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Green Night – April 12, 2017

Energy Storage – Beyond Batteries

You are invited to join the Western Mass Green Consortium at the upcoming Green Night from 5PM – 7PM on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton!

The event is open to the public, donations welcome.

From 5:00-5:30 grab a drink or order food and chat with others. At 5:30 it’s time to share news, events and make your announcements. The featured presentation begins at 6:00 with Q & A following. At 7:00 we move into the bar where energy is high and we continue with conversations, networking and more food and drink.

100% renewable energy is possible! But to get there we have to deal with the realities of a brittle electrical grid, when the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. How can buildings, and especially housing, be part of the solution instead of part of the problem? How do we provide heating using renewable electricity without further straining the grid or increasing reliance on natural gas and other fossil fuels for power generation? Because of the instantaneous nature of the electricity generation and use, net-zero energy buildings are not sufficient. Because batteries are still expensive and relatively inefficient, they are part of the solution, but can’t balance the grid. Thermal energy storage, district energy, and low-temperature hydronics can make housing a critical component in an energy arbitrage system that balances the grid, makes a profit, and could supply affordable housing with extremely low space conditioning costs and 100% renewable energy.

Ben Weil is Extension Asst. Professor of Building Energy at UMass Amherst, where he helps direct the new Clean Energy Extension as well as the Building Energy Extension program (http://ag.umass.edu/energy). In addition to teaching about sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment, he provides Extension engineering and consulting services to a variety of municipalities and some not-for-profit community organizations. His research ranges from the impact of urban trees on building energy use to optimizing building envelopes, HVAC systems and human thermal comfort, to developing a comprehensive assessment tool for urban metabolism analysis.

 

Many thanks to our April Sponsor, Northeast Solar!NOR002-logo-squared-BW

Northeast Solar is the Pioneer Valley’s award-winning solar installer.

 
 
 
 
 

NEWS:

Item 1
Eversource is proposing a rate that would increase their revenue by about $100 million dollars. Eversource is proposing that their guaranteed return on equity increase to 10.5%, which would be, if not the highest, among the highest rate of any utility in the country. Essentially they are proposing that we should pay them more because they are becoming less productive each year. 

There are many parts of this rate case proposal that will be quite negative for solar customers and they are proposing eliminating or limiting time-of-use rates for existing solar residential and commercial customers. 

Please plan on attending one of the public hearings to express your opinion. It will be important for the DPU to see a broad range of constituents and ratepayers at the hearings. 

    – April 12, 7pm, 36 Court Street, Springfield City Hall, School Committee Meeting Room
    – April 26, 7pm, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield Middle School Auditorium

Item 2
Ellen Moyer, author of “Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World” is our presenter at Green Night on June 14, 2017.

Attend an Ellen Moyer book party, reading and book signing on Sunday, April 23 from 4:00 – 5:30. Location is 92 Maynard Road in Northampton, near Smith College. Email your RSVP to Ellen at ellenmoyer@em-green.com.

 
 

Mark your calendar and save the dates for the upcoming Green Nights!

May 10th – GCC’s RE/EE Student Forum with Teresa Jones
June 14th – Ellen Moyer, author of “Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World”
July 12th – TBD
August – Yearly hiatus

Join us at the Platform Sports Bar at Union Station the second Wednesday of every month for Green Night.

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The Platform Sports Bar is located in the historic Union Station in Northampton, MA at 125A Pleasant Street. The bar offers a full menu and an extensive list of drinks. Parking adjacent to the bar is free.

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