By Perry Beeman, Times-Republican
The Iowa Farmers Union has launched a farm by farm attack on climate change, hoping to persuade its members to plant crops that can help sweep heat-trapping carbon from the air. IFU President Aaron Heley Lehman said the federal government’s failure to set up a system that would allow farmers to sell pollution-fighting credits to large companies and others that emit greenhouse gases have forced the group to turn to its independent farmer-members to see if they can fight the problem at home. “Farmer policy has been to recognize climate change and to look for farmer solutions,” Lehman said. Read more here.
NATURAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
Trend: Companies warm to nature-based solutions, by Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Director, GreenBiz Group. A study led by Ohio State University found that in 75 percent of the countries assessed, it was cheaper to use plants to mitigate air pollution than using technological inventions such as smokestack scrubbers.
- 2019 Was the Year Everything Changed for Utilities and Energy Storage, Greentech Media
- NextEra Looks to Add Batteries to Its Existing Solar Fleet, Greentech Media
- Navajo Nation land could host 2.2 GW pumped hydro storage station, PV Magazine
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted Daybreak Energy’s application to develop a 2,230 MW pumped-hydro facility on the banks of Lake Powell in Utah.
- Previously Posted: Think distributed solar-plus-storage isn’t cost-effective? Think again, Rocky Mountain Institute
HOME ENERGY STORAGE
Creating Energy Independence With Solar Panels And Storage Battery Systems In The Home, contributed Forbes article by Sheri Koones, real estate expert and author of Downsize: Living Large in a Small House and six other books.
- Green hydrogen backed by US solar firms 8minute and Intersect Power, PV Magazine
Two solar firms have helped launch an industry group promoting green hydrogen, which is produced using solar or wind power. The group backs a Utah project that would use 30% green hydrogen in 2025 and 100% green hydrogen by 2045.
- Green Hydrogen Coalition
- The Interchange Podcast: Could Green Hydrogen Become the ‘New Oil’?, Greentech Media
The vice president of Siemens Middle East just predicted that green hydrogen will assume the mantle of the “new oil” in the coming decades. A lot of big industrial companies and oil majors are taking another serious look at hydrogen. Why? We talk with Ben Gallagher, an expert on emerging tech at Wood Mackenzie. He’s the author of a new piece of research on the green hydrogen market.
New WI Program Aims to Boost Solar Power in Schools, WXPR
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association has announced a plan to provide grants of $20,000 each to up to 100 schools to install a solar [system] on their campus. Amanda Schienebeck, the association’s solar-program coordinator, said they hope to join the small but growing wave of states embracing this type of energy for academic structures.
Statement: Vanderbilt University announces first step in transitioning its campus to 100 percent renewable energy, Environment America News Release
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- NextEra aims to capitalize on PTC extension, repower wind in 2020, Utility Dive
- Under fire for use of coal, Tri-State to accelerate closure of plants, mine in Colorado and New Mexico, Denver Post
- Serving resilience: Supporting military installations, American Public Power Association