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February Green Energy Times

The February, 2018 Green Energy Times has gone to press and will be delivered to local distribution centers soon.

The issue can be downloaded HERE.

Individual articles will be uploaded soon.

February 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Meet the new ‘renewable superpowers'” • A world powered by renewable energy will prize a very different set of resources than we do today. Which countries hold the key to unlocking wind and solar energy, and how will this shake up the world order? University of Swansea’s Andrew Barron discusses some of the issues. [eco-business.com]
Child looking at wind turbines (Image: Ben Paulos, CC BY 2.0)

Child looking at wind turbines (Image: Ben Paulos, CC BY 2.0)

  • “La Plata Electric Association grapples with era of change” • Texas utility LPEA is locked into a contract for the next 30 years with its electricity provider, Tri-State. Tri-State generates most of its electricity by burning coal and only promises to increase prices. Expensive and dirty power is not what most LPEA members want. [The Durango Herald]
  • While the rest of the world is warming, one part of the US is getting colder. The Corn Belt has seen summer temperatures drop 1°C (1.8°F) while rainfall increased by 35%. According to research published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, this time it is agricultural production, not greenhouse gases, that is to blame. [IFLScience]
  • “Tell the EPA: The economic cost of repealing the Clean Power Plan is just too high” • Repealing the CPP would deny Americans the opportunity to create 560,000 jobs and add $52 billion in economic value. That is in addition to the more than 3 million clean energy jobs in the US already, a nonpartisan environmental business group’s report says. [Kansas City Star]
  • President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget request would slash funding for farm bill conservation programs by about $13 billion over 10 years, on top of cuts already sustained in the 2014 farm bill. In a study, we found that it is highly uncertain whether the benefits these programs have produced can maintained with such cuts. [The Conversation]

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

February 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “With the US pursuing fossil fuels, alternative, renewable forms of energy could be an even bigger boon to China” • While President Donald Trump’s administration has moved to cut the US government’s clean energy budgets by up to 70%, China has been steadily moving in the opposite direction by exploring alternatives. [Jefferson Public Radio]
Goldwind wind farm (Photo: Pzavislak, Wikimedia Commons)

Goldwind wind farm in China (Photo: Pzavislak, Wikimedia Commons)

  • EPA chief Scott Pruitt staged a quiet visit to Massachusetts, along Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Neal Chaterjee. The two toured the Northfield Mountain Generating Station pumped storage facility in Northfield. The visit was one day before FERC finalized new rules to benefit energy storage facilities. [MassLive.com]
  • Australia currently mines the majority of the world’s lithium and also mines all of the minerals needed to make batteries on its home soil, but a report by Future Smart Strategies warns that a failure to look beyond this natural advantage, to opportunities that lie further down the supply chain, could cost the nation dearly. [CleanTechnica]
  • After Massachusetts chose a $950 million project headed by Maine utility Central Maine Power as its backup option to bring Canadian power to their state, Maine Gov Paul LePage’s energy czar said his boss would “push this right through” the rest of the permitting process that is handled by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. [Maine Public]
  • With state officials eyeing $56 billion of wind farm projects off the American coastline, developers are worried the turbines will need to be stamped with a big “Made in the USA.” Most are made in Europe, but the states in the Northeast that are jumping into wind power are betting they can create their own wind turbine industry. [WatertownDailyTimes.com]

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

February 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Clean energy – not natural gas – drove decarbonization in 2017” • Last year, for the first time, power sector emissions were reduced more by energy conservation and renewable energy than switching from coal to natural gas. This happened despite all Trump administration and fossil fuels industry attempts to limit clean energy. [Environmental Defense Fund]
US wind farm

US wind farm

  • According to project developer Statoil, the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland, has been generating electricity at a level that surpasses expectations through its first three full months of production. Where bottom-fixed offshore wind farms operate at 45% to 60% of rated capacity, Hywind Scotland has averaged 65%. [CleanTechnica]
  • Despite the current Presidential regime’s attempts to defend the coal industry, the US is home to a utility breaking world records for renewable energy development. With 47 GW of renewable capacity already built, NextEra plans to double its rate of install in the next few years, aiming for a total of 10.1 to 16.5 GW for the 2017-2020 period. [CleanTechnica]
  • Massachusetts regulators said that Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect will bring power from Canada to the Bay State if Eversource does not resolve its Northern Pass permitting problems in New Hampshire by March 27. The 1,200-MW New England Clean Energy Connect would run through 145 miles of western Maine. [MassLive.com]
  • EDF pledged to step up its renewable energy efforts as its sliding nuclear business sees revenues fall. The French energy giant’s annual results for 2017 show a 16% drop in earnings before interest and tax. Earnings in the UK fell by around a third as the company received lower prices than it expected for its nuclear power output. [Energy Live News]

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

February 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Federal regulators are allowing Anbaric Development Partners to move ahead with a shared transmission system for offshore wind off the coast of Massachusetts. The US company plans to solicit customers and sell transmission rights to the 2-GW to 2.4-GW Massachusetts Ocean Grid. Three developers already hold leases off the coast. [reNews]
Offshore wind substation (Credit: Statkraft)

Offshore wind substation (Credit: Statkraft)

  • The top US intelligence official warned Congress about the threat of “abrupt” climate change, despite Trump administration efforts to drive climate out of national security discussions. The Director of National Intelligence submitted written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee identifying climate change as a significant concern. [Vox]
  • US regulators have removed all market barriers to electric storage, so operators can dispatch power from multiple storage systems, including batteries. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has completed a ruling that allows energy storage companies to directly compete against power plants in wholesale power markets. [Digital Journal]
  • Southern California Edison, which serves customers in the greater Los Angeles area, has just announced it is cooperating with BMW to offer a $10,000 rebate to customers who purchase a BMW i3 electric car between now and April 30. To qualify, customers must prove they are an SCE customer and the car must be purchased, not leased. [CleanTechnica]
  • Eviation Aircraft is now aiming to bring its 9-seat electric aircraft to market by 2021 after it closed a battery supply agreement with South Korea’s Kokam, the company’s CEO has revealed. The Israel-based firm went with Kokam because it could expect a relatively high degree of flexibility and access to customization. [CleanTechnica]

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

February 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The Rocky Mountain Institute released a report on the demand flexibility equation, modeled on the grid in Texas, America’s version of an islanded energy market. The results indicate that the investment in demand flexibility would more than pay for itself in reduced curtailment, flattened peaks, and power plants never built. [Greentech Media]
Texas wind power

Texas wind power

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory published preliminary analyses from a three-year study using survey data from 1,705 randomly selected individuals within five miles of modern wind turbines, reflecting distance and attitudes. The findings highlight a generally positive attitude, regardless of how closely they live to a wind turbine. [CleanTechnica]
  • NUI Galway has officially launched the SEAFUEL project. It aims to use hydrogen as a renewable resource across the Atlantic area to power the local transport fleet of cars and support the shift towards a low-carbon economy. The project will be piloted in the Canary Islands, Madeira in Portugal and the Aran Islands, off western Ireland. [Irish Tech News]
  • Coal once dominated Michigan. But in 2016, coal-fired plants provided just 36% of the state’s electricity, down from about 50% two years before. Since 2010, Michigan utilities have retired 26 coal generators at 15 power plants. At least 17 generators at six plants are set to retire there by 2025, and no new coal-burning plants are being built. [Bridge Michigan]
  • While US clean energy installations lagged in 2017, they did increase the amount of renewably generated electricity to its highest level ever, at 18% of the overall energy mix. Rachel Luo, senior analyst for US utilities and market reform at BNEF, said 18% brings clean energy “within striking distance” of nuclear’s 20% generation contribution. [Greentech Media]

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

February 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Tesla, fresh from the success of its newly opened big battery in South Australia, has joined 18 other groups competing for the right to build another big battery. This time, the battery will be in the Northern Territory. The big battery in the Darwin-Katherine network will have a nominal capacity of between 25 MW and 45 MW. [CleanTechnica]
Solar project at Darwin Airport

Solar project at Darwin Airport

  • The US Chamber of Commerce is proposing that the federal government raise the gasoline tax by 25¢ per gallon, in 5¢ increments over 5 years. In theory, the tax hike would go to pay for rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure, the thousands of roads, bridges, and tunnels that are so substandard they are increasingly unsafe. [CleanTechnica]
  • Clean energy groups are speaking out in opposition to President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget, which includes cuts to programs at the DOE and EPA. For the DOE, the budget requests $2.5 billion specifically for “energy and related programs,” which is $1.9 billion below that of FY 2017. [North American Windpower]
  • Three Canadian solar manufacturers, Silfab Solar, Heliene, and Canadian Solar, filed a lawsuit with the US Court of International Trade in New York against Donald Trump’s imposition of 30% tariffs on all imported solar cells and modules. They have cited “immediate, severe, and irreversible injuries” for the Canadian solar industry. [CleanTechnica]
  • Indian Coal-based power plants are feeling the heat of spikes in thermal grade coal prices and railway freight costs. Prices of thermal grade coal have moved up by 15% to 18% this year. Also, the levy of evacuation charge of ₹50 per tonne may increase the cost of generation for coal-based power plants by up to ₹0.15 per unit (0.23¢/kWh). [EnergyInfraPost]

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

Join Ian Finlayson at BuildingEnergy Boston

by Jenny Goldbergian_finlayson

NESEA Member Ian Finlayson, Deputy Director of the Energy Efficiency Division at MassDOER, will be curating three of the 50+ conference sessions at this year’s BuildingEnergy Boston, March 7t through 9.

“There are other (larger) building design conferences, but none that bring together all that is at the cutting edge of sustainable building the way that BuildingEnergy Boston does. This conference is about being part of a community of leaders. It seems to consistently attract leading builders, designers, and developers of sustainable construction and is a safe space to share and learn what didn’t work as expected as well as to see the successful projects.”

Ian’s sessions are an example of the type of content that will be featured at this year’s conference. View the full list of sessions here.

Stretch Codes: Why this policy offers the best hope for rapid transformation to meet state and local climate goals
Speakers: Mark Lyles (New Buildings Institute)
Stretch codes are emerging as a go-to policy lever for cities such as Boulder, Santa Monica, Vancouver, BC, Palo Alto, Washington, DC and states such as New York, Massachusetts and Vermont. This session will look how cities and states are using stretch codes to more rapidly transform local building stock to higher energy efficiency levels, sometimes even driving toward zero energy outcomes. Read more…

The Magic (Electric) School Bus
Speakers: Steve Russell (Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources), Bethany Whitaker (Vermont Energy Investment Corporation)
Massachusetts is at the forefront of transportation technology with a pilot project that put the nation’s first electric school buses on the road at the end of 2016. We’ll hear from the pilot implementers working with public schools in Amherst, Cambridge, and Concord MA about the pilot goals and technology. Read more…

Should We Stop Trying to Update to the Latest Model Building Energy Code?
Speakers: John Dalzell (Boston Redevelopment Authority), Jamie Howland (Acadia Center), Paul Ormond (MassDOER)
States across the Northeast expend significant time and effort in the pursuit of adopting the latest model energy codes from the IECC and ASHRAE. Read more…

 

NY-GEO 2018 – 30% Tax Credit Returns & Early Discount Ends Thursday

NY GeoNY-GEO 2018

10% Early Discount ends this Thursday*

30% federal tax credit reinvigorates industry*

Top Job competition registration is now open*

The Premier North East 

Renewable Heating & Cooling Conference

Join us for the fourth annual NY-GEO Renewable Heating & Cooling Conference at the Radisson in Albany, New York on April 18 & 19!

*Early registration has been extended to this Thursday, February 15th! Register now to get 10% off with early registration.

This year’s conference will include keynote addresses from Public Service Commission (PSC) Chair John Rhodes and NYSERDA President Alicia Barton. Day two will feature a keynote panel of New York utility officials discussing the integration of renewable heating and cooling in their operations, as well as the Top Job competition.

* We hope you’ve heard about the restoration of the 30% federal tax credit for geothermal systems. This will be a major stimulus for industry growth. It’ a great reason for you to attend NY-GEO 2018 – the best place to learn how to heat and cool without burning fossil fuels while meeting the movers and shakers of the industry as New York embraces this incredible opportunity.

Join us for a fantastic program that will help policy makers, installers, organizers, architects, clean energy activists, contractors, building owners and mangers, engineers and more to plug into the renewable heat momentum building in New York and across the northeast!

NY-GEO 2018 provides 5 AIA, PDH, BPI or LEED (self reporting) continuing education credits. Three of the classes will be taught by Steve Kavanaugh – co-author of the ASHRAE published Geothermal Heating and Cooling: Design of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems (2014). Click here for a description of his classes.

* Every year a Top Job is chosen at the conference. Don’t miss this competition that highlights the versatility, and benefits of this amazing technology. Installers – If you’ve got a geothermal job to showcase, why not register it today?

In addition, Phoenix Energy Supply is providing a phenomenally convenient and inexpensive way to earn Accredited Installer status from the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA). You can take the course on-line and take the exam at the conference, and with support from NYSERDA, it will cost you less than half the list price. Click here to learn more.

Register now for the 10% discounted registration! See you in Albany!