November 14 - Weekly Update
This summary includes:
Network Meeting Opportunities
NH Network Working Group Meeting Notes
Feeding Your Brain
Useful Guide to Managing Network Emails
Network Meeting Opportunities
Monday, November 14th at 8 pm: NH Network Steering Committee - All are welcome.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87937492036?pwd=czF0VENoV2lJR2l3QzFMVEVNMjQ2QT09
Tuesday, November 15th at 5:30 pm: NH Network Communications meeting
Sunday, November 20th at 6pm: Plastics Working Group Meeting
NH Network Working Group Meeting Notes
NH Network Steering Committee 11/09: https://groups.google.com/g/nh-environment-energy-and-climate-network/c/76fQgyAzg
NH Network Plastics Working Group 11/06: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bNTXvjrLoK8hT6dsUyp4cxl1VvdMl7wpNujlZT4k0Yg/edit?usp=sharing
Climate and Health Initiative for Children of Kearsarge & Sunapee (CHICKS)
After founding NH Healthcare Workers for Climate Action last year, I am now focused on developing CHICKS, a novel community-level program to protect the physical and emotional health of young children in the face of climate change. In NH we are already seeing an impact of a warming climate on children’s health: increasing seasonal allergies, asthma, vector-borne diseases, food insecurity, heat stress, pregnancy outcomes, and climate anxiety. I hope you will support CHICKS in its formative stage as we continue to “hatch" our regional, grassroots and cross-sector model through listening sessions, community outreach and organizing, and building awareness of the impact of climate on young children.
Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T. H Chan School of Public Health and Chair of the Council on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics, puts it this way:
“Each of us wants the best for every child in our lives. We want them to grow up in a world that enables them to live up to their full potential. Making our own neighborhoods and communities greener, transitioning to clean energy, eating healthier, and making walking and bicycling easier and safer all promote the health and welfare of our children today and give them a world they deserve. The actions we take as individuals and communities may seem small in the face of the climate crisis, but the best ideas to advance climate solutions all begin locally - in our homes, businesses, schools, places of worship, and local governments. With more communities engaged, the more hope we all can have for a healthier and more just world for our children. I look forward to following the progress of CHICKS and hope that many of you will as well.”
I hope you take a minute to add your name in support of our CHICKS community outreach model already underway in Kearsarge/Sunapee NH. Please forward this email widely to any contacts. Thank you for supporting our ongoing work in building community and closing the awareness gap on climate and children’s health, essential steps before we create meaningful programming for young children.
Bob Friedlander Jr. MD
NH Network member Pat Martin has opened communication with her newly elected representatives. Her letter provides a model we all could use now, to build the relationships we need.
Dear friends and Honorables,
Thank you for running to represent your neighbors in Rindge as well as Jaffrey and Dublin. Congratulations to the winners. In many cases it was a hard fought and close race. There is so much on the line in these times, that I really hoped we would be electing climate champions who understand the connections between a warming planet, climate refugees, and the anxiety our children feel in the face of increasing violence and no serious effort underway to transition us to clean energy.
At the candidate's forum I know I heard John say that he always gets back to constituents on issues and legislation. That has been my experience with him. I might not always like the answer, but he affords me the consideration of responding. Perhaps I don't have good email addresses for our other representatives? Please let me know whether you received this email. There's always the option of Letters to the Editor, of course.
My plan for this year is to treat my elected representatives the way I would have treated the candidates I supported. I am extremely concerned about the climate crisis that is facing us and will be tracking legislation as part of a group of scientists, engineers, former utility employees and legislators. I hope I can count on my representatives to take my concerns seriously and lobby for or at least represent my perspective? I've come to the conclusion that the planet can't wait for us to elect the right people, we have to get the people we elected to do the right thing. We can only do that if we share the information and perspectives we have with those we've elected.
My plan for the year is to be an active constituent and a resource to you if you need information about energy related legislation. I planned to do that if my preferred candidates were elected, so please don't regard this as an attack on you at all. If we hope to leave a livable planet for our children, we're going to have to learn to be adults and work together.
A series of articles from Reinmar
-There are many interpretations of the outcome of these elections. Dan Gearino of Inside Climate News (a valuable source of info) points out that there are 4 states that newly find themselves in a position to take some serious steps on energy & climate. (Note that these 4 include MA, which was already relatively progressive despite the Republican governor.) Whether or not the voters were voting specifically on this issue, it is one of the upside outcomes. —
I am a member of a listserv called 'Electricity Brain Trust' which often has intriguing and cutting-edge accounts of developments in our ongoing, desultory transition to electric power, contributed by some of the most progressive voices in the business.
In NH, we are still beating around the bushes of net metering, community power, cost shifting, etc. Here below is a nice illustration from Jim Lazar of why it is absurd to obstruct the evolution of community-based micro-grids in order to protect the utilities' bottom lines.
"Today, we let a hotel with 200 condo-like units, say a Marriott Residence Inn or a Hometown Suites, connect to the utility as a commercial customer, through a single meter. I often choose to stay in these, because I like having a kitchen in my unit. If they install solar on the roof, that is netted against their single meter and they have a positive "take" from the utility. They pay for power on a large commercial rate, with a demand charge and perhaps a demand ratchet. They may install batteries (many have, for both backup and for demand charge management), and these shave the peak as measured at the single meter.
If an IDENTICAL building complex is built, but with individual ownership condo units, we compel that building to take service as 200 separate residential customers, plus a "house meter" for the common areas on a small commercial tariff. This is a holdover from the PURPA "master metering" standard: we wanted consumers to be responsible for the cost of their own usage (which we can easily submeter today). If solar is installed, each small array must serve one of the 201 meters, and be subject to all the NEM or post-NEM rules and tariffs. If batteries are installed, they either serve individual units or the house meter, but not both. The complex is unable to derive the same benefit, in terms of economies of scale, scope, and diversity that the Residence Inn can achieve.
The solution, of course, is to allow/enable/encourage the second building to form as a microgrid (after all, they already own all the internal wiring, which, in the case of a Residence Inn, may spread over a 20-building campus). Let them install a shared solar system including solar-shaded parking, a shared battery bank, and and a shared backup generator, just like the Residence Inn has. Let them present themselves to the utility through a single meter. Impose just one rule on them: they cannot charge the individual residents more than the otherwise applicable residential utility tariff for service, plus a fee for the backup generator (a service the utility does not offer).
Once we deal with this in the context of a physically identical complex: condos vs. Residence Inn, we should be ready to take the next step: allowing a subdivision, developed by a single developer, to install the electricity system as a microgrid with shared solar, shared batteries, shared backup, and presenting itself to the utility at a single point of delivery through a single meter. In some states, like Washington, this is possible today, simply by forming an electric cooperative; my state has no territorial allocation for electric utilities, so the developer is free to do this. Under OATTs, the nearby investor-owned utility is obligated to interconnect and wheel to the coop. [The state does provide competition protection for municipal utilities within their city boundaries.]
The only barrier to this that I see is artificial restraint of trade, imposed to protect incumbent utilities. I'd appreciate hearing from the microgrid experts on where there are successful transitions being made, and where the service rules prevent efficient solutions from emerging.
This goes beyond hypothetical. My local housing authority is purchasing a hotel with kitchen units, a former Extended-Stay America, to use as senior housing. It is currently served by a master meter. They have eligibility for both efficiency and solar funding from state and federal programs. Their ability to take advantage of that solar funding may be dependent on being able to retain the single meter, so a single large solar system can be installed with economies of scale and scope. But strict application of the WUTC-approved tariffs for the current electric utility may force them to either separately meter the units, or bear the cost of forming an electric cooperative. I doubt they are up for the requirements of the latter.
Written from an apartment hotel on the Oregon Coast with a single service connection (and free EV charging for guests, as long as you bring your own EVSE and can connect to a 14-50 outlet.) Given the weather this week, a rooftop hydro reservoir and a turbine on the downspout might be a better choice than rooftop solar.
Useful Guide to Managing Network Emails From John Gage
There are 200+ people in this google group ("NH Environment, Energy and Climate Network" <nh-environment-energ...@googlegroups.com>).
On such a large list it's good practice to not 'reply-all' to the whole group when sending personal messages. Of course, we all do it sometimes without thinking about it or realizing it, so while we try to avoid them, we can also enjoy the community connections of the nice emails that slip through.
If you are on this group to keep generally informed but not to participate in real-time, you may be interested to know that you have some personal control of the frequency of emails you receive as a member of a google group such as this one.
Instead of receiving individual emails as they are sent, you can receive a daily digest or a summary of emails if there are any. To change what you get, go to the google group's web page. You can get there using the link at the bottom of any group email. Click on the link on the line that begins with:
To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com...
From there, click on "My membership settings" on the bottom left, and change the "Subscription" setting from "Each email" to your preference. The options are:
Each email - Messages are sent individually as they’re posted to the group.
Digest - Up to 25 complete messages are combined into single emails and sent daily.
Abridged - Summaries of up to 150 messages are combined into single emails and sent daily.
No email - Messages from the group are not sent.
And to unsubscribe from any google group such as this one, scroll down to the bottom of any email you received from the group to find the 'unsubscribe' email address. For example:
To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to nh-environment-energy-and-...@googlegroups.com.
Click on that email address link, then send the email (you don't need to write anything in it) and you will be automatically unsubscribed.