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Saturday, 27 June 2020

June 27 Green Energy News

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  • “Arizona Utility Plots 2.5-GW Renewables Revolution” ? Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power filed its 2020 integrated resource plan with the Arizona Corporation Commission. It includes 2457 MW of new wind and solar capacity by 2035. About 457MW of wind and solar is planned to come online in the next 12 months. [reNEWS]
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Building a wind turbine (Tucson Electric Power image)

  • “Fading Winters, Hotter Summers Make The Northeast America’s Fastest Warming Region” ? Washington Post analysis also found that the New York City area, including counties in Long Island, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, was among about half a dozen hot spots nationally where warming has already exceeded 2°C. [InsideClimate News]
  • “How Quickly The Tide Turns On Coal” ? Colorado Springs will close down both of its coal-fired power plants within the next decade. The Martin Drake plant was to close by 2035. Instead, it will close in 2023. And surprisingly, the role of natural gas in replacing coal will be very limited, with no new combined cycle plant in the works. [Mountain Town News]
  • “After 116 Years, Volkswagen’s Zwickau Factory Produced Its Last Fossil Fuel Vehicle Today” ? Volkswagen’s Zwickau factory is switching 100% to electric vehicles. It will produce a total of 6 models from 3 Volkswagen Group brands (Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat). Today was the last day it produced a fossil fuel vehicle. [CleanTechnica]
  • “PRPA Brings Roundhouse Wind Project Onto The Power Network” ? Wind power from the 225-MW Roundhouse Wind Energy Center north of the Colorado-Wyoming border is now part of the Platte River Power Authority’s electrical power mix. With that new source, PRPA gets about 50% of its energy from noncarbon sources. [Loveland Reporter-Herald]

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


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Friday, 26 June 2020

VT Food Scrap Ban

Dear neighbors,
So much is happening at CSWD! I am not sure where to start. Facilities are reopening, more materials are being accepted, and the July 1st food scrap ban is almost upon us. I’ll focus on the food scrap ban here. But please, keep reading to catch up on the latest in reopenings and other important CSWD news.
With COVID-19, we missed spring and seem to have landed smack dab in summer. Many residents have reached out to us with questions about what to do with their food scraps after July 1st. To help, we created this web page that’s chock full of easy-to-find answers – www.cswd.net/scrapfoodwaste.
The three things to keep in mind about this new requirement to keep food scraps out of the trash:
  • This is a marathon – not a sprint. Remember when we didn’t recycle? Now, its like second nature. Though many of us have been separating food scraps from trash for years–decades, even!–for many it’s brand new and more than a little daunting. This is a process. The July 1st date gives us a place to start.
  • Composting your food scraps in your backyard is not your only option. You can drop those scraps off at a CSWD Drop-Off Center or Green Mountain Compost, arrange for them to be picked up at your home, or grab a Green Cone and start “digesting” in your own yard. We can help – visit www.cswd.net/scrapfoodwaste.
  • Keep calm and carry on. CSWD is here to help you learn what works for you. Ask us questions (just reply to this email), visit our website, or watch our videos!
Keep an eye out for more on food scraps in your local papers, on TV, and of course in social media. We’re getting the word out!
Warm regards,
Alise Certa
Marketing & Communications Manager

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Baker-Polito Administration Expands Electric Vehicle Rebate Program to Include Commercial and Nonprofit Fleets

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the expansion of the Commonwealth’s electric vehicle rebate program, Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) to include commercial and nonprofit fleets. Building on the Administration’s December 2019 announcement committing at least $27 million per year in 2020 and 2021 to electric vehicle incentive programs, the expansion of the MOR-EV program will offer clean transportation solutions to Massachusetts businesses and nonprofits while helping the Commonwealth achieve its clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

“The success of the MOR-EV program has helped reduce greenhouse emissions and improve air quality across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The expansion of this program to include commercial fleets continues the Commonwealth’s efforts to expand electric vehicle adoption and the electrification of the transportation sector, which is vital to achieving our target of net zero emissions by 2050.”

“Our administration is committed to helping save residents and businesses money on their transportation costs while also making significant progress in our effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Today’s announcement expanding the MOR-EV program will help Massachusetts grow its clean energy economy and continue to lead the nation in clean energy innovation.”

Beginning June 25, 2020, commercial and nonprofit fleets, which include company-owned vehicles, companies with vans, rental car companies, and companies that provide vehicles to employees instead of paying mileage, will be eligible to receive rebates through MOR-EV. Eligible vehicles must meet the same criteria as the current MOR-EV program which provides battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) up to a $50,000 final purchase price with a $2,500 rebate. Additionally, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVS) with an all-electric range of 25 miles or greater and with a final purchase price up to $50,000 are eligible for a $1,500 rebate. Rebates are not available to fleet purchases made prior to June 25, 2020. Public fleet purchases such as municipal and state are not eligible for rebates under this program.

“Accelerating reductions in carbon emissions from the transportation sector is crucial to meeting Governor Baker’s ambitious net zero by 2050 goal,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Expanding the MOR-EV program to include more vehicle classes will help us lower emissions across the state, improve air quality for all communities, and will ultimately move us closer to our shared clean energy future.”

“More electrification in the transportation industry results in significant benefits to our economy and our environment and the MOR-EV program is a key policy to facilitate that transition,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock. “Today’s announcement of a MOR-EV expansion to commercial and non-profit fleets will ultimately lower emissions and create more pathways for businesses and non-profits to contribute to creating a cleaner and healthier energy future for our communities.”

Since June 2014, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has dedicated over $31 million to incentivizing the purchase of over 15,000 electric vehicles and has reduced the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 39,000 metric tons annually.

MOR-EV is administered on DOER’s behalf by the Center for Sustainable Energy. The program is funded with Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction proceeds and aims to help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and meet Massachusetts’ goals under the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.

For complete rebate program information and other details, visit https://mor-ev.org/.


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Vermont Senate Passes Global Warming Solutions Act! What’s Next?

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*Update, 6/26: Final reading vote on 6/26 was 23-5 in favor of GWSA.

A coalition of business and environmental organizations released the following statement today after the Vermont Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve the Global Warming Solutions Act.

The groups commend President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, Majority Leader Becca Balint, Chairman Senator Bray, members of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, and the Climate Solutions Caucus for their strong support and leadership in addressing the simultaneous COVID-19, economic, racial equity, and climate crises by moving this important bill forward with a 22-6 vote.* After the final reading, the bill heads back to the House for final approval, before being sent to the Governor for his signature.

“Cutting climate pollution and investing in sustainable and climate-resilient communities has significant public health and economic benefits for Vermonters,” said Jen Duggan, Vice President and Director of CLF Vermont. “The Solutions Act requires climate solutions that reduce energy burdens for rural and marginalized communities, build healthy communities, and protect our natural and working lands. Today’s vote is an important step forward towards ensuring an equitable transition to a carbon-free and resilient Vermont.”

“Accountability that ensures we make progress to curb climate pollution is long overdue, and today’s vote is a critical step forward. Many thanks to the legislators who supported this important bill,” said Vermont Natural Resources Council’s Energy and Climate Program Director Johanna Miller. “We have a real opportunity to pivot out of the Covid-19 crisis, rebuilding an economy that is more local, clean, durable and equitable. The Solutions Act will really help by putting in place the strategic planning process we need to do this work well.”

“Scientists suggest that we have one decade remaining to stay below a 2-degree Celsius temperature increase, meaning urgent action is necessary to save our planet,” said Lauren Oates, Climate & Energy Policy Manager with The Nature Conservancy in Vermont. “We are grateful to the Vermont Senate for its strong support of the Solutions Act, which places economic resilience and environmental action hand-in-hand, elevates the role our natural and working lands play in combatting climate change, and aims to build a cleaner, more equitable future for all Vermonters.”

“Vermonters overwhelmingly support climate action, and we’re grateful to Senators for their strong vote today to advance this foundational climate bill. At a time of simultaneous public health, economic, and racial justice crises, the Global Warming Solutions Act creates a strategic framework that will help us thoughtfully plan and act to help all Vermonters – no matter their zip code, income, or skin color – to transition to a cleaner, healthier, more affordable and more equitable economy,” added Lauren Hierl, Executive Director of Vermont Conservation Voters.

“Today’s passage of the Solutions Act is a big step forward, and shows that Vermont’s legislature is getting serious about treating global warming like the emergency that it is,” said Ben Edgerly Walsh, climate and energy program director with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). “While there is far more that needs to be done to cut our own climate pollution and make our communities and our state more resilient to the effects of this global crisis, the Solutions Act sets us on that path while helping bring about the just, green recovery Vermont needs right now.”

“As Vermont looks to rebuild our economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an opportunity to develop a new model for prosperity—one that puts climate resiliency, equity, and just transition off of fossil fuels at the center of our recovery efforts,” said Jordan Giaconia, Public Policy Manager with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. “The Solutions Act has a pivotal role to play in this process and would lay a foundation upon which we can build a clean energy future that puts Vermonters to work in family-sustaining jobs, stimulates our local economies, and invests in historically underserved communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Thank you to our legislators for advancing this visionary bill.”

“The Global Warming Solutions Act is a huge step in the right direction.  It lays the groundwork for Vermonters to engage in the response necessary to remain safe and thrive in a changing world,” said Steve Crowley, Sierra Club Energy Chair.  “It recognizes that the harshest impacts of climate change will land on the most vulnerable, and it makes that a priority for planning and action. Vermont needs to couple this with action to clean up all of Vermont’s energy supply and grow a clean energy economy for all.”

The Global Warming Solutions Act will put Vermont on par with many other states in the region with similar accountability frameworks and, importantly, on an equitable path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. By turning greenhouse gas reductions goals into mandatory requirements, the bill gives state government both the authority and responsibility to reduce carbon pollution across all sectors of the economy while building healthy and resilient Vermont communities.  The bill is supported by a broad coalition of 30 Vermont organizations representing business, youth, poverty alleviation, public health, environment and other diverse interests.


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June 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “US Renewables Produce 27% More Power Than Coal, Outpace Nuclear Over Four Months” ? In the US, renewable energy sources produced significantly more electricity than coal during the first four months of 2020 and topped nuclear power as well, the SUN DAY Campaign shows, based on data from the Energy Information Administration. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in Oklahoma (US Dept of Agriculture image)

  • “Renewable Energy Breaks UK Record In First Quarter Of 2020” ? The UK government’s official data has revealed that renewable energy made up 47% of the electricity generation in the first three months of 2020, smashing the previous quarterly record of 39% set last year. A surge in wind power helped to set a new record for clean energy. [The Guardian]
  • “Renewables Uptake ‘Driving Down’ EU Emissions” ? Lower EU greenhouse gas emissions today are largely due to the growth in renewable generation, an International Energy Agency energy policy review showed. EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 were 23% lower than in 1990. The EU has already met its target of a 20% decline by 2020. [reNEWS]
  • “Trump Administration Moves To Make Millions More Acres Available For Oil And Gas Leasing In Alaska Reserve” ? A federal agency has released a final management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The plan proposes to make 7 million additional acres of land on the North Slope open to potential oil and gas development. [Anchorage Daily News]
  • “House Democrats Unveil Green Tax Package” ? US House Democrats unveiled a major green tax package, offering tax incentives for renewables, electric vehicles and a host of other environmentally friendly businesses. The legislation would extend several renewable energy tax breaks, and it would expand some incentives. [The Hill]

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


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Thursday, 25 June 2020

SUN DAY Campaign: First Third 2020

U.S. Renewables Produced 27.1% More Electricity Than Coal – and Also Outpaced Nuclear Power

Solar + Wind Now Provide One-Eight Of U.S. Electricity

Non-Hydro Renewables Grew 3.7% In April Notwithstanding Covid-19

Washington DC – Renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) produced significantly more electricity than coal during the first four months of 2020 and topped nuclear power as well, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of just-released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through April 30, 2020) reveals that solar and wind both showed continued, strong growth, expanding faster than all other energy sources. During the first third of this year, solar-generated electricity – including distributed solar – expanded by 20.7% (compared to the same period in 2019) and provided almost 3.0% of the nation’s total. Wind grew by 12.2% and accounted for more than 9.3% of total generation.

Thus, wind and solar together provided 12.3% – or nearly one-eighth – of total U.S. electrical production during the first four months of 2020. Combined with hydropower, biomass, and geothermal, renewables provided 21.6% of total electrical output.

Moreover, renewables produced 27.1% more electricity than coal during the first third of 2020. Electrical generation by coal was 33.5% lower than a year earlier and accounted for just 17.0% of the nation’s total.

In addition, renewable energy sources produced 2.5% more electricity than did nuclear power during the same period. In April alone, renewables outperformed nuclear power by 14.9%.

EIA’s data for just the month of April also provide the first indication of the possible impacts of the coronavirus on competing renewable energy sources.

While hydropower’s output fell by 18.5%, non-hydro renewables provided 3.7% more electricity in April than a year earlier – driven primarily by 17.1% more generation by solar. Geothermal and biomass also increased by 9.5% and 0.7% respectively while wind dipped by 0.6%.

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NOTE: The figures cited above include EIA’s “estimated small-scale solar photovoltaic” (e.g., rooftop solar systems) which account for about a third of total solar output.

The latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” was officially posted late on June 24, 2020.
For the data cited in this news update, see:

https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?t=epmt_es1a
https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?t=epmt_es1b

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The SUN DAY Campaign is a non-profit research and educational organization founded in 1992 to aggressively promote 100% reliance on sustainable energy technologies as cost-effective alternatives to nuclear power and fossil fuels and as a strategy for addressing climate change.


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Spark Joy, Not Fires: Safe Battery Use and Storage

Cassandra Hemenway

Many common items in our lives have serious safety or toxicity problems. For example, we get lulled into a fantasy of its safety simply because a cell phone sits in every pocket and seems harmless. However, cell phones are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which, when improperly handled, spark fires –sometimes massive, hot, fires that decimate buildings and can burn for days (or even years in a landfill).

Lithium-ion batteries aren’t the only type of material that requires safe handling, but they are particularly volatile. To complicate matters, it’s not unusual for someone to “wish cycle” a cell phone by tossing it into their recycling bin. In January, a fire in a recycling center in Tioga County, NY was apparently caused by a crushed lithium-ion battery. Nobody got hurt, but the fire burned for days through bales of recyclable materials.

In February, a house burned to the ground in Greensboro, Vermont, after the homeowner used “knock-off batteries” without an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) listing in a rapid charger, according to Dan Gauthier, Co-op Insurance investigator. “These batteries sell on eBay for $30-$35, and the name-brand batteries are $100,” Gauthier stated in his report.

Greensboro Fire Department Chief, Dave Brochu, explained that the combination of the off-brand batteries for charging a power tool and the “rapid charger” started the fire. A rapid charger, (also known as a “quick charge” or “fast charger”) can charge up a battery that normally might take a few hours, in a fraction of that time. It uses significantly more electricity and requires a battery and device designed to be used in the fast charging unit.

Neither of the above examples turned deadly, but such events have that potential, and both were avoidable with safe battery use, storage, and recycling. Recycling batteries properly (not in your blue bin) avoids fires; it also keeps batteries’ heavy metals and toxins out of the landfill, which ultimately means out of landfill leachate, and therefore out of our water systems.

The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, a federal public health agency, has found that cadmium and nickel, two common ingredients in batteries, are known human carcinogens. Other toxins found in batteries include lead and mercury. So, we have a real incentive to keep batteries from leaching those toxins in a landfill.

Start by finding the closest battery recycling outlet near you.

Call2Recycle manages state battery extended producer responsibility programs and has an information-rich website that includes a zip code-zoned map with drop-off locations. Often batteries can be recycled at the point of purchase, such as at a hardware store or a Home Depot. Go to https://www.call2recycle.org/locator/ to find the nearest battery recycling outlet to you.

Before drop off, you’ll need to save batteries at your home. Consider an entire cell phone a ‘battery” for this purpose. Call2Recycle drop-off sites accept both batteries and cell phones.

Scrapped mobile phones for recycling. Image: Wikipedia

Safe battery storage:

  • Place batteries back in their original packaging OR
  • Tape the terminal ends of each battery with duct tape or electric tape but don’t cover the battery label. This is key to getting it recycled properly. You can also put each battery into a plastic bag if taping is not an option.
  • Place cell phones into a plastic bag for safe storage.
  • Aim to get your batteries and cell phones to recycling within six months of storage.
  • Make sure your batteries are stored in a dedicated location (not loose in a drawer or mixed in with small metal objects) in a cool, dry location.

These few safety steps will minimize the risk of fire and environmental damage and help to get your batteries recycled appropriately.

Takeaway tips:

  • Make sure you are using the correct battery. Avoid off brands.
  • Make sure your battery is UL listed. Lack of a UL listing means the item doesn’t meet the safety standards of the Underwriters Laboratory. Look for the UL symbol.
  • Make sure rechargeable batteries are designed for the charger you’re using.
  • When ready to recycle, either tape or bag your batteries and cell phones.
  • Go to https://www.call2recycle.org/locator/ to find a nearby drop-off site.

Cassandra Hemenway is the Outreach Manager at the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District. She writes and educates about composting, recycling, and how to avoid use of common household toxins.


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