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Love Energy Savings Awards are Open for Nominations

Last year the awards were launched for the first time.  Following the success we’re aiming to discover which businesses across the country are going above and beyond for the environment throughout 2016.

The 2015 winners were: 

  • Salford Energy House
  • Newlands Adventure Centre
  • Keel Row Shopping Centre
  • Bolton Market 

They are being launched alongside World Environment Day (5th June) which campaigns to promote awareness of environmental issues and encourages people to take any action that they can.

Phil Foster, Managing Director of Love Energy Savings wants to continue to celebrate the lengths that businesses go to in order to reduce their impact on the environment. 

Nominations are open until Monday 25th July and we’re hoping as many businesses as possible have the chance to be recognized for their energy saving efforts.

For more information see

A powerful day of global energy leadership — live!

The seventh annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) will gather energy ministers from the world’s largest and most forward-leaning countries working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy through high-impact, real-world action.

The Public-Private Action Summit on June 2 will feature keynote speeches, panel discussions and fireside chats with global clean-energy leaders, including energy ministers, corporate executives and others. The livestreamed event will highlight ambitious clean-energy efforts and include new announcements of leadership initiatives, as well as other overall domestic and global clean-energy and climate goals in a post-COP21 world.

Join livestream co-hosts Joel Makower and Lauren Hepler, starting at 8:30AM PST for what promises to be an extraordinary day of speakers and conversations.

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DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program Update: Housing Innovation Awards Reminder!

Applications due June 15th!

Just a reminder that the deadline for submitting Housing Innovation Award applications has been extended to June 15th.  It is recommended you start working on your applications now so you are able to get help if any questions arise.  Remember, you are competing against the best of the best so it is incredibly important that you submit a well thought out and complete application.  

In case you missed the two webinar presentations on applying for the awards, or just want a refresher as you fill out your application, a copy of the presentation is now available on the Housing Innovation Awards webpage.  This webinar will walk you through the application process and give you several insightful tips and successful strategies when applying for the awards.  Housing Innovation Award applications for award winning homes will be used to populate our Tour of Zero, so it is helpful to think about your application like you are building your own tour site.  

Don’t miss this chance to be recognized as one of the nation’s leading builders, delivering the home of the future to American homebuyer’s today!  If you have any questions related to the Housing Innovation Awards or the application process, the Zero Energy Ready Home team is happy to answer them.  You can contact us at 301-889-0017 or via email at

We are excited to see the great homes each of you are building and are looking forward to the Housing Innovation Awards ceremony at the EEBA Conference and Expo in Dallas, TX, September 27th-29th

Apply Now!

May 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Total and SunPower announced a power purchase agreement for the supply of 300 GWh per year of solar energy to Metro of Santiago. With this agreement, Metro of Santiago will become the first public transportation system in the world to run mostly on solar energy. [Sun & Wind Energy]
Santiago Metro train. Image placed in the public domain by its author, Fevarasv. Wikimedia Commons.

Santiago Metro train. Image placed in the public domain by its author, Fevarasv. Wikimedia Commons.

  • Dosing farm animals with antibiotics increases greenhouse gas emissions from cow dung, new research suggests. Scientists say the drugs boost methane production in cowpats, apparently by favoring antibiotic-resistant, methane-producing organisms found in the gut. [BBC]
    Methane from cattle burps is a major contributor to carbon emissions. Science Photo Library.
  • By continuing to advance technology and lower costs, windpower will stay on pace to grow to supply 10% of U.S. electricity by 2020. The ongoing cost cuts have led zero-emission wind energy to become one of the biggest, fastest, cheapest ways to cut carbon pollution. [Windpower Engineering]
  • A PricewaterhouseCoopers report, Electricity beyond the grid: accelerating access to sustainable power for all, says rural electrification is best done by renewable off-grid technologies. It said current trends will leave two-thirds of the world’s population without electricity in 2030. [CPI Financial]
  • Growth of the Chinese electrochemical energy storage market over the past 5 years has eclipsed the global average, a report says, with a CAGR (2010–2015) of 110%. That’s about 6 times the global figure. The lithium-ion battery market accounted for about 66% of that market. [CleanTechnica]

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

May 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The private sector is leapfrogging inefficient state-owned utilities in Africa to deliver electricity to rural people, according to a report by consulting firm PwC. An estimated 80% of those without electricity live in rural areas, where transmission are excessively expensive. [BDlive]
Renewable energy programs aim to bring power to remote locations. File picture: CIRCA

Renewable energy programs aim to bring power to remote locations. File picture: CIRCA

  • A solar array approximately 60 to 80 times more powerful than any currently in the state may be coming to hundreds of acres in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. Ranger Solar of Yarmouth, Maine, is proposing to install a solar array of 60 to 80 MW on privately held property. [The Keene Sentinel]
  • Offshore contractor Subsea 7 SA said it has been awarded a contract worth over $1 billion for the 588-MW Beatrice wind project off Scotland. The company has been selected by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd to supply the turbine foundations and array cables for the project. [SeeNews Renewables]
  • MGM Resorts International said it plans to leave NV Energy in the fall and pay an $87 million exit fee to do so, while Wynn Resorts is planning a similar move. The casino giants filed paperwork with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, after months talks on costs. [PennEnergy]
  • An energy bill released by key lawmakers in the Massachusetts House would require the state’s utilities to enter into long-term contracts to buy more offshore wind and hydro-power. The bill would require solicitation of contracts of 15 to 20 years for 1,200 MW of offshore wind power by 2027. []

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

Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” viewing and discussion

Join a community gathering to watch Michael Moore’s latest movie, “Where to
Invade Next”, followed about a discussion.

When: Thursday 6/2 at 6pm
Where: Norwich VT
RSVP: via this link.
or call 802-649-8913 (home) and 603-381-3801 (cell)

Perfect timing during the primary elections to work towards commonsense
policies like universal health care, paid family leave, and free higher
education that can actually work in the United States. After the movie,
stick around for an open discussion where we’ll explore questions and
brainstorm ideas for taking action.

Bring something for our potluck dinner. Beverages will be provided. Since
the movie is 120 minutes long, it probably makes sense to watch the movie
while we eat.

Thank you Irit for organizing and hosting this event.

Donna the Buffalo heading to SolarFest in Manchester, VT on July 15th & 16th

SolarFestDonna the Buffalo will be leading the “herd” to SolarFest on the evening of Friday July 15th, headlining at its new location at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester.
Naomi Bindman, President of SolarFest Board said, “We are honored that Donna the Buffalo has chosen SolarFest as the only stop in Vermont on their tour this summer, and are delighted to have their energy and creativity kick off our Sunrise Celebration.”
SolarFest will be held on July 15th & 16th, 2016 at the beautiful campus of the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, situated amid over one-hundred acres of pristine forest in the heart of the Green Mountains, but located within a four-hour drive of Boston, Montreal, and New York City.
This two-day gathering of ideas and innovations begins the third decade of SolarFest’s solar-powered festival of energy education through the arts. Surrounded by the beautiful art on Mt. Equinox, SolarFest combines wide-ranging workshops, thought-provoking speakers, and the latest innovative technologies with top quality musical performers, including a singer-songwriter competition, along with Theater-in-the-Woods and many other family-friendly activities.
About SolarFest –
Since its inception in 1995, SolarFest promotes artistic excellence and community-building while providing both general and detailed information on a wide range of sustainable living topics. The mission of this 501(c)3 non-profit corporation is quite simple, and vital: SolarFest connects people, the arts, ideas and technology, fostering partnerships to create a vibrant present and a sustainable future.
About Donna the Buffalo – One of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America for since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has created a community environment at their shows through their distinctive, groove-heavy, and danceable music. Donna the Buffalo is a band for the people that is accessible, positive, and memorable. With roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country, Donna’s music often contains social and moral responsibility as core beliefs, and they are just simply fun to get out and celebrate life with. Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (Hammond organ, Honer Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums).

May 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Proton Power Systems has sealed a deal to work on the Orkney Islands “Surf and Turf” green energy project. The Newcastle-founded firm’s fuel cells are used in vehicles and buildings; now the group’ expertise has been called upon for the Scottish renewables scheme. [ChronicleLive]
The AK-1000 tidal energy turbine is prepared to be loaded onto a barge

The AK-1000 tidal energy turbine is prepared to be loaded onto a barge

  • Energy prices are to remain low and fuel supplies high this summer, according to federal energy experts. More than 18 GW of generating capacity will be added to the grid this summer, mostly from new wind and solar projects, though the first nuclear plant in 20 years is expected. [Electric Co-op Today]
  • Britain is turning to a new way to make sure it doesn’t run out of power. So-called aggregator firms get commitments from businesses to reduce power usage. For example, supermarkets can turn down refrigerators by a few degrees for a short period without any impact. [euronews]
  • California ranks among the lowest states in per-capita energy consumption and per-capita energy spending, according to a new report from Beacon Economics. Nevertheless, with its large population the state is the second-largest energy consumer in the US, behind only Texas. [CleanTechnica]
  • A Vermont solar facility developer is working with a Pittsfield, Vermont, property owner on a 1.9-MW power generating array, the second currently proposed in the town. Aegis Renewable Energy, of Waitsfield, Vt., proposes the facility on a 27.5-acre parcel off Cloverdale Street. [Berkshire Eagle]

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

May 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Solar Impulse has landed in Ohio following the 12th stage of its circumnavigation of the globe. The zero-fuel aircraft arrived in Dayton at 21:56 local time having flown from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 1,100-km journey took about 16 hours to complete, a relatively short hop for the plane. [BBC]
Solar Impulse's flight from Tulsa was fairly short, compared to some earlier stages. EPA.

Solar Impulse’s flight from Tulsa was fairly short, compared to some earlier stages. EPA.

  • Doubling the world’s renewable energy capacity by 2030 could save the global economy between $1.2 and $4.2 trillion each year, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. By comparison, the entire US federal budget in 2015 was $3.8 trillion dollars. [Jefferson Public Radio]
  • Authorities say misaligned mirrors caused a small fire that shut down a generating tower at the world’s largest solar power plant. San Bernardino County fire Captain Mike McClintock says a malfunction focused sunbeams wrong, causing electrical cables to catch fire. [KTNV Las Vegas]
  • Solar energy in the region of California’s Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties is about to cross a major threshold: 1 GW of solar power installed. This is enough electricity to power more than a quarter million homes in the area. Solar power has become mainstream. [Ventura County Star]
  • This fall, New Energy Corp Inc of Calgary will install a 25-kW EnviroGen hydrokinetic power system in the Winnipeg River for the Sagkeeng First Nation. The equipment does not require a dam and is anchored in the river. Sagkeeng also looks to install 50 kW of solar PVs. [Winnipeg Free Press]

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