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First Congregational launches Lenten speaker series on climate

By Andy Raun, Hastings Tribune

First Congregational United Church of Christ [in Hastings] is inviting the community to an online Lenten Justice Speaker Series on Climate.

Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Ken Winston, policy director for the advocacy group Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, on Nebraska legislative initiatives. (Guest preacher at morning worship will be UCC Pastor Penny Greer, a board member for Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light).

Anyone interested in the presentations and discussion may participate through Zoom or the church’s Facebook page, To participate by Zoom, email pastor@fcucchastings.org. The morning worship service also is streamed live on the Facebook page.

Read more and see a list of all upcoming virtual presentations and discussions here.

Religious Statements on Climate Change, National Interfaith Power & Light
Most religious communities have released statements on Climate Change and the need to care for Creation. The following list (organized alphabetically first by religion, then by denomination) demonstrates the unity within the religious community on these important issues.

Additional Statements & Books

Illinois energy bill proposes ‘green bank’ as national movement builds

By Kari Lydersen, Energy News Network

Illinois would get a “green bank” to finance equity-focused clean energy investments under the latest version of the Clean Energy Jobs Act pending in the state legislature. If the proposal passes, Illinois would join more than a dozen states including Florida, New York and Connecticut that use publicly funded green banks to leverage private investment for renewables, energy efficiency and other projects, especially in communities that have been underrepresented in the clean energy economy.  The state-level proposal comes as a federal bill with bipartisan support would create a national green bank — dubbed the Clean Energy Accelerator —  that would work in tandem with state banks. Continue reading here.

Photo by Jim Bowen / Creative Commons

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

FEATURED STUDY

Recognition of and response to energy poverty in the United States, Nature Energy

Abstract
A household is energy poor when they cannot meet energy needs. Despite its prevalence, the US has not formally recognized energy poverty as a problem distinct from general poverty at the federal level, which limits effective responses. In this review, the authors examine the measurement and evaluative metrics used by the two federally-funded energy programs focused on reducing high energy bills to understand how program eligibility requirements and congressional funding appropriations have shaped the national understanding and implementation of energy poverty assistance. We find that current measurement and evaluative metrics hinge on the distribution of government resources and the number of vulnerable households assisted, rather than improving household well-being and reducing overall energy poverty.

SOLAR+STORAGE GUIDE

Understanding Solar+Storage: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About Solar PV and Battery Storage, Clean Energy Group Publication

The guide is informed by more than six years of experience through Clean Energy Group’s work with property owners, developers, nonprofits, and communities to advance solar+storage in underserved communities. The questions and topic areas addressed in the guide are based on feedback from nearly one hundred stakeholders who submitted questions about solar+storage.

The information presented in the guide focuses primarily on customer-sited, behind-the-meter solar+storage installations, though much of the information is relevant to other types of projects as well, including storage-only projects and front-of-the-meter solar+storage projects. It is meant to serve as a starting point to establish a foundation of knowledge and understanding for individuals and organizations beginning to explore solar+storage options for their homes, businesses, or community facilities.

A Spanish-language version of this guide is available here.

SOLAR SCHOOLS

NYC installing solar at nearly 50 public schools, other facilities, PV Magazine
The 22 MW of solar projects are expected to include some energy storage systems and help New York City and the state meet sustainability goals.

ELECTRIC MACHINES & VEHICLES

AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUSES 

Report: Accelerating The Transition To Electric School Buses: How schools, lawmakers, and utilities can work together to speed the transition to zero emission buses. Released by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

The vast majority of school buses in the United States run on diesel, a fossil fuel that has been shown to cause numerous health problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and cancer. Diesel exhaust is also a greenhouse gas, which contributes to climate change.

However, there is an alternative: zero-emission battery electric school buses. The technology is here, and electric school buses are ready to roll, but the question remains: how do schools pay for them? While electric buses can save schools money over the lifespan of the bus, the initial price tag of a new electric bus can turn many schools off to the idea of electrification.

Particularly promising options are vehicle-to-grid technology and Pay-As-You-Save (PAYS) programs. By pairing them, “each electric bus could save school districts up to $130,000 per electric bus.”

Download the Report.

FEATURED LEGAL ACTION

Midwest Renewable Energy Association Files Lawsuit to Open Solar and Other Clean Energy Opportunities for Wisconsinites, Earthjustice News Release

STEVENS POINT, WI — The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin Circuit Court to remove barriers preventing Wisconsinites from accessing the benefits of local clean energy development. MREA’s filing asks the court to ensure that the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) sticks to regulating monopoly utility companies and does not illegally interfere with competitive clean energy alternatives for Wisconsin families and businesses.

MREA’s lawsuit specifically challenges two unlawful policies that stifle Wisconsin’s clean energy economy. First, MREA challenges guidance documents from the PSCW that preclude financing options available in most other states where solar energy is more affordable. MREA also challenges a PSCW order that unlawfully prohibits Wisconsin homes and businesses from utilizing market incentives to reduce their power consumption during peak hours and thereby reduce power costs for everyone.

About Earthjustice

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit public interest environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change.

About The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.Together with partners around the Midwest, we work to expand renewable energy adoption through innovative programs, renewable energy training, and educational events. MREA is a nonprofit organization.

Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light Message & Call To Action

On December 20th, more than 20 people came to the Lincoln Electric System’s board meeting in support of Brittni McGuire’s request for testimony supporting 100% renewable energy for her 21st birthday. Brittni’s request for a present for the planet demonstrates the kind of leadership and vision that is needed in order to address the climate crisis.

In order to support the efforts of people like Brittni who are demonstrating leadership on climate issues, we want to keep the momentum going; to get LES to set 100% clean energy or net zero carbon goals. We want even more people to speak up in support of clean energy in the coming months to encourage LES to establish attainable goals to make reductions in greenhouse gas emissions necessary to address the climate crisis.

The next LES board meeting is this Friday, January 17th at 9:30 a.m. at 1040 O Street. Public comment is at the beginning of the meeting.

LES Board Agenda

Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light Website

Lincoln City Council to Discuss & Vote on Property Assessed Clean Energy Ordinance Monday, August 27th

Announcement from Ken Winston, Director of Policy & Outreach,
Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light

There will be a discussion and vote on PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) at the Lincoln City Council meeting on Monday, August 27th at 5:30 pm, rescheduled from July 23rd.

Join Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light and allied organizations for the meeting at the City/County Building, 555 S 10th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 to have your voice heard!

You can also contact City Council members anytime beforehand with your comments here.

If you contact Council member Roy Christensen, be sure to thank him for bringing this ordinance before the Council.

PACE is a vital tool that will help to expand our use of clean energy and improve outdated buildings. Click on these links to learn more:

How-to: New book ‘DIY Solar Power’ puts solar energy in your hands [free chapter]

Electrek guest post by Micah Toll, author of DIY Lithium Batteries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My new book, DIY Solar Power, is the culmination of years of work and experience with electronics, batteries and – of course – solar power. I wrote the book with the needs of multiple audiences in mind, including those that are just beginning to enter the world of solar power and those that have some prior experience but desire a deeper understanding of the subject to apply it to their own current projects. There are so many interesting and useful ways to employ solar power in your own gadgets, and I covered as many as possible in my book. Read more here.

YOU CAN ALSO PREVIEW THE BOOKS THIS THURSDAY:
Nebraskans for Solar will have both books at our information tables for our community event this Thursday, February 1, 2018: Recent Solar Energy Developments in Nebraska With Ken Winston @ UNO’s Community Engagement Center, Rooms 201 & 205  Ken is director of policy and outreach for Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light. 

Additional details are posted on our calendar. The public is invited. Please join us!

Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light & Nebraska Sierra Club Sponsoring Community Events This Thursday

Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light Presents “Conversations With Ken Haar:
Messages of Hope for a Changing Climate”

September 28, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Lincoln Community Foundation
5th Floor Large Conference Room
215 Centennial Mall S

Former Nebraska State Senator Ken Haar was a leader on issues related to protecting the environment during his eight years in the Legislature, from 2009 to 2017. He was the primary introducer of legislation dealing with climate change.
Currently, he is making presentations all across the state about the impacts of climate change and opportunities and strategies that help communities mitigate or adapt to climate change.

Join  Ken Haar and Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light for this discussion about messages of hope in response to climate change.

Recommended Reading: The Good Life: Electric car does the driving, and talking, for climate change message around state

Nebraska Sierra Club Program

Recent Developments in Sustainable & Responsible Investing With Tyler Mainquist

September 28, 2017 at 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
7020 Cass Street
Enter North Door Education Wing