Under a presidential administration that rejects science and ignores climate risks, the US Department of Defense has been slow to respond to them. That is raising concerns from both military think tanks and Congress' watchdog agency.
In its own report to Congress earlier this year, the Defense Department identified 77 of the 79 military bases assessed as facing significant threats from climate change, including recurrent flooding, drought, wildfires and desertification.
The report acknowledged climate change is a national security issue and said the department "must be able to adapt current and future operations" to this new reality.
Check out this instructive graphic on the vulnerability of military bases.
Thanks to Green Energy Times (2019 12 23) for alerting us to this item.
From City and State First Read newsletter 2019 12 23, NY-GEO makes the City & State's Energy & Environment Power 50 List:
As New York confronts a changing climate, the leaders of the energy industry and the environmental community are playing crucial roles in shaping state policy. The Energy & Environment Power 50 list identifies the executives, advocates, academics and others who are true power players in New York.
EIN Newsdesk reported on the Con Edison climate resiliency plan released on December 20th. The report predicted extreme heat, coastal storm surges, inland flooding, and more violent storms as the major climate-driven impacts to Con Edison.
To protect its electric, gas and steam delivery systems and customers from the impacts of climate change, it will need to invest between $1.8 billion and $5.2 billion by 2050.
Thanks to Green Energy Times (2019 12 21) for alerting us to this item.
Legally, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) cannot take effect until a companion Environmental Justice Working Group bill (A1564/S2385) is signed by Governor Cuomo. There has been concern that if he signed the legislation after the New Year, the effective date of the CLCPA would be delayed a year.
Last night, December 20th, the Environmental Justice bill was sent to the governor's desk for his signature. Having called it to his desk, by law he now has 10 days to take action. So that, hopefully positive, action will occur in 2019 and the CLCPA would then take effect January 1, 2020.
Thank you to Brian Eden of Solar Tompkins for this tip.
According to Ryan Dougherty of the GeoExchange Organization (GEO):
Unfortunately, extending the residential geothermal tax credit [as is] did not make it into the end of the year fiscal package. So, the residential geothermal credits do fall to 26% on Jan 1. However, pay attention to the last portions of the this article from Utility Dive. We are going into 2020 with a strong position, bipartisan support and solid odds for achieving success on an extension.
On December 19th, the Senate passed the bill that extends EPAct 179D retroactively back to January 1, 2018 and forward through December 31, 2020. The President signed it on the 20th.
EPAct 179D allows commercial building property owners to accelerate depreciation on the cost of qualified energy efficiency measures on their income taxes. In addition, the extension keeps the 2007 ASHRAE standard for this tax deduction on commercial energy efficiency projects, including heat pumps.
Geothermal stakeholders may want to start gathering project data for all energy efficiency projects completed since January 1st, 2018.
Thanks to Charles Goulding of Energy Tax Savers for this tip.
Beneficial electrification comes to Brooklyn! The residential portion of 100 Flatbush Avenue, the first tower of Alloy Development’s planned massive 80 Flatbush project in Downtown Brooklyn, will be 100% electric. This 38-story building combines passive house principles with heat pumps for heating, cooling and clothes drying and induction cooking.
"The recent moratorium from National Grid on new gas connections provides an opportunity: like steam and fuel oil before it, it’s time for gas to go,” said Alloy CEO Jared Della Valle. “We encourage others to move away from fossil fuel technologies and toward renewable, healthy environments, and to do it now."
Thanks to NY-GEO member Bob Wyman for this tip.
The New York Times posted an interactive video using a highly specialized infrared camera that shows methane escaping from the DCP Pegasus gas processing plant in West Texas.
Although not seen by the naked eye, immense amounts of methane gas are escaping from oil and gas sites nationwide and the Trump administration plans to weaken restrictions on offenders, even though the emissions, vastly underreported, are worsening global warming.
Speaking of gas leaks, the Times Union reported that in Albany workers and National Grid crews spent three hours Thursday trying to seal a massive gas leak that shut down parts of two main roads in the city and forced hundreds of workers to temporarily evacuate.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and environmental group Sane Energy Project urged the state to reject the plan, the Daily News reports. Stringer said that a proposed boost in Con Edison’s electric and gas prices would "dig us deeper into the climate crisis."
Here is an in-depth look at the press conference from artist, photographer and activist Erik McGregor. NY-GEO has signed onto the plan for its negotiated advances, while recognizing its limitations.
Thanks to Green Energy Times (2019 12 12) for alerting us to this item.
IGSHPA Trainer Peter Tavino with be teaching the 3-day IGSHPA Accredited Installer geothermal course in West Nyack January 21st to 23rd. NYSERDA funding will allow New York workers to attend this course for half price. Certification from this training is necessary for companies wishing to participate in the NYSERDA geothermal rebate program.
Click here for information about the training. To register, or seek more information, contact Peter Tavino at Pete@LitchfieldGeothermal.com or text him at 860-459-8279.