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Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows

Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities. The authors of a paper published Tuesday developed a more accurate way of calculating land elevation based on satellite readings, a standard way of estimating the effects of sea level rise over large areas, and found that the previous numbers were far too optimistic. The new research shows that some 150 million people are now living on land that will be below the high-tide line by midcentury. Southern Vietnam could all but disappear. The first map shows earlier expectations of submerged land by 2050. But the new ou

NYSERDA and Citizens Energy Announce Completion of 1.4-Megawatt Solar Project to Serve Upstate Cereb

Project to Offset Nearly All of Upstate Cerebral Palsy’s Electricity Load October 24, 2019 The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Citizens Energy Corporation today announced the completion of a 1.4-megawatt solar project in the Mohawk Valley. Located in Oneida County, Upstate Cerebral Palsy is the sole beneficiary of the commercial solar project, which supports Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal goals to obtain 70 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, including the installation of 6,000 megawatts of solar by 2025. Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has positioned itself as

Homes With Solar Panels Sell for 4.1% More

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. During the past year, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274. The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $

Climate Change, Local Impacts and Actions the Topic of Skaneateles Public Meeting

Harmful algal blooms have been seen in Skaneateles and other finger lakes. Panel discussion Wednesday night examines link to climate change, as well as other local impacts. CREDIT DEC Community groups in Skaneateles want to expand the discussion around climate change and the impacts it’s having on Central New York. Academic experts and local officials will look at things such as local algae blooms, which experts never thought could happen, and ways to reduce fossil fuel use on Wednesday night. The session is being put on by the Saint James Church Master Class, Skaneateles Lake Association, and Sustainable Skaneateles. Chris Carrick is Energy Program Manager for the Central New York Region

Lewis County solar array powers up revenue to cover electric bills

The Lewis County solar array behind the Public Safety Building as see from Outer Stowe Street, Lowville. Julia Hopkins/Watertown Daily Times LOWVILLE — Revenue from the Lewis County solar array has covered about 59% of the county’s electricity bill over the past 15 months, and this is just the beginning. The county has received about $85,000 in credit for the energy pumped into the main power grid by the 2-megawatt array consisting of 7,939 panels and 67 inverters on 10 acres of county land behind the Public Safety Building off outer Stowe Street. “The billing has been a nightmare, but it’s worth it,” said County Manager Ryan Piche as he explained how the system works, “It’s like all of the

New York Approves 316MW Battery Plant for Peak Power, First of Kind in Region

The batteries would replace old combustion turbines at the Ravenswood plant in Long Island City, Queens. LS Power owns the Ravenswood Generating Station and would make the upgrades. New York's utility regulator approved construction for a 316-megawatt battery storage plant that would replace fossil fueled capacity in New York City. The Ravenswood project, if built, will be the largest battery plant in the state, providing emissions free power to the New York City region during the hours of greatest demand. It also marks the first major use of energy storage for peaking power in the Northeast. California and Arizona have tapped energy storage for this role, but East Coast batteries have been

Google commits $150 million to renewable energy projects

The investment comes as major tech companies have been working to do more on climate change. At Tuesday's Made by Google event in Manhattan. Sarah Tew/ CNET Google on Tuesday announced plans to spend $150 million on renewable energy projects, looking to use the funding to bring green initiatives to the countries where its products are made. The announcement comes less than a month after Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled a broad initiative to reduce his company's carbon footprint, too. "We believe Google has the ability and responsibility to create systemic change," Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh said on stage at a product launch event Tuesday. He said the investment in "key man

NY state offers $3 million for towns to buy zero-emissions equipment

Chevrolet Bolt charging at the Jordan Village Hall charging station New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that communities that want to promote emissions-free vehicles can apply for part of $3 million in rebates and grants. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says electric vehicles cost less to operate and are more energy efficient. Municipalities have until May 29, 2020 to apply for $2.5 million in total grants to install hydrogen filling station components or electric vehicle supply equipment. Those grants require a 20 percent local match and are available for up to $250,000 for a facility and $500,000 for one municipality. Cuomo’s administration says

Syracuse partners to advance its smart city 'Surge'

The US city is collaborating with Syracuse University and Microsoft to drive its smart initiatives forward. Syracuse and its partners will collaborate on development, research and training The US city of Syracuse, the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University (iSchool), and Microsoft have partnered on smart city data and technology initiative. The entities will collaborate on development, research and training to help advance the city’s work in areas such as energy use, public safety, job creation and wider economic development goals. Community-focused projects Under the umbrella of the city’s Syracuse Surge initiative, the organisations say they have already explored a series of

SUNY Binghamton professor wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on lithium-ion batteries

A screen displays the laureates of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, from left, John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino "for the development of lithium-ion batteries", during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday Oct. 9, 2019. (Naina Helen Jama/TT via AP) Three scientists on Wednesday were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their contributions to the development of lithium-ion batteries, which have reshaped energy storage and transformed cars, mobile phones and many other devices in an increasingly portable and electronic world. The prize went to John B. Goodenough of the University of Texas; M. Stanley Whittin

EIA projects that renewables will provide nearly half of world electricity by 2050

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2019 In 2018, 28% of global electricity was generated from renewable energy sources, most (96%) of which was produced from hydropower, wind, and solar technologies. In its International Energy Outlook 2019 (IEO2019), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that renewables will collectively increase to 49% of global electricity generation by 2050. Of the top three renewable sources, EIA expects solar’s share of generation to grow the fastest and hydroelectric’s share to grow the slowest. EIA’s international outlook includes analysis of eight countries and eight multicountry regions. Different region

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