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June 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “EU Leaders Face Pressure To Deliver On Climate Change” • By keeping global warming in the public eye, protests helped Green parties in last month’s European elections. They won 74 seats in the European Parliament, up from 52 seats. Their surge, and the boost for liberal parties in the center, will change EU political dynamics. [BBC]

Climate rally in Paris (Getty Images)

  • “Investors Remain Ready To Back Renewable Projects, Survey Finds” • Sydney-based MinterEllison released a wide-ranging international survey that found that renewable energy investors stand ready to increase their activities over the next two years. Australian renewable projects are attractive, especially with US investors. [pv magazine Australia]
  • “South Australia’s Stunning Aim To Be ‘Net’ 100% Renewables By 2030” • The South Australia Liberal government says it expects the state will achieve “net” 100% renewables by 2030. This contrasts with the conservative Liberal Party at the federal level, where the prevailing view is that renewables will kill the economy. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Major Companies Call For Ambitious 2030 Renewable Electricity Targets” • Twenty major companies called on the Japanese government to set an ambitious target of sourcing at least 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030, more than double its current ambition. Among the companies were Sony, AEON, and Fujitsu. [Mirage News]
  • “New Project To Power 100% Of Arkansas County’s Operations” • Continuing a string of solar project announcements, Scenic Hill Solar of North Little Rock has partnered with Ouachita County, Arkansas, and the city of Camden, the county seat, to provide enough sun energy to power 100% of municipal and county operations. [US News & World Report]

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

June 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewable Energy Is Now The Cheapest Option – Even Without Subsidies” • New data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) demonstrate that using renewable energy is increasingly cost-effective compared to other sources, even when it must compete with the heavily-subsidized fossil fuel industry. [Forbes]

Wind farm (Associated Press)

  • “EPA Air Chief Gave Presentation At Fringe Climate Denier Event, New Emails Show” • A top EPA official gave a presentation last year at a gathering of some of the most zealous deniers of climate science, emails show. The event highlights the influence a small, fringe movement hawking crank theories now wields in Washington. [HuffPost]
  • “Tesla Now Offers Used Model 3’s – Should You Buy One?” • Maybe the management class in college is where the author learned to be able to argue any side of any issue. Or maybe it was politics. Regardless, a used Model 3 is either a great deal or a bad one. Both cases are presented, as either could be true, depending on your situation. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe Details Plans To Move Into Stationary Energy Storage” • Rivian Automotive, LLC is a specialist in sustainable transportation, designing and developing EVs. It has designed its batteries so that they can go from use in a vehicle to being used for stationary storage with no more alteration than flipping a switch. [CleanTechnica]
  • “‘The Oceans Are Taking A Beating’: Seawater Temperatures On SLO’s Coast Keep Getting Higher” • Ocean temperatures are rising. Last year, buoys off southern California smashed their records. The Scripps Nearshore meters reached 81.3°, breaking the old record 80.4° set during the very strong El Niño event of 2015. [San Luis Obispo Tribune]

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

June 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • ¶ “Acid Test For Hydrogen Versus Battery Electric Transport” • The world’s first hydrogen powered ferry boat has been under construction in San Francisco, and there is also a battery powered ferry in the works for New York City. It’s a classic west coast/east coast matchup, and to add a little extra spice the same investor group is behind both vessels. [CleanTechnica]

Hydrogen-powered electric ferry (Image: SW/TCH Maritime)

  • “84-Year Old Tesla Owner Perhaps First To Drive Electric Car To Arctic” • Many still believe electric cars are incapable of road trips due to a lack of EV charging infrastructure. An 84-year old Tesla owner proved the naysayers wrong when he became the first person to drive an electric car to the coastline of the Arctic Ocean. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Greenland Lost Two Billion Tons Of Ice Yesterday, Which Is Very Unusual” • Over 40% of Greenland experienced melting yesterday, with total ice loss estimated to be more than 2 gigatons. It is highly unusual for that much ice to be lost in the middle of June, and 2019 could once again set records for the amount of Greenland ice loss. [CNN]
  • “Alberta Taxpayers Will Get Stuck With $400 Billion+ Oil & Gas Cleanup Bill” • Rob Wadsworth, vice-president of closure and liability for the Alberta Energy Regulator told oil and gas officials privately last September that the cleanup bill for oil and gas wells in Alberta will be over $260 billion. Taxpayers were kept in the dark, however. [CleanTechnica]
  • “US Imposes Tariffs On Indian Solar Modules” • Expanding upon the trade policies enacted against other countries, the US administration recently announced the end of preferential trade treatment for India on account of its ‘developing country’ status. Indian solar module exports shall now attract a 25% safeguard duty. [CleanTechnica]

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

June 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “96% Of National Parks Negatively Impacted By Air Pollution” • The National Parks Conservation Association published a report that has a number of insights about the negative impacts of air pollution at US National Parks. One of these is, “96% of the 417 national parks assessed are plagued by significant air pollution problems.” [CleanTechnica]

Yosemite Valley

  • “New Florida Law Just Legalized Driverless, Human-Less, Self-Driving Vehicles” • When will regulators approve self-driving vehicles? Well, in Florida, they already have. “More than a month after the Florida legislature passed a bill legalizing the use of autonomous vehicles, Gov Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law,” 10News reports. [CleanTechnica]
  • “US Looking To Harness The Ocean Winds With British Help” • The federal government estimates that the coastal waters off of New Bedford, Massachusetts, are among the windiest in the nation. Some bad news is that the US doesn’t know much about building wind turbines, out in the ocean at least. But some good news is that the UK can help with that. [BBC]
  • “US Senate Introduces Offshore Wind Jobs And Opportunity Act” • A bipartisan senate bill is intended to grow offshore wind industry jobs. The Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act would create a system for federal grants to help institutions and businesses develop programs preparing workers for jobs in offshore wind. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • “Western Australia power retailer Synergy forecast to lose $180 million over three years as dire finances revealed” • A Synergy spokeswoman admitted the utility’s profitability is threatened, citing a range of factors. Chief among them was the rapid uptake of rooftop solar power by households and businesses looking to reduce their power bills. [ABC Local]

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

June 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Seven Top Takeaways From Tesla’s Shareholder Meeting” • At Tesla’s yearly shareholder meeting, Elon Musk delivered the company’s “state of the union” for 2019. A few takeaways include that Tesla will make vegan steering wheels and that Elon actually does have a submarine car (though he is not James Bond). But they are not in the top seven. [CleanTechnica]

Teslas on display (Photo: Megan Gale via Twitter)

  • “Renewable Energy Jobs Move South And East, As Industry Shifts To Middle Income Economies” • Currently 39% of all renewable energy jobs are in China. Other important jobs markets include Brazil, the US and the EU, but the most notable trend is the emergence of renewable energy industries in more corners of east and southeast Asia. [Forbes]
  • “Renewable Energy Vermont Becomes First SEIA Affiliate In New England” • Solar Energy Industries Association announced that Renewable Energy Vermont is an official affiliate, its 15th state affiliate, and the first in New England, growing a network of organizations committed to advancing solar markets around the country. [Solar Power World]
  • “Former EPA Chief Says Trump Administration Is ‘Hamstringing Scientists'” • The Trump administration is “hamstringing scientists and their ability to do their work” to tackle climate change, according to Christine Todd Whitman. She was one of three Republican EPA chiefs who slammed Trump administration policies. [CNN]
  • “New Jersey 100% Renewable Energy Plan: More Fiber, Less Fluff” • New Jersey has declared it will use only zero carbon energy by 2050. Lots of other states and many municipalities have announced similar goals. The difference, according to PV Magazine, is that New Jersey has an actual plan to make its 100% renewable energy goal a reality. [CleanTechnica]

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

Here are six ways we have slashed US energy use by a fifth

By Steven Nadel, Executive Director

Major energy efficiency policies slashed US energy use by about 20% in 2017, saving a whopping 25 quads of energy —the amount used in California, Texas, and Florida combined.

Two US policies now at risk accounted for the majority of these savings. Vehicle fuel economy standards and appliance efficiency standards saved 14.3 quadrillion Btus, about 60% of the total savings and about 14% of all US energy use. Unfortunately, the Trump administration is proposing to roll them back (see here and here).

Savings from six key efficiency policies increased more than 15% since 2014, when we last compiled our estimates. Savings in 2017 (listed in the table below) give a sense of the scale of efficiency’s impacts. Note that the estimate for each policy uses a different methodology, so the savings may not be fully comparable.

The figures total 26 quads, but I round down to 25 quads to allow for some overlap in savings estimates. These estimates, though, do not include savings from many other, mostly smaller, energy efficiency policies…

To continue reading the blog post, visit: https://www2.aceee.org/e/310911/re-six-ways-we-have-slashed-us/9ph1vj/367041445?h=NWGFDA25pRx1rDLQB0BZjrV7oaO668JPHqtn5midf0c

Media Contact: Maxine Chikumbo
(202) 507-4292, mchikumbo@aceee.org

DOE refuses public hearing on a proposal that could gut US appliance standards

 

DOE refuses public hearing on a proposal that could gut US appliance standards

By Andrew deLaski, Executive Director, Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP)

The Department of Energy (DOE) has quietly issued a proposal that could seriously undermine US energy efficiency standards for many appliances and products — everything from air conditioners and refrigerators to light bulbs and electric motors. Last month, it proposed a rule that would allow individual manufacturers to secretly opt out of testing requirements.

Who would lose out? Competitors who play by the rules and the consumers and businesses unknowingly saddled with purchases that fail to meet minimum standards, wasting energy and money.

The proposal, which would change how manufacturers can be exempted from federal test procedure requirements, caught energy efficiency supporters and manufacturers alike by surprise. In response, ASAP and nine other organizations that participate in DOE’s regulatory processes requested a public meeting for DOE to better explain the proposal and receive input.

DOE had always allowed for public meetings on proposed test procedure changes for specific products in the past. Surely, a proposal that would affect every product’s test procedure and compliance would merit the enhanced scrutiny of a public meeting. To our shock, DOE staff refused. Twice…

To continue reading the blog post, visit: https://www2.aceee.org/e/310911/efuses-public-hearing-proposal/9nhcns/366682807?h=_NwKaYEbmr-cgXDR7I8Qmwq4y4uZNwURGlyIaT-J6Kw

Media Contact: Maxine Chikumbo
(202) 507-4292, mchikumbo@aceee.org

NH Gives – Happening NOW Until 6 PM on June 12th

NH Gives is an initiative of the NH Center for Nonprofits and is designed to bring the state together as one community, raising as much money and awareness as possible for New Hampshire’s nonprofits within a 24-hour, flash-mob of giving. Visit www.nhgives.org and type in the organization’s name in the search bar.

NH Gives awards special cash prizes to organizations for the largest number of donors, the first donor at exactly 6pm, the largest amount of donations and random golden ticket prizes for participating organizations throughout the 24 hours of giving. When you make a donation please choose to share it on Facebook so others know you have participated.  The option is there after you donate.  Please consider donating to those business which do business with sustainability in mind such as:

-D Acres of New Hampshire – https://www.nhgives.org/organizations/d-acres-of-new-hampshire-permaculture-farm-educational-homestead

-Enfield Shaker Museum – https://www.nhgives.org/organizations/enfield-shaker-museum

-Enfield Village Association – https://www.nhgives.org/organizations/enfield-village-association

-Friends of Mascoma Foundation – https://www.nhgives.org/organizations/friends-of-mascoma-foundation

-Visions for Creative Housing Solutions – https://www.nhgives.org/organizations/visions-for-creative-housing-solutions-inc

PAREI: https://www.nhgives.org/organizations/plymouth-area-renewable-energy-initiative

June 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Are Old Midwest Coal Plants Pushing Renewables Offline?” • State utility commissions in Minnesota and Missouri are looking at the way companies run older coal plants, even when those units aren’t the cheapest option. By doing so, they may be squeezing out lower-carbon resources and raising costs for consumers. [E&E News]

Transmission lines (Ian Muttoo | Flickr)

  • “Climate Change Poses Major Risks To Financial Markets, US Regulator Warns” • A top financial regulator is opening a public effort to highlight the risk that climate change poses to the nation’s financial markets, setting up a clash with a president who has mocked global warming and whose administration continues to suppress climate science. [Forbes India]
  • “Utility-Scale Wind Becoming Top Renewable Energy Resource This Year, EIA Says” • The annual power production from wind energy will surpass hydropower and become the top US clean energy resource for the first time this year, the DOE’s Energy Information Administration forecast in an outlook it released. [Power Engineering Magazine]
  • “UK Government To Commit To 2050 Target” • Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change. Prime Minister Theresa May said reducing pollution would also benefit public health and cut National Health Service costs. The UK is the first country to adopt the goal. [BBC]
  • “America’s Oil Boom Will Break More Records This Year” • US oil production is on track to spike to a record 13.4 million barrels per day by the end of 2019, according to a report by research firm Rystad Energy. Texas alone is expected to top 5 million barrels per day in oil production, more than any OPEC member other than Saudi Arabia. [CNN]

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

June 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Costa Rica’s Renewables Produce 99.99% Of Power In May” • Costa Rica obtained 99.99% of its electricity from renewable sources in May, according to the country’s power utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. Five renewable sources were responsible for the production of 984.02 GWh. Other producers provided 0.17 GWh. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in Costa Rica (Christian Haugen, CC BY 2.0 Generic)

  • “BLP Replaces Canceled Wind Investment With Lower-Cost Solar” • In Grand Haven, Michigan, the Board of Light & Power is banking on renewable energy. When a wind project to which the BLP had committed, was recently canceled. Instead of wind, the local utility will be getting increased solar power. It is the BLP’s second solar project. [Grand Haven Tribune]
  • “US Renewable Energy Generating Capacity Has Now Surpassed Coal” • According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign, using newly published data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, US electrical generating capacity of renewable energy sources is now – for the first time – greater that of coal. [Windpower Engineering]
  • “Barclays Commits To 100% Renewable Electricity, Joins RE100” • Barclays, one of the UK’s four “Big Banks,” committed to use 100% renewable electricity for global operations by 2030, with an interim goal of 90% by 2025, and a reduction to its global emissions of 80% by 2025. Barclays has recently been under fire for financing fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Puerto Rico’s Latest IRP Increases Solar And Storage Targets” • The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has filed the latest edition of its 2019-2038 integrated resource plan. It calls for higher deployment of solar and storage, which already rivaled some of the most ambitious plans for the mainland, and more flexibility on natural-gas. [Greentech Media]

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