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The April Edition of Green Energy Times is Here!

The April edition of Green Energy Times has gone to press and will soon be distributed in print form.

The online version can be downloaded HERE.

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.

246 People Joined Electrify With Heat Pumps Series Kickoff Webinar–NY-GEO is presenting a weekly Tuesday at Noon series of seminars presenting much of the content that had been planned for our 2020 conference. The opening April 6th session included an introduction to the series, a review of national and New York State developments and a keynote address from NYSERDA Acting President and CEO Doreen Harris. The Kickoff is modeled on the traditional dinner session from the annual conference – an event that brings together and showcases the industry like no other. Watch the Kickoff Session on YouTube. See the full schedule for the webinar series here:
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National Grid’s UK Perspective on Cutting Greenhouse Gases – It’s interesting to watch multinational corporations adapt to local circumstances. National Grid is headquartered in Great Britain and has 20 million customers in the US with subsidiaries in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  In July of 2020, National Grid ESO (the electricity system operator for Great Britain) published its Future Energy Scenarios (FES) Report. On page 35 of the report, they show the rate at which gas burners in homes must be phased out for each scenario they’ve developed to meet UK climate goals. In the report they assume gas boilers are replaced with “hydrogen boilers, heat pumps or district heat connections”.

Where are the gas phase-out glide path recommendations from New York’s utilities? Is there a difference in the demands political leaders and regulators place on their utilities in Britain and New York? See also, the article below on gas planning in Nevada.

Hundreds rally across NYS in support of the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) and THRIVE Agenda – The rallies were part of a Climate, Jobs, and Justice Action Week organized by NY Renews and NYS Indivisible – …”hundreds of grassroots activists across New York State took part in fifteen rallies outside of legislative offices as part of a “Climate, Jobs, and Justice Action Week” on April 7th, demanding the passage of the Climate and Community Investment Act in New York State and the THRIVE Agenda in Congress to create green jobs, combat the climate crisis, ensure all communities have access to clean and healthy air and water, and build an economy that works for all. State and federal legislators participated in the rallies, expressing their support for bold climate action this year. Congressman Tom Suozzi joined one of four actions on Long Island. In New York City, State Senators Brad Hoylman and John Liu, as well as State Assemblymember Harvey Epstein joined a group of 150 activists marching from Union Square to Washington Square Park. State Senator Robert Jackson joined constituents at a rally in Harlem, and State Assemblywoman Anna Kelles joined youth activists at a rally in Ithaca.” See the full article here. The CCIA includes a carbon fee and a “polluter pay” fee directed to fund the transition from fossil fuels in disadvantaged communities and create green jobs in the process.

 You Can Influence Heat Pump Market Development in NYS – NYSERDA recently put out a call for participants for their Residential Market Advisory Group. NY-GEO staff and board would like to encourage our members to contribute their expertise to this initiative. To join the mailing list for information about the Residential Market Advisory Group and to be notified of upcoming meetings, contact resmarket@nyserda.ny.govThanks to our allies at the BPCA (Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State) for providing this information.

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April 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “LG Energy And SK Innovation Settle, Promising To Work Together In Harmony” • With just hours left for the Biden administration to act on an US International Trade Commission ruling barring SK Innovation from building batteries in the US for 10 years, LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation agreed to settle their differences. [CleanTechnica]

Proposed battery factory (SK Innovation image)

  • “Progress In US Initiatives To Demonstrate And Investigate Long-Duration Energy Storage Tech” • A zinc-air energy storage system offering 10 hours of storage is being trialed in a New York Power Authority project, and a DOD-funded investigation into flow batteries moved into a physical validation and evaluation phase in Colorado. [Energy Storage News]
  • “Electric Drag Race: Kia EV6 GT Versus Lots Of ICE Supercars” • Kia recently revealed a new electric crossover called the EV6. While the car’s official specs were initially withheld, the company also released some staggering numbers – 500 km of range, 800V charging, and a claimed 3-second 0-60 MPH time. Remember, we’re talking about a Kia. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Michael Mann Slams Murdoch Press For Its ‘Horrifying” Misinformation On Climate And Bushfires'” • A world-leading climate scientist told a senate hearing into Australian media diversity that the Murdoch press served as a “megaphone” for climate disinformation, aiding the agendas of Donald Trump and Scott Morrison. [Renew Economy]
  • “Renewable Watts Up 36% On Same Time Last Year” • The total for utility-scale PV generation in Australia’s National Electricity Market for March 2021 is in. Rystad Energy’s Watts Generating report says large-scale PV generated 550 GWh in March of 2020, and this year solar farms cranked out 746 GWh of electricity, an increase of 36%. [pv magazine Australia]

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

April 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Colorado River Basin Due For More Frequent And Intense Hydroclimate Events” • In the vast Colorado River basin, climate change is driving extreme, interconnected events among earth-system elements. These events are becoming both more frequent and more intense. They are best studied together, rather than in isolation, new research shows. [ScienceDaily]

Colorado River (Gabriel Tovar, Unsplash)

  • “Offshore Wind Data Release Propels Wind Prospecting” • In July 2020, NREL published an article about novel techniques and tools to produce offshore wind-speed data. Now those tools have borne fruit. NREL made data available for the outer continental shelf of California, the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii. More is on the way. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Gale Winds, Flash Flooding Forecast From Unique Cyclone Event Off WA Coast” • A unique cyclone event off the coast of Western Australia, as two tropical cyclones, Seroja and Odette, formed off the West Australian coast. The Fujiwhara effect, where two systems swirl around each other, is rare. Seroja is set to hit the coast as a category 2 hurricane. [PerthNow]
  • “GM’s ICE Business Is Worthless, Adam Jonas Confirms” • Referring to legacy auto makers and their internal combustion engines, Jones said, “[We’re] running scenarios where the value of ICE is massively negative, so these auto companies have the burden of managing out this asbestos-like, toxic tort-like, tobacco-like liability…” [CleanTechnica]
  • “47 Scientists: World Should Go 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030” • An article in the journal Nature recommended clarifying scope and a long-term roadmap to reduce emissions. But 47 other scientists say that countries and companies should aim for 100% renewable electricity by 2030 at the latest, and for 100% renewable energy by 2035. [CleanTechnica]

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

April 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Audi E-Tron Supports Solar Nanogrid” • Used Audi e-tron batteries are getting another life in India. A German-Indian startup has turned two Audi e-tron battery modules into energy storage for a solar nanogrid. The prototype system can keep about 50 shopkeepers and small businesses working after dark when the grid goes down. [CleanTechnica]

Sun down, grid down, and solar nanogrid operating (Copyright: AUDI AG)

  • “Evidence Mounts In P&G’s Role In Degrading Intact Forests” • A new NRDC analysis of Canadian logging companies supplying wood pulp to the US marketplace looks at Procter & Gamble’s sustainability claims. Mills supplying P&G allow forest sourcing to come at the cost of Indigenous rights, threatened species, and the global climate. [CleanTechnica]
  • “City Of Cleveland Commits To Solar Panels, Electric Vehicle Stations For Clean Energy Conversion” • The City of Cleveland announced commitments with a goal to use 100% clean energy by 2050 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The sustainability manager for the city discussed both a clean energy supply and demand reduced by efficiency. [News 5 Cleveland]
  • “Biden Administration Will Not Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline During Environmental Review, DOJ Lawyer Tells Court” • Government attorney Ben Schifman told a federal judge that the Army Corps of Engineers, which handles permits for the pipeline, “is essentially in a continuous process of evaluating” and gathering information. [CNN]
  • “Biden Budget Seeks Major Investments In Energy And Environment” • President Biden offered a first look at his fiscal 2022 budget. It is a sharp break from the Trump era, with major new spending for fighting climate change and promoting clean energy. The EPA would be among the biggest winners, with its funding proposed to increase 21%. [E&E News]

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

From the Vermont Natural Resources Council

This week, Governor Scott unveiled his Administration’s proposal for how to spend the $1 billion in federal funds coming into Vermont as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The proposal includes spending $200 million on critical climate and clean energy initiatives including weatherization and electrifying our heating and transportation systems, among other priorities such as expanding broadband access. You can read more about specific initiatives that have been proposed here.

If federal rules for ARPA funds allow these investments, and if enacted, this funding would lay a solid foundation for Vermont’s future. We know that the kinds of infrastructure investments that we need to make our state more resilient in the face of climate change are some of the very same investments that could help mitigate long standing inequities within our borders.

Will you take a moment to call Governor Scott at 802-828-3333 to thank him for proposing these meaningful climate investments and urge him to support ongoing action and investments at the scale we need to address the climate crisis?

By investing these federal funds strategically, we have a once in a generation opportunity to address the compounding environmental, economic, and equity challenges we face. But while the $200 million invested in climate action over the next few years would enable significant progress, we know that we cannot address the climate crisis with one-time windfalls alone. To truly meet the myriad challenges of climate change, we’ll need sustained funding sources for critical programs over the long term.

We will continue to advocate for continued climate action across all of state government, including from the Governor’s office, in the legislature, and through the work of the Vermont Climate Council that was established as a result of the legislature’s passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act last year.

This proposal will be considered by the Vermont Senate as they craft the state’s budget, and we’ll be in touch with more opportunities to speak up for climate as that process unfolds.

Thank you for contacting Governor Scott at 802-828-3333 and letting him know that you appreciate this critical proposal to invest in climate solutions.

Johanna Miller
Energy and Climate Program Director
Vermont Natural Resources Council

April 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Forecasters Expect Another Overactive Hurricane Season With 17 Named Storms” • Colorado State University released its 2021 Atlantic hurricane season forecast. It predicts above-average activity this year with 17 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes. An average year has 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. [CNN]

Storm (Torsten Dederichs, Unsplash)

  • “Yes, Industrial Waste Disasters Are More Likely From Climate Change” • The threat of a catastrophic failure in Piney Point, Florida, sending a 20-foot wall of industrial wastewater over homes and businesses illustrates the danger of our reliance on industrial waste ponds. The risk they pose is greater because of climate change. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Why Investments In Clean, Renewable Energy Will Avoid Blackouts At A Low Cost” • Many people are concerned about whether the grid can stay stable with only clean, renewable energy running through it, especially after recent blackouts in California and Texas. This article, by Mark Z Jacobson, explains why the system will work. [The Hill]
  • “Renewable Power Generation Rises 181%” • In Vietnam, Solar and wind power generation in the first quarter rose 181% year-on-year to 7.79 billion kWh. Combined, they accounted for 13% of total power generation, behind coal-fired power at nearly 50% and hydropower at 23%, according to a report by national utility Vietnam Electricity. [VnExpress International]
  • “Signs of Hope for Scientific Integrity and Public Health” • The Biden administration and Congress have both taken important steps to safeguard scientific integrity and speed up COVID-19 vaccinations. Executive orders directed agencies to regulate based on evidence, while House committees considered the Scientific Integrity Act. [UCS blog]

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

April 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “UPS Orders 10 Electric Vertical Takeoff & Landing Aircraft” • Through a subsidiary, UPS is jumping into the future a bit faster. UPS Flight Forward ordered electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Beta Technologies. The eVTOL aircraft will be used in small and midsize markets, and will land directly at the UPS facilities themselves. [CleanTechnica]

Beta Technologies eVTOL in UPS livery

  • “The Water Fight Over The Shrinking Colorado River” • For years, scientists have predicted that the Colorado River would continue to decline due to global warming and increased water demands. New studies say it looks worse than they thought. The head of Colorado’s biggest water utility says using less water is the only solution. Many people agree. [BBC]
  • “Rosendin Kicks Off Construction On 500-MW Texas Solar Project” • In southeastern Texas, Rosendin’s Renewable Energy Group has undertaken building the largest solar power project in the state. The Aktina Renewable Power Project calls for the installation of 1.4 million solar modules across 4,000 acres in Wharton County. [Solar Power World]
  • “Biden Tax Overhaul Calls for Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Incentivizing Renewable Energy” • The Biden administration called for overhauling the corporate tax code that, among other things, would replace fossil fuel subsidies, some in the form of externalities, with incentives to promote renewable energy production. [Natural Gas Intelligence]
  • “Atmospheric CO₂ And Methane Levels Soar To Record Highs Despite Pandemic” • Scientists have recorded a surprising rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane levels in 2020, which seems to contradict predictions that the pandemic would see a temporary slowdown in the build up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. [Renew Economy]

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

Governor’s Proposed Renewable & Climate Investments

Proposed Renewable & Climate Resiliency Investments 
to Spur Economic Recovery & Lower Energy Costs

Governor Phil Scott proposed more than $200 million in state-federal climate change mitigation investments that will lower energy burdens and climate pollution while supporting Vermont’s economy.

The Governor’s climate economy proposals include $25 million to expand Vermont’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure; $21 million for weatherization and energy efficiency; $29 million to support investments in community resilience and make it possible for more Vermonters to replace fossil-fuel based heating and cooling systems with all electric or modern wood systems over the next four years. An additional $100 million will support implementation of the climate action plan under development by Vermont’s Climate Council.

In the following statement, Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont’s Executive Director expressed support, citing the benefits the plan offers to all Vermonters.

“Every Vermonter and every Vermont community, particularly those with the highest energy burdens, should be empowered to generate and store their own power. The Governor’s proposal to accelerate renewable heating, electric vehicles, resilient energy storage, weatherization, and broadband access will save Vermonters money, make their homes healthier and more comfortable, and cut climate pollution.

State energy investments should leverage both private capital and federal funds to lower energy burdens and help grow existing and new businesses to maximize the number of Vermonters served. More than 18,900 hardworking Vermonters are employed in renewable energy, clean transportation, and efficiency jobs, representing 6.1% of Vermont’s workforce. The Governor’s proposed energy infrastructure investments will provide long-lasting economic benefits to communities rebuilding from the devastation of COVID-19.

By expanding access to electric vehicle infrastructure, the Governor’s proposal will help more Vermonters access clean transportation, saving millions of dollars in transportation costs and reducing climate pollution.

We look forward to working with the Governor and legislators to advance necessary climate economy budget and policy proposals that expand Vermonters’ ability to make choices about their energy.”

Interesting Ocean Energy Webinar Thursday @ 5pm EST!

Via the Dartmouth Marine Energy Collegiate Competition team
Come to this talk! 
Thursday, May 8 | 5-6 p.m.

The Future of Marine Energy: Ocean Thermal Energy Conversation
Join Dartmouth undergraduates Emily Martinez ’21, Michelle Wang ’21, Santiago Zamora-Castillo ’21, and Andres Rosales ’20 TH ’21 to learn about their efforts in the NREL 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC), an international collaboration designing and analyzing an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant. OTEC is a renewable and climate resilient technology that generates electricity using the naturally occurring thermal gradient of the ocean. Experts estimate the ocean through OTEC has the potential to generate billions of watts of electric power. Come to learn about OTEC, the team’s project, and the MECC. The team will discuss their innovative technical design of a 50 W offshore OTEC installation, business model, and subsequent socio-economic analyses.
Use this link to register and receive the link!!!


April 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Volkswagen Launches 3 Superb ID.4 Commercials In USA” • Volkswagen’s new EV commercials communicate the benefits of electric vehicles for normal people superbly, wonderfully. The Volkswagen ads dissolve myths, highlight strong points (some being places where gas cars can’t compete), and couch it all in attractive, familiar daily lives. [CleanTechnica]

Image from Volkswagen ad

  • “2020 Set A New Record For Renewable Energy. What’s The Catch?” • More than 80% of all new electricity generating projects built last year were renewable, leading to a 10.3% rise in total installed zero carbon electricity generation globally. But in spite of reduced energy demand in 2020 due to Covid-19, fossil fuels also grew, as did carbon emissions. [Forbes]
  • “Great Britain’s Electricity System Has Greenest Day Ever Over Easter” • On Easter Monday, the wind and sun supplied 60% of all the UK’s electricity as households enjoyed a bank holiday lunch. At the same time the UK’s nuclear reactors provided 16% of the electricity mix, meaning almost 80% of the grid was powered from low-carbon sources. [The Guardian]
  • “Kansas Wind Farms To Power Vaccine Manufacturing” • Animal health business Boehringer Ingelheim has signed power purchase agreements so a wind farm can power its largest US manufacturing site, where nearly 1,000 people make animal vaccines. Enel’s 400-MW Cimarron Bend Wind Farm in Kansas will supply the energy. [reNEWS]
  • “RWE Renewables Awards Wärtsilä US Storage” • Wärtsilä won a contract to supply a 40-MW, 80-MWh storage system for the Hickory Park solar project in Georgia, being developed by RWE Renewables. Delivery of the storage system is scheduled for September 2021, and the plant is expected to begin commercial operations in November. [reNEWS]

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