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Norwich Solar Technologies has been developing and commercializing leading-edge innovations in Renewable Energy Technology since 2011. Our mission is to continue to advance the integration and deployment of affordable solar power for regional organizations – enabling them to improve their bottom line while reducing their carbon footprint. Our clients include municipalities, community services institutions, schools, businesses large and small, and community solar residential clients.

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August 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Report Finds Nearly 58% Of Electricity In Iowa Last Year From Renewable Sources” • A report from the American Clean Power Association shows Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of electricity generated by renewable sources. Nearly 58% of the electricity generated in Iowa in 2020 came from wind turbines and solar panels. [Radio Iowa]

Wind turbines in Iowa (Voice of America, public domain)

  • “‘It’s Biblical’ – Climate Fueled Destruction Circles The Globe” • The drought, heat, and fires in the Western US and the heavy rain and flooding seen elsewhere in the country are parts of a pattern that is seen worldwide. Wildfires are hitting Italy, Greece, and Turkey, while monsoon rains are causing flooding in India. “Welcome to global warming!” [CleanTechnica]
  • “NREL Software Is Assisting Maui In 100% Solar And Wind Operations Goal” • Maui will not wait for 2045 to meet Hawaii’s clean energy goals. The world’s first interconnected grid system to run with 100% wind and solar PV power on an instantaneous basis is likely to be built on Maui. It is have over 175 MW of new solar-storage hybrid plants by 2024. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Green light For $2.3 Billion Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Site In Texas” • NRC staff recommended granting a license for a spent nuclear fuel storage facility in Texas. The NRC issued its final environmental impact statement on the application by Interim Storage Partners LLC. The license would allow up to 44,000 tons to be stored for 40 years. [Power Engineering International]
  • “Reach For The Sun – New Report From Carbon Tracker” • A report from Carbon Tracker uses a number of colorful charts to make the point that the majority of new global generating power will be wind and solar. The authors predict a leapfrog effect in countries where there is no developed power grid. People who need power will install solar panels. [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.

Report Issued on District Thermal Marketplace Regulatory Issues – Pace Energy and Climate Center at Pace University has completed a report for NYSERDA titled Overcoming Legal and Regulatory Barriers to District Geothermal in New York State. “This study considers how property rights and permitting regimes governing geothermal projects can inform potential business models to advance the technology and presents recommendations for State authorities to consider in order to scale geothermal energy technology…” The report includes a table listing over 30 systems surveyed, including 6 district systems and 16 campus systems. Final Report Issued June 2021 [PDF]

D.C. Ends Rebates for Gas Appliances – “After August 20, 2021, in line with District policy and the Clean Energy DC Plan, the DCSEU will no longer offer rebates for residential natural gas equipment in the Efficient Products program. This includes rebates for residential gas dryers, furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. To help residents make the transition to efficient electric heat pumps and heat pump water heaters, the DCSEU has increased rebates for the most efficient heat pumps and heat pump water heaters.” Unfortunately, this program has no rebates for ground source heat pumps, but establishes an important precedent in eliminating rebates for gas appliances.

Ignoring climate change will yield ‘untold suffering,’ panel of 14,000 scientists warns – A few big climate policies could change everything — but we have to act fast. By Brandon Specktor – Senior Writer Live Science- Nearly 14,000 scientists have signed a new climate emergency paper, warning that “untold suffering” awaits the human race if we don’t start tackling global warming head-on, effective immediately. Earth’s vitals have only deteriorated over the last two years, with 18 of the report’s 31 categories showing new all-time record highs or lows, the authors wrote. Full Story here

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August 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Finding Answers To The World’s Drinking Water Crisis” • We are facing a water crisis. Climate change, overpopulation, and global conflict are just some of the factors devastating the water supply in many areas around the world. It means that two billion people – one-quarter of the human population – are without access to safe drinking water. [BBC]

It’s water, but is it safe? (Silas Baisch, Unsplash)

  • “Social Cost Of Methane Changes The Equation For Colorado Utility Policy” • As a growing list of states pass laws aimed at curbing carbon emissions, Colorado has widened its scope, taking the seminal step of requiring state officials to consider the social cost of methane, the primary constituent of natural gas, in regulatory decisions. [Energy News Network]
  • “DeWine Says Ohio Wants To Be A Leader In Renewable Energy” • A recent bill empowered local county commissioners in Ohio to kill wind or solar projects early in development. Gov Mike DeWine, who signed the bill that adds more hurdles to developing such projects, says he hopes Ohio will still become a leader in renewable energy. [Ohio News Time]
  • “Nuclear Power Could Get Lifeline In Senate Infrastructure Bill” • Struggling nuclear power reactors could get a $6-billion lifeline in the bipartisan infrastructure bill being written in the US Senate, according to a draft obtained by Bloomberg News. The text of the bill hasn’t been released and changes could still be made before its release. [Mining Weekly]
  • “Africa’s Most Populous City Is Battling Floods And Rising Seas. It May Soon Be Unlivable, Experts Warn” • Residents of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, are used to the yearly floods that engulf coastal areas during the months of March to November. But the floods are getting worse. Lagos, with 24 million people, may become uninhabitable this century. [CNN]

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

August 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Stanford University Creates New School For Study Of Climate And Sustainability” • Stanford University announced that it was forming a new school focused on climate and sustainability. The school, which will absorb several of the university’s existing units and departments and add others in time, will begin operations in the fall of 2022. [Forbes]

Stanford University (Y S, Unsplash)

  • “Tesla Model 3 And Model Y Take #1 And #2 In World Record Month For Electric Vehicle Sales!” • Last month, global plugin vehicle registrations were up an impressive 153% compared to June 2020, scoring a record 583,000 units (or 8.7% share of the overall auto market). That does not count the 700,000-plus hybrids registered. [CleanTechnica]
  • “50% Cheaper To Generate From Renewable Energy, According To New Analysis” • According to analysis by energy think tank Ember, the cost of electricity from a power plant using fossil fuels is about twice the cost of electricity from a renewable energy source. And the cost of energy from fossil fuels is rising as renewables get cheaper. [Texas News Today]
  • “The Two Largest Wildfires In The US” • America’s two largest active wildfires, the Dixie Fire in California and the Bootleg Fire in Oregon, have burned land nearly the size of New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago combined, as drought and extreme heat continue to make matters worse for those fighting the massive fires in the West. [CNN]
  • “NIMBYism Puts The Kibosh On America’s Largest Solar Power Plant” • Several years ago, a plan spearheaded by then Senator Harry Reid was put forward to build Battle Born Solar Project, the largest solar power plant in the US, on Mormon Mesa. Even though the project would be sited out of sight of nearby towns, it was stopped by NIMBYs. [CleanTechnica]

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

July 31 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “TC Energy To Use Green Power To Run North American Energy Pipelines” • TC Energy Corp could spend billions of dollars on its plans to lower emissions by switching to renewable energy to run its huge network of US and Canadian oil and gas pipelines. Based in Calgary, TC Energy operates nearly 100,000 kilometres (62,140 miles) of pipelines. [Reuters] (Really‽‽‽)

Pipeline (Darya Jum, Unsplash)

  • “Duke Energy Aims For 16,000 MW Of Renewables By 2025” • Duke Energy announced that it owns, operates, or purchases more than 10,000 MW of solar and wind energy throughout the US from its regulated and nonregulated businesses. Duke Energy has set a goal of reaching 16,000 MW of renewables by 2025 and 47,000 MW by 2050. [GreentechLead]
  • “Tesla Megapack Battery Caught On Fire During Neoen’s Testing, No One Injured” • For the first time, a Tesla Megapack caught on fire. It was at the Victoria Big Battery in Moorabool, Victoria. News7 Melbourne shared images of one Megapack battery unit that was ablaze. It looks like two battery units were affected. The fire’s cause is still unknown. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The Infrastructure Bill’s $7.5 Billion For EV Charging Stations Can Do A Lot” • While small in comparison to the other big ticket items, latest version of an infrastructure bill allocates $7.5 billion for the construction of new charging stations. Even though it is half of what was in the original budget, it is enough for 250,000 EV charging stations. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Hydrogen Produced Using Renewables Will Be Able To Travel Through Existing Gas Pipelines, Snam CEO Says” • The CEO of Italian infrastructure giant Snam outlined a vision for the future of hydrogen. He said Snam had tested different percentages of blending – including as much as 100% hydrogen – in existing pipes, and it had worked. [CNBC]

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

On Tuesday, enough ice melted in Greenland to cover Florida in two inches of water

On Tuesday, enough ice melted in Greenland to cover Florida in two inches of water
Data from Danish government shows vast ice sheet lost 8.5bn tons of surface mass in a single day

Read in The Guardian: https://apple.news/AD3woeegRSJ2C_s8d31Z7Kw

The Vermont Climate Council Needs To Hear From You!

It’s Time For All Of Us To Speak Out

To Demand An Accurate Accounting Of Our GHG Emissions

The Global Warming Solutions Act, passed last year, requires the Vermont Climate Council (VCC) to create a Climate Action Plan that will reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions to specific levels by three benchmark years: 2025, 2030 and 2050.

The VCC is required by the new law to inventory all GHG emissions, both within the state and outside the state, caused by the use of energy in Vermont. There will be no chance for the Climate Action Plan to be effective if we don’t get this accounting right. And if we don’t, there will be serious negative, real life consequences that will fall hardest on the most vulnerable Vermonters.

The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) claims the state’s GHG emissions from electricity are already close to the reductions level required by 2050. ANR reaches this low emissions estimate because it doesn’t count methane emissions from Hydro-Quebec’s generation of electricity used in Vermont, or methane emitted by the fracking, storage and transmission of “natural” gas burned in Vermont, or the CO2 emitted by Vermont’s two wood-burning electricity generation plants. And a large proportion of the GHG emissions resulting from use of electricity in Vermont also is not counted by ANR because it is “offset” by Renewable Energy Credits purchased primarily from Hydro-Quebec by Green Mountain Power.

Continue reading The Vermont Climate Council Needs To Hear From You!

July 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewables Dominate UK Power Generation In 2020” • Renewables provided a record 43% of the UK’s electricity in 2020, up from 37% in 2019, according to UK Government statistics. Last year’s increased wind generation meant that for the first time ever, renewable energy sources generated more electricity than fossil fuels. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (SSE Renewables image)

  • “US Renewable Energy Tops 170 GW” • A record 26 GW of clean energy projects came online in the US last year, bringing the total to over 170 GW, according to a new report from the American Clean Power Association. Combined wind, solar, and battery storage power represent 78% of new power installations in 2020, the report said. [reNEWS]
  • “SEC Chair Gensler Says Investors Want Mandatory Disclosure On Climate Risks” • Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler said he wants mandatory disclosure on climate risks, and he wants the agency to develop a rule by the end of the year. His comments came because of requests by a large number of investors. [CNBC]
  • “Ford Books 120,000 Reservations For F-150 Lightning” • During its Q2 earnings call on July 28, Ford said it has received more than 120,000 reservations for its electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning. That’s great news for EV advocates but even better news for Ford, because about 75% of the reservations are from new customers. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Europe’s Q2 Diesel Share Hits Record Low As Plugin Share Doubles” • In Europe, sales of new diesel vehicles fell below 20% for the first time in Q2 2021. The diesel share of new sales fell dramatically to 18.4% in Q2 2021, from 27.9% in Q2 2020. At the same time, plugin electric vehicle share more than doubled year-on-year to 16.9% in Q2. [CleanTechnica]

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

July 29 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewables Became Second Most Prevalent US Electricity Source In 2020” • In 2020, renewable energy sources generated a record 834 TWh of electricity, or about 21% of all US electricity. Only natural gas (1,617 TWh) produced more. Renewable sources surpassed both nuclear (790 TWh) and coal (774 TWh) for the first time on record. [CleanTechnica]

Electrical generation by source (EIA image)

  • “Hywind Scotland To Trial Safe Fishing Around Floating Wind” • Equinor and Scottish Government Directorate Marine Scotland are working to better understand how fishers can safely operate around and within floating offshore wind farms. A survey to be taken at Hywind Scotland in 2022 will test three kinds of fishing gear: creels, fishtraps, and jigging lines. [reNEWS]
  • “Why Is A Big Oil Company Investing Huge Amounts Of Money In Wyoming Wind?” • TransWest Express announced that it has almost all of the partnerships, permits, and permissions it needs to begin seeking customers for a 732-mile high voltage power line to carry 20,000 GWh per year of wind energy from Wyoming to southern California. [The Guardian]
  • “Want A Tesla Megapack? Get In Line And Wait Your Turn” • During the Tesla conference call, Elon Musk made clear that the Megapack grid-scale battery storage system is sold out through the end of next year. If you are a utility company or a renewable energy company that wants to add a Tesla Powerpack or two (or a hundred), get in line. [CleanTechnica]
  • “UK Already Undergoing Disruptive Climate Change” • The latest UK State of the Climate report says the country is already in disruptive climate change. Lead author Mike Kendon, climate information scientist at the UK Met Office, said, “A lot of people think climate change is in the future – but this proves the climate is already changing here in the UK.” [BBC]

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