July 28 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued a statement in support of proposals to supply Massachusetts with 1,000 MW of clean power via the TDI New England Clean Power Link. The TDI project would run from the Canadian border and under Lake Champlain for nearly a hundred miles before connecting to the New England grid in Ludlow. [Vermont Biz]
Lake Champlain (Aaron danielg, Wikimedia Commons)

Lake Champlain (Aaron danielg, Wikimedia Commons)

  • Royal Dutch Shell is bracing for a peak in oil demand. Shell boss Ben Van Beurden said the oil major had changed its company mindset to a “lower forever” oil price environment and is focusing on being “fit for the forties,” in reference to the faltering oil price, which has struggled to remain above the $50 a barrel mark. [Telegraph.co.uk]
  • With climate change, water scarcity and warmth could begin impacting European electricity generation as soon as 2030, causing production to decrease or to stop altogether, according to a study, published in the journal Nature. It concludes that traditional generation sources such as coal, gas, and nuclear will be increasingly vulnerable. [CleanTechnica]
  • Kansas is the fifth state to have at least 5000 MW of wind power capacity installed. The state is behind California, Oklahoma, Iowa and Texas, which has a capacity of a whopping 21,000 MW. Kansans get 30% of their power from wind and solar. The state now has enough wind power capacity to supply 1.5 million average homes. [KMUW]
  • US wind-power projects under construction or in advanced development in the second quarter are up 40% from the same quarter last year, according to the American Wind Energy Association. In April through June, 29 wind projects, for a total capacity of 3,841 MW, either began construction or entered advanced development. [Windpower Engineering]

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

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Electric Vehicle Chargers Are Next Step for Colebrook’s Green Grocer

A large swath of New Hampshire’s North Country just became more accessible for drivers of Electric Vehicles (EV) with the opening this month of two new EV chargers at LaPerle’s IGA in Colebrook.

The chargers are the northernmost, publicly-available recharging point in the state and fill a critical gap in the EV charging infrastructure between the White Mountains and southern Quebec.

For Guy LaPerle, owner of LaPerle’s IGA, the chargers are just the latest in a long list of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects he’s undertaken at the supermarket. With guidance and incentives from New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC), LaPerle has installed a 35 kilowatt (kW) solar electric array and installed LED lighting that is saving the business over $1,000 per month in electric costs.

LaPerle was among the first to take advantage of a new NHEC program that offers incentives of 50% of the installed cost up to $5,000 to commercial and municipal members who install EV chargers. LaPerle said he will not charge users for electricity consumed at the charging stations but will install a donation box, the proceeds of which will be given to North Country charities.

“We’re always looking to use renewable energy and make energy efficient choices as a way to use less fossil fuel, protect the environment and preserve our great nation,” said LaPerle.

Installed in the market parking lot, the Level 2 chargers supply 240 volts, similar to what an electric dryer or oven uses. Power goes through the EV charger and a cord that improves safety by waiting to send power to the plug until it’s plugged into an EV. Level 2 chargers allow for a wide range of charging speeds, all the way up to 19.2 kilowatts (kW), or about 70 miles of range per hour of charging.

The number of EV chargers installed in southern and central parts of the state is growing quickly, according to PlugShare.com, a website that maps the state’s charging locations. But publicly available Level 2 chargers are few and far between in the North Country, especially ones that remain open year-round. The installation of LaPerle’s chargers will go a long way towards relieving the “range anxiety” of EV drivers who would otherwise avoid the North Country for fear of being stranded without a place to recharge. Recent advances in battery storage technology have significantly increased the range of most new EVs as well. The new Chevrolet Bolt, for instance, will go an average of 238 miles on a single charge. To encourage more widespread adoption of EV use, NHEC offers incentives up to $1,000 to residential members who purchase an EV in 2017, and up to $2,500 per charger to commercial members who install up to two Level 2 EV chargers. Pre-approval for incentives is required prior to installing the charging station. To learn more, please visit www.nhec.com, or call an EV specialist at 1-800-698-2007.

Learn more on this in the upcoming August issue of Green Energy Times.

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Opportunity to be part of the 2017 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair in Albany, NY

Two years ago a coalition of local environmental and cycling groups hosted a marvelous Earth Day Expo and Bicycle Parade in Albany’s Washington Park.  Last November, Becky Meier and Bob Connors of Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline organized a bustling Renewable Energy Fair complete with live Alpacas!  This year we are looking to work together to build a multi-faceted “Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair” in the Capital District and we’d love your group’s participation and co-sponsorship.
Come to our organizing meeting: Wednesday August 9 at 6:30 pm at the Citizen Action office on 94 Central Avenue in Albany, NY.  Bring your ideas for this year’s fair and let us know what your group could help organize. 
 
If you can’t make it, email tlieberm1@gmail.com and let her know you’re interested, what your ideas might be and how you’d like to participate.
 
The Fair will take place on Saturday Oct. 28 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Doane Stuart School in Rensselaer – overlooking the scenic Hudson.  Becky and Bob have many alternative energy vendors/exhibitors from last year who will be returning, and there will also be electric vehicles to ride in.  Plus they are looking to broaden the Fair’s focus this year to include anything that has to do with sustainable living and breaking free from fossil fuels, for example:
 
-Earth-friendly and sustainably-sourced products and crafts
-Cycling-related vendors and activities
– A children’s “Break Free From Fossil Fuels” Project Fair
-A “Reusable Trash Fashion” show by students
-Exhibits on climate change and conservation
-Exhibits on composting, urban farming, hydro-farming and permaculture
-Hands on, interactive education
-Storytelling
and as a bonus, tours of Doane Stuart’s beautiful “Green Roof”.
Hope to see you on Wed. August 9th!  Please RSVP if you’re coming: tlieberm1@gmail.com
 
Tina Lieberman
Education Chair, Sierra Club Hudson-Mohawk Group
Member, PAUSE/350.org

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Electric Vehicle Chargers Are Next Step for Colebrook’s Green Grocer

A large swath of New Hampshire’s North Country just became more accessible for drivers of Electric Vehicles (EV) with the opening this month of two new EV chargers at LaPerle’s IGA in Colebrook.

The chargers are the northernmost, publicly-available recharging point in the state and fill a critical gap in the EV charging infrastructure between the White Mountains and southern Quebec.

For Guy LaPerle, owner of LaPerle’s IGA, the chargers are just the latest in a long list of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects he’s undertaken at the supermarket. With guidance and incentives from New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC), LaPerle has installed a 35 kilowatt (kW) solar electric array and installed LED lighting that is saving the business over $1,000 per month in electric costs.

LaPerle was among the first to take advantage of a new NHEC program that offers incentives of 50% of the installed cost up to $5,000 to commercial and municipal members who install EV chargers. LaPerle said he will not charge users for electricity consumed at the charging stations but will install a donation box, the proceeds of which will be given to North Country charities.

“We’re always looking to use renewable energy and make energy efficient choices as a way to use less fossil fuel, protect the environment and preserve our great nation,” said LaPerle.

Installed in the market parking lot, the Level 2 chargers supply 240 volts, similar to what an electric dryer or oven uses. Power goes through the EV charger and a cord that improves safety by waiting to send power to the plug until it’s plugged into an EV. Level 2 chargers allow for a wide range of charging speeds, all the way up to 19.2 kilowatts (kW), or about 70 miles of range per hour of charging.

The number of EV chargers installed in southern and central parts of the state is growing quickly, according to PlugShare.com, a website that maps the state’s charging locations. But publicly available Level 2 chargers are few and far between in the North Country, especially ones that remain open year-round. The installation of LaPerle’s chargers will go a long way towards relieving the “range anxiety” of EV drivers who would otherwise avoid the North Country for fear of being stranded without a place to recharge. Recent advances in battery storage technology have significantly increased the range of most new EVs as well. The new Chevrolet Bolt, for instance, will go an average of 238 miles on a single charge. To encourage more widespread adoption of EV use, NHEC offers incentives up to $1,000 to residential members who purchase an EV in 2017, and up to $2,500 per charger to commercial members who install up to two Level 2 EV chargers. Pre-approval for incentives is required prior to installing the charging station. To learn more, please visit www.nhec.com, or call an EV specialist at 1-800-698-2007.

Learn more on this in the upcoming August issue of Green Energy Times.

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Opportunity to be part of the 2017 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair in Albany, NY

Two years ago a coalition of local environmental and cycling groups hosted a marvelous Earth Day Expo and Bicycle Parade in Albany’s Washington Park.  Last November, Becky Meier and Bob Connors of Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline organized a bustling Renewable Energy Fair complete with live Alpacas!  This year we are looking to work together to build a multi-faceted “Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair” in the Capital District and we’d love your group’s participation and co-sponsorship.
Come to our organizing meeting: Wednesday August 9 at 6:30 pm at the Citizen Action office on 94 Central Avenue in Albany, NY.  Bring your ideas for this year’s fair and let us know what your group could help organize. 
 
If you can’t make it, email tlieberm1@gmail.com and let her know you’re interested, what your ideas might be and how you’d like to participate.
 
The Fair will take place on Saturday Oct. 28 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Doane Stuart School in Rensselaer – overlooking the scenic Hudson.  Becky and Bob have many alternative energy vendors/exhibitors from last year who will be returning, and there will also be electric vehicles to ride in.  Plus they are looking to broaden the Fair’s focus this year to include anything that has to do with sustainable living and breaking free from fossil fuels, for example:
 
-Earth-friendly and sustainably-sourced products and crafts
-Cycling-related vendors and activities
– A children’s “Break Free From Fossil Fuels” Project Fair
-A “Reusable Trash Fashion” show by students
-Exhibits on climate change and conservation
-Exhibits on composting, urban farming, hydro-farming and permaculture
-Hands on, interactive education
-Storytelling
and as a bonus, tours of Doane Stuart’s beautiful “Green Roof”.
Hope to see you on Wed. August 9th!  Please RSVP if you’re coming: tlieberm1@gmail.com
 
Tina Lieberman
Education Chair, Sierra Club Hudson-Mohawk Group
Member, PAUSE/350.org

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July 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

Power development company Invenergy LLC and General Electric Co announced plans to build the largest wind farm in the United States in Oklahoma, part of a $4.5 billion project to provide electricity to 1.1 million utility customers in the region. The 2-GW Wind Catcher wind farm is scheduled to come online in 2020. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Wind turbines in Oklahoma (US Geological Survey photo, Wikimedia Commons)

Wind turbines in Oklahoma (US Geological Survey photo, Wikimedia Commons)

  • According to a new report by Environment America Research and Policy Center, the US generates nearly eight times as much electricity from the sun and the wind as it did in 2007. This is enough to power more than 25 million homes. The average American uses 10% less energy than he or she did 10 years ago. [North American Windpower]
  • Around 3,516 MW of solar projects were selected in Spain’s renewable energy auction for large-scale solar and wind power plants held by the Spanish Ministry of Energy, Tourism, and the Digital Agenda. Provisional data provided by the spokeswoman of Spanish solar association UNEF, the share of wind power was just 720 MW. [pv magazine]
  • A total of 6.1 GW of new wind power capacity was installed in Europe in the first half of 2017, according to WindEurope. Some 4.8 GW of onshore wind capacity was installed in the first six months of the year, with the majority in Germany, the UK, and France. A total of 1.3 GW of new offshore capacity was installed in 18 projects. [reNews]
  • Renewables and battery storage will replace gas as South Australia’s main source of electricity within eight years, according to industry analysts. The state’s energy transition could be a “leading case study on managing a power system in transition for other mature markets to follow”, says a report by Wood Mackenzie. [The Guardian]

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

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July 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

Power development company Invenergy LLC and General Electric Co announced plans to build the largest wind farm in the United States in Oklahoma, part of a $4.5 billion project to provide electricity to 1.1 million utility customers in the region. The 2-GW Wind Catcher wind farm is scheduled to come online in 2020. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Wind turbines in Oklahoma (US Geological Survey photo, Wikimedia Commons)

Wind turbines in Oklahoma (US Geological Survey photo, Wikimedia Commons)

  • According to a new report by Environment America Research and Policy Center, the US generates nearly eight times as much electricity from the sun and the wind as it did in 2007. This is enough to power more than 25 million homes. The average American uses 10% less energy than he or she did 10 years ago. [North American Windpower]
  • Around 3,516 MW of solar projects were selected in Spain’s renewable energy auction for large-scale solar and wind power plants held by the Spanish Ministry of Energy, Tourism, and the Digital Agenda. Provisional data provided by the spokeswoman of Spanish solar association UNEF, the share of wind power was just 720 MW. [pv magazine]
  • A total of 6.1 GW of new wind power capacity was installed in Europe in the first half of 2017, according to WindEurope. Some 4.8 GW of onshore wind capacity was installed in the first six months of the year, with the majority in Germany, the UK, and France. A total of 1.3 GW of new offshore capacity was installed in 18 projects. [reNews]
  • Renewables and battery storage will replace gas as South Australia’s main source of electricity within eight years, according to industry analysts. The state’s energy transition could be a “leading case study on managing a power system in transition for other mature markets to follow”, says a report by Wood Mackenzie. [The Guardian]

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

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