NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, April 16: 4 Lessons For Talkin’ Climate Change; Turning Trash Into Solar Power; New Atlantic Coast Areas Opened To Ocean Wind

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    Monday, April 16, 2018

    QUICK NEWS, April 16: 4 Lessons For Talkin’ Climate Change; Turning Trash Into Solar Power; New Atlantic Coast Areas Opened To Ocean Wind

    4 Lessons For Talkin’ Climate Change How the science of persuasion could change the politics of climate change; Conservatives have to make the case to conservatives, and a growing number of them are.

    James Temple, April 16, 2018 (MIT Technology Review)

    “…While much of the research and debate today focuses on figuring out the right mix of clean energy sources, or on developing better and cheaper technologies, the real breakthrough that’s required might lie in the science of persuasion. We’ll never generate enough clean energy to dramatically cut emissions in the next few decades—while abandoning fossil-fuel plants that still work perfectly well—as long as so many political leaders adamantly deny even the existence of anthropogenic climate change…[T]he academic literature offers insights on what drives such shifts in political sentiment…Lesson one: Pick the right targets…[T]he goal should be to change the minds of the elites…Lesson 2: Depoliticize the issue…[C]raft fact-based arguments designed to appeal specifically to their political interests, and present policies they can rationalize within their ideologies…Lesson 3: Pick the right policies…Lesson 4: Find areas of common ground…” click here for more

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    Turning Trash Into Solar Power Super Idea: Repurposing Toxic Sites to Produce Solar Energy

    Frank Carini. April 14, 2018 (EcoRI News)

    “…[Two municipalities in Rhode Island and the state university have solved the challenge of finding land for solar by] developing solar energy on long-ago trashed sites…[They] are building solar facilities on two Superfund sites…[T]he former Rose Hill Regional Landfill and the closed URI waste disposal site/West Kingston town dump…had been identified at one time by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having been contaminated by hazardous waste. The properties, which had been remediated and closed, are reportedly expected to be producing solar energy in the coming months…There is no capital cost for the two municipalities and URI. The developer, Kearsarge Energy, will keep 75 percent of the energy generated and sell the remaining 25 percent to the towns and the university…[The agreement] also stipulates that the renewable energy credits (RECs) produced at the two solar facilities will stay with Kearsarge for the first 10 years before transferring to the consortium…[O]wners of municipal landfills must balance the risk to humans versus a beneficial reuse of a landfill…[S]olar projects have typically been deemed favorable by regulatory agencies since access by humans is relatively limited to construction…” click here for more

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    New Atlantic Coast Areas Opened To Ocean Wind Feds Eye More Wind Energy Leases

    Christopher Walsh, April 11, 2018 (East Hampton Star)

    “The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [BOEM] is calling for information and nominations from companies interested in commercial wind energy leases within a proposed area in the New York Bight, an area of shallow waters between Long Island and the New Jersey coast…[T]he agency seeks public opinion on the potential for wind energy development in the area, including site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to, or within, the areas…[Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo welcomed BOEM’s support for] one of the largest offshore wind development plans in the country, which [is expected to] power 1.2 million New York homes and create 5,000 good-paying jobs…” click here for more

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