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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.

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.
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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.

April 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Tropical Cyclones Are Growing Stronger, And Climate Change Is Probably To Blame” • A new study published ahead of the next global climate summit has found a definite increase in tropical cyclone intensity over the past four decades. According to the researchers, the most likely culprit for this intensification is climate change. [Yahoo News Canada]

Hurricane Laura (GOES-16 GeoColor satellite, NOAA)

  • “How Biden’s Zero-Carbon Revolution Would Broaden The Energy Map” • President Joe Biden’s push for a green power revolution could expand the economic benefits of producing energy more broadly across America. One provision would require every state to generate all of its electricity without carbon emissions by 2035. [CNN]
  • “J-POWER USA Converting Retired Coal Facility Into New Solar And Storage Facilities” • J-POWER USA Development and affiliates of Fortress Investment Group agreed to develop a 50-MW solar plant and 190 MW of energy storage on the site of the 25-year-old coal-burning Birchwood Power plant in King George County, Virginia. [Environment + Energy Leader]
  • “Infinite Mobility And Its Solar Electric Vehicle Are Partnering With TukTuk Life For Record-Breaking Trip” • Tuk Tuk Life, with support of the Norwegian electric vehicle company Infinite Mobility, will attempt to break several world records by driving a solar electric tuk tuk (also known as an auto rickshaw or tricycle) around the world. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Records Reveal Entergy’s Role In Stalling MISO Transmission Planning” • Entergy coordinated with Mississippi Public Service Commission staff and consultants to stall regional transmission projects, potentially blocking its customers’ access to lower-cost wind energy and increasing their risk of power outages like the one that hit Texas. [Energy and Policy Institute]

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

April 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Record 260 GW Of Clean Power Added In 2020” • A record of over 260 GW of new renewable energy capacity was installed in 2020, despite the impact of Covid-19, according to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency. IRENA said in its “Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021” report that new capacity in 2020 was nearly 50% more than in 2019. [reNEWS]

Renewable energy (IRENA image)

  • “Renewable Energy In The US Military: Creating A Lean Mean Green War-Fighting Machine” • The US military has been one of the greatest tech innovators on Earth. It won’t be different with energy. In addition to improved security with increased military use of renewables, the public stands to gain from the military’s downstream applications. [The National Interest]
  • “ARIES: Advanced Research On Integrated Energy Systems” • Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems is a research platform for understanding the impacts of the millions of new devices – such as EVs, renewable generation, hydrogen, energy storage, and grid-interactive buildings – that get connected to the grid each day. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The Dutch Plan To Install A Million Chargers By 2030” • The Dutch discovered that they need an extra 1,500,000 chargers by the end of this decade. Part of the National Climate Agreement, the National Charging Infrastructure Agenda has five goals for the charging infrastructure to support the country’s transition to emission-free transport. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Curing Earth’s Diseases Through Renewable Energy” • “The earth is suffering from several ‘diseases’: global warming, ocean acidification, habitat loss, etc. If any of these diseases remains uncured, other diseases will accelerate and cause new ones to appear, hence putting humanity’s well-being in danger,” said Associate Professor Masahiko Fujii. [Mirage News]

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.

2021 04 06 – Electrify With Heat Pumps – Noon – 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 will include an introduction to the series, a review of national and New York State developments and a keynote address from NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen Harris. This Kickoff is modelled on the traditional dinner session from the annual conference – an event that brings together and showcases the industry like no other. Register for free here.

 

Energy Square Housing Project in Kingston features Geothermal Heating & Cooling –  See minute 17:50 in this video for discussion of the combined geothermal and solar technology that results in a net zero building. Residents have no energy bills! RUPCO, Inc. developed this project, which includes 57 residential units, 1 commercial unit, and 1 community service facility unit. Tenants include Extremely Low, Very Low and Low-Income households, including 7 ESSHI awarded units and 2 units set aside for persons who are homeless.  See a full article on Energy Square here. Thanks to Lenny Skrill from NYS Homes and Community Renewal for this tip.

 

NY Utilities Release Annual Heat Pump Report Card – NY’s regulated electric utilities have released a report detailing some of the results of their first year running heat pump rebate programs under the state’s New Efficiency: New York initiative. The New York State Clean Heat Program 2020 Annual Report notes: “Despite this challenge, (of beginning in April of 2020 when the NY economy was put on a COVID PAUSE) over 5,700 Clean Heat projects were installed and incentivized in 2020, with another 1,000 identified as in development for 2021. Approximately 80% of projects submitted were ASHP (air source heat pump) technologies in residential buildings. Over 1,000 individuals across the heat pump supply chain were trained toward growing a quality-oriented skilled labor force…  As of this writing, there are over 300 Participating Contractors in the program and recruitment activities continue with the goal of ever increasing the pool of ASHP and GSHP contractors.” The report details the heat pump activities of individual utilities as well as NYSERDA.  It also notes a few “pain points” including delays in payments and barriers to larger installations.

 

 

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