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Green Energy Times 10 Year Anniversary!!!

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Green Energy Times #55, our 10th anniversary edition, is now available online. You can download it as a pdf file HERE.

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May 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Providence, Rhode Island Trials Autonomous Shuttle From May Mobility” • Financed in part by money from the VW diesel cheating settlement, a fleet of 6 passenger autonomous shuttles supplied by May Mobility began operating this week on a 5.3-mile fixed route that connects downtown Providence with Olneyville Square. [CleanTechnica]

May Mobiity shuttle (May Mobility image)

  • “$4,000 Used Plug-in Hybrid And EV Buyer Incentive Offered By Peninsula Clean Energy” • In San Mateo County, California, just south of San Francisco, Peninsula Clean Energy is offering a $4,000 incentive for qualifying residents who buy used plug-in hybrids and EVs. The incentive is part of a collaboration with Peninsula Family Service. [CleanTechnica]
  • “School Students Walk Out In Global Climate Strike” • In New Zealand and Australia, students went on strike again, starting off a worldwide day of climate change protests. Organizers expect more than a million young people will participate in at least 110 countries, calling for politicians and businesses to take action to fight climate change. [BBC]
  • “LEGO Is Running 100% On Renewable Energy Three Years Ahead Of Schedule” • A few years ago, LEGO’s corporate side set an ambitious goal of making its production facilities run entirely on renewable energy. Their original plan was to reach that goal by 2022, but things went faster than they expected. They reached it three years early. [GOOD Magazine]
  • “QTS Buying Wind Power For Two Data Centers” • Data center service provider QTS Realty Trust agreed to buy electricity from wind farms in Illinois and Texas to cover 100% of the expected demand of two data centers. It said the 10-year PPA will offset consumption of its data centers in Chicago and Piscataway, New Jersey. [Renewables Now]

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

May 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “US Wind Industry’s Response To Solar’s Rise: Embrace It” • Amid the changes going on in the renewable power industries, the American Wind Energy Association trade group announced that its flagship annual Windpower conference and exhibition will expand to include solar and storage, starting next year in Denver. [Greentech Media]

Wind turbines and horses in Wyoming (AWEA image)

  • “Ohio House Lawmakers Amend Nuclear Plant Bailout Bill” • The Ohio House has dramatically changed the energy bill that would bailout the state’s nuclear power plants and repeal renewable energy standards. Under the changes neither wind nor solar power can qualify for “Clean Air Credits.” It seems the bill benefits only nuclear plants. [WCBE 90.5 FM]
  • Opinion: “Republicans Aren’t Just Climate Deniers. They Deny The Extinction Crisis, Too” • In King Lear there is a famous line: “‘Tis the time’s plague when madmen lead the blind.” The words comment on the deadly consequences of greed, delusion, and folly, but they could serve just as well as a comment on today’s Republican Party. [The Guardian]
  • “Reality Check: Does Wind Energy Kill Birds And Cause Cancer?” • According to US Fish and Wildlife Service, wind turbines kill up to 300,000 birds a year. That’s low compared to other sources. Communication towers kill 40 million, power lines kill 140 million. Also, the American Cancer Society says it is unaware of links to cancer. [WCCO | CBS Minnesota]
  • “Traverse City Switching To 100% Renewable Energy” • Traverse City is known for its beauty, and city officials want to protect that by switching to 100% green energy. Municipal buildings will be powered entirely by solar and wind energy by 2020. The local utility will use 40% renewables by 2025, and it will be completely green by 2040. [9&10 News]

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

May 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Offshore Drilling Has Become A Liability For Republicans” • The issue of offshore drilling has created a schism between Republicans in states where constituents depend on fishing and beach tourism, like Florida and Georgia, and the White House, which wants virtually all US waters to be open for oil industry exploitation. [CleanTechnica]

Deepwater Horizon fire of 2010 (US Coast Guard)

  • “Lilium Reveals Long-Awaited New Air Taxi And Celebrates Maiden Flight In The Same Swoop” • Lilium, based in Germany, says it is nearly ready to manufacture and operate the Lilium Jet and offer on-demand air taxi service around the world. It showed a new 5-seat electric air taxi prototype, whose maiden flight was earlier this month. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Ausgrid Seeks To Expand Virtual Power Plant To Cut Back On Network Costs” • New South Wales utility Ausgrid is seeking proposals to expand its virtual power plant, following a successful pilot project. It looked to co-ordinate battery storage systems to support network services and help avoid the need for further network investment. [RenewEconomy]
  • “GE Renewable Energy Secures More Than 2 GW In US Onshore Wind Energy Orders Through May 2019” • GE said it had orders for more than 700 wind turbines in the first five months of the year, which is enough to power about 800,000 US households. GE’s 2-MW platform will have 15 GW installed by the end of 2019. [REVE]
  • “General Assembly Passes Bill To Promote Renewable Energy Projects For Universities” • The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have voted to pass a bill to allow public universities and state agencies to enter into renewable energy contracts for up to 25 years. The House favored the bill by a vote of 108 to 8, and it is going to the governor. [CIproud.com]

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

Ice Cream Social Fundraiser at Monadnock Food Co-op

Monadnock Food Co-op Hosts
Ice Cream Social Fundraiser
To Benefit the Monadnock Localvores

KEENE, NH – The Monadnock Food Co-op and Walpole Creamery will host an Ice Cream Social Fundraiser on Saturday, June 22, 2019, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. to benefit the Monadnock Localvores Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Camp Scholarship Program that offers financial support to local youth to attend agricultural camps each summer. The fundraiser takes place at the co-op’s outdoor patio at 34 Cypress Street, Keene.

“Our Ice Cream Social Fundraiser is a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer while supporting a local cause — not to mention eating some delicious ice cream with the best spread of toppings you’ve ever seen,” said General Manager Michael Faber.

The suggested donation for ice cream and toppings is $5. Dairy-free options will also be available, along with a scrumptious range of toppings donated by co-op vendors. Singer-Songwriters Pat Clark and Jentri Jollimore will provide live music in the amphitheater and event attendees are welcome to bring a blanket and relax on the lawn. The Monadnock Waldorf School will offer face painting, too.

The Co-op hosts this fundraising event to support nonprofits and community initiatives that further Monadnock Food Co-op’s goals of increasing access to healthy food, connecting community, strengthening the local food system and supporting the local economy.

The Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Camp Scholarship endeavors to connect young people with local agriculture and nature by supplementing the cost of sending children to local farm camps, in hopes of nurturing the next generation of local farmers and food supporters.

Stroll Invites Children to March in Heifer Parade

BRATTLEBORO, VT – The theme of 2019’s Strolling of the Heifers Parade is “Farmers Are Our Heroes” and organizers want this year’s parade to be the most super event ever! “We are inviting all children to come and march with us, dressed in their favorite superhero costume,” explained Orly Munzing, the Stroll’s founder. “We have capes and masks for any child who needs them.”

All children are invited to march in the “Super Kids’ Unit” on June 8, in downtown Brattleboro, VT. Parents are encouraged to march with their child and join the fun. Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register in advance by going to https://www.strollingoftheheifers.com/kids-unit/

More information about Strolling of the Heifers Weekend events is at www.strollingoftheheifers.com

NY CLIMATE TOWN HALL MAY 28, 2019

Join me for a CLIMATE TOWN HALL
Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Dear Friends,

I am writing to invite you to join me for a Climate Town Hall on Tuesday, May 28th at Hudson Valley Community College. You will have the opportunity to hear more about my work advancing comprehensive national climate action through the U.S. Congress, share your climate experiences and ask any climate-related questions you may have.

Climate change is a real and growing threat to our region and nation, our military and countless jobs and industries throughout our economy. In March, I released my Framework for National Climate Action to get a comprehensive climate action plan through Congress at the earliest possible opportunity. You can find more information at Tonko.house.gov/climate. As one of a handful of engineers in Congress, I am proud to be working with my colleagues to put science and evidence before politics and finally take bold action needed to address the growing climate crisis and protect the American people and our shared environment.

DETAILS: This event will be held at the HVCC Field House at the McDonough Sport Complex, located at 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:00 p.m. RSVP HERE

If you have questions regarding this upcoming town hall meeting, do not hesitate to contact my Albany office at (518) 465-0700.  If you are unable to attend, I encourage you to email, call, or write to me with your comments or questions, or to share your climate story by visiting Tonko.house.gov/climate. For real time updates, join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: @RepPaulTonko. My door is always open.

Please feel free to share this information with family, friends and neighbors as well. My staff and I are here to help, and we want to serve as a resource in any way we can.

I hope to see you there!

Your friend,

P.S. I am encouraging constituents who have felt the impact of climate change to share their stories ahead of this town hall. If climate change has affected you, your family, your home, your health, your job or your business, please consider telling your story HERE.

NY Senator May, Mayor Olson to be part of May 23rd ‘Top Job’ Presentation

On Thursday, May 23rd , 2019 at Noon, Halco, a Central NY area HVAC contractor, will be presented with the prestigious GeoStar Top Job award.  Halco, along with building owner William Sunderlin, won this award in April at the Annual NY-GEO conference for converting the historic Noble House to a geothermal system, eliminating the need to burn fossils for heating.  State Senator Rachel May and Fayetteville’s Mark Olson will be part of the ceremony presenting the award.  The ceremony will be followed by a tour of the geothermal system.

On the 23rd, Sunderlin will open his house to the press, elected officials and the community for the award ceremony.   Halco will provide refreshments and snacks.  Those interested in attending this free event are asked to register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ny-geo-top-job-award-ceremony-tickets-61257133736.

Halco, with offices in Liverpool, Phelps, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY, was among five companies who were chosen to present their noteworthy geothermal (ground source heat pump) projects as finalists in the 2019 GeoStar Top Job Competition.

Halco’s winning job, ‘The Noble House,’ converted a historic home right in the heart of Fayetteville, NY from natural gas to geothermal heating and cooling, eliminating fossil fuel use in the home.  The home was built in the early 1800’s and was home to the prominent abolitionist and publisher of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Linnaeus P. Noble.

“The objective of the GeoStar Top Job Competition is to highlight and recognize the incredible talent, care, creativity and imagination that geothermal system designers and installers, bring to their projects” explained Bill Nowak, Executive Director of NY-GEO.  “The Noble House is an excellent example of the ability to install geothermal systems even on small lots and in historic homes.  The Top Job competition was open to installers throughout the US Northeast and Halco won in the face of some very strong projects.”

A detailed description of the Noble House project can be found here on the NY-GEO website: https://ny-geo.org/pages/the-noble-house.  It includes pictures and a short interview with Mr. Sunderlin.  The project is also covered in the May/June issue of G.E.T. at http://www.greenenergytimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/GET_May-2019.pdf.

In addition to the May 23rd Award Ceremony, the Noble House will also open its doors for a tour of its energy efficient renovation in June as part of ArtRage Gallery’s annual “Pedal Power” bike tour fundraiser on June 15.  Bicyclists will begin at ArtRage in Syracuse and bike along the path of the old Erie Canal, touring the Noble House before returning to ArtRage for a luncheon. To register visit http://artragegallery.org/artrage-bike-ride-fundraiser/

May 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Could The Notre Dame Be Reborn As An Energy-Positive Eco-Cathedral?” • Could the Notre Dame be reborn as an energy-positive cathedral? Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architectures says that is exactly how it should be rebuilt. It has released new concept plans to repair the eight-century-old Notre-Dame cathedral after the fire. [Energy Live News]

Notre Dame design (Image: Vincent Callebaut Architectures)

  • “Global Sea Level Rise Could Have ‘Profound Consequences'” • Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating melting in Greenland and Antarctica. A study says the greater melt doubles the estimated maximum sea level rise during the 21st century, from one meter to two meters. [BBC]
  • “New Hampshire Legislators Quintuple Net Metering Cap By Veto-Proof Margin” • As more states to meet their net metering caps, the legislature in New Hampshire has sought to encourage further adoption by increasing the maximum amount of distributed solar capacity that would receive credit for power sent to the grid. [Utility Dive]
  • “One-Quarter Of West Antarctic Ice Is Currently Unstable Due To Changing Climate” • In the last 25 years, warming oceans and changing climatic conditions have caused ice throughout West Antarctica to thin. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters says as much as 24% of West Antarctica’s glaciers are impacted. [IFLScience]
  • “Xcel Energy Fast-Forwards Minnesota Coal Plant Closures But Extends Nuclear Window” • Xcel Energy plans to close its last two coal-fired power plants in Minnesota by 2030, a decade earlier than scheduled, while keeping its nuclear power plants running through at least 2040. It plans to have 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. [Greentech Media]

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

May 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Scientists Fear Impact Of Deep-Sea Mining On Search For New Medicines” • Scientists who view the deep ocean and its wealth of unique and undocumented species as a prospecting ground for new medicines, fear such potential will be lost in the rush to exploit the deep sea’s equally rich metal and mineral resources. [The Guardian]

Ocean life (Office of Ocean Exploration and Research)

  • “Unlocking The Economic Potential Of Adapting To Climate Realities – Jay Inslee Gets It” • Among Democrats running for president, Jay Inslee has distinguished himself with a bold zero-carbon climate plan. He says it will create 8 million clean tech jobs at a cost comparable to what has been spent on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Maine Solar Bill Would Expand Access And Increase Net Metering Cap” • A bipartisan bill making its way through the Maine Legislature would set the state on a path to develop 400 MW of distributed solar energy. The legislation would allow more people to participate in community solar projects and raise caps for net metering. [Energy News Network]
  • “‘Earthworm Dilemma’ Has Climate Scientists Racing To Keep Up” • Worms are wriggling into Earth’s northernmost forests, creating major unknowns for climate-change models. The forests have had no earthworms since the last ice age. Now the worms are invading, and scientists fear possible negative environmental effects. [The New York Times]
  • “Repowering Old Mines With New Energies In The US Southwest” • Across the US, there are swaths of mine lands that are now prime locations for renewable energy. Rocky Mountain Institute’s Sunshine for Mines Initiative has a goal of helping the mining industry shift from a paradigm of extraction to one of stewardship. [CleanTechnica]

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

May 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The heat is on over the climate crisis. Only radical measures will work” • Drowned cities; stagnant seas; intolerable heatwaves; entire nations uninhabitable. A four-degree-warmer world is the stuff of nightmares and yet that’s where we’re heading in just decades. Meeting our emissions targets may seem hard. It will be far harder for our children if we don’t. [The Guardian]

As permafrost melts, grave markers tumble. (Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty Images)

  • “Australia Poll Result Divides The Nation” • The result of yesterday’s election in Australia triggered rage and disgust for those hoping for a change of government deemed fairer and kinder to the environment. Many took to social media to express dismay after an election in which climate change was a major issue. [The Straits Times]
  • “New Report On Plastics And Climate – The Hidden Costs Of A Plastic Planet” • The Center for International Environmental Law published Plastic & Climate The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet. It says that greenhouse gas emissions associated with plastic “threaten the ability of the global community to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C.” [CleanTechnica]
  • “India: Share Of Non-Fossil Fuel Generation Tops 22% In 2018–2019” • Data released by India’s Central Electricity Authority and analyzed by CleanTechnica shows that the share of non-fossil fuel generation, including renewable energy, nuclear power, and large hydropower, topped 22.2% in the financial year 2018-19 (April 2018 to March 2019). [CleanTechnica]
  • “Republican Justin Amash Calls For Trump Impeachment” • Rep Justin Amash is the first Republican congressman to call for impeachment of Pres Donald Trump. He accused AG William Barr of misleading the public about the Mueller report, which found 10 instances where Mr Trump possibly attempted to impede the investigation. [BBC]

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