June, 2021

Speeding Up Equity in Clean Energy

E2 Environmental Entrepreneurs

What a game changer it would be for the economy, for the climate and for the country, if underserved communities and businesses could get the financing they need to make clean energy truly accessible. E2 is working to get us closer to that reality.

Portland General Electric Turns to Data to Achieve “Net Zero by 2040” Goal

Bidgely

Hear Portland General Electric’s Larry Bekkedahl in a fireside chat, as we discuss the role that data is playing in helping the utility achieve “Net Zero by 2040” in the on-demand session from UA Summit 2021 called “ Unlocking Operational Outcomes: Digital Transformation and Clean Energy Initiatives with AMI Data.”.

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Better batteries will get us to an electrified future

GreenBiz

Better batteries will get us to an electrified future. Mike De Socio. Wed, 06/02/2021 - 00:04. The mass adoption of electric vehicles — and, well, electric everything — will rely heavily on cheap, dependable batteries.

5 Solar Energy Facts That Will Make You Want to Move to Solar Power

U.S. Green Technology

Solar energy is the energy generated using Sun’s light (photovoltaic energy) and sun’s heat (solar thermal energy) to generate electricity. Solar energy is inexhaustible and renewable, and it is harnessed using panels and reflectors.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Nuclear Power Just Doesn’t Need Much Fuel

Jim Conca

On May 8th, the Columbia Generating Station, the only nuclear power plant in the Pacific Northwest, disconnected from the grid for its biannual refueling. It refueled and connected back to the grid only 42 days later. Just in time for summer’s increased electricity demand.

How to Be More Sustainable in the Kitchen

The Environmental Blog

The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in a house, and its activities can match a manufacturing process. In such a progression of activities, it is difficult to avoid waste. However, it is possible to devise ways of handling waste in the kitchen to promote a healthy environment.

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Recycling e-waste should be a legal requirement in the EU, says report

Envirotec Magazine

Recovering the critical raw materials residing within electronic waste will require investment, and a legal framework to incentivise this will be essential, say the authors (image credit: Steve Janosik , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license).

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5 electric bus makers shifting into next gear

GreenBiz

5 electric bus makers shifting into next gear. Shaandiin Cedar. Tue, 06/01/2021 - 00:05.

8 Simple Ways to Improve the Water Quality in Your Home

U.S. Green Technology

Everybody wants access to the best and cleanest water possible, but it’s no secret that declining water quality is a growing problem around the globe.

Wyoming To Lead The Coal-To-Nuclear Transition

Jim Conca

States like Wyoming and Montana are evaluating replacing coal with nuclear and Bill Gates’ TerraPower, has partnered with GE Hitachi, Bechtel, Energy Northwest, Duke Energy, DOE and the State of Wyoming to do just that with their new 345MW fast reactor with a molten salt-based energy storage system.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

How To Recycle Cars

The Environmental Blog

Scrap car recycling is a major industry in North America. In Canada, 1.6 million cars are recycled each year. About 95 percent of vehicles eventually make their way to the recycling yard. If you have an old, non-working or junk vehicle you need to recycle, where should you take it?

Grid Resiliency in the Spotlight

CleanTech Alliance

Grid resiliency has been on everyone’s mind lately. From the rolling blackouts in California during the wildfires last year to the outages in Texas this past February, ensuring we have a reliable power grid is a priority for utilities and consumers alike.

Call for countries to support a moratorium on deep-sea mining

Envirotec Magazine

Hoplostethus crassispinus is related to the Orange Roughy, or deep sea perch. A rule that will allow deep seabed mining to start, even though environmental protections are not in place, was triggered in late June, exposing the deep ocean to potentially serious harm.

Can Bumble Bee and Nestlé hook the world on fishless fish?

GreenBiz

Can Bumble Bee and Nestlé hook the world on fishless fish? Elsa Wenzel. Tue, 06/08/2021 - 02:12. Put down that beet-juice burger. The next big wave in plant-based protein is fake fish.

10 Ways to Increase Your Home Value With Green Technology

U.S. Green Technology

Going green is a great way to help the planet. You can start by making minor renovations to your house. Consider updating your home with eco-friendly technology. This will also increase your property’s resale value. Here are 10 ways you can incorporate green technology into your home!

Washington State’s Approaching Energy Crisis – Good Intentions Gone Wrong?

Jim Conca

WA State has trouble on the horizon – with its electrical grid, as in not being reliable, and as in risk of rolling blackouts. The trouble stems from decarbonizing. Getting rid of coal is the low-hanging fruit, but just getting rid of it without a real plan to replace it can do more harm than good.

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Teaching Small Children About the Importance of Sustainable Living

The Environmental Blog

Tomorrow’s world is in the hands of today’s children. By giving them positive role models, they’ll learn how to form their own positive habits. Among them, those related to sustainable living. The responsibilities and concerns of parents are legion.

July Women’s Networking Happy Hour (7/14)

CleanTech Alliance

This Women’s Networking Happy Hour is a casual large group event that will bring together all of the smaller mentoring groups and will be an opportunity for new mentees to see if they are interested in joining a Lean In Circle. Register for the July 14th event

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Biomass power generation: A technology for the energy transition only?

Envirotec Magazine

Victoria Judd, a lawyer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, considers the sustainability credentials of biomass, and what this bodes for its future.

5 reasons Home Depot and Lowe’s must weed out toxic weed killers

GreenBiz

5 reasons Home Depot and Lowe’s must weed out toxic weed killers. Caroline Boden. Wed, 06/16/2021 - 01:00. Consumers should be able to trust that the products on store shelves are safe for them to use.

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What the Stimulus Tax Extension Means for Renewables

U.S. Green Technology

President Biden developed the Build Back Better policy, promoting renewable energy-driven development in America. He plans on expanding the clean power industry, working towards a carbon-neutral energy grid and increasing employment in the industry.

U.S. Solar Needs A New Model – Lumio Answers From Silicon Slopes

Jim Conca

Rooftop solar’s success depends on its business model as much as solar cells. A new company, Lumio seeks to provide a total Home Experience - your home creates power, manages its own energy, cleans its own water, filters its own air, monitors itself and calls professionals when the house needs them.

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Discover How Saving Energy Can Help The Environment

The Environmental Blog

In recent years the plight of our planet is becoming an increasingly popular topic. This is because more people are becoming aware of the damage being done to the planet.

Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin- June 28

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, June 28, 2021 Draft CEIP template comment deadline June 29, 2021 Commerce is requesting stakeholder feedback on its draft Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) template. Comments received will be used to improve the template and inform the instructions section of the template. The template and a recording of the CEIP […]. Public Policy ceta ceta bulletin commerce rulemaking weekly bulletin

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Netherlands court rules that Shell must reduce its emissions

Envirotec Magazine

Image credit: Darrell Nash , CC BY-SA 2.0 license). Environmental activists hailed a decision by a court in The Hague on 26 May, which ruled that Shell must reduce its CO2 emissions by 45% within 10 years (compared to 2019 levels).

A new love story: Electric vehicles and the electric grid

GreenBiz

A new love story: Electric vehicles and the electric grid. Mike De Socio. Tue, 06/01/2021 - 01:45. In the accelerating push to electrify transportation, one big obstacle always comes up: The grid. How will the electrical grid handle so many vehicles charging at once?

6 Crucial Benefits of Building a Solar Powered Home

U.S. Green Technology

There is no denying that photovoltaic or solar technology is becoming more and more popular. So much so that we are seeing an increasing number of solar-powered houses and the city government incentivizing such homes. Why Go Solar-powered?

The International Energy Agency’s Bizarre Roadmap For Global Decarbonization

Jim Conca

The International Energy Agency published a roadmap for decarbonizing the global energy sector by 2050. Their requirements call for unlikely actions on the part of the world. They downplay nuclear and make unachievable goals for changes in energy use like the rate of electric vehicle penetration.

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Tips for Planning Your Next Sustainable Event

The Environmental Blog

Events make an impact – that’s the reason we have them. Why don’t you add a bit more to your event’s positive impact through actions that are thoughtful and reduce the negative impact on our environment? Here’s a quick look at a few tips that might help you. Supplies.

Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings – Solar Grants Program now accepting applications for new round of funding

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, June 24, 2021 Commerce is now accepting applications for a competitive grant with up to $3,465,810 available through the Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings – Solar Grants Program. Solar Grants provide competitive funding to install solar at existing public buildings and facilities such as schools, hospitals, civic buildings and wastewater […]. Public Policy commerce funding solar grant program solar grants

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FOI reveals half of NHS trusts are charging ahead with EV infrastructure, but off track on overall decarbonisation targets

Envirotec Magazine

An EV charging station (image credit: Vattenfall , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license). According to figures released on 17 June by power management firm Eaton, half (51%) of NHS trusts in the UK have installed EV Charging Infrastructure (EVCI) on-site for their staff, patients and the wider community.

5 circular economy startups we've got our eyes on

GreenBiz

5 circular economy startups we've got our eyes on. Sherrie Totoki. Thu, 06/03/2021 - 01:15. This week, we announced five startups pitching June 17 at Accelerate at Circularity 21. Accelerate is a fast pitch competition featuring startups across the circular economy value chain.

Renewable Energy for Combating Rising Heating and Cooling Costs

U.S. Green Technology

People used to imagine a challenging distant future when they thought about climate change. Now that future is here. Global greenhouse gas emissions are warming the earth rapidly, directly affecting people in their homes.

Smart Cities and Curb Management: Innovating for success

CleanTech Group

Curb spaces have historically been a source of parking revenue for cities, but the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for regulating a. Cleantech Insights Sector Insights Transportation and Logistics

3 x Household Products That Need To Be Sustainable

The Environmental Blog

Take a look around your home right now. How many things can you see that could definitely do with a sustainable upgrade? I bet you’ve found quite a few, but here are 3 household products that need to be sustainable. Toilet Roll.