Doesn’t Have to Happen | OSW Coalition | Paint it Black
Happy Friday folks.
Coming at you early this week.
Let’s start with news from the CT Mirror, which is perhaps one of the best explainer articles we have read in a while. It’s certainly worth sharing. Kudos to Jan Ellen Spiegel for her great reporting. “CT keeps losing power when storms strike. But that doesn’t have to happen. As the power outages from Tropical Storm Isaias piled up in every single community in Connecticut on Aug. 4, the finger pointing began. The utilities were seen as unprepared, leading critics to suggest they should pay for everything from snapped poles to spoiled food. But even if Eversource and United Illuminating had stationed armies of repair crews ready to roll as soon as it was safe, the high likelihood is that all that power would still have gone out. Arguably the questions Isaias begs are not who to blame and how to punish them, energy experts say, but ‘How do we keep the lights on?’ The answers may require a good bit of soul searching, not just by the utility villains of the moment, but by state officials, lawmakers, advocates, and residents themselves, who for years have focused on short-term costs and electric rates instead of long-term solutions that could eventually lower those rates and provide more storm resilience.”
When it comes to getting things done, the saying goes there is strength in numbers. Hence a new coalition has been formed to support offshore wind, From the Cape Cod Times, “Coalition formed to further offshore wind initiatives. Sena Wazer addressed the online press conference announcing a new coalition supporting offshore wind through the eyes of a 16-year-old peering into a potentially bleak future. ‘I’m fearful for my future,’ the co-founder of the Sunrise Movement in Connecticut said. ‘In 10 years, when I’m only 26, I don’t know if I’ll have a safe planet to live on.’ Experts describe actions taken in the next decade as critical to staving off the worst-case global warming scenarios. This summer gave us an inkling of how bad it could get, with unbearably long heat waves and drought in the Northeast and California wildfires in the West… ‘This crisis will only go away if we commit to do everything in our power to make sure we have a livable home going forward,’ Wazer said. It was that sense of urgency that impelled environmentalists, businesses, researchers and labor unions to form New England for Offshore Wind, a coalition focused on pushing state legislatures and governors in the region to make commitments by 2022 to offshore wind farms that could provide for one third of the region’s power needs.”
Our “new technology” of the week is less about tech but is effective none the less. From E&E News, “Study: Black turbine blades reduced bird mortality by 72%. Painting one of a wind turbine’s three blades black led to a dramatic decline in bird mortality along the Norwegian coast, new research shows. Bird death from turbine collisions dropped by 71.9% where a turbine blade was black, compared with unpainted turbines at the same wind farm, according to findings published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Ecology and Evolution. Researchers observed a nearly 50% reduction in mortality from collisions involving towers with a single black blade. Bård Stokke of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, one of the study’s lead authors, said the findings could address the evolving wind industry’s Achilles’ heel, its impact on birds.”
That’s the recap for the week.
Have a great weekend and as always, stay safe.
Bloomfield bearing pioneer sets sights on wasted energy market, Hartford Business Journal
Cambridge partners with All In Energy to assist residents, Wicked Local Cambridge
Time for a diet: Today’s US homes have super-sized into “energy gluttons,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Learn How You Can Take Advantage of Horticulture Energy Efficiency Programs, Greenhouse Grower
Energy experts warn over green hydrogen ‘shortfall,’ Renews.biz
Preserving Trees Becomes Big Business, Driven by Emissions Rules, Wall St. Journal
WoodMac: 2020s Will Be the ‘Decade Of Hydrogen,’ Greentech Media
Adirondacks seeing a push for green energy, Times Union
New York’s Hudson Valley: Future Offshore Wind Hub?, Greentech Media
Coalition formed to further offshore wind initiatives, Cape Cod Times
Solar Grids Built on NJ Farmland Get Senate Backing, NJ Spotlight
Bakers Island Light Station Celebrates New Solar Array, North Shore Magazine
CT Green Bank sells 6 solar energy systems to Greenwich investment firm, New Haven Register
Electric Vehicle Makers Find a Back Door to Wall Street, New York Times
Not everyone happy about Columbia Gas deal, Eagle Tribune
Opponents will still try to kill CMP corridor after court nixes referendum, Bangor Daily News
New England needs to go all in on offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine
My Turn: Is solar net metering a net good for New Hampshire?, Concord Monitor
Grow crops, not solar panels, on NJ’s best farmland, The Link News