In this week's Newsletter: The Energy Gang returns to Clean EC with special guest Mark Chambers, China bets big on renewables, helping with Harvey and much more!
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Clean Energy Connections Returns with The Energy Gang and Special Guest Mark Chambers

Join Clean Energy Connections for the second event of 2017 - The Energy Gang Live With Special Guest Mark Chambers

The Energy Gang is a weekly podcast produced by Greentech Media that gives listeners deep analysis on the latest energy and cleantech news. Each week, Stephen Lacey, Katherine Hamilton, and Jigar Shah dissect and debate what’s happening across the industry — covering national and local politics, technology trends, and business strategies.
Come listen to a lively conversation and debate with some of the top thinkers and writers in clean energy.

6:30 - Doors open
7:00 - Show begins
8:30 - Networking



Stephen Lacey, Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media

Katherine Hamilton, Principal, 38 North Solutions

Jigar Shah, CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting, Generate Capital


Mark Chambers, Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability

Open bar sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.

Tickets are available here.

China to Invest More than $2 Trillion in Renewables Over the Next 25 Years

One of the arguments that is sometimes made for continuing oil, coal and gas development is that China will be burning coal and pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere for decades to come, as it continues to modernize and become an ever-more industrial society. But it now looks like China is seriously committing to a clean energy revolution: The government planning to invest $3 trillion in power generation over the next 25 years, with 75% allocated to wind and solar development.

China is betting that, with increased research and development into more efficient panels, better storage systems and other cost-saving innovations, renewables will be cheaper than any type of fossil fuel by 2030 or so. They recognize an immense potential market and the chance to get out ahead to become a renewable energy powerhouse for the 21st century, while also reducing carbon emissions, pollution and alleviating poverty by paying rural farmers to host solar farms alongside their crops.

As a result of these investments, 360 Gigawatts of coal-fired generation would be replaced with wind and solar, primarily. By 2026, more than half of China's installed capacity will come from zero carbon emissions energy, including nuclear, biomass, large hydro, wind and solar energy, and the figure will rise to 63 percent by 2040, doubling China's current level.

You can read more about this on here.

Helping with Harvey

By the time this newsletter reaches you, the rain in Texas and Louisiana should be over, but the disaster is just getting started.

As we all remember from our Sandy experiences, once the water recedes, it can take weeks or months for services to be fuilly restored, for buildings to be assessed for safety and for life to return to normal.

When disaster strikes, it's natural to want to help. Unfortunately, the American Red Cross has a less than stellar record of getting the bulk of donations into the hands of the people who really need them, and many people are reluctant to donate through them. Here's a list of local organizations on the ground in Southeast Texas who are mobilizing to provide food, shelter, medical care and other vital assistance to storm refugees:

Corazon Ministries: Services for immigrants who may be afraid of seeking shelter and other services through government channels
The Way Home: Coordinating shelter options for the homeless during and after the storm.
Living Hope Wheelchair Association: Services for people woth spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. They have been conductiong direct rescues of the disables since Harvey made landfall on Friday night.

You can find more organizations working on storm relief efforts and services for vuilnerable populations affected by Harvey here.
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