Pittsfield program to cut electricity costs

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) – A local city is going to new lengths to cut electricity costs during the holiday season. The mayor and the Colonial Power Group are teaming up for a city-wide program called the Pittsfield Community Choice Power Supply Program. Officials say the program will allow the city to provide them with an alternative to existing basic service costs. They say it’ll save the city more than $780,000 in electricity costs over the next six months. Click here for article and video. #Electricity #CommunityChoiceAggregation

The ultra-efficient, hidden heat source for Amazon's new HQ

The equipment supporting the unique heating system at Amazon's new Seattle campus are hidden by a rooftop facade. Jordan Stead/Amazon Historically speaking, the concept of district heating is far from new — the village of Chaudes-Aigues Cantal in France has been using a geothermal version for centuries. More recently, cities such as Copenhagen and Boston have started using this approach to keep buildings warm in the fall and winter by capturing and converting "recycled" thermal energy generated by other neighborhood systems, such as nearby power plants or waste treatment facilities. Despite the resulting, well-documented efficiency benefits, it is less common to see this alternative used for

Renewable Energy Is Now Unstoppable

Solar farm with wind turbines in the background. Image source: Getty Images. Utilities that need to build new power generation facilities or replace old ones are going to have a hard time justifying anything but renewable energy in 2017 and beyond. Investment bank Lazard recently released its 11th analysis of the cost of new electricity generation, titled Lazard's Levelized Cost Of Energy Analysis--Version 11.0, and showed that wind and solar energy are now cheaper than diesel, nuclear, coal, and in most cases natural gas. Utilities and regulators are going to be hard-pressed to justify anything but renewable energy generation in the future. From Maine to Hawaii, the U.S.'s energy future is

These 12 cities will buy only electric buses from 2025 on; more expected to join

Volvo electric bus The mayors of 12 major cities from around the world have taken a landmark step to increase the use of zero-emission public transportation late last month. Mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland, and Cape Town all signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration, which pledges that they will add only fully electric buses to their cities' public transportation from 2025. Although electric buses are the largest part of the agreement, the mayors also agreed to other measures to reduce carbon output in their respective cities. The agreement's language in general calls for "a future where walking, c

Clean fleets: Auburn celebrates new vehicle charging station in downtown parking garage

Andrew Simkin plugs in his Nissan Leaf all electric car at the electric vehicle charging station in the public parking garage on Lincoln Street in Auburn Friday. Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen AUBURN — The city of Auburn has unveiled its first electric vehicle charging station, which was installed in the public parking garage on Lincoln Street. On Friday, several city and state officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony downtown to celebrate the charging station. The station was part of a city, county and statewide effort to promote alternative fuel vehicles in the community. Auburn Mayor Michael Quill said the project was the one of four high-impact action items the city completed to receive a C


Date: Friday, November 10th (rain or shine) Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Location: City of Auburn parking garage on Lincoln Street Contact: Chris Carrick 315-422-8276 ext. 1213 The City of Auburn will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first electric vehicle charging station, which has been installed in the public parking garage on Lincoln Street. The public and media are invited to attend the event, which will be held on Friday, November 10th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the parking garage. To celebrate and promote the City’s first installation of an EV charging station the City will offer this as a free service for the first 6 months. There will be several electric vehicle

Electric cars emit less carbon than average U.S. new car, everywhere in the world

Greenhouse-gas emissions of battery-electric vehicles globally in MPG equivalent [U of Michigan TRI] When electric cars first arrived in 2011, it was a reasonable question: Aren't you just shifting emissions from the tailpipe to the smokestack? The answer is yes, but the carbon emissions per mile of an electric car—properly measured on a wells-to-wheels basis—are virtually always lower than those of a gasoline or diesel car. It's not always true, depending on how dirty the grid is and how efficient a baseline fossil-fueled car you choose, but it's largely the case, and especially so in the U.S. A new report issued Monday by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute has n

2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

Data so far this year points to 2017 continuing a long-term trend of record breaking temperatures around the world, says World Meteorological Organization Activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘CO2’ in front of the Neurath coal power plant ahead of the Bonn climate summit. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA 2017 is set to be one of the hottest three years on record, provisional data suggests, confirming yet again a warming trend that scientists say bears the fingerprints of human actions. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said temperatures in the first nine months of this year were unlikely to have been higher than 2016, when there was a strong El Niño weather system, but higher than

Tesla to make solar roof in Buffalo by year's end, Elon Musk says

Tesla’s efforts to ramp up production of its Model 3 electric vehicle overshadowed its Riverbend solar plant during the company’s third-quarter earnings report. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News) Tesla still expects to start shifting production of its solar roof to Buffalo by the end of this year, the electric vehicle maker said Wednesday. Tesla's executives, in their most specific comment on the timing of solar roof production at the RiverBend complex, said the company expects to ramp up production of the new solar shingles in Buffalo during 2018. Tesla's solar roof production now is being done on a pilot basis at its factory in Fremont, Calif. "We're still on track to turn on most of the production

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