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Green Energy Times June, 2021 Edition is Here!

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Green Energy Times‘ Twelfth Anniversary Edition!

 

The June 2021 edition of Green Energy Times has gone to press and is now available online. You can download the pdf file of the whole edition HERE.

 

Individual articles are available as web posts HERE. Nearly all have been posted.

June 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Volkswagen Rethinks US Sales Strategy After Biden EV Push” • According to a report by The Detroit Bureau, Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen’s product development officer, told the press that his company will “realign … in a massive way” its EV sales strategy in the US as a result of President Biden’s policy initiatives designed to boost EV adoption. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen concept bus (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

  • “WoodMac Sees APAC Wind And Solar Investments Topping $1.3 Trillion By 2030” • Asia-Pacific investments in wind and solar will hit $1.3 trillion this decade, according to analysts at Wood Mackenzie, more than double the level in the 2010s. The analysts project carbon emissions from the power industry to peak at 7.3 billion tonnes in 2025. [Stockhead]
  • “Tesla Honors The Historical Silk Road With The Longest Supercharger Route From East To West In China” • Tesla tweeted from its Tesla Greater China account that it has just opened the longest Supercharger route from east to west in China. The tweet included a stunning video and a nod to China’s historic Silk Road and efforts to modernize it. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Great Barrier Reef Should Be Listed As ‘In Danger’, UNESCO Says” • The Great Barrier Reef should be put on a list of World Heritage Sites that are “in danger” over harm caused by climate change, UNESCO says. It is urging Australia to take “accelerated action” on global warming. But the Australian government said it would “strongly oppose” the recommendation. [BBC]
  • “Two US Senators Introduce Bill To Strengthen Gulf Revenue Sharing Program” • Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced the Reinvesting in Shoreline Economies & Ecosystems Act. The act would create a dedicated stream of funding from future offshore wind development for coastal protection and resiliency. [Bill Cassidy]

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

June 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Save Our Future Act Offers Blueprint For Supporting Coal Workers And Communities” • Two US Senators introduced a solutions-oriented bill that would put a price on emissions of greenhouse gases and use the revenues to mitigate impacts of the policy on consumers, workers, and communities. The bill would help coal miners and their communities. [CleanTechnica]

Work building wind turbines (Science in HD, Unsplash)

  • “Environment Minister Rules Huge Renewable Energy Hub In WA ‘Clearly Unacceptable’” • A 26-GW renewable energy export development in the Pilbara region of Western Australia has been declared “clearly unacceptable” by the federal environment minister due to its impact on threatened migratory species and internationally recognized wetlands. [The Guardian]
  • “Prysmian Swoops For 2.1-GW US Green Link” • Prysmian Group was selected as preferred supplier of high-voltage direct current cable systems for the 2100-MW SOO Green HVDC Link. The project will connect two of the largest energy markets in the US, the Midwest Independent System serving the central US to the eastern PJM Interconnection. [reNEWS]
  • “Greenest Power Source: Retrofitting Hydropower Onto Existing Dams” • A good part of the water supply dams in Africa and Asia are used for soil irrigation, drinking water, and flood control, but not to produce electricity. In some areas, only 10% to 15% of them are used for hydropower. Many could be retrofitted to do so. [The Maritime Executive]
  • “A Look At Tesla’s Conflict Minerals Report” • Tesla released its Conflict Mineral Report for the year ending December 31, 2019. One common myth about Tesla and mining is that Tesla is using child or slave labor. Tesla ensured that it obtains the minerals in its products humanely and that it doesn’t use child labor, slavery, or human trafficking. [CleanTechnica]

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.

NY Legislative Session – The Sierra Club has begun a write-in campaign to encourage the Assembly to pass a number of environmental and clean energy bills that were passed in the Senate but held up in the Assembly as the session ended. “By our count the Senate passed more than 30 important environment/energy/climate-oriented bills that the Assembly failed to take up. Conversely, we could only identify a single good environmental bill that the Assembly passed that was neglected by the Senate.” NY-GEO urges our members to send an email to the Assembly through the Sierra Campaign by clicking here. If you’d like to see the comment NY-GEO included with our signature, click here. If you’d like to see Sierra’s list of environmental and clean energy bills the full Legislature did pass, click here. Renewable Heat Now has also produced an informative list of bills they would like to see passed if, as rumored, there is a special session of the Legislature.

NYS Assembly – Done for the year?

 

NYSERDA Offers Free Heating and Cooling Electrification Screenings for Large Buildings – The Clean Heating and Cooling (CH&C) Screenings for Large Buildings initiative is an offering to encourage electrification of large buildings in New York State. As part of this plan, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is administering the CHC Screenings for Large Buildings initiative, whereby eligible customers can access free screenings to assess the potential benefits of installing clean, efficient alternatives to natural gas for heating and cooling their buildings…The screenings evaluate the technological, economic feasibility, and benefits of installing air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems relative to fossil-fuel based HVAC systems…Any owner of a commercial, multifamily, industrial, healthcare, nonprofit, higher-ed, or State and local government building (whether existing or new construction) located in New York State may apply if the following conditions are met: Building is 10,000 square feet or greater in size, and Owner pays a System Benefits Charge on the electric utility bill associated with the building. P-12 schools are ineligible but can receive screenings through another program.

Zero Place, New Paltz – This 46 unit geothermally heated and cooled mixed- use building was designated a 2020 NYS Building of Excellence

2021 06 22 – CO2 Refrigerant / High Temperature Heat Pumps: Commercial Hot Water Applications – Noon to 1 PM EDT–

 

Description – In case you haven’t heard, CO2 refrigerant heat pumps have some very unique properties, including being one of the most environmentally friendly refrigerants available. Also, CO2 heat pumps can efficiently increase (i.e., lift) the temperature of water over 100F in one pass of the heat exchanger – which is well suited to produce domestic hot water. In this session we will hear from three CO2 refrigerant heat pump manufacturers talking about their unique products and applications – largely focused on commercial and multi-family projects.
Speakers:
• Troy Davis / Mayekawa USA
• Kyle Korman / Mitsubishi Electric Trane
• Andrew Macaluso / Watts Water Technologies

 

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June 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Drought And Extreme Heat In The US West – The Climate Change Connection” • The American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week, but it is just part of a decades-long drought. Simon Wang, a professor of climate dynamics at Utah State University, commented, “As a meteorologist, of course, this isn’t a surprise.” [Digital Journal]

Dried river bed (NOAA image)

  • “The Fires Of The Past Foretell The Fires Of The Future” • During the past two decades, we Coloradans have gotten used to billowing clouds of smoke over the mountains in summer. But 2020’s fires broke records. They seem to have usher in a whole new and terrifying “normal,” when the fires start before summer, and they stay around in the fall. [Sierra Club]
  • “Belgium Court Deems Inadequate Climate Policy A Human Rights Violation” • Climate campaigners claimed a “historic victory” after a Brussels court condemned Belgium for its climate policy that breaches the country’s duty of care and human rights obligations. The verdict from the Court of First Instance followed a six-year legal battle. [EcoWatch]
  • “American West is drying out. Things will get ugly” • A depleted Lake Mead illustrates the effects of a drought brought on by climate change. Stories are popping up across the West of possible rationing, coming restrictions and looming standoffs between farmers and the government over the most precious natural resource. [CNN]
  • “The Fully Electric Future Of Landscape Maintenance” • You have probably noticed the electric car ads on television and the news about automakers promising to go all-electric in the next 10 years. You may not have noticed the same thing happening in the world of outdoor landscape maintenance equipment, but it is, and it’s happening faster. [CleanTechnica]

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

June 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Gaps In Cellular Coverage Hobble Climate Resilience And Preparedness Of African Farmers” • Climate change information is difficult to access for many African farmers and this impacts the critical problem of food security. Better food security would follow from better information, and better cell phone coverage could bring that with it. [CleanTechnica]

Zimbabwe (Benjamin Van Der Merwe, Unsplash)

  • “UN Greenwashes Shipping With Hopelessly Weak Carbon Efficiency Target” • The global shipping fleet will be required to reduce its carbon intensity by just 1.5% per year under a climate plan adopted by the UN regulator, the IMO. The target falls far short of the 7% annual reduction required to meet the goals of the Paris agreement. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Concentrating Solar Startup Heliogen Raises $108 Million In Two Funding Rounds” • Renewable energy technology company Heliogen has raised $108 million in funding across two rounds, the second of which was oversubscribed. Industries that require high temperatures, such as cement and steel making, are taking interest in Heliogen’s technology. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Switching From Coal To Batteries At Maryland Power Plant” • According to Canary Media, unexpectedly low prices from PJM’s latest capacity auction spurred a fresh wave of coal generation retirement announcements this month. Talen Energy is installing a 20-MW battery storage facility at the site of a shuttered unit of the HA Wagner plant. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Kansas City Engages Community To Expand Electric Vehicle Infrastructure” • Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are partnering with the Metropolitan Energy Center and other organizations to increase the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Kansas City, Missouri, by installing charging units on existing streetlights. [CleanTechnica]

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

6/22 at Noon – NY-GEO series – CO2 as a Refrigerant

Description – In case you haven’t heard, CO2 refrigerant heat pumps have some very unique properties, including being one of the most environmentally friendly refrigerants available. Also, CO2 heat pumps can efficiently increase (i.e., lift) the temperature of water over 100F in one pass of the heat exchanger – which is well suited to produce domestic hot water. In this session we will hear from three CO2 refrigerant heat pump manufacturers talking about their unique products and applications – largely focused on commercial and multi-family projects.
Speakers:
• Troy Davis / Mayekawa USA
• Kyle Korman / Mitsubishi Electric Trane
• Andrew Macaluso / Watts Water Technologies

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June 18 Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Can The US Survive California’s Drought?” • The drought facing the Western US is bad. Really bad. It is a national and international crisis. California produces more than a third of the vegetables and two-thirds of the fruits and nuts sold in the US, so the drought is affecting more than California and the Southwest. It is threatening our food supply. [CleanTechnica]

Drought in 2020 vs 2021 (US Drought Monitor)

  • “California Prepares For A Long Wildfire Season As Record Heat Parches The State” • As record heat and an drought tightens their grip, vegetation in California has dried to historic levels, and the region at great risk of wildfires, officials say. “Live fuel moisture remain at or near historic lows at all sites for June 15,” one Bay Area Cal Fire unit tweeted. [CNN]
  • “The Amount Of Heat The Earth Traps Has Doubled In Just 15 Years, Study Shows” • The planet is trapping roughly double the amount of heat in the atmosphere that it did nearly 15 years ago, according to an alarming new analysis from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. [CNN]
  • “Combining Energy Storage And Solar Offers Unexpected Power Reliability Boost” • New research from North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University finds that when a power system combines energy storage and solar power generation, the result is greater reliability in the system’s ability to handle peak energy demand. [NC State News]
  • “G7 And SEC: Mandatory Climate Risk Disclosure Needed Now” • G7 leaders met in the UK last week, and climate was high on the agenda, as it must be. One of the areas of agreement among the leaders of the world’s largest economies might seem new but has been in the works for years: mandatory climate disclosures from companies. [CleanTechnica]

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

Hiring a Sustainable Communities Program Director in VT

VNRC is currently looking to hire a Sustainable Communities Program Director. This individual will help guide policies and programs related to community development, land use planning, natural resource conservation, and climate resilience.

The Sustainable Communities Program Director will oversee VNRC’s work on local and state land use and community development policy; provide technical support to members, state and regional agencies and municipalities; and work closely with our Forests & Wildlife, Energy & Climate Action, and Water Programs on an integrated approach to meeting the challenges facing Vermont’s environment, communities and people.

We welcome applications from those with academic training in community planning, and we also recognize that formal education is not the only pathway to gaining relevant experience. We invite candidates with any combination of academic, professional, and life experience who can demonstrate outstanding ability and commitment to building sustainable communities.

Learn more about the position, and how to apply, at https://vnrc.org/join-our-team/.

June 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The United States Consumed A Record Amount Of Renewable Energy In 2020” • In 2020, consumption of renewable energy in the US grew for the fifth year in a row, reaching a record high of 11.6 quadrillion BTUs, or 12% of total US energy consumption. While renewable energy grew in 2020, fossil fuel and nuclear consumption declined. [CleanTechnica]

Growth of renewable energy (Monthly Energy Review US EIA)

  • “GM Boosts Spending On Electric Vehicles To $35 Billion By 2025” • General Motors announced that it increased its planned spending on EVs to $35 billion by 2025. That is a 75% increase since March, 2020, when GM said it would spend $20 billion on EVs by 2025. It has raised the amount twice since 2020, first to $27 billion, and now to $35 billion. [CNN]
  • “Tesla Solar Is Becoming More And More Affordable” • Elon Musk is making solar more and more affordable, with better rates on solar loans. Tesla’s loan option had been for a 20-year plan with 10% down and 5.99% APR. Recently, Tesla made the loan option much more affordable with a new 10-year plan, 10% of the cost down, and only 0.99% APR. [CleanTechnica]
  • “UK Warned It Is Unprepared For Climate Chaos” • A report by the independent Climate Change Committee predicts warming will hit the UK harder than first thought. It warns of more severe heatwaves and more intense rainfall, with increased flood risks across most of the UK. It says homes, infrastructure, and services must be made resilient. [BBC]
  • “An Eighth Of The US Population Is Sweltering Under A Record-Breaking Heat Dome. Climate Change Is Making It Worse” • This heat wave and the exceptional drought in the Southwest are part of a damaging feedback loop enhanced by climate change, experts say. The hotter it gets, the drier it gets; the drier it gets, the hotter it gets. [CNN]

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

June 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Marine Protected Areas Key To Our Future” • If we want our ocean to stay productive, we need to step up now. For decades, the ocean has been absorbing much of global warming’s heat, so it’s warmer and more acidic than ever. Marine life is searching for cooler waters, harmful algae are blooming, and  vital habitats are being destroyed. [CleanTechnica]

Ocean (Sean Oulashin, Unsplash)

  • “The Renewable Energy Revolution Has A Major Employment Problem” • The seemingly unstoppable growth trend has hit a serious speed bump. There just aren’t enough workers. The industry is expanding so rapidly that there simply aren’t enough qualified and skilled workers to fill the huge swath of new job openings in the field. [Oil Price]
  • “Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Biden Administration’s Oil And Gas Lease Pause” • A federal court blocked, for now, the Biden administration’s pause on oil and gas leasing. The decision by a US District Court in Louisiana is a temporary order. The administration may be required to follow a schedule of lease sales set by the Obama administration. [CNN]
  • “US Interior And Commerce Departments Restore Lands To Native Hawaiian Community” • Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the transfer of 80 acres of surplus federal property on O‘ahu for inclusion in the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust. The land could be used to provide homesteads for 200 to 400 Native Hawaiian families. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Oil Pipeline Crossing Native Community Lands Gets Support From Minnesota Court” • A Minnesota state appeals court ruled in favor of the Line 3 pipeline, upholding key approvals by state regulators. It found Minnesota’s Public Utility Commission did not act improperly when it granted Enbridge permits concerning the route and “certificate of need.” [CleanTechnica]

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