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GeoMicroDistrict Presentation July 01 2019, 0 Comments

The Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is giving a Feasibility Study Results presentation this morning, Monday, July 1, 2019 from 10-11 AM..

HEET contracted with BuroHappold Engineering to complete a statewide feasibility study on the engineering and economic potential for the GeoMicroDistrict concept in Massachusetts.

A GeoMicroDistrict is a shared water loop delivering heat and cooling, powered through 100-500 foot boreholes in the gas company's right-of-way in the street. When interconnected, the GeoMicroDistricts become a renewable thermal utility system, replacing natural gas.

This Monday morning presentation will be available on the web. Register here.

See the video of the presentation.

LI Gas Moratorium July 01 2019, 0 Comments

From the Politico New York Energy newsletter (2019 06 28), a National Grid moratorium on new applications for natural-gas service is hindering several new businesses from opening in Lynbrook, according to officials.

European Heatwave Sets New Records July 01 2019, 0 Comments

The heatwave in Europe has set new June temperature records. According to the BBC, the heatwave now affecting much of Europe is expected to intensify further. Some countries, including France and Spain expect temperatures above 40°C (104°F). Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic have seen their highest-ever temperatures for June.

Thank you to Green Energy Times for alerting us to this news.

PSC Nominees Confirmed June 24 2019, 0 Comments

The NYS Public Service Commission announced on June 21, 2019 that Tracey A. Edwards and John B. Howard have been confirmed to serve as PSC Commissioners.

Tracey Edwards and John B. Howard

Marie French of Politico NY Energy (Politico New York Energy Newsletter 2019 06 19) reports:

The Senate Finance Committee sent the nominations of John Howard, a longtime aide to Cuomo and former chief of staff for Paul Tonko when he was chair of the Assembly Energy Committee, and Tracey Edwards, a former Verizon executive, to the floor. Howard touched on the importance of combating climate change and addressing challenges in the telecommunications sector. Edwards focused on her experience in public service and at Verizon. Committee members asked few questions before moving the nominations at the tail end of an hours-long hearing on nominations.


HeatSmart Job Opening June 24 2019, 0 Comments

A Sustainable Westchester Heat Smart Commercial Program Manager position is being offered in Westchester.

Sustainable Westchester is seeking a Project Management Contractor (PMC) with excellent interpersonal communications and organizational skills to work on the Commercial HeatSmart Program. Familiarity with clean energy technologies and/or Commercial Real Estate development experience preferred, but not required.

The position requires conducting community-based outreach, education, developer consultation, and market development activities for commercial Clean Heating & Cooling (CH&C) technologies in Southern Westchester. The salary is $5,000 per month with a 10 month contract. For more information, a job description is available here.

NY Climate Act Passes June 24 2019, 0 Comments

You've probably heard about the passing this week of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. It makes New York a national leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and responding to climate change. But most of us haven't had time to read the 21-page bill. Read NY-GEO's summary of 11 highlights of interest to those working on clean heating.

Next, if you want a general summary of what the bill is and what it does, David Roberts at Vox goes in-depth on the bill and how it compares to the climate policies of other states.

Pipeline Beats Heat Pumps? June 17 2019, 0 Comments

Marie French of Politico NY Energy (Politico New York Energy Newsletter 2019 06 14) reports on a study, Life Cycle Analysis of the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project:

A report commissioned by National Grid on the lifecycle emissions of the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline finds that greenhouse gas emissions would be lower than a no-pipeline scenario that assumes more aggressive adoption of heat pumps than NYSERDA's analysis. The report claims that's true in a scenario including upstream methane leakage estimates from the Environmental Defense Fund, as well. Opponents slammed the report as "cherry-picked" because it only looks at a comparison over 10 years.

CA Future of Gas June 17 2019, 0 Comments

Sierra Club logo

An article on the Sierra Club website, Transitioning California Off Gas Could Lower Costs and Prioritize Low-Income Communities, reviews a presentation given to the California Energy Commission by Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) called Draft Results: Future of Natural Gas Distribution in California, a 69-page graphic-rich presentation.

The Sierra Club review notes “For too long, California’s massive gas system has been the elephant in the room when policymakers talk about solutions to the climate crisis. But that’s beginning to change…. Building electrification is the lowest-cost and lowest-risk pathway for California to cut climate pollution.

Thanks to Joe Parsons from ClimateMaster for bringing this to our attention and Bill Martin of California GEO for his excellent ongoing work.

Heat Pump Webinar 6/24 June 17 2019, 0 Comments

Energy Efficiency and Heat Pump Teach-in

NY-GEO Board member Jens Ponikau will be one of four panelists in a teach-in, sponsored by New Yorkers for Clean Power, focused on New Efficiency: New York and the role heat pumps can play in cutting greenhouse gases in the heating sector.

The webinar will run from 7:00 to 8:30 PM and will also feature Jessica Azulay of the Alliance for a Green Economy, Cornell scientist and methane expert Bob Howarth and Valerie Strauss of the Association for Energy Affordability.

Register here for this important online teach-in to learn what you can do to promote comprehensive utility energy efficiency & heat pump (not pipelines) programs!

NY-GEO in Wall Street Journal June 10 2019, 0 Comments

On May 20th a Wall Street Journal editorial attacked Governor Cuomo for the NY Department of Environmental Conservation's decision to reject the proposed Williams gas pipeline under New York Harbor. See New York Geo's response that was published in the Journal on June 7th or here if you have a Journal subscription.

And for fun, see the original op-ed response we submitted by scrolling down this page—"Rip Van Winkle Lives"—that the Wall Street Journal rejected.