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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.

GET Parity Act Published! – “After over a month of apparently COVID-related delays, GPO has finally published the official text of H.R. 3920, known as the ‘Groundsource Exchange Tax Parity Act’ or the ‘GET Parity Act’. The bill, sponsored by Congress Member Paul Tonko, would increase parity between ground source heat pumps, solar, wind, etc. If passed, it would increase the current temporary 10% Commercial Energy Tax Credit for GHP from 10% today to 26% until the end of 2022, to 24% in 2023, and 10% thereafter.

Other bills that mention ‘heat pumps’ that have been introduced, or whose text, sponsorship, etc. have changed, since the beginning of July include:
·         S.1298 – Clean Energy for America Act
·         S.2259 – Resilient Schools Act of 2021
·         S.1753H.R.3395 – Home Energy Savings Act
·         S.1768 H.R.3456– HOPE for HOMES Act of 2021
·         H.R.848 – GREEN Act of 2021
·         H.R.1512 – CLEAN Future Act
·         H.R.2975 – To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to modify the definition of water heater under energy conservation standards…
·         H.R.3606 – National Institutes of Clean Energy Act of 2021
·         H.R.3607 – Buy Green Act of 2021
·         H.R.4155 – Green Neighborhoods Act of 2021”
Thanks to NY-GEO member Bob Wyman for this tip.
AWESome EarthKind podcast: Do you want to reduce your heating and cooling costs – but aren’t sure how to afford the best options? Do you want to save money and help make a better world? Jennifer Cross is a Senior Program Manager at National Grid for both their Heat Pump and Electric Products Programs. These two programs contribute to state-wide carbon reduction goals in collaboration with the other NYS electric utilities and NYSERDA. .Listen via your favorite podcast playing app (Apple [itunes.apple.com], Spotify [open.spotify.com], Google Podcast [podcasts.google.com].) or visit the website at [awesomeearthkind.com] https://awesomeearthkind.com/podcasts/jennifercross/ [awesomeearthkind.com]
Waste Water as a Heat Source – This 7 minute Power of Wastewater video identifies 3 or 4 general examples of waste water as a heat resource. Favorite quote: “In the United States, 350 billion kilowatt hours of hot water are wasted annually”. Thanks to Dave Hatherton as well as NY-GEO member Billii Roberti from Green Choices Consulting for this tip.

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About Those Killer Floods In Europe – We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

Earth (NASA image)

This article is from CleanTechnica:

The Guardian and the New York Times are running big stories about how global heating may be playing a role in those “nobody alive has ever seen anything like this” floods that brought massive destruction and killed more than 150 people in Europe recently. Both publications very carefully put forward the idea that maybe, just maybe, climate change is responsible and human activity could be a factor.

If you read CleanTechnica on a regular basis, you already know that burning fossil fuels — whether in the form of trees, peat, coal, oil, or unnatural gas — increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Too much CO2 leads to higher atmospheric temperatures. Warm air holds more moisture than cooler air, ergo there is more water vapor in the atmosphere which means when it rains, it rains harder and longer than we are used to.

Read more About Those Killer Floods at CleanTechnica.

 

July 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Solar And Wind Provide 99.9% Of New US Power Capacity In April, 93.9% In May” • Solar power and wind power continue to dominate new power capacity additions in the US. Almost 100% of new power capacity additions in April came from solar and wind, and 94% of new power capacity additions in May came from solar and wind. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Anna Jiménez Calaf, Unsplash)

  • “Toyota And Panasonic Joint Venture Plans To Cut Battery Costs By 50%” • In 2020, Toyota and Panasonic formed a joint venture called Prime Planet Energy & Solutions to manufacture advanced lithium-ion batteries. PPES said in a recent statement it expects to lower the cost of batteries by 50% by the end of next year, according to Inside EVs. [CleanTechnica]
  • “United Invests In Swedish Electric Airplane Startup” • Swedish electric airplane startup Heart Aerospace says its ES-19 will be ready to begin commercial service on flights of 250 miles or less by 2026. Unites Airlines agreed to buy 100 ES-19 electric aircraft from Heart and anticipates having them in passenger service use before the end of the decade. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Report: 30 Million Solar Homes Would Create 1.77 Million Jobs, $69 Billion In Energy Savings” • An ILSR report finds that installing rooftop solar panels and community solar systems to serve the equivalent of 30 million American homes would create significant economic benefits while addressing the climate crisis and historic inequities. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Global Investors Pump Hundreds Of Billions Into Renewables In Shift From Fossil Fuels” • Despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the top global debt and equity investors have continued to pour capital into the renewable energy sector, accelerating their race away from the climate-related risks posed by fossil fuel assets. [Renew Economy]

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

July 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Rolls-Royce Attempting 100% Electric Aircraft Speed Record, Jaguar I-PACE Offering Ground Support” • Rolls-Royce has been a familiar name in the very early electric aircraft market. Its fully electric aircraft, Spirit of Innovation, is about to attempt a new top speed record for an electric aircraft. It is aiming to fly at over 300 mph (480 km/h). [CleanTechnica]

Spirit of Innovation and Jaguar I PACE 5 (Rolls Royce image)

  • “G20 Urged To ‘Get Serious About Renewables'” • Officers from companies in the wind industry, including Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa, and Vestas called on G20 members to show leadership in the climate crisis by raising national ambitions and urgently laying out concrete plans for increased wind energy production to replace fossil fuels. [reNEWS]
  • “Tesla Model 3 Is The Number 1 Electric Car In Germany In June” • The German plugin vehicle market scored over 64,000 registrations last month, with sales rising fast. Plug-in hybrid car sales were up 191%, year over year, to 31,314. Battery electric vehicle sales were up 312% YOY to 33,420 cars. Last month’s plugin share ended at 24%. [CleanTechnica]
  • “BBC: Electric Cars Will Be “Biggest Revolution In Motoring” Since 1913″ • Many observers forecast a transition to electric cars much sooner than expected. Now, BBC is joining the fray. “What makes the end of the internal combustion engine inevitable is a technological revolution. And technological revolutions tend to happen very quickly.” [CleanTechnica]
  • “How We’re Getting More Solar On Rooftops Across The Country” • The US goal of decarbonizing the power sector by 2035 implies a need to green the grid rapidly. To reach that goal, we need to install more rooftop solar PV systems. Unfortunately, we are still in the dark ages when it comes to permitting. A new program, SolarAPP+, addresses that. [CleanTechnica]

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

Sustainable Hanover Event: Panels and EV’s and E-bikes, OH MY!

Join us Wednesday July 21 at the Hanover Farmers Market from 4-7 p.m. and meet ReVision Energy and Solaflect Energy associates in person. Sustainable Hanover will host a variety of electric cars and bikes – talk to their owners and learn how enjoyable going electric can be! If you’re lucky, you’ll be treated to a solar baked cookie!

Location: Richmond Middle School, 63 Lyme Rd. Hanover

For more information on solar, go to https://sustainablehanovernh.org/solarize and sign up to talk to our clean energy partners. They can also guide you through the consideration of complementary technology–be it heat pumps, home battery storage, an EV charger, or an electric hot water heat.

Questions? email sustainablehanovernh@gmail.com

Workshop and Volunteer Announcement!

 

Garlic Harvest Workshop

Wednesday July 21st at 5:00 PM at the Plymouth community garden

Join us to harvest and learn about garlic! This is a part of our garlic life cycle series where we follow garlic throughout the seasons to teach how to plant, harvest, maintain, and plan for the year to come. No registration necessary, just show up!

Composting Workshop

Saturday July 31st at 9:00 AM – at the Whole Village community garden in Plymouth with master gardener Bob Richer

This follow up composting workshop with Bob Richer offers a hands on intro to composting. Come with any composting questions you have! This event is free but please register here.

Solar Shares
Garden Check In, Site Maintenance, Compass Paintings

Saturday, July 31st 11am to 1pm (Following the Little Gardens Composting Workshop)

Please join us on Saturday, July 31st at 11am at the NH Solar Shares pavilions in Plymouth. We need to check in on our edible plants. It may be time to harvest the peppers! There is watering, weeding, brush clearing, trail maintenance, beautifying, raking and sign painting to be done. As part of our our solar energy education trail we will be painting a compass on a tree stump so visitors can learn about south vs true south.

Free ice-cream to all volunteers. Come for one or two hours!

No RSVP necessary. Rain or Shine. Wear closed toe shoes. Bring hat, work gloves, gardening and lawn care tools. Questions? Email Sandra Jones. Learn more about the NH Solar Shares Community Solar Project.

Attn: West Fairlee, Vershire, Corinth and Bradford, VT – Insulating Window Inserts

Neighbors in West Fairlee, Vershire, Corinth and Bradford, VT are collaborating with WindowDressers Inc., a Maine-based nonprofit, (www.windowdressers.org) to make custom built interior storm inserts for households in our four towns. The inserts are easy to install, remove and reuse. They let light in, keep drafts out, and reduce heating costs.

You can see sample inserts at various spots over the summer, so keep an eye out for a display table at your local trash and recycling site, Hannaford supermarket, and elsewhere!

Those ordering window inserts will join other volunteers to build the inserts at a “Community Build,” a barn-raising-style community event in early November at the Vershire Town Center.

Low-income households are eligible to receive inserts at low, or no, cost. All customers will be asked to volunteer.  There are many different ways to pitch in.

Renters can use the inserts as well!

If your group would like a demonstration, get in touch.

To learn more e-mail us at  4townwindowdresser@gmail.com or call Susanna at 802 222 3460

July 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Scientists Predict More Extreme Weather Events In Future” • Over 100 people are dead and many more are reported missing after deadly floods swept large parts of western Germany. Such devastating floods have not been seen in decades. Meteorologists warn, however, that extreme weather events are likely to become much more familiar in future. [DW]

Storm damage (EU image)

  • “Eviation Rolls Out 100% Electric Airplane Alice’s Production Version” • A production version of Eviation’s Alice electric plane has been finalized. Eviation is approaching the runway! Its first flight is planned for this year, and the goal remains to deliver the first customer planes in 2022. Electric planes can cut the cost of flying planes by 90%. [CleanTechnica]
  • “American Airlines Commits To Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets By 2035” • American Airlines announced that it is the first North American carrier to seek validation from the Science Based Targets initiative, a collaboration that includes CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute, and the World Wide Fund for Nature. [Simple Flying]
  • “Green Transport Can Only Succeed With A Greener Grid” • To decarbonize the UK’s roads, railways, and flight paths, more clean energy is needed. Senior energy industry sources warned that the UK’s ambitious targets to drive down carbon emissions from the transport sector will require an acceleration of green investment in the energy system. [The Guardian]
  • “LG Electronics To Transition To 100% Renewable By 2050” • LG Electronics said it will shift to renewable energy for 100% of its needs by 2050. Its had previous pledged to go carbon neutral by 2030. LG said the transition will begin at its North American headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey, which will run on 100% renewables by year’s end. [The Korea Herald]

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

July 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Wind-Assisted Ship Propulsion Can Transform Marine Transport” • Answering the call for a greening of the shipping sector, a new generation of engineers and entrepreneurs is working on feasibility of several efficient wind-assisted ship propulsion devices and the full integration with vessel trading operation and financing models. [CleanTechnica]

Maersk Pelican, with wind-assisted ship propulsion (Wikipedia)

  • “Record Rainfall Leaves Over 120 Dead In Western Europe, Devastating Parts Of Germany” • Catastrophic flooding has killed more than 120 people in western Europe, with hundreds more missing, authorities said. Large-scale rescue efforts continue amid rising water, landslides, and power outages. Entire villages are underwater in Germany and Belgium. [CNN]
  • “Drought In The Southwest Could Be Making Monsoon Flooding Worse” • Monsoon rains brought extreme flash floods to the Southwest this week, with scenes of vehicles bobbing down neighborhood roads like rafts on class three rapids. Experts say the historic Western drought is to blame, making the soil less like a sponge and more like pavement. [CNN]
  • “Volkswagen Plans To Up Its EV Game” • Volkswagen is upping its EV game again. This week, it revealed its New Auto strategy, which envisions half of all sales to be EVs by 2030. A company press release speaks of €1.2 trillion in expected sales by 2030. The plan includes a focus on “mechatronics,” whatever the heck that is! [CleanTechnica]
  • “NYC Buying Seven Electric Garbage Trucks” • Garbage trucks, with straightforward and clear range requirements and a lot of stopping and starting as they operate, are almost perfect vehicles to have be EVs. The New York City Department of Sanitation is going to order seven electric garbage trucks from Mack Trucks, a Volvo Group subsidiary. [CleanTechnica]

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

DOE Intends to Issue a Funding Opportunity


Opportunity Accelerates the Renovation of Buildings with Energy-Efficient Innovations

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced its intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on behalf of the Building Technologies Office (BTO) called “Advanced Building Construction (ABC) – 2021.” This FOA would fund research intended to accelerate the renovation and construction of affordable, appealing, and energy-efficient buildings, contributing to a carbon-neutral building economy in America by 2050.

This FOA, in support of BTO’s Advanced Building Construction Initiative, will seek to accomplish this by funding R&D projects that would benefit all Americans–including underserved communities. ABC seeks innovations that:

  • result in high performance, low carbon buildings with lower energy bills, improved indoor air quality, improved comfort, and reduced maintenance;
  • deliver faster building renovations with less disruption to building occupants; and,
  • incorporate modernized construction and manufacturing techniques to drive down costs and scale production of both low carbon new buildings and retrofit components.

Read more about this Notice of Intent HERE.

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