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The October issue of Green Energy Times is Here!

The October, 2017 issue of Green Energy Times is now being distributed.

It is available as a pdf file HERE (12 MB).

Individual articles will soon be posted as web pages.

October 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The sun will be the source of electricity for about 70% of the government complex in Madison County, New York, from now on. Tucked between some cornfields and brush on a rural Madison County road, are more than 7,500 ground-mounted solar panels. They will save the county $3 million over the next 25 years. [WRVO Public Media]
Madison County's solar array (Photo: Ellen Abbot | WRVO News)

Madison County’s solar array (Photo: Ellen Abbot | WRVO News)

  • Nissan will roll out its vehicle-to-grid energy program promising the average customer will enjoy virtually free home electricity. The scheme, announced at an event in Oslo, was tested in Denmark and is to begin its European rollout next year. The trial involving a fleet of e-NV200 vans resulted in weekly revenue of €40 ($47) per vehicle. [Ward’s Auto]
  • Distributed energy specialist Arensis has delivered an off-grid energy system to aid Puerto Rico and help with recovery from Hurricane Maria. A combined 50 kW of electricity and 120 kW of thermal energy will be powering the Sports Complex in the City of Fajardo, a refugee shelter and distribution center, as soon as it can be installed. [Decentralized Energy]
  • Although the Trump administration announced that the so-called “war against coal” is over, Michigan’s largest utility believes there is no future left for such a dirty, carbon-dense fuel and is making plans to phase out all of its coal-based energy production within 23 years, including a massive coal-fired power plant in Monroe. [Toledo Blade]
  • Facebook is building a massive data center to Papillion, Nebraska. The Omaha Public Power District played a key role in attracting Facebook to the area by providing access to 100% renewable energy, which will come from the resurrected Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project in Dixon County, Nebraska [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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

Last Chance for Input: NH State Energy Strategy


Did you miss the public comment sessions on potential updates to NH’s 10 Year State Energy Strategy?

You’re in luck –we’ll be hosting a facilitated public comment session during lunch at the upcoming Local Energy Solutions Conference on October 28 in Concord! This is your chance to let the Governor and his staff know that you want a state energy strategy that prioritizes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other policies that help keep our energy dollars local.

2017 Local Energy Solutions Conference

October 28, 2017

8:30am-4:15pm (registration begins at 8:00am)

Grappone Center, Concord, NH

Learn more about the conference, view the draft agenda, and register here!

NHSEA members can attend the conference for FREE! Become a member here, or if you’re already a member, e-mail Brianna for the registration access code.

Tesla wins contract to supply Powerpacks at world’s first solar+wind+storage project

re-posted from article by Fred Blambert

Last month, it was revealed that Tesla is working with world’s largest wind-turbine maker, Vestas, to deploy batteries at their wind farms.

Now Tesla won its first contract with the company and as it turns out, it’s not only for a wind farm but actually the first solar+wind+energy storage project in the world.

Australia’s Windlab is managing the $160 million project at the Kennedy Energy Park hybrid renewable energy site in North Queensland.

They announced today that they secured financing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and they selected Vestas, Tesla, and Quanta for the project. They describe the new contract:

“Kennedy will consist of 43.2MW Wind, 15MW AC, single axis tracking Solar and 4MWh of Li Ion battery storage. The project will use twelve Vestas V136, 3.6MW turbines at a hub height of 132metres; the largest wind turbines yet to be deployed in Australia. The Li Ion storage will be provided by Tesla. The project will be constructed under a joint construction contract managed by Vestas and Quanta. The project will take a little over 12 months to construct and is expected to be fully operational before the end of 2018. The project will create more than 100 local jobs during construction.”

They believe this system will supply energy for more than 35,000 average Australian homes and it will serve as a demonstration of combining wind, solar and energy storage at the local level.

Roger Price, Windlab’s Executive Chairman and CEO, commented:

“We believe Kennedy Energy Park will demonstrate how effectively wind, solar and storage can be combined to provide low cost, reliable and clean energy for Australia’s future. The broader adoption of projects like Kennedy can address the recommendations of the Finkel review and ensure that Australia can more than meet its Paris Commitments while putting downward pressure on energy prices”.

It’s actually only one of several phases for what they hope will be 1,200MW of capacity at the Kennedy Energy Park.

4 MWh of batteries is actually a relatively small project for Tesla, especially when considering the massive new 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system that they are currently installing in Australia.

But the combination of solar and wind is the interesting part here. If successful, they could end up scaling the energy storage capacity with the wind and solar capacity, which is expected to be quite significant at this site.

Queensland has strong winds, but wind generation in the region is biased towards the late afternoon, which is why it makes sense to add storage and solar to the mix.


October 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Pollution’s Annual Price Tag? $4.6 Trillion and 9 Million Dead” Pollution in all its forms killed 9 million people in 2015 and, by one measure, led to economic damage of $4.6 trillion, according to a new estimate by medical researchers who hope to put the health costs of toxic air, water and soil higher on the global agenda. [Yahoo News]
Inner Mongolian landscape (Photo: Kevin Frayer | Getty Images)

Inner Mongolian landscape (Photo: Kevin Frayer | Getty Images)

  • Assembly of the ITER reactor, a nuclear fusion project costing €20 billion ($24 billion), will begin in France in May of 2018. But with wind-farm developers starting to promise subsidy-free power by 2025 and electricity demand stagnating, even the project’s supporters are asking whether ITER will ever make sense. [The Edge Markets MY]
  • Green Mountain Power wants to build Vermont’s second commercial renewable energy storage battery near its solar array in Panton. The $3 million Tesla battery will store about 1 MW of power which will come off of the solar array nearby. The new battery will allow GMP to store renewable energy for helping meet peak grid demand. [Vermont Public Radio]
  • An ambitious renewable energy target of 40% by 2025 has been given the green light by Victoria’s parliament. The legislation, which also locks in a 25% target by 2020, passed the state’s upper house on Friday afternoon. Government modelling shows the target will cut the average Victorian household power bill by $30 a year. [SBS]
  • Eight former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including five former chairmen, have filed a bluntly worded letter with the commission opposing Perry’s proposal that would give coal and nuclear plants credit for resilience to improve their chance of beating solar, wind and natural gas competitors. [The Columbian]

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

October 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “A more climate-resilient Puerto Rico?” • As Puerto Rico faces a devastating humanitarian crisis, an emerging viewpoint is that the island should think twice about restoring its electrical system as it’s existed in the past. Instead, this reasoning goes, Puerto Rico should plan for more resilient, distributed infrastructure. [Yale Climate Connections]
Trees and power lines downed by Hurricane Maria (Photo: SSgt.Michelle Y Alvarez-Rea, USAF)

Trees and power lines downed by Hurricane Maria (Photo: SSgt Michelle Y Alvarez-Rea, USAF)

  • “What is electricity resilience worth to you?” • Power outages are a nuisance to some, an economic burden to others, and even lethal in some cases. It is impossible to place a price on electric resilience that could be applied to everyone. So it is crucial that customers know what power loss could cost them as they weigh needs for microgrids. [Microgrid Knowledge]
  • It’s known as the windscreen phenomenon. When you stop your car after a drive, there seem to be far fewer squashed insects than there used to be. Scientists have long suspected that insects are in dramatic decline, but new evidence confirms this. German research suggests flying insects have declined by more than 75% over almost 30 years. [BBC News]
  • About 1 million Americans are without running water. There are 3 million without power. “You wake up and it’s this mess as far as the eye can see,” one man said. One month after Hurricane Maria, these realities are starting to feel less like an emergency and more like the new way of life – a nightmarish loop that resets each day the sun rises. [CNN]
  • Target announced a new climate policy and goals to further environmental progress. Target’s new policy and goals align with those of the Science-Based Targets Initiative, as it aims to cut back on carbon emissions, minimize water use, produce more eco-friendly products and foster a more sustainable supply chain. [Sourcing Journal Online]

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

A Message to Share: Climate Change: What Can I Do?

We feel for our fellow US citizens in southern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as well as people living on other islands being hit by storms and the loss of coast to rising seas. This will get worse, likely much worse. Much of Florida and other vulnerable low lying coastal regions in Louisiana along with other coastal states will be lost to rising waters. NYS will be hit as well with rising Hudson River, with losses to Long Island and other shorelines.

Climate refugees are increasing from Africa, Middle East, Asia and island nations. Where do they go? Aren’t they already heading to mainland US?

If you lived in P.R. or the V.I. would you rebuild there? Wouldn’t you take your insurance settlement and seek higher ground in the US to build on?

With long range forecasting predicting more super hurricanes with higher storm surges and greater rainfalls, rising seas and higher tides, my supposition is that millions from the Caribbean and Central America will relocate to the US mainland.

NYS and NJ are already home to large P.R., Caribbean, and C.A. communities. Many will come here. Others will scatter from FL on up the east coast. US mainland population will rise along with demand for housing, services and protection.

Can we do anything to help? To remediate the slowly rising temperatures and this slowly escalating crisis?

No matter the cause, global temperature rise is happening. Can we slow that down or turn it around? Shouldn’t we try? I am. It hurts nothing to try to be part of the solution.

Written by,
Ken Stokem
Castleton, NY 12033

Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair October 28

Come to the Capital Region’s largest indoor/outdoor Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair on Saturday, October 28 from 10 – 4 pm at the Doane Stuart School, 199 Washington Ave. Rensselaer, NY.

Judith Enck, former Obama Regional EPA administrator will be the keynote speaker at noon, along with other workshop speakers throughout the entire day. Admission and parking are free. Great refreshments will be available.

The Fair features a twelve electric vehicle “look and ride” show, a solar boat, a tour of Doane Stuart’s Green Roof, exhibitors and displays for solar, wind, geothermal and heat pump energy, net-zero building and insulation, and other energy efficiency products.  Exhibits on composting, community gardens, carbon sequestering, beekeeping and pesticides, plus Earth-friendly and sustainably sourced products, crafts, and kid-friendly activities.  Booth space may still be available.

Fair sponsors are: The Sierra Club Hudson-Mohawk Group, PAUSE/Capital District, Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline, Albany Bicycle Coalition, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Transition Troy and Columbia County Environment Management Committee.

Learn how to save energy, money and the planet.

Check out the audio link below for a Public Service Announcement for the  Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair October 28. It is twenty nine seconds long:

Contact Becky or Bob at or 518-781-4686

October 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Atlantis Resources has redeployed the fourth and final 1.5MW turbine at its MeyGen Phase 1A tidal array in the Pentland Firth in waters off northern Scotland. Following final completion testing, MeyGen Phase 1A is expected to formally complete its construction phase. It should enter into its 25-year operational phase within the coming weeks. [reNews]
AR1500 turbine at MeyGen Phase 1A (Atlantis image)

AR1500 turbine at MeyGen Phase 1A (Atlantis image)

  • Over a quarter of the 1,675 companies that owned or developed coal-fired power capacity since 2010 have entirely left the coal power business, according to research from CoalSwarm and Greenpeace. This represents nearly 370 large coal-fired power plants, and equivalent to nearly half a trillion dollars in assets retired or not developed. []
  • The world’s first floating wind farm is being opened today in waters off the northeast coast of Scotland. The £210 million ($277 million) development, which will be opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, is a partnership between Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable power company, and Norwegian energy giant Statoil. It will power about 20,000 homes. [The Scotsman]
  • A study by researchers at the University of Delaware found that the most cost-effective way to build offshore windfarms is to assemble turbines and foundations in port. The researchers calculated that their innovative process will cost up to $1.6 Billion less for a 1-GW project than conventional approaches and take half the time. [Offshore Wind Journal]
  • Sun Number and Zillow® have partnered to provide instant analyses of a properties’ solar energy potential to homeowners, home buyers and real estate agents. Sun Number scores are available on Zillow for more than 40 million individual buildings nationwide. Buildings are rated for solar potentials to reduce utility bills. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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

October 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Increasing amounts of renewable energy has sparked worries in the federal government over grid reliability and resilience. But some grid operators are successfully demonstrating that large amounts of intermittent resources can be integrated and sustain system reliability as successfully as, for example, a natural gas plant. [Utility Dive]
Large solar array in the Southwest (Credit: Array Technologies Inc)

Large solar array in the Southwest (Credit: Array Technologies Inc)

  • Arizona had faced some of the nation’s steepest emissions cuts under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. But Arizona utilities and regulators said they plan to continue working toward the lower carbon emission goals that had been set in the plan, even though EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said this week that the agency is scrapping the program. [Arizona Daily Sun]
  • Ireland and Northern Ireland’s integrated electricity system could save €19 million a year from 2019-20 by using battery-based energy storage to stabilize the grid, according to a report by Queen’s University Belfast. It showed that 360 MW of battery storage could provide the same fast frequency response as 3 GW of conventional power. [reNews]
  • After months of internal controversy, the clean energy target favored by Australian chief scientist Alan Finkel was dumped by the government in favor of a new “national energy guarantee,” which will impose both reliability guarantees and emissions reduction guarantees on retailers and some large energy users. Opposition is fierce. [The Guardian]
  • The solar power industry is booming across Trump country, fueled by falling development costs and the subsidies for solar and wind power, which many Republicans in Congress continue to support. With falling development costs, solar firms now see strong prospects in conservative states with no clean energy mandates. [Reuters]

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