For First Time Since 1800s, Britain Goes a Day Without Burning Coal for Electricity

The coal-fired Ferrybridge C power station in Northern England closed last year. Credit Oli Scarff/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Friday was the first full day since the height of the Industrial Revolution that Britain did not burn coal to generate electricity, a development that officials and climate change activists celebrated as a watershed moment. The accomplishment became official just before 11 p.m., when the 24-hour period ended. Coal powered Britain into the industrial age and into the 21st century, contributing greatly to the “pea souper” fogs that were thought for decades to be a natural phenomenon of the British climate. For many living in the mining towns up and dow

With Government in Retreat, Companies Step Up on Emissions

Solar panels at the Googleplex, headquarters of Google in Mountain View, Calif. Its data centers worldwide will run entirely on renewable energy by the end of this year, the technology giant announced in December. Credit Smith Collection/Gado, via Getty Images The Trump administration may be pondering a retreat from the United States’ domestic and international climate commitments, but corporate America is moving ahead with its own emissions goals. Nearly half of the Fortune 500 biggest companies in the United States have now set targets to shrink their carbon footprints, according to a report published Tuesday by environmental organizations that monitor corporate emissions pledges. Twenty-f

Gas stations are going away sooner than you think

Getty Images When new technology comes to market, the first deployment tends to emulate the closest comparable iteration. So, it makes sense that people would expect electric vehicle charging to start as a new "pump" at existing gas stations. But, the truth is, traditional city gas stations will not be where/how we "energize" our cars in the future. And all but the most necessary ones on highways may eventually go away. To really jump start electric vehicle use, we need to stop focusing on wired super charging at gas stations and focus more on wireless charging everywhere else. Because people aren't going to go a place to charge. They're going to charge at the places they go. Let's talk numb

NYSERDA Announces $15.5 Million Available for Energy Storage Projects to Support the Electric Grid

Call for Commercially Available Technology Will Make Grid More Flexible in Supporting Renewable Power Sources The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that a total of $15.5 million in funding is available for energy storage projects that can support renewable energy technologies, save customers money, and ease peak electric demand burdens on the power grid. The funding is part of the state’s long-term investment in the energy storage sector as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. Energy storage can save power generated fro


Projects Help Food Bank Facilities in Albany and Cornwall-on-Hudson Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 7,600 tons and Support New York State’s Goals to Cut Statewide Emissions 40% by 2030 from 1990 Levels The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York today announced that two newly completed solar installations atop the Food Bank’s warehouse facilities in Albany and the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, in Orange County, will lead to estimated savings of approximately $520,000 over a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and elimination of approximately 7,600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or the equivalent of taking 58 ca

Earth just had its second-warmest March on record, which isn't a great sign

IMAGE: NASA GISS So much for a global warming slowdown. New data released on Friday shows that March 2017 was the second-warmest on record, behind March of last year. The global average surface temperature was 1.12 degrees Celsius, or 2.016 degrees Fahrenheit, warmer than the 1951-1980 average. The two top March temperature anomalies have occurred during the past two years. March of last year was the hottest such month on record, with a temperature anomaly of 1.27 degrees Celsius, or 2.28 degrees Fahrenheit, above the 20th century average for the month. March of 2017 was only the eighth month in NASA's database to have a global temperature anomaly at or above 1-degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees

A National First: Md. Legislature Passes Energy Storage Tax Credits

“Maryland is charging ahead!” proclaims the Energy Storage Alliance (ESA). In an announcement, the ESA says the Maryland legislature recently passed a bill that will make Maryland the first state in the country to establish a dedicated tax credit for the installation of energy storage systems. The bill, S.B.758, has gone to Gov. Larry Hogan for consideration, but given that it overwhelmingly passed the House of Delegates in a 101-11 vote and passed unanimously in the Senate, it appears veto-proof. Once implemented, the legislation will allow residents and businesses to cash in on state income tax credits that cover up to 30% of the total installed cost of an energy storage system. According

NASA just snapped the first photos of a mysterious crack in one of Greenland’s largest glaciers

Preliminary DMS image of the new rift in Greenland’s Petermann Glacier, directly beneath the NASA Operation IceBridge aircraft. (Gary Hoffmann/NASA). The first photographs of a new and ominous crack in Greenland’s enormous Petermann Glacier were captured by a NASA airborne mission Friday. NASA’s Operation IceBridge, which has been flying over northwest Greenland for the past several days, took the photos after being provided coordinates by Stef Lhermitte, a professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, who had spotted the oddly located chasm by examining satellite images. The NASA pictures make clear that a significant new rift has opened near the center of the glacier’s fl

Germany Strikes Offshore Wind Deals, Subsidy Not Included

The wind farm BARD Offshore 1, 62 miles northwest of the German island of Borkum in the North Sea, in 2013. Credit Fabian Bimmer/Reuters LONDON — European governments have spent large sums of money in recent years subsidizing giant offshore wind projects in hopes of creating a clean source of energy that could eventually pay for itself. Now that moment may be here — and a lot sooner than expected. On Thursday, the Danish company Dong Energy, the largest offshore wind developer, won the right to build two large wind projects in the German North Sea with no government subsidies — a highly symbolic first for the industry. The company will receive the revenues from the electricity generated by t

Syracuse Microgrid Forecasts Positive Return Leveraging Waste-to-Energy

The Syracuse microgrid, one of 11 NY Prize Stage 2 winners, is forecasting a strong financial return using waste-to-energy generation that eases pressure on local landfills. Led by the Central NY Regional Planning and Development Board (CNYRPDB), the project is the only Stage 2 winner to rely on waste-to-energy conversion as its primary distributed generation asset. The community microgrid would reduce the amount of waste streaming into area landfills 90 percent if built as designed, according to feasibility study filed with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which is leading the $40 million NY Prize microgrid incentive program. That’s in addition to enha

U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell 1.7% in 2016

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2016 totaled 5,170 million metric tons (MMmt), 1.7% below their 2015 levels, after dropping 2.7% between 2014 and 2015. These recent decreases are consistent with a decade-long trend, with energy-related CO2 emissions 14% below the 2005 level in 2016. As noted in a recent article on energy use, both oil and natural gas consumption were higher in 2016 than in 2015, while coal consumption was significantly lower. Consistent with changes in fuel consumption, energy-related CO2 emissions in 2016 from petroleum and natural gas increased 1.1% and 0.9%, respectively, while coa

With More Bang for the Buck, Renewables Providing Most New Power

Renewables were the biggest new source of electricity last year as the cost of building new wind and solar farms fell. Clean energy provided 55 percent of all new capacity added worldwide, the most ever, and total investment was about double the amount for generators driven by fossil fuels, according to a report published Thursday by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Investment in clean power dropped 23 percent from 2015 to $241.6 billion, meaning that the new capacity installed came at a lower price. The average capital expenditure for a megawatt of wind and solar fell more than 10 percent, according to the study, and they are s

Amazon may help Plug Power accelerate profitability

Andy Marsh, left, CEO of Plug Power welcomes Senator Charles E. Schumer during Senator Schumer's tour of the company on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Latham, N.Y. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union) After signing a hydrogen fuel cell sales deal with Amazon that could reach $600 million in value over several years, Plug Power of Latham said plans to become profitable by next year is a better bet than ever. While many of Plug Power's customers finance their purchases over many years, Amazon is paying in cash, meaning the revenue can be booked as soon as the orders are shipped. Under a deal that began last year but wasn't disclosed until Wednesday, Plug Power is supplying fuel cells for fork lifts at Ama

WROW-AM wants to build solar farm under radio towers

WROW AM is transmitted from three towers in Glenmont off Wemple Road. Credit: Rulison, Larry The three, 488-foot WROW-AM radio towers just south of Exit 23 of the Thruway that welcome home Capital Region residents from their travels, could soon get some company. Albany Broadcasting, the company that owns WROW, wants to build a 2.6 megawatt solar farm underneath the three towers and their guide wires. The company applied for a building permit with the town of Bethlehem on March 10 but must get a variance due to a technical zoning issue before the project can move forward. The site of the three radio towers is located on a parcel located in Glenmont that sits between Wemple Road, Weisheit Road

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