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Green Energy Times Issue #61 Is Now Available

Hello, and Happy Solstice!

Green Energy Times issue #61 is going to press and will be available in hard copy at many locations throughout our region in coming days.

The entire issue can be downloaded HERE.

Individual articles are being uploaded and will be available soon.

June 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Rivian Reaps $2.5 Billion In Latest Funding Round As EV Investments Soar” • Rivian is an EV startup headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan. For its initial funding, it raised raising $2 billion, much of which came from Amazon and Ford. Now it has gone for more money, and it has raised a further $2.5 billion in a funding round led by T Rowe Price. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian electric truck (Rivian image)

  • “Report Says Asset Sales And Debt-Driven Dividends Show Fossil Fuel Industry Cannot Be Saved” • A report says major fossil fuel companies such as ExxonMobil and BP, “are racking up debt to maintain their shareholder payments and sustain an image as sound investments.” Others are selling assets. Their actions show they are failing. [Common Dreams]
  • “US Businesses Face Increased Energy Management Pressure” • The Deloitte Resources Study, “Energy Management: Paused by Pandemic, but Poised to Prevail,” found that Covid-19 might actually be partially responsible for driving increased efforts to manage energy use, reduce CO₂ emissions, and address climate change. [Environment + Energy Leader]
  • “Ford Aims To Power All Plants With Local Renewable Energy By 2035” • Ford aims to power all its manufacturing plants with local renewable energy by 2035, including the Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch and Chicago Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights. The automaker is striving to become completely carbon neutral by 2050. [nwitimes.com]
  • “‘Enormous Step’ For Energy Storage As Court Upholds FERC Order 841, Opening Wholesale Markets” • In a victory for the energy storage industry, a federal appeals court upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841, clearing the way for transmission grid operators to open their markets to energy storage. [Greentech Media]

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

July 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Amazon Greening German Cities, Volkswagen Reforesting Australia” • The global economy, our increasingly integrated global society, is an interesting phenomenon. Amazon, based in the US, committed to greening cities in Germany by planting a lot of trees and bushes there. Now, Volkswagen Group, based in Germany, is reforesting Australia. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen reforesting Australia (Courtesy Volkswagen Group)

  • “PacifiCorp Opens 4.3-Gigawatt Renewables And Storage Procurement” • PacifiCorp is soliciting bids for up to 4.3 GW of solar, wind, and battery storage projects, part of a massive clean-energy growth plan that will open the utility’s six-state territory to third-party renewable energy developers. Projects must be operating by the end of 2024. [Greentech Media]
  • “Massachusetts Expands EV Rebates To Nonprofits, Business Fleets” • Massachusetts took a big step forward by including nonprofits and business fleets in the state’s electric vehicle incentives. The move hopes to maximize the environmental impact of the EV incentive program during a time when the economy has slowed. [CleanTechnica]
  • “‘Coal Has No Place In Covid-19 Recovery Plans,’ Says UN Chief” • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged countries to stop financing the coal industry, to deliver a sustainable future following the pandemic. “Coal has no place in Covid-19 recovery plans,” he said during an online summit hosted by the International Energy Agency. [CNN]
  • “EU Must Reach 100% Renewables By 2040 In Order To Reach Net Zero Economy By 2050” • The European Union must greatly increase its climate ambition if it is to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and meet targets set by the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal, according to a report from the German Institute for Economic Research. [RenewEconomy]

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

The Lebanon-Hanover pipeline is DEAD!

Some of the Upper Valley residents who made the trip to Concord for the PUC hearing on Sept 7, 2017, gathered in the hallway outside of the hearing room during a break

Dear Pipeline Activists,

In the same week that we’re absorbing the great news about the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the court-ordered shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline, we finally have a victory announcement here in the Upper Valley. The Lebanon-Hanover fracked gas pipeline is dead! Liberty Utilities failed to meet the minimal requirement to start construction on the project within two years of final approval of their franchise by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission.

And you collectively stopped it. Your sustained opposition helped lead the Public Utilities Commission to impose a stiffer than usual requirement that Liberty Utilities register customers before beginning construction, a requirement they could not meet.

Furthermore, Liberty’s option on the land has lapsed; the owner of the property where their storage facility was planned is now seeking another buyer. That pipeline is dead!

Now we need to sharpen our focus on the Granite Bridge pipeline, another of Liberty’s misbegotten fracked gas projects, this one across southern NH. The proposal is before the PUC as docket DG 17-198. It’s tied to the PUC review of Liberty’s Least Cost Integrated Resource Plan in docket DG 17-152. As in Lebanon, Liberty’s inflated projection of the “need” for expanded gas infrastructure does not acknowledge that rising opposition to fracked gas and fossil fuel in general will turn away potential customers. We can make a difference.

Yours,
Jon Chaffee

July 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Air Products Announces $5 Billion Renewable Hydrogen To Ammonia Investment” • US chemical business Air Products announced a $5 billion joint investment Saudi generator ACWA Power and tech accelerator city Neom for a power-to-hydrogen-to-ammonia production plant in Saudi Arabia powered by 4 GW of renewable energy. [Power Technology]

Air Products facility (Air Products image)

  • “Capital Dynamics Signs 4.8-GW Deal To Increase Portfolio In The US” • Capital Dynamics announced that its Clean Energy Infrastructure business signed an agreement for 4.8 GW with Tenaska. The transaction comprises 24 solar projects in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and Southeast Reliability Council markets. [reNEWS]
  • “EU Unveils 40-GW Green Hydrogen Vision” • The EU will support development of up to 40 GW of green hydrogen projects by 2030, according to the EU Hydrogen Strategy. From 2020 to 2024, the EU will support the installation of at least 6 GW of renewable hydrogen electrolyzers, and the production of up to 1 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen. [reNEWS]
  • “2.3 GW Of USA Wind And Solar Projects Get Investment From ENGIE And Hannon Armstrong” • News from Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital and ENGIE highlight how attractive the US is for renewable investment. They have committed to investing into a massive 2.3 GW wind and solar power pipeline in the US. [CleanTechnica]
  • “NSW To Call For Wind, Solar And Storage Proposals For Second Renewable Zone” • New South Wales’ Coalition state government is preparing to announce the second phase of its renewable energy zone program, with a call-out for up to 8 GW of wind, solar, and storage projects in a new zone in the north of the state. [Renew Economy]

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

July 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Global Utilities ‘Failing Climate Test’” • Only four of the fifty most influential utilities in the world have defined a clear target to provide green energy aligned to the Paris Agreement, the World Benchmarking Alliance’s second “Climate and Energy Benchmark” says. The four are Ørsted, Enel, EDP, and the US utility AES Corporation. [reNEWS]

Building a wind farm (EDPR image)

  • “In A World First, Hyundai Fuel Cell Semis Ship To Customers” • This could be big for Hyundai. Investors are always looking for “the next big thing.” The first examples of its hydrogen fuel cell semis are on their way to Switzerland. This is especially big news because neither Tesla nor Nikola has delivered a single truck so far. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Denmark’s Ørsted, Taiwan’s TSMC Sign World’s Largest Renewable Corporate Power Deal” • Denmark’s Ørsted said that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co agreed to buy all of the energy from its second offshore wind farm in Taiwan, under a 20 year PPA. The Greater Changhua 2b & 4 wind farm will have a capacity of 920 MW. [Reuters Africa]
  • “June Matched Historic Temperature High” • Globally last month was on a par with 2019 for the hottest June on record, with temperatures 0.53°C above the 1981 to 2010 average, and Europe saw its joint second warmest June on record. Arctic Siberia was exceptionally warm, C3S experts said, at 10°C (18°F) above average for the month. [The Ecologist]
  • “Xcel Plans Renewable Power Project At Ryan’s Ford Site Redevelopment” • Xcel Energy Inc has a plan to power the Ford site redevelopment in St Paul with solar and hydro. Xcel and site developer Ryan Cos aim to have 100% renewable energy for the site’s 3,800 housing units and 415,000 square feet of retail and office space. [Minneapolis / St Paul Business Journal]

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

VICTORY: Atlantic Coast Pipeline project defeated

The fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline project is dead.
On Sunday, July 5, the six year long struggle to stop the fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline ended when Duke and Dominion Energy cancelled the project.

As a farmer living in Nash County, North Carolina whose property was in the crosshairs of the route of this unneeded, dirty, and dangerous project, this was the best news I’ve received since the project was announced in 2014. For me it means I can go back to life before fighting the ACP. For North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia communities it means we will no longer be burdened by pipeline construction and the pollution associated with the pipeline.

This is a story of grassroots resistance and relentless organizing–building power to take on the fossil fuel industry. The end of the ACP is a victory for environmental justice, racial justice, public health, water quality, and endangered species along the route and beyond. Defeating the ACP and other polluting pipelines is critical in addressing the climate crisis.

Thank you for every letter sent, call made to an elected official, rally and event attended, article shared–your actions helped make this momentous occasion possible! Join me in celebrating all that is possible when communities stand together and refuse to give up on moving beyond dirty fuels to a new energy era that relies on clean, safe, affordable energy that can provide us with the jobs and justice all communities deserve.

The tide has been turning against new fracked gas for a long time. The ACP’s cancellation should serve as a clear sign to utilities and investors of other unneeded gas projects like the Mountain Valley Pipeline to walk away from these risky investments.
Today we celebrate, tomorrow we keep fighting for climate justice.

In gratitude,

Marvin Winstead
NC Sierran and ACP impacted landowner

July 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

It’s About Pipelines!

  • “Supreme Court Deals Major Blow To Keystone XL Project” • On Monday, the Supreme Court cleared the way for several pipeline projects to proceed under a fast-track permitting process that allow projects to go ahead while the environmental reviews are done, but it excluded the Keystone XL expansion from the ruling, forcing major delays. [CNN]

Dakota Access Pipeline (Tony Webster, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Judge Orders Temporary Shutdown Of Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline” • The Dakota Access Pipeline must shut down by August 5 as an in-depth environmental review is carried on for the controversial project, a district court ruled Monday. The pipeline will remain closed during the review, which will take about thirteen months. [CNN]
  • “Gigantic Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline Done In By Humble Household Heat Pump” • Dominion Energy and Duke Energy cancelled the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. They may not know it, but activists and land owners who fought against the project did them a favor by giving a message for all fossil fuel stakeholders: Get out now while you have a chance. [CleanTechnica]
  • “As Fossil Fuel Pipelines Fall To Opposition, Utilities See Renewable Energy As Safe Bet” • Legal challenges have halted several major pipeline projects across the US in recent days, underscoring a seismic shift facing the US utility industry: the rise of renewables as a potentially less costly and less risky alternative to fossil fuels. [Greentech Media]
  • “Climate Denial Spreads On Facebook As Scientists Face Restrictions” • Facebook allows groups that reject climate science to promote misleading theories global warming. But it restricted the ability of one of the country’s most visible climate scientists, Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University, to share information and fact checking. [Scientific American]

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

It’s All Hunky-Dory, but…

06 July 2020
James Hansen and Makiko Sato
Well-meaning souls, rightfully concerned about the effect of “gloom-and-doom” talk on young people, say that everything is hunky-dory, climate change impacts are exaggerated (they often are) and climate change is not a serious threat (unfortunately, it is).

Let’s look at reality, real data for the real world.  The bell curves refer to summer average temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere, relative to what they were in the base period, 1951-1980.  The bell curve shows the frequency of occurrence of local temperature anomalies in units of the standard deviation, which is the magnitude of typical year-to-year fluctuations.  The natural, year-to-year, variability leads to a symmetric bell curve about the average during the base period.

The bell curve also defines the likelihood (probability) of a season being perceived as relatively cool, normal or hot.  One of us, in the 1980s, colored dice with two sides blue, two white and two red, to represent those chances.  The dice are now loaded, really loaded.  The past decade has summer temperatures that yield only one side of a die being part blue and part white.  Four sides of the die are now red (hot) and one side is deep red for extreme heat, more than three standard deviations warmer than in 1951-1980.  Dark red (22%) is creeping onto another side (one side is 1/6, which is about 16.7%).

The shift depends on where you live and the season.  We updated graphs in our longer “Regional Climate Change and National Responsibilities.”  The subtropics in summer and the tropics all year are becoming uncomfortably hot, and will become unlivable if we stay on our present fossil fuel emissions course.

Old people should not apologize for revealing such facts.  They should apologize for letting political leaders accept bribes to stay the fossil fuel course.  Young people deserve more responsible leadership.

There is no reason to panic.  It all can be hunky-dory, if we use common sense.  Don’t let politicians milk your anxiety about the future to fund their ideology, a sure-fire path to more fruitless ideological warfare.

A focus on personal emissions, or even national emissions, has little effect.  The underlying requirement is a steadily rising carbon fee, readily accepted by the public if the funds are distributed uniformly to all.

International technological cooperation will be required.  We are all together in the same boat.

Dr. James Hansen’s twitter account is @DrJamesEHanson, (https://twitter.com/drjamesehansen)

July 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “How Humans Are Altering The Tides Of The Oceans” • Over the course of decades, engineers have dredged parts of the Ems River, on the Dutch-German border, so ships could navigate it from a shipyard upriver. Now, the tidal range has quintupled from what it was in 1900. Changing tidal patterns add complexity to the problems of rising sea levels. [BBC]

Thames Barrier protecting London from tides (John Sparshatt | Night-time on the Thames | CC BY-SA 2.0)

  • “Could Paying Farmers To Store Carbon Help The Climate And Save Farms?” • Scientists estimate the earth’s soil holds two to three times more carbon than the atmosphere. If farmers could coax their fields to suck up more CO₂ and deposit it as organic carbon underground, it could go a long way toward mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. [Mother Jones]
  • “China’s Mega-Dams Are Giving Way To Cheaper Renewable Energy” • China Three Gorges Corp turned on the first set of generators at the massive Wudongde hydropower plant. And Baihetan, the last of the massive hydro projects, is scheduled to go into operation next year. But with low-cost renewable energy, no more are coming. [Aljazeera.com]
  • “Berkshire Hathaway Will Buy Natural Gas Assets From Dominion Energy In $10 Billion Deal” • Berkshire Hathaway is purchasing certain natural gas assets from Dominion Energy in a deal worth nearly $10 billion. Dominion is moving away from the gas transmission business to become a “pure-play” regulated clean energy utility company. [CNN]
  • “US Energy Companies End Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project” • Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced that they have canceled the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which had faced opposition from landowners, activists and environmental advocates. The pipeline was meant to run from West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina. [Voice of America]

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

July 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “US Opposition’s Big Climate Plan Includes Studying The Risky Idea Of Blocking Out The Sun” • Democrats on the US House Select Committee for the Climate Crisis put out their big old climate plan. One thing the plan includes is geoengineering. Controversially, that could mean using tiny particles to reflect sunlight back into space. [Gizmodo UK]

Noctilucent clouds (Gofororbit, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Zero-Emissions Trucks Are The Future: Let’s Do This” • California’s zero-emissions rule is a timetable for eliminating emissions from trucking. Instead of fighting the rule, the trucking industry has an historic opportunity to tackle the problem of emissions from freight and transform its operations into a clean supply chain. [CleanTechnica]
  • “How New Flood Risk Maps Could Undermine Marginalized Neighborhoods” • New flood maps illustrate a racial disparity: In two-thirds of states, minority neighborhoods shoulder more undisclosed flood risk than the state average. That gap could have significant ramifications for citizens in those areas to access financial resources. [Quartz]
  • “Tepco To Reuse Chinese EV Batteries For Energy Storage” • Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings will launch a storage battery business utilizing used electric-vehicle batteries from China, Nikkei has learned. The plan is to assemble used batteries into a containerized energy storage system to assist renewable-energy plants. [Nikkei Asian Review]
  • “Green Hydrogen Bubbles Up Under US Distributed Wind Scheme” • The DOE is determined to stimulate more activity in the area of distributed wind power, and if all goes according to plan that could mean good news for fans of green hydrogen. The hydrogen angle could help smaller-scale wind owners squeeze more energy from their turbines. [CleanTechnica]

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