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Green Energy Times, March 2019

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March 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “How Climate Change Is Affecting World Cup Ski Racing Circuit” • For those who compete in the snow, climate change is obvious. From shrinking glaciers and inadequate snow cover to tempestuous storms and too much of the white stuff, racers on the World Cup circuit have to adapt to conditions noticeably different than they were ten years go. [CNN]

Petra Vlhova (Hans Bezard | Agence Zoom | Getty Images)

  • “Wow: US Government Warns There’s A Spring Flood Risk For Two-Thirds Of The Lower 48” • Historic floods have deluged vast swaths of the Midwest. But NOAA says the floods are not close to over. The agency’s 2019 Spring Outlook found that nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states are at risk for flooding in the coming months. [Yahoo News]
  • “New Hampshire Officials Unhappy With Neighbors’ Nuclear Option” • The New England states have aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adopt clean energy. But some New Hampshire officials fear that Connecticut’s decision to support the Millstone nuclear plant will increase costs for Granite State residents. [The Union Leader]
  • “Fracking Plan ‘Will Release Same CO₂ As 300 Million New Cars’” • The UK government’s fracking proposals would release the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as almost 300 million new cars, fatally undermining the obligation of the country’s ministers to tackle the escalating climate crisis, according to new research. [The Guardian]
  • “Propaganda, Politics, And The Environment” • Democratic systems can fail when those in the position of making and maintaining laws, the politicians, put their personal ends before the society that the system was originally built to benefit. They use propaganda to achieve their ends. Democracy in America is failing because of it. [CleanTechnica]

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

March 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Navajo Nation Company Ends Bid To Buy Power Plant, Mine” • One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West will close this year as planned, as a Navajo Nation company ended its long-shot bid to acquire it. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company had looked into buying the power plant and the coal mine to save revenue and jobs. [Associated Press]

Navajo Generating Station (Ross D Franklin | AP File Photo)

  • “California In ‘Extreme Peril’ From Fire Threat, Gov Gavin Newsom Says, Declares Statewide Fire Emergency To Prepare” • California Gov Gavin Newsom declared a statewide wildfire emergency, citing “extreme peril” to life and property. The declaration suspends environmental and bidding practices to speed forest clearing. [The Weather Channel]
  • “Electric Buses Avoid Three Times More Fossil Fuels Than Electric Cars, Finds BNEF” • A new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance claims electric buses displace far more fossil fuels than electric cars. China leads the way when it comes to reducing the use of fossil fuels, most importantly diesel, in its transportation sector. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Banks Funneled $1.9 Trillion Into Fossil Fuels Since Paris Agreement” • A new report published this week shows that 33 global banks provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement at the end of 2015 and that the amount of fossil fuel financing has increased in each of the past two years. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The Potential Of Ammonia As Carbon-Free Fuel – Major New Research Project At The University Of Aarhus” • A major new research project at the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University could revolutionize production of ammonia. And ammonia has the potential to revolutionize the entire energy and transport sector. [CleanTechnica]

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

Funding for Commercial Advanced Wood Heat Installations Announcement and RFP

Windham Regional Commission Request for Grant Proposals
Installation of Advanced Wood Heat System in Commercial Buildings
Date of Release: March 22, 2019
Proposals Due: April 15, 2019
 
Windham Wood Heat (WWH), a Windham Regional Commission program, is seeking grant proposals from commercial establishments in Windham County seeking to convert from fossil fuel heating to advanced wood heat (AWH). WWH will provide grant funding of up to 25% of the installation cost (including design, installation, and acquisition costs of AWH systems and system components (i.e. controls, thermal and fuel storage)) with a maximum award of $100,000. Systems preferred to be installed by December, 2019. Awarded WWH grants will cover 100% of the costs for mandatory third party commissioning of the system installed.
 
Submit Proposals by 4:00 pm April 15th, 2019 via email, mail, or fax to:
Marion Major, Windham Regional Commission
139 Main St., Brattleboro VT 05301
Fax (802)254-6383, Phone (802)257-4547 x109
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March 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “US Solar And Wind Firms Call The ‘Green New Deal’ Too Extreme” • Representatives of America’s clean energy companies are withholding their support for the climate-fighting plan, calling it unrealistic and too politically divisive. The solar and wind industries are keen to grow their businesses in both red and blue states. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]

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US solar array

  • “ExxonMobil Faces EU Parliament Ban After No-Show At Climate Hearing” • ExxonMobil faces losing its lobby privileges at the European parliament after it failed to show up for the first hearing into climate change denial. Previously, only Monsanto has ever lost access to European MPs, parliamentary meetings, and digital resources. [The Guardian]
  • “Ford Announces Plans To Build Electric And Autonomous Cars In Michigan” • Ford announced it will invest $850 million to prepare its iconic Flat Rock assembly plant for building battery electric cars. And the company says it will spend an additional $50 million to equip that factory to manufacture autonomous vehicles. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Study: Fossil Fuel Generation Has No Business Case In Australia” • A study published by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Australian Energy Market Operator, found solar and wind are the cheapest forms of power even after storage and balancing costs were taken into account. [Greentech Media]
  • “Wind Turbines Make Better Neighbors Than Power Plants” • People living near wind projects strongly prefer their spinning, clean power-producing neighbors over plants that generate electricity from fossil fuels, nuclear, or even solar, a study published in Nature Energy shows. And that is even true in states that produce coal. [Anthropoce]

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

March 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Who’s Behind Trump’s Claim The Green New Deal Will Cost $100 Trillion?” • President Trump’s claim that the Green New Deal would cost $100 trillion can be traced back to the Manhattan Institute, a think tank backed by fossil fuel investor Paul Singer and companies like ExxonMobil. The figure was a “guesstimate,” tweeted without cost analysis. [Truthout]

Real Fake (Cole Camplese, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “European Policymakers Endorse Net-Zero Strategy For 2050, Stronger 2030 Targets” • Members of the European Parliament voted last week on a non-binding resolution endorsing a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target for 2050 and increasing the European Union’s 2030 target. The vote was 369 to 116, with 40 abstentions. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Hydrogen, Wind, And Solar Powered Yacht ‘Energy Observer’ Calls On Antwerp” • The yacht Energy Observer, the world’s first oceangoing zero emissions catamaran, arrived in Antwerp. It is its 34th port of call since it began its around the world cruise in June of 2017. People can visit to learn more about the ship and its round the world voyage. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Judge: Government Must Consider Climate Change In Oil Drilling Leases” • Federal agencies must “take a hard look” at the impact of oil and gas drilling on climate change, a federal judge ruled in a case involving oil leases. The order could have significant implications for the Trump administration’s efforts to expand domestic energy production. [CNN]
  • “Trump To Finalize $3.7 Billion In Aid For Troubled Nuclear Plant” • The Trump administration will finalize $3.7 billion in loan guarantees to Southern Co and its partners who are building a troubled nuclear reactor project in Georgia, the last of its kind under construction in the US, according to two people familiar with the matter. [Bloomberg]

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

Vermont accelerator Accel-VT now accepting applications for entrepreneurs focused on reducing fossil fuel use in heating or transportation

Accel-VT is seeking innovative, early-stage, energy companies focused on reducing fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the heating and transportation sectors to participate in its business accelerator in Burlington, Vermont. The business accelerator, which is focused on helping early stage companies in climate economy innovation, is now accepting applications through April 28, 2019 for its summer 2019 climate economy entrepreneur program.
Eight to 10 companies will be competitively selected from Vermont and throughout the U.S. to work with climate economy leaders, industry experts, potential partners and investment professionals. Participants will complete an intensive curriculum, developed by Village Capital, during three four-day onsite workshops over three months in addition to webinars and mentoring sessions between the workshops.
This will be the third cohort for Accel-VT, which is managed by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), a nonprofit organization working to improve sustainable economic development in Vermont. Every cohort company that participated in the 2017 and 2018 programs benefited from substantive meetings with various Vermont companies who were looking for innovative technologies and products.
“As national environmental protections are weakened and challenges presented by climate change become more widely recognized, Vermont positions itself as the state where climate change and resource renewal can spark business growth and economic development,” said Geoff Robertson, business assistance director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.
In addition to connecting the accelerator participants to the larger ecosystem of business support and capital in Vermont, participants will also be competing for a $25,000 non-equity prize that will be awarded to each of the top two companies through a peer-ranking system as well as up to two $10,000 prizes from Accel-VT Energy sponsor Burlington Electric Department (BED).
BED will provide up to $10,000 in Tier 3 funds for up to two cohort companies, for a total of $20,000 to demonstrate their technologies through qualifying projects or programs in Burlington, VT at the close of Accel-VT Energy. Tier 3 of Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard requires distribution utilities to acquire fossil fuel savings from energy transformation projects (projects that reduce fossil fuel consumed by their customers in the heating and transportation sectors).
 
Who Should Apply
Accel-VT is interested in startup and/or seed stage ventures who offer new technologies, or novel applications of existing technologies, aimed at reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions in the heating and/or transportation sector. Some examples include, but are not limited to, ventures that are enabling:
        solutions to make electric transportation more affordable, accessible, and widely-available;
        new electric vehicle recharging infrastructure for homes, businesses, and the public;
        new technology to help utilities interface with electric charging infrastructure to manage demand or send price signals or enable dynamic or other rates;
        new air-source and ground-source heat pump technologies, including demand management and boiler-compatible;
        advanced biomass and biofuel solutions for homes, businesses, and public-sector institutions;
        solar water heating solutions; and
        district heating technologies and applications.
 
To learn more about Accel-VT and the 2019 application process, visit accelvt.com. Applications are due April 28, 2019.

Renewable Northwest: 2019 Summer Internship

Renewable Northwest is now accepting applications for their 2019 Summer Internship: Renewable Energy Policy Research.  Due date is March 25th.
 
This intern will research dual-use solar and agriculture and existing policy drivers around the country to produce a written report and presentation for use in solar policy advocacy and education in Oregon and Washington. The position is paid.
 Questions? Please contact David Wolf or Pam Mahon at: Internship@RenewableNW.org 503-223-4544
Read more here.

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March 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Can We Go Back To A Clean Future With Hybrid Airships?” • China is betting big on airships for freight with a partnership with French company Flying Whales. Better access to remote areas and big cost savings are the reason, but will airships open a path to cleaner air transport? There are a number of reasons to believe they can. [CleanTechnica]

Flying Whales home delivery

  • “S2A Modular Offers Affordable Net Zero Homes With Tesla Renewable Energy Components” • S2A Modular is building a factory in California to build homes using net-zero energy. The best news is that with its modular approach, S2A Modular can provide a superior building for about 20% less money than a traditional structure. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Global Wind Installs Seen At 723 GW Over Next 10 Years” • Global wind power capacity additions in 2019-2028 are seen to reach 723 GW, with a third of them in China, a report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables says. The global capacity is currently close to 600 GW, so it will more than double over the next 10 years. [Renewables Now]
  • “Climate Change Comes To American Heartland” • Parts of the several states in the Midwest have been devastated by a wicked combination of frozen ground, accelerated snow melt, and 1 to 2 inches of rain. All of these can be attributed to some degree to changes in climatic conditions associated with a warming planet and climate change. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Storing Energy By Heating Stones To 600 Degrees Could Power Denmark For Hours” • High-temperature thermal energy storage can be cheap, non-degradable, and environmentally friendly. A new system uses storage materials combined with known charging and discharging technology to improve cost and the efficiency of energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

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

LOCAL STUDENTS JOIN COUNTERPOINT TO PERFORM PREMIERE OF SIX DEGREES

Vermont’s professional a cappella group Counterpoint will perform in Manchester on April 25 with students from BBA and Maple Street school.

Students from Burr and Burton Academy and Maple Street School will join the professional a cappella group Counterpoint to perform the world premiere of Six Degrees on Thursday April 25, 6:00 pm, at the First Congregational Church, Manchester. Tickets are available in advance at Northshire Bookstore for $10 and at the door on the day of performance for $15 (students $5 with ID). The title Six Degrees refers both to the cataclysmic result of the warming of the planet by six degrees Celsius, which would effectively end life on our planet, as well as to the “six degrees of separation” that connect all of humanity. Six Degrees continues a legacy of activism through music begun by Counterpoint founder Robert De Cormier (1922-2017), who strove to deliver a message of peace and justice through his compositions and arrangements of folk music.

Climate change is on everyone’s lips and is evident all around us. Temperatures all over the globe are reaching unprecedented levels and in the past few years, our country has experienced the most destructive wildfires and extreme weather events in recorded history. Through music, narration, and video, Six Degrees brings a crucial environmental message to a new generation, educating students of all ages how climate change threatens our survival and how green alternatives, renewables, and sustainability can address these dangers. Throughout the school year, Counterpoint has presented several school workshops, reaching thousands of students all over Vermont. The state tour will continue with further workshops, plus public concerts in Fairlee on Thursday May 23 and in Weston on Sunday July 14.

Six Degrees is comprised of three musical sections. The first incorporates indigenous and contemporary folk music from all six inhabited continents and relates to specific cultural, social and environmental issues linked to the natural elements of earth, air, fire and water. The middle section climaxes with the depiction of a catastrophic warming of six degrees C, followed by an optimistic musical presentation of “turning the world around”: mitigating global warming through green technology, energy efficiency, renewables, and sustainability. The work concludes with a joyous medley of world music celebrating humanity in balance with nature, in which the performers and audience are encouraged to care for the earth. For more information about Six Degrees, go to www.counterpointchorus.org, call (802) 540-1784 or email contact@counterpointchorus.org.

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Vermont’s professional a cappella group Counterpoint presents Six Degrees. Through music, narration, and video, Six Degrees brings a crucial environmental message: how climate change threatens our survival and how we can address these dangers.

Thursday April 25, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, First Congregational Church, Manchester, VT.

Thursday May 23, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Fairlee Community Arts, Fairlee, VT

Sunday July 14, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Church On The Hill, Weston, VT

 

The 5th Annual NH Home Energy Expo

The 5th annual NH Home Energy Expo is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Dunbarton Elementary School Community Center from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome. The Energy Expo will feature a gymnasium full of vendors coupled with topical energy workshop sessions held throughout the event and educational games for children.

The Energy Expo will have something for everyone. If you are considering an energy project and would like to learn more about various energy technologies (including Solar photovoltaic panels, automatic pellet fired heating systems, solar tracking arrays, domestic hot water alternatives, and air exchange heat pump systems, and financing opportunities), this is the place to come.

The workshops schedule can be found at dunbarton-energy.org/energy-expo-workshop-schedule.

A special attraction this year is an opportunity to talk to electric car owners and discuss their experiences with Leaf, Tesla, and Prius electric vehicles. There will be a drawing for a “Ton of wood Pellets” donated by one of our exhibiters.

Plan to attend! For more information, see our web page www.dunbarton-energy.org/energy-expo/ or like us on Facebook (Dunbarton Energy Committee – https://www.facebook.com/pages/ 195961943752074).

Questions, contact us by email at: energy@dunbarton-energy.org