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Upper Valley Green Power Challenge

On behalf of Sustainable Hanover, we are reaching out to you and other clean energy advocates to  announce the Upper Valley Green Power Challenge.  We invite you to join us in introducing this unique opportunity for everyone in your community to switch from “brown” to Green-e certified electricity.

The Challenge is a buying group which originated in 2015 as the Hanover Green Power Challenge.  In its first year, Challenge members bought 2.5 million kilowatt hours of Green-e certified electricity avoiding greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to driving over 4 million miles!

Many neighbors from surrounding communities are already in the Challenge along with Hanover residents and businesses. Our new name – the Upper Valley Green Power Challenge – recognizes that the growing support for renewable energy is region-wide.

We are proud to have the support of Vital Communities to let people know that there is a way to access 100% renewable energy even if they’re not able to solarize independently at this time. Any resident or small business is eligible if they have a NH utility account.

The program is detailed on the FAQ available here. The FAQ includes the link to sign up online.

Please note enrollment in the buying group is time-limitedEnrollment ends on October 31, 2016.

Thank you for all that you do for our sustainable future.


Yolanda Baumgartner and Marjorie Rogalski

Co-Chairs, Sustainable Hanover

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October 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “India’s Solar Power Is Set to Outshine Coal” • India wants to provide its entire population with electricity and lift millions out of poverty, but in order to prevent the world overheating it also needs to switch away from fossil fuels. Different analysts disagree on the future of Indian power generation, but solar power costs are dropping. [Truthdig]
India One Solar Thermal Power Plant (Brahma Kumaris via Flickr)

India One Solar Thermal Power Plant (Brahma Kumaris via Flickr)

  • “Coal will not recover” • As recently as 10 years ago, coal provided half of America’s electric power needs. Today that number is closer to 30% and falling. Coal is not likely to fade entirely from the scene any time soon, but informed analysts see its share of the US energy mix dropping to less than 20% in the near future. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  • American Municipal Power dedicated West Virginia’s newest hydroelectric plant at the Willow Island Locks and Dam on the Ohio River in Pleasants County. At the ceremony, US Senator Shelley Moore Capito said the regulatory process required for a hydroelectric plant took too long and should be streamlined. [The Exponent Telegram]
  • A pending settlement between Xcel Energy and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission would give ratepayers a break based on time of use, so they can get lower rates by running a dryer at night, for example. It would also give them the option of buying power produced entirely by renewable sources such as wind and solar. [Pueblo Chieftain]
  • The Bureau of Land Management will hold a competitive geothermal lease sale later this month in Sacramento, offering parcels in California, Nevada and Utah. For Utah, it will be the first time federal geothermal resources have been up for bid in six years, and a total of 15,782 acres of public lands will be offered. []

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

October 22 Energy News

Headline News:

  • A year ago, no one living in Môle-Saint-Nicolas, Haiti, had electricity. By the spring of 2016, the town had a brand new grid, and it will soon run completely on solar and wind energy. Sigora International plans to get electricity to 300,000 people in Haiti by the end of 2017. By the end of 2018, they hope to reach a million people. [Co.Exist]
Electric work in Môle-Saint-Nicolas, Haiti

Electric work in Môle-Saint-Nicolas, Haiti

  • A Fitch Ratings and Bloomberg both warn of a meltdown in the oil industry. The Fitch report warns that this could begin in 2023, based on “an acceleration of the electrification of transport infrastructure,” which it says “would be resoundingly negative for the oil sector’s credit profile.” Bloomberg says it might be as late as 2028. [Gas 2.0]
  • According to a World Bank report, the cost of climate change mitigation could be reduced 32% by 2030, by increasing global cooperation through carbon trading. There are 40 national jurisdictions and over 20 cities, states, and regions, that are already putting a price on carbon, covering 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions. [CleanTechnica]
  • Engineers from the NASA Glenn Research Center have begun testing new, electric aircraft technologies at a new facility. NASA’s Electric Aircraft Testbed facility will become “a world-class, reconfigurable testbed that will be used to assemble and test the power systems for large passenger airplanes with over 20 MW of power.” [CleanTechnica]
  • Solar power capacity in the US will have nearly tripled in size in less than three years by 2017, according to monthly data published by the US DOE. This is amid an energy shakeup that has seen natural gas solidify its position as the country’s chief source of electricity and coal power increasingly becoming obsolete. [The Guardian]

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

October 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • As costs on offshore wind keep dropping, installations increase. Last year, almost every third new wind turbine went up offshore. That growth has helped boost the share of wind energy in the European Union’s electricity supply from 2% in the year 2000 to 12% today, according to WindEurope, a business advocacy group. [The Guardian]
Wind turbine installation at Dong Energy’s Burbo Bank (Photograph: DONG Energy)

Wind turbine installation at Dong Energy’s Burbo Bank (Photograph: DONG Energy)

  • Michigan’s overall cost of compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan could be relatively low, according to two recent reports. Under the lowest-cost scenarios, a compliance plan in Michigan was projected to cost even less than a plan that did not factor in any CPP requirements at all. [The Peninsula]
  • Next Kraftwerke is delivering the Next Box to connect to its Virtual Power Plant in Northern Europe. The VPP is a distributed network of medium and small power-producing and power-consuming units, provided with Internet of Things connectivity to allow them to talk with and respond to the Next Kraftwerke control center. [CleanTechnica]
  • Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister said the tender for a 1,000-MW PV plant, which will be established in Konya’s Karapınar district, will be held in December. Poised to be the largest of its kind in the world, the solar power plant will pave the way for a new period in Turkey’s use of renewable resources. [Daily Sabah]
  • China will further limit construction of coal-fired power plants by cancelling some projects that were approved this year, its National Energy Administration said. In a shift to cleaner fuels, the agency will also stop construction of any project that started this year and reassess the schedule for those that started in 2015. []

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

October 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • As the western Energy Imbalance Market continues to yield proven benefits, the California Independent System Operator and El Centro Nacional de Control de Energia have announced that the Mexican electric system operator has agreed to explore participation of its Baja California Norte grid in the real-time market. [North American Windpower]
Desert wind and solar energy (iStock image)

Desert wind and solar energy (iStock image)

  • Scientists have accidentally discovered a way to reverse the combustion process, turning carbon dioxide back into the fuel ethanol. Because the materials used are relatively cheap, they believe the process could be used in industrial processes, for example to store excess electricity generated by wind and solar power. [The Independent]
  • The Victorian Government has ruled out offering financial incentives to the French owner of Hazelwood power station to stave off the threat of the ageing coal-fired plant’s closure. The speculation has it that Hazelwood could permanently shut as early as March, with the loss of up to 1,000 Latrobe Valley jobs. [ABC Online]
  • A newly unearthed audio tape gives credence to the idea that the solar amendment on Florida’s November ballot was designed to mislead voters and would “completely negate” future solar power initiatives. The Center for Media and Democracy published a talk with the James Madison Institute, a libertarian think-tank. [WMNF]
  • The US opened its first new nuclear power plant in 20 years amid growing uncertainty for the industry and the need for regulatory changes at both the state and federal level. The TVA declared the $4.7 billion Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant open for business, a project that has been decades in the making. [Washington Examiner]

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

October 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The UN’s world heritage body made an urgent intervention to stop the construction of a coal power station in Bangladesh. A fact-finding mission found that the proposed site of the plant, which is 65 km north of the Sundarbans world heritage area, would expose the downriver forests to pollution and acid rain. [Climate Home]
Sundarbans mangroves, home to a quarter of all Bengal tigers (Photo: MN Gaurav / Commons)

Sundarbans mangroves, home to a quarter of all Bengal tigers (Photo: MN Gaurav / Commons)

  • In remote rural areas in Africa, electrification through grid extensions is often not viable. The long distances involved and low electricity demand do not justify bringing the national grid to these places. Existing mini-grids based on diesel can be retrofitted to be powered by hybrid sets of renewables. [ESI Africa]
  • Flexitricity, the UK’s largest demand response aggregator, has plans to harness the potential of combined heat and power plants to help drive a renewable revolution. There are 2,102 of these plants in the UK, with a total capacity of 19,900 GWh per year, enough to power over more than 4.8 million UK households. [Your Renewable News]
  • South Burlington, Vermont is planning to put a solar array on top of an old landfill to get renewable energy and financial savings out of a piece of land that cannot be used for much else, officials said Tuesday. It is estimated that the project will save the municipal and school districts $5 million over its lifetime. [Vermont Public Radio]
  • Wind energy is changing the economy of the Midwest. Wind is the fastest growing source of electricity in the United States, and about 70% of wind power is located in low income counties. Farmers benefit directly from wind turbines to tune of between $7,000 and $10,000 per turbine in annual leasing fees. []

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

It’s Time to Divest New York

A note from


Today we’re launching an exciting new divestment push: together, a broad coalition of faith, health, business, and climate justice organizations are calling on New York’s comptrollers to divest the city and state’s massive pension funds from fossil fuels, and reinvest in just solutions to the climate crisis.

There’s never been a better moment for New York to divest. We’re approaching the 4-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, and the Paris agreement will officially take effect in just a few weeks. Right now our comptrollers are falling short in addressing climate change — an existential threat to New Yorkers — and we need way more ambition.

It’s wrong for New York to invest in the fossil fuel companies that caused Superstorm Sandy. Click here to add your name to the petition.

New York boasts among the largest pension funds in the nation, one of the most iconic cities, and the financial capital of the world. If New York were to divest, it would send a powerful message that the age of fossil fuels is over.

Oil giant Exxon is among the funds’ largest investments, and we know its executives lied about climate change since the 1970’s — our own NY attorney general is investigating them. New York’s comptrollers must choose a side: fossil fuel companies still recklessly and knowingly perpetrating the climate crisis, or the people.

More than 600 universities, faith groups, pension funds, and other institutions have already divested from fossil fuels. Here in New York, local activists have made headway pushing Comptroller Stringer on coal divestment, but it’s time to take the next step.

Tell New York’s comptrollers to divest the city and state’s $350 billion pension funds from all fossil fuels. In a few days, State Senator Liz Krueger will meet with representatives from Comptroller DiNapoli’s office to discuss divestment, and we’ll make sure they get your message.

We’ll be ramping up this push after the election, but as someone that’s supported divestment before, we wanted to give you the chance to join in early. There will be lots of ways to help on the road ahead, and we’ll keep you updated with how best to plug in. We know it’ll take a lot more than one petition or one meeting to win — it’ll take a movement.

Let’s do this,



More info:

Lakes Region Community College Free Teacher Energy Workshop Nov. 10

Making NGSS More Meaningful for Students:
Creating Energy and Climate Change Story Lines with VEEP and LRCC
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  at LRCC in Laconia
Preregistration required:    (UNH Events)

Nov10'16 Teacher PD


The highly successful Vermont Energy Education Program will be guiding teachers to develop lessons and activities that help students “figure out” instead of “learn about” science and energy.  Participants will take part in electricity investigations, wind, solar, and hydro challenges, climate science modeling, and using energy equipment.

This workshop is made available at no cost to participants with grant support from the UNH EPSCoR program.  Thank you also to NH Science Teachers Association for their co-sponsorship.  For more information contact VEEP’s Jess Angell, or LRCC’s Andy Duncan.

NYSERDA Announces Completion of State’s First NY-Sun Community Shared Solar Project

More than three dozen residents come together and participate in new clean, affordable solar power project in Southern Tier Region
Complements Governor’ Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision Strategy to Lead on Climate Change and Grow New York’s Economy
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the completion of New York State’s first Shared Solar Project, which enables multiple residents to purchase solar panels in an off-site solar array and receive credit for the power the array produces on their individual monthly electric bills The completion of this shared solar projects helps New York achieve its goal for a 40 percent reduction from 1990 levels in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and meet the state’s mandate for 50 percent of electricity come from renewable energy by 2030.
The announcement was made at a ribbon-cutting event at the Renovus Solar array in the Southern Tier earlier today. Solar energy is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers and to the Clean Energy Standard mandate that 50 percent of electricity used in the State come from renewable energy by 2030.
The project was designed, constructed and self-financed by Renovus Solar, an Ithaca, New York-owned and operated solar developer.
Three dozen residents in Tompkins, Steuben and Schuyler counties have purchased more than 1,100 solar panels in this project. The 359.1 kilowatt ground-mounted solar array is located in Trumansburg. The energy produced by the array is equivalent to the electricity needed to power approximately 60 average-sized homes. The project will reduce greenhouse gases by 220 metric tons annually, equivalent to taking approximately 50 cars off the road.
The Renovus Solar community shared solar project received funding through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, which is building a self-sustaining solar industry in New York and helping achieve strategic energy goals under REV and the Clean Energy Standard. NYSERDA administers NY-Sun.
The New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) announced the state’s Shared Renewables initiative last July, with the goal of providing opportunities for renters, homeowners, low-income residents, schools and businesses to join together to set up shared renewable energy projects resulting in healthier and stronger communities. Shared Solar is part of this initiative.
From 2012 -2015, New York has seen an increase of 575 percent in the amount of solar power installed and in development, which has also generated a significant increase in the number of solar-related jobs across the State. According to a national report announced earlier this year, New York’s solar industry is now the fourth largest in the nation and currently employs more than 8,250 workers, an increase of more than 3,000 jobs since 2013. In 2016, double-digit job growth is expected to continue with another 1,000 additional jobs created as a result of the state’s robust solar project pipeline.

                                                          New York’s First Shared Solar Project

About NY-Sun
NY-Sun is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move New York State closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. The growth of solar in the State has increased more than 300 percent from 2011 to 2014, twice the rate of U.S. solar growth overall. NY-Sun web site.
About Reforming the Energy Vision
Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York’s economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency, in part through the recent adoption of New York’s Clean Energy Standard which requires that 50% of the state’s electricity needs be generated from renewable energy sources by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600% growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor’s $5.3 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975.  To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs, visit

Catamount Solar is now accepting applications for their 2016 Community Grants Program – Deadline November 15

A progressive company operating as a workers’ cooperative, Catamount Solar sets goals beyond bottom line profits in assessing the impacts of its efforts. These include the desire to motivate positive social change in the areas they serve. To achieve this goal, Catamount Solar allocates 5% of its annual profit to support community and environmental programs and initiatives.

Co-founder Kevin McCollister heads up the grants program. “We hope that these investments will provide examples of successful, pro-active community change leading to more compassionate, livable and sustainable communities where we live and work”, said McCollister.

The funds are provided to 501(c)3 charitable organizations via targeted donations or as part of occasional solicited funding rounds.  In 2015 Catamount Solar donated more than $40,000 to community organizations in Vermont.  In 2016 the company will donate approximately $70,000.  The current fall proposal solicitation will distribute nearly $50,000.

Guidelines for the Fall 2016 Community Grants Program

This year Catamount Solar desires to focus its charitable giving in the communities where they do the majority of their work in the solar business.  Grants of up to $5,000 are available to 501(c)3 organizations that are based in the following Vermont counties:

  • Washington
  • Orange
  • Windsor
  • Caledonia
Local Community organizations from these counties may submit brief proposals detailing how they would utilize these grant funds.  Priority will be given to proposals supporting discrete projects that:
  • Support the basic needs (health, food, housing, employment) of low/moderate income people
  • Encourage environmental activism, particularly awareness and/or action related to climate change
  • Community enrichment – Arts, cultural activities or other projects that that bring people together and celebrate community spirit.

Proposals that link two or more of these sector goals are encouraged.

More information on qualifying and instructions for applying to Catamount Solar’s 2016 Community Grants Program are available at CatamountSolar.comApplicants must complete and submit the online or downloadable application by November 15. Grant funds will be distributed to awardees in December. Qualified projects should be completed by June 2017.

October 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Park City, Utah is on the front lines of global warming as it grapples with decreasing snowfall and a shorter winter season that traditionally draws thousands of skiers and snowboarders from around the world. But the mountain community isn’t waiting to act. Park City just committed to 100% renewable energy by the year 2032. [Inhabitat]
Park City (Images via Raffi Asdourian)

Park City (Images via Raffi Asdourian)

  • Energy companies are on the cusp of “an epic battle” with technology companies thanks to the inexorable rise of renewable energy and smart home systems, says Citigroup’s global head of energy strategy. He said the challenge to the conventional oil and gas business “is only going one way,” with market changes. [The Australian Financial Review]
  • France produced the most power from fossil fuels for the month of September in 32 years to help meet demand as nuclear generation dropped. Output from coal and gas plants more than doubled as EDF had to keep reactors offline for inspections to rule out potential anomalies on steam generators at 18 of its 58 units. [Bloomberg]
  • China’s economy could grow six-fold by 2050 with renewable energy accounting for 69% of national electricity supply if it transforms its energy system and increases efficiency across all sectors. The report “Reinventing Fire: China” claims that CO2 emissions could go 42% below the 2010 level at the same time. [ChinaFile]
  • The US government launched the largest ever clean energy plant in Arizona, as part of the White House’s bid to drastically increase solar power on a national level. The 150-MW Mesquite 3 solar array will help power California’s electric grid and will contribute one-third of the energy used on 14 naval bases in the state. [Opposing Views]

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