Thursday, May 28, 2020

The virus has poured accelerant on forces rooted in economic displacement and concentration of wealth

California’s Carbon Market Stumbles Under Drop in Emissions from Virus Lockdown

Cuomo calls for Canada-to-New York City power line to deliver clean energy - easier said than done and thank your stars for congestion in the distribution network.

Solar 'growing rapidly' in US cities: report | Utility Dive

Western Climate Initiative (WCI) Quarterly Carbon Auction Clearing Results | Cap-and-Trade

Shopify Is Joining Twitter in Permanent Work-From-Home Shift - Bloomberg

U.S. Electric System Operating Data - NOTE: REAL TIME DEMAND DASHBOARD by ISO

US Treasury Grants Covid Safe Harbor Extensions of PTC and ITC

NEW DNV GL Podcast Series: COVID-19 + Clean Energy: Powering our economic recovery (EP1)

 

 

Monty Bannerman

Managing Director

Cell: 305-984-1177

Tel: 646-402-5076

 

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DNV GL Talks Energy

 

 

As a valued member of the DNV GL community, we have some exciting news for you.

 

We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest series of the DNV GL Talks Energy podcast, hosted by Mathias Steck, Managing Director, DNV GL – Energy. 

 

This special four-part series will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the energy transition. Each week, we will be joined by the world's leading energy experts to explore how industry, business and society are responding to the global pandemic, and the role that policy, investment and technology is likely to play as the world seeks to recover.

 

Make sure you don't miss out on these important industry discussions and subscribe to DNV GL's Talks Energy podcast series today by visiting dnvgl.com/talksenergy 

 

 

COVID-19 has caused a global standstill, with countries working to prioritize public health and limit the economic impact of the pandemic. 

 

In this first episode of our new series, Dave Turk, Acting Deputy Executive and Head of the Strategic Initiatives Office at the International Energy Agency (IEA), discusses the importance of including renewables in economic stimulus packages and why clean energy technologies are showing resilience in these unprecedented times.  

 

With the IEA's Global Energy Review 2020 finding that, despite a predicted 6% overall drop in global energy demand in 2020, renewable energy use will increase following the pandemic, policymakers must continue to prioritize climate change and put clean energy at the heart of their recovery plans.  

 

What can we learn from the global response to COVID-19 in order to accelerate the energy transition?

 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Science News: Half the universe’s ordinary matter was missing — and may have been found

Science News: Half the universe's ordinary matter was missing — and may have been found.
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/universe-missing-matter-found-fast-radio-bursts

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

Second named storm of season weakens to tropical depression after making landfall in South Carolina

New York's Cuomo says discussed infrastructure as foundation to recovery with Trump, rails against partisanship

Chevron’s Investors Defy Board in Demanding Climate Disclosures

Trump Threatens to Shut Social Media Companies After Twitter Fact Check - Lies OK. Facts Not.

Trump Threatens to Shut Social Media Companies After Twitter Fact Check  ["https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-27/trump-threatens-to-shut-social-media-after-twitter-fact-check"] 

House Passes Uighur Bill in Rebuke to China, Sends It to Trump - possibly another major trade impact

Europe Pledges Green Recovery in Historic Stimulus Program - all pillars green

NYTimes: States Sue to Block Trump From Weakening Fuel Economy Rules

States Sue to Block Trump From Weakening Fuel Economy Rules https://nyti.ms/3gpZp7c 

NYTimes: A €750 Billion EU-Wide Virus Recovery Plan Thrusts Europe Into a New Bond and Banking Frontier

A €750 Billion Virus Recovery Plan Thrusts Europe Into a New Frontier https://nyti.ms/2XwMRCm 

NYTimes: U.S. Death Toll, Highest in World, Surpasses 100,000 - mark this number at the point where easing has been in place exactly the length of the incubation period

Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Death Toll, Highest in World, Surpasses 100,000 https://nyti.ms/36wAL02 

Spain approves push for 100% renewables, bans all new fossil fuel projects - First Germany, now this even bigger weigh-in by Spain. Looks like REvolutionary times in the EU economy

Ongoing Efforts to Support the Clean Energy Industry through the COVID-19 Response and Regional Reopening - NOTE: need to be aware of this in prep for upcomimg site activities.


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Date: Wed, May 27, 2020, 2:30 PM
Subject: Ongoing Efforts to Support the Clean Energy Industry through the COVID-19 Response and Regional Reopening
To: <mbannerman@tnag.net>


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Dear Members of the Clean Energy Industry:

On behalf of our respective agencies and staff, we hope you and your loved ones have stayed healthy and safe during the COVID crisis. Since we last wrote to you at the beginning of April, New Yorkers have endured perhaps the most trying period in our history, claiming the lives of more than 25,000 of our fellow citizens and radically upending the livelihoods of millions more. While we are beginning our slow path to recovery, we are mindful of the staggering numbers of job losses in the clean energy industry not only in New York but across the country.

Together, our agencies have been working closely with our State partners on NY Forward and in preparation for the safe and phased regional re-openings that Governor Cuomo has outlined. As laid out in NY Forward, we must take a deliberate and thoughtful approach to ensure a safe and productive reopening of our economy, and one that minimizes the risks of a resurgence in virus transmission. While never halted completely, all business activities will restart as part of a region's Phase I reopening. Significantly the Phase I 'Construction' category and sub-categories, as defined under NY Forward, will be permitted to restart work in a region that is open for Phase I.

In addition, construction and construction-related activities relating to the development, construction, operation and maintenance of renewable energy generation and storage, as well as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for commercial and governmental sites may be continued, or started now statewide, with the exception of new solar projects at residential sites, which must continue to await a region's Phase I opening. Finally, we want to inform you that our agencies are aligning with Empire State Development's (ESD) single-worker designation, which allows for statewide activity by a single worker who is the sole worker on a project site. It is imperative that we approach the return to work with full adherence to guidelines and protocols to ensure the health and safety of our clean energy workers and New Yorkers across the state.

As a part of the NY Forward effort, and pursuant to Executive Order 202.31, all clean energy construction activities will need to follow the Interim Guidance for Construction Activities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency put out by the Department of Health (DOH), and also adhere to the information included in the FAQ on NY Forward and Business Reopening maintained by ESD. In conjunction with these NY Forward resources and directives, our agencies have also been working closely together to plan for the reopening of non-essential energy and clean energy activities, and we have collaborated to develop guidance and information that will help you and your employees plan for a safe return to work.

We are pleased to announce that our agencies will co-host and pre-record a new webinar that will provide an overview of the re-opening/ continued operations and will walk through the DOH guidance on safe construction activities that our agencies expect you to review, distribute to your employees and contractors, and attest that you have done so. The pre-recorded webinar will be available for viewing on NYSERDA's COVID-19 website and we will notify you when it is available. In addition, our agencies have and will continue to provide guidance and best practices related to safely returning to work for your employees and customers, consistent with the NY Forward re-opening plan. We draw your attention to NYSERDA and NYPA resources, in particular, and encourage you to monitor the communications from all our agencies as well.

NYSERDA - nyserda.ny.gov/ny/COVID-19-Response
NYPA - nypa.gov/about/covid-19-response

We recognize the significant uncertainty and questions you are likely facing and thinking through now and as we reopen. We hope the forthcoming webinar and these resources will be valuable as you develop your own company-specific plans and preparations for reopening.

We also call your attention to the specific affirmation requirement included in the DOH construction guidance, by which you will certify and affirm that you and your employees will abide by proper precautions when returning to work. For every company or firm participating in State or investor-owned utility clean energy programs, either as a contractor or sub-contractor, one authorized representative from every company must, as a prerequisite to undertaking any clean energy construction work, attest that they have reviewed the DOH construction guidance and shared its contents with all company staff . This Interim Guidance for Construction Activities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency was created to provide owners/operators of construction projects and their employees, contractors and sub-contractors with precautions to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 as indoor and outdoor construction sites reopen. These guidelines are minimum requirements only and any employer is free to provide additional precautions or increased restrictions. These guidelines are based on the best-known public health practices at this time, and the documentation upon which these guidelines are based can and does change frequently. Construction sites must adhere to all local, State and federal requirements relative to construction activities. All construction-involved entities are also accountable for staying current with any updates to these requirements, as well as incorporating the same into any construction activities and/or Site Safety Plan, the development and posting of which is a requirement of the DOH construction guidance. As you know, these requirements are for the safety of you and your employees, and New Yorkers generally.

While our immediate focus has been fighting and responding to this epidemic, we recognize that the magnitude of the challenges facing our economy will require new thinking and creative approaches, or as the Governor says, a "reimagining" of how we've conducted business in the past for the new future. We want you to know that we are unwavering in our commitment to the State's ambitious climate and clean energy objectives, and we will strive for continued progress as we merge and align the imperative of the climate crisis with the new urgency of the economic recovery efforts across the Empire State.

Thank you for all of the hard work, sacrifice, and patience you have provided over the past couple of months. We look forward to continuing to partner together to build New York back better and stronger. As always, Excelsior.

Sincerely,
 

About NY Green Bank

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This "face reality" message is significant mainly because this is one of the main industry trade publications for the engineers running the monopoly networks and those that build and maintain them

The US tops the league tables as the most attractive country for renewables investment

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

NY Stock Exchange reopens, S&P 500, Dow surge to highest levels in months

SpaceX - Live Streaming of major advance in human space flight Wednesday afternoon

https://www.spacex.com/launches/

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

Disrupted - A view of societal evolution in the wake of the virus

We've heard a lot about "disruption" over the last few years - companies upending, institutions and  entrepreneurs revolutionising some of the things that we thought always were and always should be. Technology has been the poster child of these rapid social and economic changes. But disruption existed before Silicon Valley co-opted the word - it was change, that accelerated something, unexpected.  It was something that exposed the cracks in our expectations and changed things, sometimes forever

* duration: 28:12, Played: 15:13

* Published: 5/25/20 11:58:00 AM

* Episode Download link (26 MB): http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/6/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p08dx36d.mp3

* Show Notes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jfz3

* Episode feed: The Digital Human - https://podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/b01n7094.rss

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

Burr as the goat on insider trading, or indications that eventually all will be allowed to violate the law that sent Martha to jail?

Some Specifics Emerging on German and European Recovery Strategy in Regard to Energy

Tax equity financing for renewables remains robust, but deal delays likely, Morgan Stanley, others agree | CONSISTENT INDUSTRY FINANCE STORY - Appetite remains robust, expect process delays

Electric trucks are the 'inevitable future,' fleet operators say | Utility Dive

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Millions of cicadas are expected to emerge after 17 years underground because, of course, it's 2020

CNN: Millions of cicadas are expected to emerge after 17 years underground because, of course, it's 2020.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/23/us/cicadas-emerge-17-years-underground-scn-trnd/index.html

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

NYTimes: Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count - Stats as of this Memorable Holiday Weekend

Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count https://nyti.ms/39jvJEY

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

NYT: As the U.S. death toll nears 100,000, infections are ramping in Latin America.


Since the initial outbreak of the coronavirus in China, the world has tracked a pandemic that rapidly spread west, proliferating across Asia and Europe, seeding hot spots across Africa and  exploding in North America. For weeks, the United States has been the global epicenter, confirming more than 1.6 million cases, and the number of deaths nearing 100,000.

And now the pandemic appears to be arriving at new milestones. China on Saturday reported no new coronavirus deaths or symptomatic cases for the first time since the virus emerged. And surges of Covid-19 in several of South America's most populous countries are raising concerns of a new front.

On Friday, Brazil overtook Russia in reporting the second-highest count of infections worldwide, reaching more than 330,000 to date. Peru and Chile rank among the hardest-hit countries in the world in terms of infections per capita, around 1 in 300. And data from Ecuador indicate that the country is suffering one of the worst outbreaks in the world.

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

Anthony Fauci: 'Now Is The Time ... To Care Selflessly About One Another'

NYTimes: NY reports less than 100 deaths for first time. Gatherings of Up to 10 People Allowed

Coronavirus in N.Y. Live Updates: Gatherings of Up to 10 People Allowed https://nyti.ms/3bYgvp6 

Friday, May 22, 2020

NYTimes: Coronavirus and CDC: Test Counting Error Leaves Epidemiologists ‘Really Baffled’ - He has definitely corrupted the CDC. A loss of crucial trust here and everywhere else.

Coronavirus and CDC: Test Counting Error Leaves Epidemiologists 'Really Baffled' https://nyti.ms/3c2EV17

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

A new ad makes the case against Lindsey Graham with Graham doing all the talking

Daytime electricity demand in New York City most affected by COVID-19 mitigation actions - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Very informative charts. Now as we approach easing, we’ll see gradual growth return, reflecting the ramp rates of employment, commerce and migration back to the city.  Think it would be a mistake to think that those that exit the city are not going to be replaced by others. NYC is still going to be a global point of gravity on a very large number of fronts. Plus think of the living hell the roads are going to present from all the displacement from public transit.

 

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=43855&src=email

LIPA Fossil Generators Begin to Head Offline

Betting that offshore wind is going to save their monopoly asses from that nasty disruptive distributed gen and storage.

https://www.newsday.com/news/health/coronavirus/lipa-national-grid-huntington-northport-1.44773422 

FCC enables new generation of utility communications networks, grid mod - We will be definitely occupying some of this space just cleared in the 6Mhz band

South Asia Storm Kills 84, Snaps Power to 5.5 Million Homes - Bloomberg

Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand: Walk Its History - The New York Times

Thursday, May 21, 2020

5 Wind Energy Giants Now Solar Power Giants

Greentech Media News: 5 Wind Energy Giants Embracing Solar Power.
http://feeds.greentechmedia.com/~r/GreentechMedia/~3/HjxRoqXMuUQ/five-large-scale-wind-developers-pivoting-to-solar

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

Greentech Media News: Leaked Document Lifts Lid on EU’s Green Deal ‘Recovery’ Package - looks like a beauty

Greentech Media News: Leaked Document Lifts Lid on EU's Green Deal 'Recovery' Package.
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/a-green-hydrogen-cfd-and-eu-wide-renewables-tenders-leak-lifts-lid-on-eus-green-deal

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

World’s Greenest Coronavirus Recovery Package Arriving in Europe - precisely what should be happening here. And what is most likely to happen in NY and CA

World's Greenest Coronavirus Recovery Package Arriving in Europe  ["https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-20/eu-to-unveil-world-s-greenest-virus-recovery-package"]

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

NYTimes: ‘Expect More’: Climate Change Raises Risk of Dam Failures , "most" US dams not up to current weather extremes

'Expect More': Climate Change Raises Risk of Dam Failures https://nyti.ms/2XhFPRT 

NYTimes: Scientists Predict ‘Busy’ Atlantic Hurricane Season Amid Virus Crisis - predicting 19 named storms

Scientists Predict 'Busy' Atlantic Hurricane Season Amid Virus Crisis https://nyti.ms/2XfeSON 

NYTimes: Many Facebook Employees to Work From Home Permanently: Live Updates - one major shift that is virtually certain and carries many large implications

Many Facebook Employees to Work From Home Permanently: Live Updates https://nyti.ms/2zVcdlp 

A question worthy of serious reflection. Or the ability to shape the answer will be taken out of our hands.

El Paso Electric sees record low solar prices as it secures New Mexico project approvals | Utility Dive CHECK THIS - been saying same for over 10 years but now with integrated ESS

Views of Harvard economist just appointed to lead same at World Bank

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

More than 1,100 former U.S. prosecutors slam attempt to drop Flynn charges

https://reut.rs/2X9duNy

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

government oversight watchdogs going down like they are contestants in a reality TV show

https://reut.rs/3e3Hwch

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

AP News: Astronauts arrive for NASA's 1st home launch in decade

https://apnews.com/1dab08660ffd98699c1bf4f46c8c06e5

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076
www.arcstarenergy.com

NYTimes: Michigan Dam Failure Threatens a Dow Chemical Complex and Superfund Cleanup

Dam Failure Threatens a Dow Chemical Complex and Superfund Cleanup https://nyti.ms/36eJNP8 

BBC News: Coronavirus: World sees highest daily increase in virus cases - WHO - far from subsiding

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Coronavirus: World sees highest daily increase in virus cases - WHO - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-52748894

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Michigan floods: Evacuations after Edenville and Sanford dams breached. And let's not forget the combo of more historic highs in spring floods and very old and poorly maintained infrastructure

Catskills, Ulster and Orange County NY beware.

Michigan floods: Evacuations after Edenville and Sanford dams breached - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52735170

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NEJM: Failing the Test — The Tragic Data Gap Undermining the U.S. Pandemic Response

How Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Can Help Drive the Clean Energy Transition - Inevitable, but still not at the inflection point

Why the Fossil Boys and Monopoly Utilities Hate Solar: Sunny places could see average solar prices of $0.01 or $0.02 per kilowatt-hour within 15 years – pv magazine USA

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Citi Adds Investment-Banking Division Focused on Sustainability

NYC’s Progress Against Virus Misses State’s Goals and Its Own - the quality of leadership always makes itself known

Fwd: The Drive to Replace Summer-Only ‘Peaker’ Power Plants | WIRED


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Subject: The Drive to Replace Summer-Only 'Peaker' Power Plants | WIRED
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