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NH Permaculture Day 2018 Happenings

On Saturday August 18, 2018, Cite Ecologique of NH Ecovillage hosted the 6th edition of the Nh Permaculture Day.

Cite Ecologique is an Ecovillage community located in Northern New Hampshire and are made up of 40 community members. It is a community aligned in integrative education methodologies, organic permaculture farming techniques, inclusive spirituality, and social entrepreneurial businesses.  It hosts many events for the public throughout the year including (but not limited to)  the organic farming program, field trips for youth in farming, intro to permaculture, introduction to Ecovillages, and French immersion programs.

Cite Ecologique worked closely with this year’s speakers, workshop presenters, vendors, sponsors, and past year’s organizers to bring a fantastic regional Permaculture event. Regardless of  the weather the event was amazing. The day was started with with an opening circle to share the intention of this year’s theme “Co-Exist”.

The theme is a way to bring people together from all over the State in acknowledging the potential and value of this region.  “Co-exist” also brings attention to the wisdom we can learn from our environment while respecting it and how to instill symbiosis when accessing the Earth’s benefits. One of the 12 principles of permaculture, “Integrate rather than segregate”: learning from your environment and your local community in order to develop a relationship that will support and be sustainable.

The NH Permaculture Day is an initiative of the NH Permaculture Guild. The first NH Permaculture Day was held at D Acres Permaculture Farm and Educational Homestead in Dorchester, NH, in 2012, and was in part, organized by students of that year’s Permaculture Design Course offered at D’Acres. Early intentions of this event centered around not only sharing permaculture strategies and possibilities, but also networking with regional practitioners and sharing knowledge and practices. Our intention is to spread the mission of day throughout the state of NH. Each host site brings a regional flavor and expands the base of supporters and participants.

The Mission of the New Hampshire Permaculture Guild is to educate and raise awareness of the philosophy of Permaculture and build/strengthen the New Hampshire permaculture network.

For information on the NH Permaculture guild or if you would like to become a host for this event, visit

If you want to have information regarding this year hosting site visit  or call 603-331-1669.

New Program Offers Free, Innovative Powerwall Batteries For 100 Low Income Vermonters with Health Concerns

$150,000 VLITE Grant Will Ensure Power Reliability for Qualifying Low Income GMP Customers

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power is offering Tesla Powerwall 2.0 batteries to 100 eligible customers, free of charge. A $150,000 grant from the Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity (VLITE)  will pay for the cutting-edge technology and installation in the homes of low income customers with significant need for backup power reliability due to health and mobility issues. GMP is reaching out to customers who qualify.
Tesla Powerwall batteries provide backup power like a standard generator, but Powerwalls turn on seamlessly and are cleaner. They can be charged from power off the grid, or with a customer’s own home solar array and offer eight to twelve hours of energy.
“This is a great opportunity to work together to help our neighbors,” said Mary Powell, GMP’s president and CEO. “The grant from VLITE will help with reliability during outages and allow these customers to join GMP’s ongoing Powerwall program which is providing convenience and comfort all while transforming the power grid and driving down costs for all the customers we serve.” 
GMP’s Powerwall program is scheduled to have 2,000 batteries deployed. Customers pay $15 per month per battery, or a one-time payment of $1,500. This VLITE grant will set aside 100 batteries and cover the cost, free, for customers in need.
“GMP’s innovative program will make a meaningful difference for these customers and we’re so glad this grant will help,” said Dick Marron, Chair of VLITE’s Board of Directors. “We are proud of this type of partnership and the benefits it can provide.”
All GMP customers benefit from this network of stored energy. GMP uses it to offset costs during times of peak power demand. For example, during the July heatwave, this stored energy helped cut $500,000 in costs for all GMP customers. 

August 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Game changer for solar in Victoria” • The government of the Australian state of Victoria announced a $1.24 billion funding package to install solar on 650,000 Victorian homes over the next decade, adding about 2,000 MW of solar power. Environment Victoria, a leading charity, called the deal a game-changer and a breath of fresh air in the energy debate. [EcoGeneration]

Rooftop solar system (Image supplied by Shutterstock cc: OFC Pictures)

  • “Turnbull just showed what happens when ‘ideology and idiocy take charge of energy policy'” • Some parts of the Australian government do not believe in climate change. Their ideological ties to the coal-based power systems built 40 to 50 years ago has scuttled every attempt to develop credible climate change energy policy over the past 10 years. [The Guardian]
  • “Mine cleanup funds at risk as coal power suppliers lose customers” • The defection of local electric cooperatives from a Colorado power wholesaler could imperil cleanup funds for coal mines, a complaint to federal regulators says. The funds, which are guaranteed by Tri-State Generation and Transmission, have no outside backing. [Energy News Network]
  • “Murray Energy Bankrolls Opposition To Lake Erie Icebreaker Wind Farm – #CleanTechnica Investigation” • We learned that Murray Energy, the largest privately owned US coal company, has bankrolled opposition to the 20.7-MW Icebreaker Wind project on Lake Erie. It may not be illegal, but it has been described by some involved as deceptive. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Apple Agrees to Develop New Wind and Solar Energy Farms” • Apple, Akamai, Etsy, and Swiss Re announced an agreement to develop two new wind and solar energy farms in Illinois and Virginia. Spearheaded by Apple, the new projects will generate 290 MW and feed it into the PJM electric grid serving much of the Eastern US. [Chasing Markets]

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

August 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “News study warns fracking is destroying US water supply” • A study from Duke University puts into perspective the affects fracking has on the US water supply. The researchers, who published the peer-reviewed findings in Science Advances, used years of data to draw the conclusion that fracking is destroying the country’s water. [NationofChange]

Pump jack (Image Credit: Clean Water Action)

  • “Ryan Zinke concedes that climate change is a factor in raging wildfires” • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recently said things that landed him squarely in a debate over how forests are managed. In one interview, he blamed “environmental terrorist groups” for the California wildfires. He later admitted a connection between the fires and climate change. [The Seattle Times]
  • “The US Military Now Has The Money It Needs to Prepare For Climate Change” • President Trump signed into law the John S McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The $716 billion military spending bill funds the military’s operations. Included in it are funds to help the military prepare for climate change. [ScienceAlert]
  • “Trump to unveil plan for coal-fired power plants” • President Trump plans to unveil a proposal this week that would empower states to establish emission standards for coal-fired power plants rather than speeding their retirement. The proposal is part of a major overhaul of former President Obama’s signature climate policy. [Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]
  • “It’s the end of the Earth as we know it. Read all about it!” • It is hard to get ordinary people engaged, so hats off to the crack team of Earth scientists, led by climate change professor Will Steffen, whose peer-reviewed report on how emissions are driving the Earth into an irreversible hothouse state has been downloaded more than 270,000 times to date. [The Guardian]

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

Dartmouth Revers Center for Energy: Energy 101: Fundamentals of Power and Gas

The Revers Center for Energy will host a one-day seminar on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, entitled, “Overview of the Energy Industry”. This intensive, introductoryenergy 101 workshop is ideal for students exploring the energy industry and complements other classroom and experiential learning opportunities at Tuck.  There is limited space for 25 students.
The workshop will cover: 
  • What natural gas and electricity are and how they work 
  • Users of gas and electricity and their needs 
  • Sources of natural gas 
  • Types of electric generation 
  • How the physical systems transport and distribute gas and electricity 
  • How regulation works and how it affects the various market participants 
  • How gas and electric markets are structured, the roles of market participants, and how participants transact 
  • What the future will look like for gas and electricity 
If you are interested, please email

Geothermal Energy Open House August 29 Poughkeepsie,NY


There will be a Geothermal Energy Open House featuring a pioneering geothermal cooling and heating system on Wednesday, August 29 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at 33 Schyler Dr. Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.

This Open House showcases a modernized energy system with innovative features. There will be a short Power Point Presentation, a tour and technical staff present to answer questions. The system was installed on 11/21/17.

This is a free public event with free parking, food and beverages.

RSVP by August 27 to or call: 518-781-4686 or go to:  If you don’t RSVP, just show up.

August 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Wind energy potential dwarfs today’s electricity use, report says” • Winds blowing off the Atlantic coast could provide four times more electricity each year than the region currently uses, according to a report from Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center. Just two wind leases off the New Jersey coast could power 1.5 million homes.  [Press of Atlantic City]

Block Island wind farm (provided)

  • “Redundancy Failed at Reagan International Airport, Causing 90-minute Outage” • A 90-minute power outage at Reagan International Airport happened after redundancy built into the power system failed, a Dominion Energy spokesman said. Two utility feeds both failed. Dominion is investigating exactly what went wrong. [Microgrid Knowledge]
  • “When Fossil Fuel Money Talks, the DNC Listens” • Lately, the Democratic Party leadership faced a difficult decision relating to global climate change and money-in-politics. Unfortunately, it decided to pass a resolution expressing gratitude for donations from workers in the energy industry and their “employers’ political action committees.” [Sierra Magazine]
  • “Saudi Arabia & Iran Rekindle Oil Pricing War” • The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is increasingly evident in the oil pricing policies of the two large producers. Both countries are reigniting the market share and pricing war ahead of the returning US sanctions on Iranian oil. Iran is cutting prices, and Saudi Arabia is boosting production. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Michigan coal plant closures helping push small utility to clean energy” • Plans by Michigan’s two major utilities to close coal plants within the next 15 years are having a ripple effect on smaller companies that purchase power from them. Traverse City Light and Power is a case in point, as it has taken on the job of finding renewable resources. [Energy News Network]

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

It’s Time for SolarFest!

Join Bernie Sanders — Support SolarFest

We just received a letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders, where he wrote:

“I want to congratulate you for coming together to help build a clean energy future…
SolarFest is critically important for another reason, too…Change comes when people come together and speak out on the issues they care about, just as you are doing today. 
Please know that I stand shoulder to shoulder with you in this struggle…”

Everything is Set – Rain or Shine

Get the latest, honest information on a wide range of topics including renewables, electric cars, home design, sustainable living & food, innovation, arts,  and activism.

Over 50 exciting workshops on Saturday & Sunday — and the live performance by Josh Fox — all worry free, in six indoor spaces. Plus outdoors there’s Yoga on the Summit Deck and the ever popular Weed Walk & Solar Tour.

Even the Keynote Speech by Dr. Chris Martenson and the high-energy rock & roll of The Balkun Brothers and Gang of Thieves are under a giant outdoor tent!

Do Your Part — Be Part of SolarFest’18

Tickets, lodging, and camping prices are low, but the energy and excitement are high! Come to Stratton Mountain, Sat. 8-18 & Sun 8-19 and meet the people who are helping make the changes we need.

See you tomorrow at SolarFest!



August 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “EU backs Norway and Germany power link” • A power grid link between Norway and Germany is being backed by the European Investment Bank. It signed a €100-million financing agreement with TenneT, one of Europe’s major electricity transmission system operators. The the 624-km, 1.4-GW interconnector will go under the North Sea. [Energy Reporters]

Sysen Dam, one of many hydropower sites in Norway

  • “New Jersey Plans Path Toward 100% Clean Energy By 2050” • The New Jersey Energy Master Plan Committee will host a series of public meetings in September, launching a process to shape converting the state’s energy production profile to 100% clean energy sources by 2050, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced. [North American Windpower]
  • “Arizona renewable energy referendum meets signature requirement” • Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona’s initiative to impose a 50% by 2030 renewable energy mandate passed another one of the hurdles standing between it and its place on the ballot in November. A review of petition signatures showed the number was sufficient to move on. [pv magazine USA]
  • “Tribal Communities Across The US Get Federal Funding For Wind, Solar” • The DOE announced nearly $9 million in funding for 15 tribal energy projects, including wind and solar facilities. The funding is designed to help Native American and Alaska Native communities harness their vast undeveloped energy resources. [North American Windpower]
  • “Canada’s WindRiver gets green light for 75-MW pumped storage project” • The Alberta Utilities Commission has given the thumbs-up to a 75-MW pumped storage project by a WindRiver Power Corp subsidiary, it was announced. The Canyon Creek project will use existing infrastructure from a decommissioned open-pit coal mine. [Renewables Now]

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