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How Multifamily Real Estate Companies Approach Energy Management and Savings

A growing number of private multifamily real estate companies are integrating energy efficiency into their planning and operations. The results? They are lowering their operating costs, increasing property values, and contributing to climate change mitigation efforts. A new ACEEE topic brief profiles the energy-saving practices of three U.S. companies and examines an energy efficiency retrofit project each has undertaken. We include detailed information on each project’s scope of work, funding, and outcomes.

Learn more in the new ACEEE topic brief, Leading by Example: How Multifamily Real Estate Companies Approach Energy Management and Savings.

Thermal-RECs: A Big NH Advantage – Webinar Thursday, February 25th

Thermal Renewable Energy Certificates (T-RECs) have been transformative to the biomass heating market in New Hampshire—the first state in the nation to establish T-RECs as part of their Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

However, right now a bill is being considered that would Eliminate all new T-REC generators.  Other portions of this bad bill would devastate the important logging and forestry industries in our state.  

Learn all about T-RECs in this Webinar.
And then send an email to your NH Representative to Oppose HB213

Click HERE to sign up for the T-REC Webinar on Feb 25th at 3 PM

Charlie Niebling of Innovative Natural Resource Solutions (INRS) will be our featured speaker. Charlie was instrumental in the creation of NH T-RECs so he has a lot to say on the subject.

This NHPUC program was established in 2012 and it has been very successful—generating more than an estimated $1.8 million each year for system owners.

With T-RECs, system owners are paid for offsetting the use of fossil fuels with wood chips, wood pellets, other biofuels (liquid, solid, gas), solar thermal and geothermal systems.  As a result system owners can reduce their annual heating fuel costs by between 30% and 70% below the cost of fossil fuels.

In New Hampshire, for every net Megawatt of heat generated by biomass or other qualified method, a system owner gets one Class 1 NH Thermal REC.  Then each T-REC can be sold, netting about $20 (average during the past few years).

Learn all about T-RECs and then send an email to your NH Representative.
Keep T-RECs working for New Hampshire.

Click HERE to sign up for the Feb 25th Webinar
“Thermal RECs: A Big New Hampshire Advantage – (Now Endangered!!)”

Free Biomass Webinars in March 2021

Why Texas froze (and California fried): This disaster was 90 years in the making

TAKING THE INITIATIVE: Carl Pope’s Blog, Feb 23, 2021

The catastrophe that swept Texas last week was 90 years in the making. Its roots lie in a decision during the 1930s to escape federal regulation of power rates under the terms of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal by forcing all Texas utilities to avoid importing or exporting power across state lines, thereby pretending that Texas electricity was not actually part of the national economy.

As the biggest oil and gas producer in the world, Texas had already set itself up in the business of regulating the global price of oil through the Texas Railroad Commission, which set limits on oil and gas production to keep oil prices artificially high. So, going it alone on electricity prices seemed like a logical extension — except that in the case of electricity, Texas business wanted low prices, not high ones.

Implicit in the creation of what Texans call their “power island” was an understanding that cheap electricity was the only significant goal. Reliability came a distant second and clean air was not even on the radar screen. When Texas deregulated its electricity sector in 1999, it went further than most states. ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, kept prices low by refusing to pay utilities for keeping standby generation capacity in case of an extreme weather event. Since Texas also remained disconnected from other regions which might have provided backup power in the case of a shortage, the state denied itself any kind of safety net, either in-state or elsewhere.

Extreme heat waves were very much on the Texas radar, because high-demand summer days were frequent — and profitable for generators. So money was made, and summer blackouts were few, for almost 20 years. As the climate spun out of control, however, even in summer Texas barely avoided resorting to rolling blackouts to manage record demand during worsening hot spells. (In fact, in El Paso, on the state’s western border, they happened.)

Continue reading Why Texas froze (and California fried): This disaster was 90 years in the making

February 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Wind Turbine Blades Can Be Recycled” • The wind industry has one of the lowest composite waste rates. Over 85% of the turbine can be recycled, and composite blades are a small part of the overall materials. Despite how little of the negative impact the blades is, the wind industry is taking the problem on with a project called DecomBlades. [CleanTechnica]

Transporting a wind turbine blade (Acroterion, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

  • “Regulators Examine Texas Energy Market After Natural Gas Prices Soared 10,000%” • Federal regulators are looking closely at the Texas energy market after natural gas prices rose by up to 10,000% during last week’s deep freeze. They warn that extreme weather will play havoc with energy sources, including natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind. [CNN]
  • “Modular Battery System From Xerotech Could Electrify The Construction Equipment Market” • Combining seven variants of modules with a choice of battery cell chemistry, a new “turnkey” modular battery system by Xerotech promises to revolutionize the construction equipment market by offering manufacturers a battery pack for just about everything! [CleanTechnica]
  • “Renewable Energy Boom Could Force Coal Power To Close Early, Says New Report” • An analysis of the Australian energy market has found a number of coal-fired power stations could be financially unviable by 2025. The report was by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and advisory firm Green Energy Markets. [ABC News]
  • “Green Hydrogen To Power First Zero Carbon Steel Plant” • A new industrial initiative, backed by EIT InnoEnergy, will build the world’s first large-scale steel production plant powered by green hydrogen, in north Sweden. The H2 Green Steel industrial initiative will mobilize €2.5 billion of investment to deliver the green steel project. [reNEWS]

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

February 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Flood Risk Is Growing For US Homeowners Due To Climate Change. Current Insurance Rates Greatly Underestimate The Threat, A Report Finds” • A report finds that homes covered by the National Flood Insurance Program face losses each year dwarf the costs of their NFIP premiums. The premiums cover only about a fifth of the average cost. [CNN]

Flood (SC National Guard, Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

  • “Aptera Is Going Gangbusters” • Aptera, the company making a super-efficient electric vehicle with ranges up to 1000 miles, had some great news to report as it pushes toward production later this year or early the next. Orders are still piling in, and investors (including a prominent automotive expert) are putting cash into the company. [CleanTechnica]
  • “US Coal Capacity Factor Dropped From 67.1% In 2010 To 47.5% In 2019” • CleanTechnica has documented the significant drop in coal power capacity across the country in recent years. But it is important to note that the coal capacity that still remains online is being put to use less and less. It is an interesting trend as we watch the decline of coal. [CleanTechnica]
  • “CIP Unveils Plans For Esbjerg Green Ammonia Plant” • Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners unveiled plans to build Europe’s largest power-to-x facility in Denmark to use offshore windpower to make green ammonia. CIP said the plant will have a 1 GW electrolyzer and that the ammonia will be used as both as agricultural fertiliser and as fuel. [reNEWS]
  • “Hawaii Electric Blows Past 2020 Target On Road To 100% Renewable Energy” • Hawaii’s largest utility, Hawaiian Electric, says it has blown past its mandated 2020 renewable energy target, reporting that 34.5% of its electricity generation mix was made up of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. The goal for the year was 30%. [RenewEconomy]

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

Texas Blackouts Offer a Lesson for Reducing Dangerous Spikes in Energy Demand

 

Texas Blackouts Offer a Lesson for Reducing Dangerous Spikes in Energy Demand

By Steven Nadel, Executive Director

The historic winter storm across the central United States brought a fierce chill into the homes of millions of Texans who lost electric power. Extended outages played a role in many of the fatalities as some residents faced hypothermia and tried to warm themselves through makeshift means.

Observers have focused on the factors that caused so much power generation to unexpectedly shut down, including frozen natural gas pipelines and coal piles, natural gas shortages, and, to a lesser extent, iced-over wind turbines. The power generators’ reliability must doubtless be improved.

But another key factor driving the blackouts was an alarming increase in power demand, driven by greater heating needs in the unprecedented cold. In Texas, that demand blew past the grid operator’s previous winter record, and effectively required 15-20 power plants more energy than had been projected.

To help avert the next massive power outage from extreme winter weather, can we mitigate such spikes?

Almost certainly. That’s because most homes today consume far more energy than necessary to meet their heating needs. For instance, almost 20% of homes in the South-Central United States are poorly insulated, according to federal data. That means heaters need to work harder to keep homes warm. In addition, many homes rely on out-of-date, inefficient heating technologies. And these challenges are generally worse for low-income, Black, and Hispanic households, who on average pay a far larger share of their income on energy costs.

Fix these problems, and you reduce demand surges that overwhelm the grid…

To continue reading the blog post, visit: https://www2.aceee.org/e/310911/ngerous-spikes-energy-demand-0/28wf6mb/789446427?h=WM-yGlU7lm1RMe0_Fz97yQYt0IbSJiOK7FFwbMEWPkg

 

Dartmouth College- Energy@Tuck: Blockchain & Energy and Power & Utilities 101

Join the Revers Center for Energy for two upcoming events: Blockchain & Energy 101 and Power & Utilities 101!
Blockchain & Energy 101
February 24, 2021 @ 12 p.m.
 
Join the Revers Center for Energy and the Center Digital Strategies for a discussion about Blockchain, with an emphasis on:

·       What is blockchain and how does it work?

·       What is the difference between cryptocurrency and blockchain?

·       What are the different types of blockchain used today?
·       Who are the major players in blockchain, and what are the major trends happening right now?
·       Which technologies are using blockchain and where else can it be applied?
We will also share a case of the renewable energy industry currently using blockchain for its verification and validation process.
 
Please sign-up here
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Power-Up Thursday: Power & Utilities 101
February 25, 2021 @ 12 p.m.
 
The Revers Center for Energy is excited to host this Power-Up Thursday session alongside Center Fellows who have career experience in the power and utilities industry.   
 
Come to Power & Utilities 101 to learn about and compare the various mechanics of the electricity grids in America and around the world. We’ll give an overview of the industry players, followed by a discussion of generation technology and fuel mix, the transmission and distribution system, electricity demand and the implications of electric vehicles, as well as an outlook for the industry.
 
T’21 Presenters:
Will Geyer
Eric Lukas
 
Please sign-up here

 

February 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Texas Gov’t Just “Decided 60% Of The Population Wouldn’t Get Power For A Few Days”” • It’s been a crazy week of snow, ice, rolling blackouts, and sadness all across the South, but especially in Texas. The government of Texas looks like it mismanaged the grid completely. It even looks like it is intentionally freezing the state’s poor. [CleanTechnica]

Deep freeze (Hunter Gascon, Unsplash)

  • “Texas GOP Attacks AOC With False Claims … For Trying To Help Texans, Americans, And The World” • Texas’ GOP Chair, Allen West, rather than working to help Texans in a time of dire need, decided to switch the issue. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised $2 million for Texans, so he attacked her and clean energy with falsehoods. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Republicans Eye Federal Funds To Help Pay Exorbitant Energy Bills In Texas” • Reportedly, some Texans whose power stayed now face enormous bills, as private companies capitalize. The New York Times reported that one man in the Dallas suburbs faced an electricity bill for nearly $17,000, 70 times his usual bill for all utilities combined. [The Guardian]
  • “Forecast: Solar Power Over 50% Of US Power Capacity Growth In Next 3 Years” • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expects that slightly more than 50% of new US power capacity in the next 3 years will come from solar power, and that takes just large-scale solar power projects into account, not small-scale or rooftop installations. [CleanTechnica]
  • “India May Have Already Passed Peak Coal” • A recent report says India may have passed peak coal share in its electricity mix. Energy think tank Ember reports that the share of coal-based electricity has been on the decline since 2018. In 2020, the share of coal power declined by 5%, taking the total decline in its share since 2018 to 8%. [CleanTechnica]

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

Just In! (from NY-GEO)

Below are G.E.T.’s top picks from NY-GEO’s weekly “Just-In” Newsletter. Just In! features three 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.

Bowman Chairs Energy Subcommittee – Newly Elected Congressmember Jamaal Bowman (D-NY-16 Bronx & Westchester) has been unanimously elected Chair of the Energy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, “a responsibility his team said he will use to further his goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy and an equitable response to the climate crisis.” See full article from the Norwood News here.

Biden Expected to Raise Carbon’s Dollar Value – The administration is expected to temporarily increase the “social cost” of carbon, at least to the level set by Obama, but climate-concerned economists say that’s not high enough. By Marianne Lavelle February 19, 2021 – The Trump administration…calculated that the benefits of action on climate change added up to as little as $1 per ton of carbon dioxide, and it set policy accordingly. Almost any steps to reduce greenhouse gases seemed too costly, given the paltry potential gain for society. President Joe Biden’s White House…is expected to direct federal agencies to use a figure closer to $52 per ton as their guidance for the so-called ‘social cost of carbon’ number on a temporary basis”. Find the full article here. NY DEC recently provided guidance for state agencies that centers on a CO2 price of $125 per ton. NY-GEO has calculated that adding the cost of methane leaks as required by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) raises that price to at least $157 per ton of CO2e (equivalent)  produced, which works out to more than $700 worth of carbon pollution per year from an average gas-heated New York home. Write nygeoinfo@gmail.com for a copy of NY-GEO’s calculations.

Westchester Community Group Forms to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Educate Citizens – Rising out of a desire to reduce carbon emissions among fellow citizens, Yorktown100 was formed with volunteers in 2020. With participation from the town supervisor and leadership from concerned citizens Yorktown 100 recently held its February public meeting featuring several NY-GEO partners (Sustainable Westchester and NY-GEO member Rob Feuer). Yorktown100 founder Bob DeAngelis, a retired corporate environmental and energy manager, gave a very comprehensive presentation on making sustainable choices for space heating, air conditioning and hot water (18:30 on this link). This presentation is an excellent consumer education tool which includes the planning, economic decisions and geothermal heat pump solutions for homeowners. Yorktown100 is also proud to be a member of Communities United to Reduce Emissions 100% (CURE 100). CURE100 is a non-for-profit consortium that seeks to eliminate greenhouse gases by 2040. Note: NY-GEO was a key player in addressing Westchester County’s gas moratorium in 2019.  You can learn more about Yorktown 100 at https://yorktown100.org/

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