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March 28 Green Energy News

Headline News:

“Volvo Moves To Rail Transport To Reduce Carbon Emissions” • Volvo is just one of the many companies switching from over-the-road trucks to rail transport to move cars from its factories to storage depots across Europe, China, and the US. The switch to rail reduced CO₂ emissions by nearly 75% (!) on one European delivery route. [CleanTechnica]

Car traveling by train (Image: Volvo Cars)

  • “Renewables Set To Win During China’s COVID-19 Lockdown” • In China, lower demand for electricity during the COVID-19 downturn is affects power generation sectors unevenly. Thermal power generation dropped 9% year-on-year during the first two months of the year, but wind generation increased by 1% and solar generation was up 12%. [Smart Energy]
  • “US Renewable Energy Increases In 2019” • The production of US energy from solar sources increased by 13.85% in 2019 while output from windpower grew by 10.06%, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of newly-released data from the Energy Information Administration’s latest issue of the Monthly Energy Review. [North American Windpower]
  • “The Coronavirus Is a Fast-Motion Climate Crisis” • We were told that “everything was under control” or that the worry was nothing more than “a hoax.” Instead of acting competent, the president has tried to lie, bluster, and bluff his way through the threat. The mishandling of the coronavirus has terrifying parallels to the climate crisis. [Rolling Stone]
  • “Oil Price Volatility Will Give A Boost To Renewables” • You might think that a low oil price is good news sales of fuel-burning electricity generators, but that may not be true. The financing that makes building new facilities possible relies on stable prices during the term of the loans. So the growth of renewables is not related to the price of oil. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Groups Selected For NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Integration Challenge” • Five teams won awards in the first two rounds of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Future Grid Challenge. The challenge is aimed at developing solutions to integrate clean and renewable energy into the electric grid. [Solar Power World]

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

March 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Federal Judge Rules Permits For Dakota Access Pipeline Are Invalid” • Even though the Dakota Access pipeline has been completed and placed in service, a federal judge ruled this week that all the environmental permits for it were granted without adequate review or input from the Indigenous communities impacted by it. [CleanTechnica]

Tribal land (Credit: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)

  • “UK Renewables Bask In Record 2019” • Renewable energy generated a record 37% of the UK’s electricity demand in 2019, with wind contributing more than half of the amount, according to new statistics released by the UK government. Onshore and offshore wind farms each contributed 9.9% of the total amount of electricity generated. [reNEWS]
  • “AEMO Warns Any Further Delays In Renewables Transition Could Hit Gas Supplies” • Australia’s Energy Market Operator has warned that any delays to at least 30 GW and up to 47 GW of new renewable energy capacity required to realize its draft Integrated System Plan could force it to lean more heavily on costly and polluting gas. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Renewables Leader to Washington, DC: More Than 300,000 Jobs Are Not ‘Ridiculous’” • A renewables energy leader strongly urges lawmakers to ensure the clean energy industry, particularly wind and solar jobs, is included in the next phase of federal stimulus spending to defend against the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. [EnerCom Inc]
  • “In Australia, One Climate Change Denier Comes Back To Science (Because Coronavirus)” • Over two months, Australian blogger Jo Nova has kept her readers abreast of the pandemic, as her climate conspiracy theory posts have dried up and she covers coronavirus. She calls for quick and drastic measures to deal with the problem. [Red, Green, and Blue]

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

INVITE: Conversation with GMP–Energy & Climate Resilience

We hope you can join REV next Tuesday, March 31 @ 12:30 pm for a conversation with GMP about energy and climate resilience.   

Speakers:

Brian Otley, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, GMP
Josh Castonguay, Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, GMP
Olivia Campbell Andersen, Executive Director, REV

GMP recently filed a Climate Plan with the Vermont Public Utility Commission (ePUC Case No. 20-0276-PET), proposing resiliency and reliability investments to mitigate the increasing impacts of storms damaging the grid. Renewable Energy Vermont invites you to a webinar briefing and conversation with GMP executives to learn more about the proposed plan.

The extensive $67+ million multi-year plan includes: projects to address at risk energy infrastructure including hydro generation and substations in flood zones; IT upgrades to improve distributed energy management, grid, & customer resilience; new resiliency zones with energy storage projects, and more.

RSVP to join our conversation about creating a renewable and more resilient energy system in Vermont.

BRIEF NEWS UPDATE: EIA’s Year-End 2019 Data

SUN DAY CAMPAIGN

 EIA’s 2019 YEAR-END ENERGY REPORT:

 DRIVEN BY STRONG SOLAR AND WIND GROWTH, U.S. PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY INCREASE SLIGHTLY IN 2019

 CO2 EMISSIONS FROM ENERGY USE DIP AND FALL BACK TO 2017’s LEVEL

The production of domestic energy* from solar sources increased by 13.85% in 2019 while that from wind grew by 10.06%, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of newly-released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The latest issue of EIA’s “Monthly Energy Review” (with data through December 31, 2019) reveals that – for the first time – in 2019, energy from solar sources (1.044 quadrillion Btus or quads) topped 1% of total U.S. energy production while that from wind reached nearly 3% (2.71%).

However, the strong growth in solar and wind energy’s contribution to the nation’s energy mix was largely offset by declines in hydropower (down 6.41%), biomass (down 3.67%), and biofuels (down 2.92%). Geothermal remained unchanged.

Consequently, energy production by all renewable energy sources combined (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) increased just marginally last year (0.24%) compared to 2018. Consumption of renewable energy also expanded – but by only 0.53%.

While energy production by the combination of all renewables did register very modest growth, a 7.06% expansion in output by fossil fuels resulted in renewables’ share of total energy production actually dropping from 12.14% in 2018 to 11.52% in 2019. But renewables’ share of domestic energy consumption did increase slightly from 11.27% to 11.45%.

Other key findings in EIA’s report include:

**Biomass remained the dominant renewable energy source in 2019: 2.833 quads compared to wind (2.736 quads), hydropower (2.496 quads), biofuels (2.327 quads), solar (1.044 quads), and geothermal (0.209 quads).

**Energy production by coal fell to its lowest level in 50 years (14.322 quads in 2019 compared to 14.607 quads in 1970).

**Production of natural gas (dry) increased by 10.17% and accounted for 34.52% of total domestic energy production. Crude oil production rose by 11.11% and accounted for 25.15% of the U.S.’s total output. Natural gas plant liquids accounted for another 6.27%.

**Energy contributed by nuclear power changed only slightly (8.462 quads in 2019 compared to 8.438 quads in 2018) but its share of the total energy production mix declined from 8.82% to 8.37%.

**Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy consumption (i.e., oil, gas, coal, biomass) fell by 2.71% resulting mostly from a 13.97% decline in coal-related emissions. However, CO2 emissions in 2019 were at essentially the same level as they were in 2017.

**While domestic use of fuel ethanol rose slightly (up 0.82%), production of the fuel fell by 1.91%. A sharper drop was reported for biodiesel (down 7.17%); consumption of biodiesel also declined – by 4.94%.

# # # # # # # # #

 *“Energy” refers to more than just electricity (for which EIA separately provides data in its “Electric Power Monthly” reports). It also includes other forms such as liquid transportation fuels, thermal end-uses, and feedstocks for petrochemicals.

The latest issue of EIA’s “Monthly Energy Review” was officially released on March 26, 2020.
For the data cited in this news update, see the following tables:

https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec1_3.pdf

https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec1_5.pdf

https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec1_7.pdf

https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec10_3.pdf

https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec10_7.pdf

https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec10_8.pdf

https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec11_3.pdf

https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec11_10.pdf

 

March 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Wind Capacity Grows By Over 60 GW In 2019” • Global wind energy capacity increased by over 60GW in 2019, making it the second highest year for new installations, according to a report from the Global Wind Energy Council. The 15th edition of the “Global Wind Report” said year-on-year growth in 2019 was 19%, with 60.4 GW installed. [reNEWS]

Attaching a blade (GWEC image)

  • “Coal power remains in global decline, despite Chinese surge” • The impact of coronavirus has prompted a surge in coal-fired power plant construction permits in China, with the government issuing more permits in a couple of weeks of March than it did all of last year. However, would-be developers are having difficulty finding financing. [The Sydney Morning Herald]
  • “Nature Is Trying To Tell Us Something. Is There Anybody Listening?” • The coronavirus has upended our society. The head of the Federal Reserve predicts a 50% reduction in America’s GDP in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of this year with unemployment of 30% or more. Meanwhile, President Trump is pushing for the pandemic to be over by Easter. [CleanTechnica]
  • “This Giant Glacier In Antarctica Is Melting, And It Could Raise Sea Levels By Five Feet, Scientists Say” • In the last 22 years, one giant glacier in Antarctica has retreated almost three miles. If it fully thaws, sea levels would rise almost five feet, according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. [CNN]
  • “Coal’s Demise Is Fueling A Wave Of Green Energy Solutions” • In Europe, the US, and China, renewables are now cheaper than coal – by a lot. And now, the industry is facing another challenge: COVID-19. The slow and painful death of the coal industry is creating some interesting new opportunities for investors in green energy solutions. [OilPrice.com]

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

New Dates for BuildingEnergy Boston 2020

Save the Date for BuildingEnergy Boston 2020

We want to express our well-wishes and concern for everyone in the NESEA community during these challenging and unpredictable times. Under normal circumstances, our community would be gathered this week at BuildingEnergy Boston.

While it saddens us deeply to not hold this year’s event as planned, we are pleased to announce that we have been able to reschedule BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 to Thursday & Friday, August 13 & 14.

We are working hard to ensure the same level of high-quality sessions, the same innovative and vibrant trade show floor experience, and the same welcoming community that make us look forward to each and every BuildingEnergy conference.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support as we move through this unprecedented situation together. We hope to see you in August!

Sincerely,

The NESEA Staff

LES Webinar | Virtual Button Up Workshop with NHSaves

Title: Virtual Button Up Workshop with NHSaves
When: Tuesday April 7, 4pm – 5pm
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5116257807328604683
Blurb: A Button Up Workshop is an hour presentation about improving the energy efficiency of your home. It covers energy saving tips and NHSaves energy efficiency programs. Learn about saving electricity, insulation and air sealing, energy audit and weatherization programs, rebates on electric and gas appliances, and other incentives from NH’s energy utilities. New Hampshire residents that want to use energy wisely and save money will find the information very useful.
Presenter: Andy Duncan is the Energy Training Manager and Workforce Development Coordinator at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, NH.  He manages sustainable energy training and technical assistance programs around New Hampshire.  Prior to LRCC, Andy co-owned a building energy performance company, and he has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment.

This webinar will be recorded and posted to https://www.nhenergy.org/webinars.html.

March 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Musk Delivers On Promise Of Providing Ventilators To Los Angeles” • Elon Musk has made good on his promise to help get more medical ventilators to hospitals in California to treat patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms. The ventilators help people breathe when they cannot do it for themselves, and the machines are in short supply. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk at Tesla Model Y unveiling (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

  • “Panasonic Is Building A Comprehensive Energy Management System For Homeowners” • Panasonic has developed a smart home energy system that appears to be unique. In one version, for example, energy from PVs is not converted from the panels’ DC to household AC and then back again to be stored as DC in the batteries. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Birol: COVID-19 Shock Shows Renewables’ Importance For Power Balance” • Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, said the lockdowns due to coronavirus are a stress test for power grids. In his view, the disruptions amid the COVID-19 pandemic point to the future role of renewables in power grid balancing. [Balkan Green Energy News]
  • “Siemens Mobility Will Supply 20 Battery Electric Trains To Baden-Württemberg” • A new type of train can run on electricity from batteries when necessary and on overhead wires where available, recapturing kinetic energy regenerative braking when possible. Siemens said a Baden-Württemberg transit agency ordered twenty of them. [CleanTechnica]
  • “With The Public Distracted, Interior Department Moves Full Speed Ahead On Oil And Gas Leases” • As we all do our part to limit the extent of the COVID 19 outbreak, the US Department of the Interior instead appears to be more focused on advancing oil and gas interests and abusing the situation to avoid public scrutiny and input on its actions. [CleanTechnica]

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

March 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Thawing Permafrost Is Giving Scientists The Chance To Study Long-Dead Diseases (Prepare For The Next Pandemic)” • As the permafrost thaws, it could reveal the origins of many diseases, such as scarlet fever or smallpox, helping scientists understand past outbreaks and cope with new ones. That could lead to life-saving discoveries. [CleanTechnica]

“Drunken forest” on Alaskan peatland (Courtesy USGS)

  • “The Largest Ecosystems On The Planet Could Collapse In A Single Lifetime, Study Finds” • Large ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest and Caribbean coral reefs could collapse within a lifetime, a study found. If these critical ecosystems collapse, they could spark a chain of events that could lead to widespread ecological failure. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Navigant Research Report Shows Offshore Wind Is Expanding To New Markets As Technology Prices Decline And Renewable Energy Becomes More Attractive” • Improved technology and rapidly declining costs have combined to move the offshore wind market forward, according to a report released by Navigant Research. [Oklahoman.com]
  • “India: Funding For New Coal Power Projects Dries Up” • In contradiction to Environment Ministry claims, a new briefing note published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says India’s coal-fired power project pipeline is rapidly shrinking. There have been 46 GW of cancellations in the last twelve months. [Smart Energy]
  • “Texas Retail Choice Design Bests 13 Other States In Driving Solar Power” • NRG Energy signed 1,300 MW of solar PPAs in Texas last summer, thanks to state retail competition policies that create favorable conditions, the NRG vice president of regulatory affairs said. Those conditions are missing in the 13 other states that have retail competition. [pv magazine USA]

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

All CSWD Drop-Off Centers closed 3/24 and 3/25; Environmental Depot closed 3/24 until further notice

All Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) Drop-Off Centers (DOCs) will be closed on Tuesday, 3/24 and Wednesday, 3/25.

This pause will enable us to deep-clean facilities, modify our facilities to provide safer interactions between our employees and the public, and provide thorough training on public interaction protocols under these unprecedented conditions.
We will post schedule updates on www.cswd.neton Wednesday.
Beginning immediately, CSWD is also implementing the following changes in operations:
  • All Drop-Off Centers will accept household trash (in bags or barrels), recycling, and food scraps ONLY. DOCs will continue to close from 12:00 to 1:00 Monday through Friday for cleaning.
  • Leaves and yard debris must go to Green Mountain Compost (GMC) at 1042 Redmond Rd. in Williston. GMC is open for drop-off of leaves and food scraps Monday through Saturday 8:00 to 4:00. (Note: Burlington Electric Department has closed the McNeil Leaf and Waste Wood Yard until further notice.)
  • The Environmental Depot, CSWD’s hazardous waste facility, will be closed. Questions? Call the CSWD Hotline at 802-872-8111. Businesses should call 802-865-4663.
Follow these safe storage tips for hazardous waste:
  • Never put hazardous waste in the trash, the toilet, or down a drain.
  • Store your materials in a dry, sheltered, ventilated area. Keep paint from freezing.
  • Keep materials in their original or other clearly labeled containers.
  • Do not mix chemicals.
  • Keep away from children and pets.
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