Glacial Changes | Maryland | Moooo
Happy Friday afternoon folks.
We’re starting out this week with a couple of climate change stories.
First, from the New York Times, in what is a graphically cool piece as well as interesting relative to adapting to climate change, is a story about how Switzerland (yeah, I know it’s not the “Northeast”) is rethinking how they use hydropower. Check it out, if for nothing other than the presentation of the information.
Our second climate change story comes from the AP which reports that Matt Fitzpatrick, an ecology professor at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Sciences in Frostburg, Maryland, “looked at 12 different variables for 540 U.S. and Canadian cities under two climate change scenarios to find out what the future might feel like in a way a regular person might understand. He averaged the climate results from 27 different computer models then found the city that most resembles that futuristic scenario.” For those of you in greater Boston and other coastal New England cities, it looks like we’re all going to experience what’s typical weather right now for various areas in Maryland. For those that reside inland, your weather is more west. For example, Burlington, VT will feel like Taylorville, IL and Hartford, CT like Sikeston, MO. All in all it looks warmer and wetter. The link to the interactive map is https://fitzlab.shinyapps.io/cityapp/
Last story for this week is from Seven Days in Vermont about cheese – Cabot Creamery’s farms to be specific. While this long read has a lot of details about their operations including “Fitbits for cows” (who knew?) there is a section on their energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. “Consider electricity: Fairmont’s East Montpelier milking parlor is active nearly 24-7…Fairmont recently installed energy-efficient LED lighting in its barns, recommended by Efficiency Vermont. And it now has solar panels on the roofs. The company that installed the panels last year now sells power to the farm at a reduced rate. Ayer expects that arrangement to shave 11 percent off the farm’s annual power bill. Gladstone noted that Newmont runs on alternative energy, too. The farm worked with Green Mountain Power, Catamount Solar and Yankee Farm Credit to install a solar array in Fairlee that produces 50 percent of the farm’s power…Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport generates some of its energy using a wind turbine, but the cows there also create some renewable energy of their own — with help from a biodigester. The digester provides the right environment for the manure to break down and release methane gas, which in turn powers a generator producing renewable electricity for Vermont homes and businesses. Aptly dubbed “Cow Power,” it’s available to Green Mountain Power customers, who can choose to pay an extra four cents per kilowatt for it; the money flows back to the farm.” So this weekend when you might be enjoying some wine and cheese, you can say that you’re supporting renewable energy and helping to keep us the heck out of Maryland.
That’s it for this week. Enjoy the long weekend.
Holyoke utility, citing pipeline constraints, halts natural gas hookups, CommonWealth Magazine
Legislators want gas system study, Newport Daily News
Report recommends action to transition to a clean-energy economy for New England, Portland Press Herald
9 Northeastern states share $115M from carbon sale, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Where Glaciers Melt Away, Switzerland Sees Opportunity, New York Times
Clean Energy Solutions Must Include Nuclear, (Whitepaper) Clearpath.org
Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Fund the Green New Deal, Bloomberg L.P.
R.I. offshore wind price bit higher than Mass., CommonWealth Magazine
Betting $1 Million on Offshore New Jersey Wind Paid Off Big Time, Renewable Energy World
Falmouth Wind Turbines Called ‘Disaster’ On National Stage, Falmouth Enterprise
Another solar array proposed for Franklin, Milford Daily News
CT sees slight uptick in solar jobs, Hartford Business Journal
How much is Cohasset saving? Stats from town’s solar array now available online, Wicked Local Cohasset
Maine Town Sees LED Streetlights Paying for Themselves Fast, Government Technology
Electric car charging stations planned for downtown, Eagle Tribune
NRC defends Seabrook Station’s license extension, Keene Sentinel
CEOs Ask Trump to Help Them Sell Nuclear Power Plants Abroad, Bloomberg L.P.
Exelon: Need Pa. Action by May to Save TMI, RTO Insider
Mills shows new support for CMP transmission line, Portland Press Herald
Klaber’s viewpoint: The problem with New York regs, Business Journals
Eversource mandate, New Hampshire Union Leader
The Answer Is Blowin’ in the Wind, New York Times
My Turn: Dissecting the Northern Pass appeal narrative, Concord Monitor
Editorial: The cost of rolling back bulb standards, MetroWest Daily News