Tag: renewable energy

Expectations from PA Gov Shapiro, Lt Gov Davis on Environmental, Energy Issues?

There were stark differences between the positions taken by Governor-elect Josh Shapiro and his opponent during the gubernatorial campaign just concluded. Photo: Governor-elect Josh Shapiro and Lt. Governor-elect Austin Davis By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog During the campaign Shapiro outlined… Continue Reading “Expectations from PA Gov Shapiro, Lt Gov Davis on Environmental, Energy Issues?”

PITT Goes Green with a 61-acre Solar Farm

A new 55,000 solar panel farm will provide the Pittsburgh campus with nearly one-fifth of its electricity through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Pitt signed a 20-year agreement with Vesper to purchase all of the electricity produced on the site. Aurora Sharrard, Pitt’s… Continue Reading “PITT Goes Green with a 61-acre Solar Farm”

FRANCE: Solar Energy from Parking Lots

Énergie solaire à partir de parkings. The latest solar energy news out of France blanketed media outlets: France to require all large parking lots to be covered by solar panelsIn France, solar just got a huge boost from new legislation approved through the Senate this week… Continue Reading “FRANCE: Solar Energy from Parking Lots”

Hybrid HVAC with Solar Energy and an EV

Our home electric and gas utility bills arrived in late October. Total: $38.67 Image: Electric bills for 12 month period = $290.44$24.20 average per month includes EV charging It’s been over a year since we upgraded our home heating and cooling system from an… Continue Reading “Hybrid HVAC with Solar Energy and an EV”

No Room on your Roof? Try Community Solar!

‘Community solar is about to explode’ in Illinois Nara Schoenberg wrote a story in the Chicago Tribune on October 31, 2022, “A way to get solar energy — no rooftop panels required — is making headway in Illinois: ‘Community solar is about to explode’… Continue Reading “No Room on your Roof? Try Community Solar!”

News Headlines: Renewable Energy

Global news headlines on renewable energy Economic benefits of wind, solar in rural Appalachia could top $65 billionA recent report shows that rural communities in Appalachia could benefit the most from wind and solar development. The group looked at expected local tax revenues, land lease… Continue Reading “News Headlines: Renewable Energy”

Caltech’s Space Solar Energy Project

Imagine collecting solar energy in space, where it has 8-times the potential of terrestrial solar, and beaming it back to Earth. Caltech’s wildly ambitious space solar project, buoyed by a massive hundred-million-dollar donation, is preparing to launch its first prototypes into orbit. These cutting-edge… Continue Reading “Caltech’s Space Solar Energy Project”

Wind Energy on the Ballot in Ohio

In north-central Ohio, Seneca County commissioners used a new 2021 law to ban renewable energy projects in unincorporated parts of the county. Now, another ban is up for a vote in neighboring Crawford County, Ohio. On October 21, 2022 Julie Grant of The Allegheny… Continue Reading “Wind Energy on the Ballot in Ohio”

Motionless Wind Energy Unit by Aeromine

These rooftop wind generators take up 10% of the roof space and deliver up to 50% more energy than a solar array of the same price. “Aeromine’s founders have created a much more effective way to harness even moderate wind to create energy for… Continue Reading “Motionless Wind Energy Unit by Aeromine”

VIDEO: Delivering Solar Energy

Building Resilient & Sustainable Value Chains Global Clean Action Energy Forum – Pittsburgh, PAFriday September 23, 2022 12:45pm-1:45pm EDT NOTE: Video begins at the 9:45 mark Ensuring resilient solar value chains will be critical to delivering affordable and efficient clean energy and enabling progress… Continue Reading “VIDEO: Delivering Solar Energy”

Highlights from EIA’s Latest “Short-Term Energy Outlook”

By Ken Bossong | SUN DAY CAMPAIGN | October 12, 2022(founded 1992)6930 Carroll Avenue; Suite #340; Takoma Park, MD 20912301-270-6477 x.6;  sun-day-campaign@hotmail.comTwitter: Follow @SunDayCampaign “Increases in U.S. electricity generation in our forecast come almost entirely from solar and wind. We expect renewable sources will provide… Continue Reading “Highlights from EIA’s Latest “Short-Term Energy Outlook””

MINOTT: Big Gas Will Throttle our Economy no More

OPINION: Joseph Otis Minott | Clean Air Council | October 6, 2022 Big gas has throttled Pennsylvania’s economy and that of the wider Ohio Valley for the last fifteen years. While gas executives like Energy Transfer’s Kelcy Warren and Chesapeake’s Aubrey McClendon managed to… Continue Reading “MINOTT: Big Gas Will Throttle our Economy no More”

Pennsylvania Missing Out on Millions of Dollars

RGGI, Inc.’s third carbon-allowance auction of 2022 generated more than $301 million in revenue for reinvestment Pennsylvania is missing out on millions of dollars in revenue from carbon-allowance auctions that are part of a multi-state initiative to combat climate change as legal challenges to… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania Missing Out on Millions of Dollars”

Mountaineer Wind Energy

44 wind turbines were installed along this West Virginia mountain ridge 20 years ago, able to provide enough energy to power 20,000 homes. Video recently recorded near several of these wind turbines: Mountaineer wind energy map: The number of turbines installed in the U.S.… Continue Reading “Mountaineer Wind Energy”

Renewables Likely Top 25% of US Electricity and 30% of Generating by Year End 2024

by Ken Bossong, Executive Director – SUN DAY Campaign Data recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirm that solar and wind are poised to experience significant growth this year and for at least the… Continue Reading “Renewables Likely Top 25% of US Electricity and 30% of Generating by Year End 2024”

Tale of Two Wind Turbines and a Vietnam Vet

Short-lived Massachusetts renewable energy project crashes to the ground. While European nations are scrambling to add wind turbines and other renewable energy to their electric grids, we come across a surprising story of two wind turbines, that were just demolished in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Turbines… Continue Reading “Tale of Two Wind Turbines and a Vietnam Vet”

Solar September: Another 6-Dollar Monthly Electric Bill

$6.57 to be exact, which also included home EV charging and 1,067 kWh left ‘in the bank’ for future months. We also generated another SREC to sell for $40. Meantime, a neighbor in the same size ranch home got a bill for $197. Other… Continue Reading “Solar September: Another 6-Dollar Monthly Electric Bill”

IOWA: Renewable Energy Leader with 57% of Energy Generated by Wind

‘No sweat: Wind pulled its weight in steamy Midwest summer 2022‘ Posted on Friday, September 23, 2022 in Energy News We started the summer with regional grid operator MISO warning of rolling blackouts in early May of 2022. In this paper, we took apart those warnings and explained… Continue Reading “IOWA: Renewable Energy Leader with 57% of Energy Generated by Wind”

Duquesne Light Commits to New PA Solar Farm

7,000 Pittsburgh area homes to be powered by solar energy On September 28, 2022, An-Li Herring reports on WESA 90.5 “Duquesne Light Co. announced Monday that the Pennsylvania Utility Commission approved its 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Pine Gate Renewables. As part of… Continue Reading “Duquesne Light Commits to New PA Solar Farm”

PA Catches Up in National Rankings for School Solar

G.E.T. Solar Energy Help Now; Avoid Natural Gas Price Spikes By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 26, 2022 According to a new national report on schools’ adoption of solar published last week by nonprofit Generation180, Pennsylvania ranked 11th in… Continue Reading “PA Catches Up in National Rankings for School Solar”

UK: Solar Energy and Fracking

Two articles point out the growing benefits from solar and the reasons why fracking talk is ‘pie in the sky.’ Positive gains on the solar front in Europe… Paweł Czyżak, a senior analyst at the energy and climate thinktank Ember writes, Solar power saved the… Continue Reading “UK: Solar Energy and Fracking”

US Residential Energy Storage had its Strongest Quarter to Date

Demand is rising in the residential segment as solar installers continue to add storage to their product offerings. The U.S. market installed over 2,608 MWh of energy storage capacity in the second quarter of 2022. KELLY PICKEREL | SOLAR POWER WORLD | SEP 14,… Continue Reading “US Residential Energy Storage had its Strongest Quarter to Date”

Landowners Urge Pa. Lawmakers to Pass Real Community Solar Energy Bills

To Give $1.8 Billion Boost to Pa. Economy and Help Farmers By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 19, 2022 With solar energy policy on the agenda of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee on September 20, dozens… Continue Reading “Landowners Urge Pa. Lawmakers to Pass Real Community Solar Energy Bills”

Yin & yang of climate & energy in China

A September 14, 2022 Opinion, China Is Writing the Story of the Climate Future, by David Wallace-Wells in The New York Times, points out the complexities of climate change and renewable energy in China, a country that was blanketed by heat and drought during… Continue Reading “Yin & yang of climate & energy in China”

Off-grid Solar EV Charger

California-based solar-powered EV charger company Paired Power has just debuted a modular, off-grid electric vehicle charger that is powered by a solar canopy. Michelle Lewis writes in a September 13, 2022 story in electrek about this new offering, with deliveries expected to begin in the 2nd… Continue Reading “Off-grid Solar EV Charger”

HYDRO: More Ocean Power Needed

The heat and drought affecting many global locations has cut into renewable energy produced by hydroelectric sources, increasing the demand for coal as a replacement. While we often think of solar and wind as being the leading forms of renewable energy, it’s actually hydro… Continue Reading “HYDRO: More Ocean Power Needed”

New Allegheny County PA Sustainability Report Provides Overview of Efforts Since 2009

Expanded report also provides a historical overview of efforts since 2009 when the first Sustainability Manager was hired By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 1, 2022 On August 31, the Allegheny County Office of Sustainability issued the 2022 Allegheny… Continue Reading “New Allegheny County PA Sustainability Report Provides Overview of Efforts Since 2009”

PENNSYLVANIA: Erie 2030 District Achieves $4.6 Million In Energy Savings

Achieved a 22.4% Decline in Energy Use; 14.6% Decline in Carbon Emissions by David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | August 31, 2022 On August 30, the Erie 2030 District, a group comprising 17 Erie area property partners representing 130 buildings and… Continue Reading “PENNSYLVANIA: Erie 2030 District Achieves $4.6 Million In Energy Savings”

Update on RGGI in PA with 2nd Quarter Report

On April 23, 2022, Pennsylvania became the 12th state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”). However, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has since issued an injunction against further implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). While Pennsylvania drifts between political and judicial… Continue Reading “Update on RGGI in PA with 2nd Quarter Report”

Our Electric Bill Went Up. One cent.

Sure enough, it went from $6.56 last month to $6.57 this month. Our rooftop solar panels have been doing a great job of providing electricity for our home cooling and other household uses, as well as providing all the ‘juice’ to power our Chevy… Continue Reading “Our Electric Bill Went Up. One cent.”

Benefits to Schools Switching to Solar Energy

Pennsylvania Solar Center, Generation180 Outline Benefits to Schools Switching to Solar Energy – Saving Money, Avoiding Costly Price Spikes By David E. Hess | PA Environment Blog | August 22, 2022 Photo: Midd-West School District solar energy installation, Middleburg, Snyder County, Pennsylvania) On August… Continue Reading “Benefits to Schools Switching to Solar Energy”

Renewable Energy Sources Provided over One-Quarter of US Electrical Generation in the First Half of 2022

WIND ACCOUNTED FOR ALMOST 12% OF TOTAL OUTPUT; SOLAR HAS NOW SURPASSED 5%    UP BY NEARLY A FIFTH SINCE LAST YEAR, RENEWABLES MAY BE ON TRACK TO SURPASS EIA’S FORECAST FOR THE YEAR  Brief News Update & Analysis   SUN DAY CAMPAIGN 6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite #340; Takoma… Continue Reading “Renewable Energy Sources Provided over One-Quarter of US Electrical Generation in the First Half of 2022”

Pennsylvania man whose life was destroyed by fracking urges Irish Government to block Shannon LNG

‘We never had cancer or anything like that before, and in one year, we had over 13 people diagnosed with cancer… all within a mile of my house’ Those were the headlines written by reporter Shauna Corr in an August 8, 2022 story and… Continue ReadingPennsylvania man whose life was destroyed by fracking urges Irish Government to block Shannon LNG

Congress Gives Final Approval to Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Sending it to President Biden

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | August 12, 2022 On August 12, the U.S. House passed compromise legislation that would make the largest federal investment– $375 billion– in climate change fighting strategies, including investments in renewable energy production, tax rebates… Continue Reading “Congress Gives Final Approval to Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Sending it to President Biden”

U.S. Senate Passes Climate, Energy Bill; Now on To U.S. House For A Vote

GUEST POST: David E. Hess / PA Environment Digest / August 7, 2022 On August 7, the U.S. Senate passed compromised legislation that would make the largest federal investment– $375 billion– in climate change fighting strategies, including investments in renewable energy production, tax rebates… Continue ReadingU.S. Senate Passes Climate, Energy Bill; Now on To U.S. House For A Vote

‘Paying it Forward’ with Solar Energy

Homeowners have faced a steady stream of rising energy costs from fossil fuels as global situations have devolved. Meantime, our utility bills have been dropping. Americans have come to find that just because we sit on large reserves of coal and natural gas, that… Continue Reading “‘Paying it Forward’ with Solar Energy”

GOOD NEWS: U.S. Action on Climate Change is Close

In this latest episode of ‘shock and awe’ we learn that West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III has changed his mind. The $369 billion climate and tax package forged in a surprise deal by Senate Democrats on Wednesday would be the most ambitious action ever taken… Continue Reading “GOOD NEWS: U.S. Action on Climate Change is Close”

GUEST ESSAY – Energy Freedom for Pennsylvania

By Sharon Pillar, Pennsylvania Solar Center This guest essay appeared first in the Tribune-Democrat on July 22, 2022 Sharon Pillar: Key to lower energy prices is diversification With energy costs soaring these days, it is time for our state to promote healthy diversification of… Continue Reading “GUEST ESSAY – Energy Freedom for Pennsylvania”

An End to US Oil Exports and Offshore Drilling?

Let’s call it the “Joe-Joe Dilemma” — and we aren’t talking cookies. More like “all the marbles.” Blockage of climate action by Senator Joe Machin could now lead to ‘climate emergency’ action taken by President Joe Biden. Things like ending offshore drilling, banning U.S.… Continue Reading “An End to US Oil Exports and Offshore Drilling?”

Climate Change is Dead Serious

Dubbed the “Heat Apocalypse” by a French meteorologist, heat records have now been broken in much of Western Europe, while England recorded its hottest day ever on Tuesday. “Spain and Portugal have seen over 1,000 deaths in the last week attributed to the weather.… Continue Reading “Climate Change is Dead Serious”