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US report finds sky is the limit for geothermal energy beneath us

US Dept. of Energy project estimates geothermal’s untapped potential. Sonoma Power Plant at The Geysers in California. With all attention focused on the plummeting prices and soaring popularity of solar and wind, geothermal energy is probably under-appreciated. Sure, you might think, it’s great where you can get it—in, say, Iceland or the Geysers area of California—but those are exceptions, right? Not entirely. Geothermal power sources come in many forms, and they're typically much more subtle than steam shooting out of the ground. In reality, geothermal energy could be a big player in our future mix. That is made clear by the US Department of Energy’s recently released “GeoVision” report. T

E.P.A. Finalizes Its Plan to Replace Obama-Era Climate Rules

Loading coal at the Spring Creek Mine in southern Montana. The mine’s owner, Cloud Peak Energy, declared bankruptcy in May. CreditCredit Kevin Moloney for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday replaced former President Barack Obama’s effort to reduce planet-warming pollution from coal plants with a new rule that would keep plants open longer and undercut progress on reducing carbon emissions. The rule represents the Trump administration’s most direct effort to protect the coal industry. It is also another significant step in dismantling measures aimed at combating global warming, including the rollback of tailpipe emissions standards and the planned withdrawal

New York to Approve One of the World’s Most Ambitious Climate Plans

The state would pledge to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with all its electricity coming from carbon-free sources. New York will be required to get 70 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and shift entirely to carbon-free power a decade later. CreditCreditBenjamin Norman for The New York Times New York lawmakers have agreed to pass a sweeping climate plan that calls for the state to all but eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, envisioning an era when gas-guzzling cars, oil-burning heaters and furnaces would be phased out, and all of the state’s electricity would come from carbon-free sources. Under an agreement reached this week between legis

In Finger Lakes vineyards, climate change has already arrived

In this March photo, Arthur Hunt, owner of Hunt Country Vineyards near Keuka Lake, inspects a Riesling vine. Hunt lays some vines on the ground in the winter and covers them with straw to protect them from extreme cold. (March 12, 2019) Glenn Coin | gcoin@syracuse.com Syracuse, N.Y. -- In a broad clearing of the the Fox Run Vineyard stands a gleaming metal wind machine. A single blade is mounted atop the 40-foot-tall, swiveling pole. Scott Osborn, owner of the vineyard on Seneca Lake, installed it three years ago to help save grapes from late frosts. As the climate warms, Osborn explained, the buds on the vines have been opening earlier. And even though air temperatures are on average higher

Nissan Leaf batteries are lasting a very long time

Nissan x Opus camper with reused Leaf batteries in Britain with Nissan Qashqai Since even before the first market deliveries of its Leaf electric car in late 2010, Nissan has made frequent mention about the need to create second-use demand for the Leaf's battery packs. It turns out, they may need to see many of those ideas put into place. According to comments made last month by a Nissan-Renault executive, citing charging and battery degradation data from Nissan on the 400,000+ Leafs sold globally, the battery packs are going to easily outlast the life of the vehicles—not just the ones that are in accidents. “We are going to have to recover those batteries,” said Francisco Carranza, the mana

Climate change: UK government to commit to 2050 target

Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change. Prime Minister Theresa May said reducing pollution would also benefit public health and cut NHS costs. Britain is the first major nation to propose this target - and it has been widely praised by green groups. But some say the phase-out is too late to protect the climate, and others fear that the task is impossible. The UK already has a 2050 target - to reduce emissions by 80%. That was agreed by MPs under the Climate Change Act in 2008, but will now be amended to the new, much tougher, goal. The actual terminology used by the government is "net zero" gree

New York sets an example for shift to EVs

Kia's HabaNiro all-electric concept vehicle was presented at the New York auto show on Wednesday. Auto shows are invariably about the future, whether it is consumers contemplating their next dream machine or the carmakers showcasing the rides of tomorrow. But at this year's New York International Auto Show, the future has arrived in the form of the electric car, along with all the supporting parts of the electric car ecosystem. In fact, with a team of New York state agencies and industry partners promoting electric vehicles at the auto show, in a city that has just agreed to "congestion pricing" to discourage gasoline-powered traffic in Midtown Manhattan, New York is poised to emerge as a na

Geneva first in region to launch energy program

The Town of Geneva will be the first community in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region to go live with a program that will switch households and small businesses over to a fully renewable electricity supply, unless those customers say that don't want it. The change will happen on July 1. Geneva was able to secure the supply of 100 percent renewable energy, all of which will be generated in New York, through a state-approved mechanism called community choice aggregation. It's essentially a purchasing effort where the town and its hired administrators solicited bids for electricity suppliers that could meet the needs of residential and small business customers in the town. The customers then buy

Cazenovia working to become ‘Climate Smart’

The town and village of Cazenovia are both regional leaders in the fight against climate change. As registered Climate Smart Communities (CSC), the municipalities are part of a network of over 250 communities committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving climate resilience. Run by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the CSC program helps communities take steps to increase energy efficiency, reduce GHG emissions, save taxpayers money and promote renewable energy and a green economy. Any New York State city, town, village or county can commit to building a resilient, low-emission future by adopting the CSC pledge. To become a registered CSC, a local gov

National Grid Launches First-of-Its-Kind Battery Storage System

National Grid today unveiled a new battery storage system in Pulaski, New York, that will reinforce electricity reliability for regional customers during periods of peak demand, and alleviate the need for traditional infrastructure upgrades and investments. State and local officials joined company representatives and project partner Aggreko for a ribbon-cutting event at National Grid’s East Pulaski substation. The installation is the first-of-its kind battery storage system in the company’s U.S. service area. “Energy storage is a vital component to unlocking New York’s clean energy future,” said John Bruckner, National Grid New York President. “We are pleased to partner with Aggreko on our f

Floods, tornadoes, snow in May: Extreme weather driven by climate change across US

Flooding along the Mississippi River is the worst it’s been since 1927. More than 50 tornadoes touched down during the Memorial Day weekend. In Denver, it snowed more than three inches last week. Climate scientists say this is only the beginning of what will be decades of increasingly dangerous and damaging extreme weather – and there’s no question that much of it’s being driven by global warming. The scientific data is too clear and too overwhelming to come to any other conclusion, said Richard Rood, a meteorologist and professor of climate research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This Tuesday, May 28, 2019, aerial photo shows flooded homes along the Arkansas River in Sand Sprin

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