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If a house were on fire, would you add more gasoline and oil to put the fire out?  Likewise, should we be extracting and burning fossil fuels in this time of the planet being “cooked” by greenhouse gases?

Nonetheless, there is a proposal to send two pipelines filled with fracked Bakken gasoline and oil up, down and across the Hudson River affecting Albany, East Greenbush and Rensselaer, NY. This is not only dangerous, it’s counter productive.

Did you know that?

  • Two parallel fracked oil pipelines are proposed to run from Albany-Rensselaer, NY for 178 miles to Linden, New Jersey. Two proposed Hudson River crossings would occur at the Port of Albany, NY to the Port of Rensselaer, NY and a second from  East Greenbush, NY to Glenmont, NY.
  • Any spill would be washed up and down with the river tides, along the entire Albany and Rensselaer waterfronts, affecting shore front parks, businesses, and recreational facilities.
  • Rensselaer, East Greenbush, Bethlehem and Albany NY, as well as many other communities, along the Hudson River have passed strong resolutions against this massive project.
  • Come to an organizational meeting on on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6: 30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush (Corner of Hays Road, next to Goff Middle School) to learn about these proposed pipelines. Help us plan to stop this dangerous project. The meeting is sponsored by Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline.
  • Stephen Shafer of Citizens Against Pilgrim Pipelines (CAPP) will lead of team of knowledgeable activists in explaining the proposal and what we can do to organize to stop it.
    The action items being considered are: designating the city of Rensselaer as an Environmental Justice Community, and a meeting with Senator Marchione and other county, state and US officials. Any other suggestions will be welcome

Please join us at our open community event and learn what you can do to protect yourself and your neighborhood before it’s too late to stop this proposed project. Contact Ruth Foster, Board member of SNYFGP, at: or call 518-588-0187.

Campaign Launched for FREE Weatherize Assessments for 14 Upper Valley Towns

Vital Communities Partners with 14 Vermont Towns to Launch Weatherize Upper Valley

Vital Communities and volunteers in 14 Vermont towns will launch a new Weatherize Upper Valley initiative later this month to encourage more homeowners to invest in energy efficiency projects. Hartland, Hartford, Norwich, Thetford, Sharon, Royalton, Bethel, Randolph, Braintree, Brookfield, Windsor, Reading, Cavendish, and Weathersfield are participating in the pilot program this January through May.

The 14 towns—organized into four unique Weatherize campaigns—will host public kick-off events later this month (details below). Interested residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about home energy efficiency and the Weatherize process, meet their community’s certified weatherization contractors, and talk with neighbors who have completed home energy efficiency projects.

Continue reading Campaign Launched for FREE Weatherize Assessments for 14 Upper Valley Towns

January 20 Energy News

Headline News:

  • Representatives of Vermont’s solar industry are for the most part looking to the future with cautious optimism, hoping that the established nature of the no-longer-novel industry will serve as a bulwark against policies that the administration of President Donald Trump, with its skeptical view of renewable energy, might impose. [Vermont Biz]
Norwich-based Solaflect solar project (Solaflect photo)

Norwich-based Solaflect solar project (Solaflect photo)

  • Emerging energy markets are expected to add nearly 81 GW of stationary energy storage capacity by 2025 to today’s 1.9 GW of non-hydro energy storage installations, according to Navigant Research. An amount coming to 52.3 GW, about 65% of the new energy storage capacity, will be deployed in East Asia and the Pacific. [SeeNews Renewables]
  • The California Air Resources Board released a soup-to-nuts review of its Advanced Clean Car program today. The 658-page report confirms that the popular program, which establishes smog-forming and carbon pollution limits for new cars and trucks, can be met on time, with known technologies, and at reasonable cost. [CleanTechnica]
  • The US transport sector is emitting more carbon dioxide than power generation for the first time since the 1970s, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. A shift away from burning coal to cleaner natural gas and renewable sources has seen power sector emissions trend downwards since 2007. [Climate Home]
  • The President-elect’s nominee to head up the EPA, Scott Pruitt, faced some tough questioning in his senate confirmation hearing but remained staunchly intent on restricting and minimizing the role of the EPA. Mr Pruitt has been an outspoken critic of the agency and has out-and-out denied that climate change is even happening. [CleanTechnica]
  • At his confirmation hearing, Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry fiercely defended the mission of the DOE and said he now believes in human-caused climate change. Perry has previously been steadfast in his support of the fossil fuels industry, and until the hearing, expressed doubts about established climate science. [Climate Central]

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

January 19 Energy News

Headline News:

  • The Federal Bureau of Land Management has given the green light to the Power Company of Wyoming’s 1.5-GW Chokecherry Sierra Madre wind farm, the first of the 3-GW project’s two phases. The bureau has issued environmental approval for the construction of 500 turbines and associated facilities in Carbon County, Wyoming. [reNews]
Wind turbine in Wyoming (Image: Power Company of Wyoming)

Maintaining a wind turbine in Wyoming (Image: Power Company of Wyoming)

  • The US Interior Department and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are planning to offer 122,405 acres off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in a commercial wind lease sale in March 2017. Nine companies have been qualified to bid in the lease sale for development of approximately 1.5 GW of offshore wind capacity. [Energy Business Review]
  • According to several reports translating an announcement from the Chinese National Energy Administration, China connected 34.24 GW of new solar PV capacity to the country’s grid in 2016, an increase of 126% on the installations of the previous year. This brings China’s cumulative solar capacity up to 77.42 GW. [CleanTechnica]
  • No new nuclear power projects were approved by China in 2016. Just one nuclear power unit launched operations in 2016. As of September 2016, 33 operating nuclear power units had generated little more than 3% of the country’s total electricity production, well below the global average of 10%, a Chinese website reports. [gbtimes]
  • A New York State utility has concluded negotiations on a power purchase agreement for Deepwater Wind’s 90-MW South Fork offshore wind project. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has urged the Long Island Power Authority board to approve the 15-turbine project, which is to be located 30 miles southeast of Montauk. [reNews]

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

Capital Region Meeting of the New York Solar Energy Society

Energy Needs of the Capital Region through the Eyes of Economic Development

Presented by
Dennis A. Brobston, President


 Friday, January 20th, 2017
12 noon to 1 PM
HVCC TEC-SMART 345 Hermes Road, Malta NY
SEDC is a nonprofit economic development group, is coordinating an energy usage study to determine how much power and natural gas is being used by hospitals, manufacturers, schools and local governments.

 Once data is collected, SEDC will organize meetings with stakeholders to come up with a plan to supply adequate power for the region.  What role will PV and renewable energies play in this plan?

Bring your “green” bag lunch (drinks and treats provided)
We welcome renewable energy installers, building efficiency experts, teachers, professional engineers, homebuilders, architects, advocates, students and all interested community members.

Wondering about the technology behind renewable energy? Please join us at the monthly noontime Capital Region meeting of the New York Solar Energy Society.   We tackle solar cooking, solar heating, solar hot water, wind, ground source heat transfer (“geothermal”) and tidal and wave technology. And, we won’t leave out the deep energy retrofits for homes and the importance of
mass transportation and electric vehicles.

For more information:

January 18 Energy News

Headline News:

  • The city of Las Vegas is now home to the first self-driving, all-electric shuttle service on public roads in the US, according to recent reports. The new electric, autonomous shuttle service is the result of a collaboration between the shuttle manufacturer Navya, the fleet logistics provider Keolis, and the city of Las Vegas. [CleanTechnica]
Navya Shuttle Las Vegas

Navya Shuttle Las Vegas

  • University of California, Davis has been named the world’s most sustainable university by the University of Indonesia’s annual GreenMetric ranking. The study assessed 516 colleges
    and universities in 74 countries, taking a close look at green policies and practices as well as research and education on sustainability. [The Sacramento Press]
  • Worldwide, commercial production of seaweed for food is a growing business. Now the US DOE is taking a different approach for the US to get in on the action, with a particular focus on converting seaweed to carbon-neutral biofuel and other high value products. Advantages include no use of land, fresh water, or fertilizer. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Vermont Technology Council and the Burlington Electric Department announced the formation of an exploratory team to assess the potential for a Vermont energy startup accelerator – PowerUp Vermont – to help businesses focused on innovating in the power industry and driving the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. []
  • Rick Perry, Trump’s pick to head the DOE, saw how energy development can be impacted by infrastructure when he was governor of Texas. Texas has a history of success producing energy. Infrastructure and markets have been keys to success, which made Texan the leader in wind energy. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]

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

Women’s March Information

Most states have a women’s march planned for the end of this week.  “The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights,” the group’s website says.

More than 200 organizations have signed on as partners for the march, including Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, the National Organization for Women and Human Rights Watch. Cher, Katy Perry and Amy Schumer are among the celebrities who have said they will attend the march in Washington D.C.

Below is information for marches in our region all happening on Saturday, January 21st:

Vermont: The march lines up at Montpelier High School at 5 High School Drive at 1:00 p.m. and the rally starts at 2:00 p.m. There will be accessible parking available at the high school and a bus with wheelchair accessibility shuttling between the Statehouse and Montpelier High School. Visit  for more information.

New Hampshire:   New Hampshire State House in Concord, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  For more information visit

New York:  1 Dag Hammarskoljd Plaza, 48th St. at 1 st Ave.New York, NY, 10017, Times are staggered starting at 11am, .  For more information visit

Massachusetts: Boston Common – At the corner of Beacon and Charles Street, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM .  For more information visit

Maine: 111 Sewall Street Augusta, ME, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, .  For more information visit


January 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • As China is weaned off coal, its energy regulator has ordered eleven provinces to stop developing over 100 coal-fired power projects, including some that are under construction, Caixin reported. Their a total installed capacity is over 100 GW, and about ¥430 billion ($62.30 billion) has been invested in them. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]
A migrant worker steps out of his accommodation in an area next to a coal power plant in Beijing on a smog-free day. (Reuters / Damir Sagolj)

A migrant worker steps out of his accommodation in an area next to a coal power plant in Beijing on a smog-free day. (Reuters / Damir Sagolj)

  • US energy provider MidAmerican Energy has announced two more wind projects in Iowa amounting to 338 MW. They are part of the larger previously announced 2-GW Wind XI economic development project, which consists of a series of wind farms. In aggregate, the Wind XI project is the largest in the history of Iowa. [CleanTechnica]
  • Employment in the US wind energy industry is higher than that at nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants according to the DOE. The report also says more growth in the industry is possible, with the potential to create 380,000 jobs by 2030. The DOE report validates job figures from the AWEA. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Saudi Arabia will start soliciting bids in the next few weeks for the first phase of a “massive” renewable-energy program costing $30 billion to $50 billion, the Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said. OPEC’s biggest oil producer plans to generate close to 10 GW from renewables, primarily solar and wind power, by 2023. [Bloomberg]
  • In India, solar power tariffs in competitive auctions have collapsed from ₹12.76/kWh (19¢/kWh) in 2010 to ₹3.0/kWh (4.4¢/kWh) in 2016. At the same time, industrial electricity tariffs have increased consistently. Now solar power has achieved grid parity, and industries are looking to invest in their own solar power projects. [CleanTechnica]


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

NY State Considering Net-Metering Policy Change: Call for Public Comment

New York’s energy regulators are considering a policy that would change the way distributed solar and wind energy projects are compensated for the energy they produce. This is the first step in a process to move away from “net metering” in New York.* For years, New York’s net metering policy has made it possible for households, businesses, schools, and municipalities to make the switch to solar and wind.

Now, as part of the major energy policy overhaul called “Reforming the Energy Vision,” New York’s Public Service Commission is considering a proposal that would temporarily protect net metering for those who can deploy renewable energy on their residential property. But the policy would quickly transition away from net metering compensation for shared renewable energy projects and for some other larger-scale and commercial projects.

Submit a comment today. Let the PSC know they need to defend net metering or make significant improvements to the proposed replacement policy. 

We do not, in principle, oppose the replacement of net metering credits with something that more accurately compensates renewable energy producers for the value of their electricity. However, the proposed policy change has some major flaws that must be fixed before it can move forward. If you’re interested in the nitty gritty detail, we have created this policy guide to explain the proposed policy and our recommendations.

In its current form, the proposal would slow down the development of community solar and other shared renewable energy. These projects are the only access to renewable energy that most households will have. Renters and homeowners who do not have a site suitable for solar or wind will be locked out of participation in the renewable energy transition, unless we see widespread development of community solar and wind. We need policy that will accelerate the development of these projects, not make them harder to get up and running.

Last week, the NY Energy Democracy Alliance submitted a comment signed by 98 organizations, elected officials, and small businesses. The comment calls on the PSC to slow down the transition away from net metering until it has fixed the flaws in its transition proposal. Most specifically, we called on the PSC to ensure that the policy values environmental projection, equitable access to renewables, local jobs and economic development, and environmental justice.

Join the Energy Democracy Alliance in weighing in on this important issue. Submit your comment today.

“You have to keep on moving forward”

 Martin Luther King Jr.
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Have a good Martin Luther King Jr. Day from Green Energy Times. His words possibly mean more today than ever.

Sanders Honors King’s ‘Unbelievable Courage’


Sanders_PressRelease_Banner_NormalATLANTA, Jan. 16 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined civil rights leaders at Ebenezer Baptist Church to mark Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

Sanders said King saw not only the need to end racism and segregation in the United States but to fight to create an economy that works for all Americans.

“Today we are not just celebrating the life and work of a great African-American civil rights leader, a man who led the effort to end segregation and racism, a man who was jailed time and time again and who was maligned over and over again,” Sanders said during remarks on the day after what would have been King’s 88th birthday and on the 31st anniversary of the federal holiday in his honor.

He admired King’s “unbelievable courage” to build on his civil rights legacy and fight for oppressed people of all races and to confront national leaders over the Vietnam War.

“Let us not forget for a moment where Dr. King was when he was assassinated. He was standing up with exploited workers in Memphis, Tennessee,” Sanders said. “Let us also not forget that what Dr. King was working on in the last years of his life was a poor peoples’ march.”

Sanders also said King has a message for America today.

“If we are going to be honest in our support for Dr. King, it is necessary for us to bring his sprit and his courage into the year 2017,” the senator said.

Voter suppression efforts by states must be confronted, Sanders said. “And King’s message on poverty and peace and national priorities also resonates today in a nation with one of the highest rates of childhood poverty of any major nation on earth, the only major country that does not provide health care as a right for all people and the nation with more people in prisons than any other country in the world.”

“The great strength of Dr. King,” Sanders concluded, “was that he understood that real change never takes place from the top on down but takes place when millions of people stand up and fight for justice.”

Sanders was invited to participate in the annual tribute by the Rev. Bernice King, the civil rights leader’s youngest daughter.