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Global atmospheric CO2 levels hit record high

UN warns that drastic action is needed to meet climate targets set in the Paris agreement Smoke rises from a power plant in Bottrop, western Germany. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at record speed last year to hit a level not seen for more than three million years, the UN has warned. The new report has raised alarm among scientists and prompted calls for nations to consider more drastic emissions reductions at the upcoming climate negotiations in Bonn. “Globally averaged concentrations of CO2 reached 403.3 parts per million (ppm) in 2016, up from 400.00 ppm in 2015 because of a combination of human activities and a

Renewable energy advocates want to boost the use of biogas

An example of an anaerobic digester in CaliforniaEPA.GOV As New York State moves toward its goal of getting 50 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources by 2030, much of the focus is on wind and solar energy. But there’s another energy source out there that boosters want to shine a light on. Pulling methane gas from cow manure and other organic matter has been going on for years. But in order to get biogas to the next level as a source of renewable energy, it needs to become more economically viable. “There needs to be some incentives [in the] early days, so that the producers of renewable gas can either sell it directly to the utility, or produce electricity, or use it for fuel a

Syracuse University student venture captures top prize in international innovation competition

Josh Aviv, co-founder and CEO of SparkCharge, won the grand prize at the Blackstone/Techstars global venture pitch competition in New York City on October 18. The competition came at the conclusion of a two-day Blackstone/Techstars Training Camp, an innovative new program for collegiate entrepreneurs that featured a keynote on October 16 by Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education and entrepreneurship. This intensive boot camp brought together program staff and the 40 top performing teams from the 20 Blackstone LaunchPads across the U.S. and Ireland for workshops with experts and mentors

2.4-MW New York solar array expected to provide 73% of county office’s energy needs

RER Energy Group (RER), project partners, town officials and other local dignitaries gathered at The Re-Use Building in Lincoln, New York, to officially commission the installation of the solar array located at the County’s Buyea Road landfill. The array, which consists of 7,752 ground-mounted, photovoltaic solar panels, was developed to supply energy to the county office building and county jail utility accounts. This system will produce more than 2.8 million kWh of lower-cost renewable energy annually. Over the projected 25-year term, the agreement will result in more than $3 million in cost savings for the county and its residents. It should be noted that these savings come at no cost to

NYSERDA and Montante Solar Announce One of the First State-Supported Community Solar Projects in Wes

Supports Governor Cuomo’s Goal of 50 Percent Renewable Power by 2030 The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Montante Solar today announced the completion of one of the first community solar projects in Western New York. The 99 kilowatt (kW) solar installation at the Riverview Solar Technology Park will help New York meet Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard requiring 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030. Community solar projects enable multiple residents and small business owners to subscribe to buy a portion of the energy produced by an off-site solar array. Subscribers receive credit on their indi

Shell Buys Slice of the Electric Vehicle Market With Purchase of NewMotion

Photo Credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr As the uptake of electric vehicles accelerates, oil and gas majors have continued to grapple with how much to invest in a technology that could put them out of business. On Friday, Royal Dutch Shell made arguably the most striking vote of confidence in electric cars from a major yet: buying electric charging company NewMotion. Gaining ownership of a company that manages 30,000 residential and business charging stations, and offers access to 50,000 more, is both a natural progression and a big step for oil and gas companies in the electric market. The investment aligns with majors’ evolving strategies to keep up in an all-electric future that may not have a pl

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES CITY OF GENEVA AS 100TH COMMUNITY TO BE DESIGNATED CLEAN ENERGY COMMUNITY

Supports New York’s Goal of 50 Percent of Electricity to Come from Renewable Sources by 2030 Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Designated Communities Represent More Than 4 Million Residents Across the State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the City of Geneva in Ontario County is the 100th community in New York State to be designated a Clean Energy Community, recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy in its communities. This announcement complements Finger Lakes Forward, the regional economic blueprint aimed at attracting a talent

Two-thirds of world's new energy capacity in 2016 was renewable: IEA

Tesla Kauai solar-energy generation and storage project [photo: The Verge] For years, renewable energy has been cast as the most expensive option to reduce emissions and the world's reliance on fossil fuels. But 2016 may have marked a turn for the renewable energy sector, with solar energy in particular rising significantly in output. For the first time in history, renewable energy sources accounted for fully two-thirds of the new energy capacity added worldwide in 2016. That represents not just a healthy share, but a shift in behavior among energy producers, though fossil fuels still dominate generation today. The International Energy Agency's renewable-market analysis showed solar energy a

CONSORTIUM TO ESTABLISH LITHIUM-ION BATTERY GIGA FACTORY IN ENDICOTT, CREATE "AT LEAST" 23

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers remarks at the Huron Campus in Endicott during the announcement that the Imperium3 New York consortium has plans to establish a lithium-ion battery giga-factory in the Southern Tier. (Photo credit: Cuomo flickr page) ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Imperium3 New York, Inc., a consortium of businesses that three Southern Tier companies lead, will establish research and development and production operations at the Huron Campus in Endicott. The consortium will spend more than $130 million and create at least 230 new jobs over the next five years, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release issued Wednesday. Cuomo visited Endicott to make the announcement. Imperium3 New Yo

GM Is Going All Electric, Will Ditch Gas- and Diesel-Powered Cars

The Chevrolet Bolt EV electric concept car is unveiled during the first press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 12, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook General Motors plans to go 100 percent electric, the Detroit automaker announced Monday. GM currently offers one extended-range electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, but will add two others within 18 months, said Executive Vice President Mark Reuss, with “at least 20” to be in the line-up by 2023. In addition, the company is developing a new truck platform powered by hydrogen fuel cells, dubbed Surus, short for Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure. “General Motors believes in an all-elec

US Energy Information’s Latest Review Says Use of Renewables Up

The latest issue of the US Energy Information‘s (EIA) “Monthly Energy Review ” (with data through June 30, 2017) reveals that domestic production and use of renewable energy sources) continued to show strong growth during the first half of the year as the consumption of both nuclear power and fossil fuels declined. Renewables accounted for 13.49% of domestic energy production during the first half of 2017, compared to 12.61% during the same period in 2016 and 10.88% in 2015. During the first six months of 2017, energy produced from renewable sources was 10.29% higher than a year earlier and 21.34% higher than two years ago. On the consumption side (i.e., energy used for electricity, transpor

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