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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.

June 15 Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Jay Leno Breaks World Record In Tesla’s New Plaid Model S – ‘I Love This Car'” • Jay Leno broke the world acceleration record for a quarter mile in the new Tesla Model S Plaid. He is one of the few lucky ones to have driven the fastest production car ever made. Leno’s new record time is for a quarter-mile ET of 9.247 seconds at 152.09 mph. [CleanTechnica] (And the AC was on.)

Jay Leno (Franz von Holzhausen via Twitter, screenshot)

  • “High-Elevation Forests In The Rockies Are Burning More Now Than In The Past 2,000 Years” • Following a devastating wildfire season in 2020, new research shows that high-elevation forests in the Rocky Mountains are burning more now than any previous time in the past 2,000 years, amid extreme drought, induced by climate change. [CNN]
  • “UK And Norway Complete World’s Longest Subsea Electricity Cable” • The world’s longest submarine electrical cable will be turned on this week as testing of a 720-km interconnect that can exchange power between the UK and Norway begins. This cable can carry 1.4 GW of power, which is about the equivalent capacity of a large nuclear reactor. [California News Times]
  • “Companies Face A Financial Risk From The Climate Crisis. States Want Them To Reveal Just How Much” • US Corporations must be required to disclose financial risks posed by the climate crisis, state attorneys general told the SEC. California and nearly a dozen other states warned the SEC that its current disclosure rules are inadequate. [CNN]
  • “PG&E Commissions Microgrid Near Yosemite National Park” • Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility that serves much of northern California, has commissioned the first of many standalone microgrids near Yosemite National Park. Built and installed by BoxPower, the remote microgrid will permanently replace the overhead distribution power lines. [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.

Geothermal Heat Pumps are the Answer to Eliminating Electric Grid Spikes (like we saw in Texas) – With all the air conditioning needed in the summertime, why would a winter time freeze cause the electrical grid to “spike” out of control as we saw in Texas? Most people know that air conditioning loads in the middle of August usually drive the greatest demand on the grid. However, electric heaters, often used to handle peak heating loads, can double or triple the peak in the wintertime. Full article from Geothermal Rising.

 

Dandelion Energy Expands to Vermont – NY-GEO member Dandelion Energy has entered Vermont and company President Kathy Hannun was featured in a TED Talk on why geothermal heating and cooling makes so much sense.

It’s Time to End Subsidies for New Gas Hook-Ups – National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) critiques California version of New York’s 100-foot subsidy – June 10, 2021 Merrian Borgeson – This blog was co-authored by Azara Negron, NRDC spring 2021 graduate student intern –“California utility customers contribute over $100 million every year to subsidize gas connections for new customers. But it doesn’t make sense to keep extending gas pipelines as California moves away from using fossil fuels that add to the climate problem and are unhealthy, and it certainly doesn’t make sense to subsidize this cost on the backs of other Californians, which is what is happening now.” Full article here.

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June 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Tech Firms Use Remote Monitoring To Help Honey Bees” • Hit by a deadly parasitic mite, pesticides, and climate change, a survey showed that between April 2019 and 2020 43.7% of US bee hives were lost. An Irish business, ApisProtect, makes wireless in-hive sensors that transmit data to website-based software so bee keepers know what hives need intervention. [BBC]

Best Bees Company hives (Best Bees Company image)

  • “G7 Leaders Share A Bold Vision For A Net Zero Future. But The Devil Is In The Lack Of Detail” • There was some concrete progress earlier in the summit from G7 ministers, and a vision laid out by leaders for a net zero world that would take a green approach to everything. But the final communiqué was lacking details the experts had hope for. [CNN]
  • “US Assessing Reported Leak At Chinese Nuclear Power Facility” • The US government spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at a Chinese nuclear plant, after a French company that part owns and helps operate it warned of an “imminent radiological threat,” according to US officials and documents reviewed by CNN. [CNN Philippines]
  • “Mocean Blue X Wave Device Put To The Test” • Mocean Energy started testing its Blue X wave energy prototype at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland. Later this summer, it will be moved to a grid connected wave test site at Billia Croo on the west coast of Orkney, where it will be tested in rougher full sea conditions. [reNEWS]
  • “Solar And Wind Power Were 99.7% Of New US Electricity Capacity In 1st Quarter Of 2021” • Not including rooftop solar power, solar PV accounted for 36.5% of new US capacity in the first quarter of 2021. Another 63.2% of new capacity came from new wind power plants. Those two combine for 99.7% of new US power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

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

June 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Biden Administration Starts To Restore Protections For Alaska’s Tongass National Forest” • In welcome news for Native tribes, the climate, wildlife, and local businesses, a much-needed process to reinstate critical protections for the Tongass National Forest has begun, reversing one of Trump’s many environmental rollbacks. [CleanTechnica]

Tongass National Forest (Henryhartley, CC BY-SA 3.0)

  • “Video: Electric Ferrari Drag Race: Tesla Power Vs 12 Mighty Cylinders” • Pity Ferraris are objectively terrible by the standards of today … if only there were some way to make a classic Ferrari somehow relevant again. How about an original Ferrari 308 GT with a Tesla drive train in it? Race that against a 390 hp Ferrari to see how well that works. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Four Nuclear Reactors’ Worth Of Renewable Electricity Wasted In Southwest Japan” • There have been frequent cases in Japan’s Kyushu region where the electricity generated from renewable energy sources, such as solar power, has gone unused. On some days, the capacity wasted is the equivalent of four nuclear reactors. [The Mainichi]
  • “Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier Inching Towards Sea Collapse At Fast Rate” • Climate scientists are losing sleep over a critical Antarctica glacier that is moving towards the sea at a faster pace than ever before. The Pine Island glacier in West Antarctica has been losing its snow-mass at an extremely fast rate since 2017, 12% faster than it had before. [The Financial Express]
  • “EPA To Reexamine Health Standards For Harmful Soot That Trump Administration Left Unchanged” • The EPA’s decision of December 2020 to leave particulate standards unchanged will be reconsidered. Scientific evidence indicates that current standards may not be adequate to protect public health and welfare, as the Clean Air Act requires. [CleanTechnica]

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

June 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Biodiversity And Climate Crises Demand Transformative Change” • A report shows that passing on a maximally livable planet to future generations requires a profound shift in how we look at nature and economic progress. We need to prioritize protecting and restoring nature and dismantle the economic systems driving carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Praying mantis (S N Pattenden, Unsplash)

  • “The World’s Quickest Car, Safest Car, And Most Powerful Computer On Wheels – Tesla Model S Plaid” • “The public tends to respond to precedents and superlatives,” Musk once said back in 2012, the year the original Tesla Model S was introduced. Now comes an overhaul, the Tesla Model S Plaid. It is the fastest production car made. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Competitive Lease Sale For Offshore Wind Development For New York And New Jersey” • In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to install 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, the Department of the Interior proposed sale of offshore wind leases for eight areas of the New York Bight. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Resolutions Against Subsidies For Biomass Plants Coming Before Franklin County Voters” • A handful of towns in Franklin County, Massachusetts, are voicing their opposition to subsidies and incentives that the state may provide for biomass plants with resolutions that seek to protect the health of the environment and residents. [Greenfield Recorder]
  • “Ending Offshore Drilling Is Key For Ocean And Climate” • The Biden administration has made huge strides on the climate. Now it should take one of the most important steps it can to protect the ocean, and those that depend on it, while further combating the climate crisis. It should stop all new oil and gas leasing permanently. [NRDC]

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

June 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Largest US Agrivoltaic Research Project Advances Renewable Energy While Empowering Local Farmers” • A study at Oregon State University estimated that converting 1% of US farmland to agrivoltaics would meet the nation’s renewable energy targets, save water, and create

    Agrivoltaics (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

    a sustainable food system. A 1.2-MW solar farm in Colorado working on that. [Solar Power World]

  • “Enel Starts 716-MW Brazil Wind Farm Spinning” • Enel Green Power commissioned the Lagoa dos Ventos wind farm in Brazil. It is the largest wind farm operating in South America. Lagoa dos Ventos, which is now operating at full capacity, consists of 230 wind turbines. EGP is taking 510 MW of its 716-MW capacity, and the rest is going into the free market. [reNEWS]
  • “Lake Mead: Largest Us Reservoir Dips To Record Low” • The largest reservoir in the US has dipped to its lowest ever level, officials say, as an extreme drought continues in the region. The surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Arizona-Nevada border fell to 1,071.56 feet (326.6 metres) above sea level. It has sunk about 140 feet since 2000. [BBC]
  • “Virtual Design Tools Allow Cadillac Lyriq Production To Begin Nine Months Early” • Speaking to the International Motoring Press Association, Rory Harvey, vice president of global Cadillac, said production of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will begin in March 2022. That’s nine months sooner than originally planned, thanks to Virtual design and validation tools. [CleanTechnica]
  • “EPA Revives Climate Change Website, Adds ‘Indicators’ Data” • The EPA for the first time in four years has a webpage to guide the public on a range of information on climate change, it said. The climate change website includes information on greenhouse gas emissions data, climate change impacts, scientific reports and existing climate programs. [Coastal Review]

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

Tuesday 6/15 at Noon – NY-GEO series – Lower Global Warming Potential Refrigerants

Register here for the Tuesday at 12pm to 1pm, June 15th webinar on Lower Global Warming Potential Refrigerants- What Should We Expect?

Description – Recent federal and state hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant legislation will require the HVAC industry to meet the growing call for environmental protection. This transition will have significant direct and indirect impacts on the heat pump sector. There have been previous refrigerant phase outs, most notably a global effort to eliminate atmospheric ozone depletion. Now the focus has shifted to addressing the very high global warming potentials (GWP) of today’s commonly used refrigerants. This next transition looks a bit more complicated with multiple, mildly flammable, low-GWP refrigerants available as soon as building codes allow. The presentation provides perspectives on the next transition, leading low-GWP refrigerant candidates, timing and possible consequences for various stakeholders.
Speakers:
Richard Gerbe / Highmark
Matt Mulhada/ ClimateMaster
John Ciocvacco / Aztech Geothermal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Ohio Will Soon To Be Home To The Largest Solar Factory Complex Outside Of China” • First Solar unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art factory in Ohio, doubling its US manufacturing capacity. The factory will be the company’s third in the Toledo area. First Solar, the only major US manufacturer of solar panels, will invest $680 million in the factory. [CNN]

Solar panels (Science in HD, Unsplash)

  • “North Carolina Sets 8-GW Offshore Goal For 2040” • North Carolina has set out a goal of 2800 MW of offshore wind by 2030 and 8000 MW by 2040. To further the state’s transition to a clean energy economy, Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to offshore wind power. [reNEWS]
  • “Investors Holding $41 Trillion Demand Action On Climate – Now” • Investors managing over $41 trillion in assets are loudly calling on world leaders to step up their climate game as quickly as possible, so they can take part in a wave of investment in clean energy. The investors call for governments to set more ambitious emission reduction targets. [CNN]
  • “Keystone XL Pipeline Halted After Biden Blocks Permit” • The Keystone XL pipeline’s developer has halted construction on the project after the Biden administration revoked its permit. The pipeline was to carry oil 1,200 miles (1,900 km) from Alberta to Nebraska. Environmentalists and Native American groups fought against it for over a decade. [BBC]
  • “Hecate Energy To Invest In Elba And Oakfield, Applying To Build NY’s Largest Solar Farm” • Hecate Energy announced filing an application with New York State’s Office of Renewable Energy Siting to build a 500-MW solar farm in the towns of Oakfield and Elba in western New York. Cider Solar Farm would be the largest solar project ever built in the state. [The Batavian]

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