast by 2027, according to developer Atlantis. The company has submitted a strategic plan to the French government outlining how 1 GW of tidal power could be delivered by 2025 and 2 GW by 2027. [reNews]
Atlantis tidal turbine (Atlantis image)

Atlantis tidal turbine (Atlantis image)

  • SoCalGas and Opus 12 announced a successful demonstration of a new process to convert unwanted carbon dioxide in raw biogas into methane via a single electrochemical step, Kallanish Energy reports. This represents a simpler method of converting excess renewable electricity into storable natural gas, according to the companies. [Kallanish Energy]
  • The novel “supermaterial” graphene could hold the key to making one of the oldest building materials greener, scientific research suggests. Graphene has been incorporated into traditional concrete production by scientists at the University of Exeter to develop a composite stronger and more water-resistant than existing concrete. [The Guardian]
  • New York State has announced a new energy efficiency target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and tackle climate change. The scheme aims to reduce energy consumption by 185 trillion British thermal units below the energy use forecast for 2025. This is equivalent to the energy consumed by 1.8 million New York homes. [Energy Live News]
  • For the first time in history, the production cost of renewables is lower than that of fossil fuels, according to Kaiserwetter, a renewable energy asset manager. Fossil fuels presented costs between US $49 and $174 per MWh in the G20 countries during 2017, while renewable energy projects were between $35 and $54. [Windpower Engineering]

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

April 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “How to unlock renewables? Cheaper, cleaner, better batteries” • Advances in energy storage technology have propelled an explosion in portable electronics and radically changed the way people live, work and communicate. Batteries can help to make clean energy-based power plants a viable alternative to thermal power stations. [eco-business.com]
Albany Wind Farm (Juan Alberto Garcia Rivera, CC BY 2.0)

Albany Wind Farm in Western Australia (Juan Alberto Garcia Rivera, CC BY 2.0)

  • “Renewables Are Booming In Oil Country” • The rapid growth of the renewable energy sector has been astonishing. Both solar and wind continue to decline in operating costs, while increasing in energy efficiency. The combination is making it difficult for coal to recover and poses a challenge in what had been oil-dominant areas. [OilPrice.com]
  • When Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office next year, California will lose a climate advocate who has carried the nation’s fight against global warming as Washington has stood down. Many of the Democratic candidates seeking to replace Brown say they will stick to his climate agenda. Some of them want to step up the effort. [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he is giving $4.5 million to the UN Climate Change Secretariat to cover a US failure to help fund the international Paris climate accord. Bloomberg’s charitable foundation said the money will support work by developing countries to achieve emissions targets. [Voice of America]
  • “America’s Smart Grid Dreams Fading Without Congressional Support” • The US Congress has not allocated funding explicitly for the Smart Grid since the Obama stimulus package in 2009. Without Congressional support, the grid could develop in slow and piecemeal fashion, putting it at increased risk of being made up of incompatible parts. [Forbes]

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

April 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The nonprofit Kopernik runs its Wonder Women program in Eastern Indonesia to empower local women with the resources needed to start their own cleantech businesses. Kopernik trains local women on a variety of clean tech solutions including solar lanterns, water filters, and biomass stoves needing half the fuel of traditional fires. [CleanTechnica]
Kopernik

Kopernik

  • “We can fix this: Don’t be dispirited by Big Oil’s power in the age of Trump – real climate change solutions are in reach” • How much time do we have? The scientists have long warned us that warming by 2° (3.6° F) would be reckless. We are far more than halfway there, but with clear and ambitious targets, we can limit warming. [New York Daily News]
  • The world’s most powerful wind turbine, which was installed in the sea off the coast of Aberdeen, is the first of eleven such beasts that will make up the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. The wind farm will cost £300 million to build. A single propeller rotation can reportedly power an average home for a whole day. [Wired.co.uk]
  • Average used plug-in electric vehicle resale prices rose by 41% in the UK during the first quarter of the year, according to a report at Autorola. The overall used car resale price rose 5.3% during the first quarter, an increase that is presumably comes with lower discretionary income among much of the population in recent times. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Sierra Club held its second annual Arkansas March for Science rally today at Little Rock, the state capitol. The Sierra Club has a message for local elected officials: science matters to everyone. It is demanding that the elected officials both support and rely on science when making important public policy decisions. [THV11.com KTHV]

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

April 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The UAE was the second-largest investor in the renewable energy sector in the Middle East and Africa last year, investing $2.2 billion, up 2,815% over the previous year. The UAE recorded the second highest growth after Rwanda’s 8,665% as the African country invested $400 million in the renewable energy sector in 2017. [ZAWYA]
Shams 1 solar thermal plant (Masdar | Handout via Thomson Reuters Zawya)

Shams 1 solar thermal plant in the desert (Masdar | Handout via Thomson Reuters Zawya)

  • Five New England liberal arts colleges have joined together to create a solar power facility that will offset 46,000 MWh of the total amount of electricity they use. The participating colleges are Bowdoin, Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, and Williams. The facility will be built in Farmington, Maine, and is expected to open in 2019. [MassLive.com]
  • “Market forces are driving a clean energy revolution in the US” • Transforming US energy systems away from coal and toward clean energy was once a vision touted mainly by environmentalists. Now it is shared by market purists. Today, affordable renewable energy is driving coal production and coal-fired generation out of business. [Source]
  • Ride-hailing service Lyft has announced a plan to purchase enough carbon credits to make all its global operations carbon neutral. Lyft will also fund “emission mitigation efforts, including the reduction of emissions in the automotive manufacturing process, forestry projects, and the capture of emissions from landfills.” [CleanTechnica]
  • A report released by the Elemental Excelerator, which is based in Honolulu, said Hawaii can achieve 84% of its clean energy goal by 2030, more than double the state’s target for that year, and that it would be cheaper than not doing anything. The report said reaching 100% renewable energy by 2045 could save the state $7 billion. [Pacific Business News (Honolulu)]

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

April 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • How can you create public transport in the jungle without polluting it? The isolated Achuar peoples of Ecuador have come up with an ingenious solution. Since April 2017, a canoe powered solely by solar energy travels back and forth along the 67-km (42-mile) stretch of the Capahuari and Pastaza rivers that connect their settlements. [BBC]
Commuting to school in a solar-powered canoe

Commuting to school in a big solar-powered canoe

  • The Canada Green Building Council has announced the first building certified under their new Zero Carbon standard, an office building in Waterloo, Ontario. The building was built by the Cora Group and designed by Stantec. Waterloo is a hotbed of technology startups (it is where the Blackberry came from) and continues to thrive. [Treehugger]
  • No coal was used for power generation by stations in the UK during the 55 hours from 10:25 pm in London on Monday, April 16, until 5:10 am on Thursday, April 19, according to grid data compiled by Bloomberg. During the same time, wind turbines produced more power. Coal is increasingly losing out to power sources that are renewable. [Bloomberg]
  • Two years ahead of schedule, Bowdoin College has achieved carbon neutrality. Onsite carbon emissions were reduced by 29%, with remaining emissions offset with renewable energy credits from wind farms. Bowdoin also announced a renewable energy project partnership that will result in the largest solar array in the state of Maine. [Bowdoin]
  • With Earth Day only days off, Democratic and Republican legislators from from both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly are introducing legislation to make the state a leader in efforts to solve climate change. Newly introduced legislation would transition Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy by 2050. [Bucks Local News]
  • The Senate narrowly confirmed Rep Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla), a former Navy pilot with no scientific credentials and who doesn’t believe humans are primarily to blame for the global climate crisis, to lead NASA. He joins a Cabinet already loaded with deniers of the near-universal scientific consensus on climate change. [Huffington Post]\

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