Overview from Bruce Berk:
Transactive Energy webinar summary
NH Network and Kent Street Coalition links for legislative actions.
Plastic Workings Group update
Meeting opportunities: weatherization, legislative overview, community power, advanced recycling
Action Item: Supporting federal legislation on fossil fuel company transgressions.
Feed Your Brain: legislative overview by Kat McGhee, Extended Producer Responsibility in Canada webinar, mirrors (!) for climate mitigation webinar, energy saving devices for the future
First, apologies for not providing this summary on Monday. Now, that the legislature is in session, Monday summaries are critical to enable folks to take action. Ideally, a link for Network legislative opportunities, and a link for Kent Street Coalition (KSC) opportunities will be available each Monday. Please note that the latter organization covers a wide variety of New Hampshire concerns.
Last Friday, the Network presented on Transactive Energy - a term not easily digested, but here is one layman’s interpretation. It is a present and a future energy option that offers an individua/organizationl the ability to upload or download energy from the grid via a storage battery, an EV car (a storage battery on wheels) and perhaps one’s water heater. It enables consumers to lock in the most economic hour/s to charge batteries or to sell electricity back to the grid saving themselves money and making the grid more efficient.
Companies are beginning to offer the ability (Chevy Bolt and perhaps GM) to aggregate this power. In other words, an individual does not need to check the projected next day hourly rates to make a buying or selling decision. It is done automatically (once you have the necessary equipment.)
The NH Electric Cooperative is running pilot programs which are explored in this webinar. Well worth a look. https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/events#h.xg5hq54o518l
Here is the Network link for this week’s legislative opportunities (Yes, this should have gone out sooner.)
Kent Street Coalition link. This week’s summary offers legislative bills from free school lunches to minimum wage to women’s rights, but it also offers a primer on the legislative process. (The Network offers the KSC link as a public service. KSC’s positions are not necessarily endorsed by the Network.)
Another excellent resource to follow all NH legislation is legiscan.com.
Plastics working group update: Plastics Working Group has a number of local initiatives. You can review them at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZmD2x2kAkIPsPc98-7G6EMPPikhCtvVEDcjyIojZzAc/edit
Thursday, January 19 6:30 to 8 pm WEATHERIZE 2023
Save Energy, Save Money & Seal Up Those Drafty Houses!
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE: REGISTER
If your house qualifies, NHSaves will reduce the cost of an energy audit to $100 and will cover 75% of the cost of weatherizing, up to $6,000. Take advantage of these funds while they last.
Other incentives may be available through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
Sunday, January 22 6 pm. Plastics Working Group
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 627 560 9302
Monday, January 23 noon A Preview of the 2023 Legislative Session by Clear Energy NH
On Monday, January 23 beginning at noon, hear more about how Clean Energy NH is driving forward clean energy policy as the 2023 legislative session begins, during the 2023 Legislative Preview webinar. Sam, Nick and Chris will discuss their outlook regarding pressing topics of interest including: net-metering, electric vehicles, energy efficiency measures, community scale renewable energy, and more.
Cost to members: free Cost to non-members; $5.00
Tuesday, January 24th 7 to 8:30 pm (Q and A at 8 pm) (See meeting details below)
COMMUNITY POWER WILL GO LIVE IN NH THIS APRIL! Community Power is A Transformative Energy Solution for New Hampshire. What your town, city or county need to know to participate.
Register to attend, by zoom or in person: climate-action-NH
Or type in: bit.ly/climate-action-NH
NH communities pay soaring energy prices, due to over-reliance on natural gas for generating the bulk of our electricity, a lack of forward-looking state energy policies, and outdated electric utility restructuring laws.
Community Power gives NH communities control of their energy supply decision-making including: access to potentially less costly electricity, development of innovative local energy supply projects, and benefits to local and state economies.
This event brings together leading proponents, organizers and providers of Community Power to explain the who, what, when and how for others to seize this unique opportunity.
Monday, January 30th from 6:30-7:30 What is Advanced Recycling (AR)?
AR uses heat and chemicals to turn plastic waste into gases and liquids, some of which can be converted to materials for re-use. Unusable waste can be burned in AR facilities, according to a new law in NH. MANY ARE CONCERNED WITH THE DIRECTION OF THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY
Join NH Healthcare Workers for Climate Action, Union of Concerned Scientists, Conservation Law Foundation, and NH Network for an explanatory webinar on so-called advanced recycling and learn how to advocate for strong regulation of advanced recycling plants in NH!
Register Here: www.nhclimatehealth.org/our-events
From John Gage (Visit his January 15th email for more information)
Please take a minute now to register your support for NH Bill HCR5, "A RESOLUTION urging the taking of appropriate legal action against multinational fossil fuel companies for harms incurred from disinformation campaigns about the effects of fossil fuel combustion." The bill will be heard by the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee on Friday, 1/20, @ 2:30 pm.
You can register your support on the House of Representatives Online Testimony Submission page:
Personal Information: First Name, Last Name, Town, State, Email Address
Select Date of the Hearing: Friday, 1/20/2023
Select the Committee: State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee
Choose the Bill: 2:30 pm - HCR5
I am: A Member of the Public
I'm Representing: A Member of the Public
Indicate Your Position on this Bill: I Support This Bill
You may optionally upload a PDF or type in additional testimony.
Why is this needed? The damages of climate change from fossil fuel carbon emissions were predicted decades ago, but the fossil fuel industry has blocked legislation through various means (by misinforming the public and manipulating politics and policies) that would have prevented the problems. Now, taxpayers, towns, and states are paying for the damages, and the polluting industry that knowingly set us up for this problem should be held liable.
FEED YOUR BRAIN
January 18 11 am Webinar on EPR in Canada
Video overview of this year’s legislative agenda. Watch all of it or fast forward to hear Kat McGhee’s comments on environment, science and technology. Start at 1:08.
MIRRORS FOR CLIMATE MITIGATION:
A climate solution that uses mirrors to help cool the Earth
Presented by Prof. Lisa Doner, Plymouth State Univ.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2023 at 11:00 am
This talk is geared toward a general audience. For those who missed Dr. Ye Tao's talk back in July, or who don't have a strong science background, this talk is for you!
One of the most pressing environmental problems we face today is that the earth is overheating, threatening human, plant and animal life. This presentation will discuss a strikingly innovative solution, which proposes that surface-based mirrors can be used to reflect sunlight away from the earth before it can be absorbed as heat, thereby helping to reduce rising temperatures. Such a simple, mechanical solution would grant us a vitally necessary reprieve - time to work on transitioning away from fossil fuels.
Register at: https://www.meer.org/
From Joe Kwasnik: This link highlights some of the home energy technologies now coming on the market to control/monitor/export energy to and from your home were interesting. A glimpse of the future especially if Transactive Energy becomes a reality in NH.
Comment on the National Climate Assessment (This looks above a layman’s input, but worthwhile for self educating.)