In this week's Newsletter: Clean EC returns to demystify REV, sea levels in the Northeast are up by two inches, tips on staying warm when the weather isn't, and much more!
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Clean Energy Connections Returns for 2015 with an In-Depth Exploration of REV


Last year's Clean Energy Connections panel discussion series focused on the Grid Edge, meaning the points in the electricity distribution model where the distinct lines between the utility, the customer and the grid have been starting to blur, thanks to the ever-increasing adoption of renewable energy and the severe weather effects of climate change. For the 2015 series, we will be looking closely at New York State's ambitious plan to make the grid smarter, less centralized and more resilient, known as Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV.

For the past 100 years or so, electricity has meant one thing: a product sold to customers by the utility. At first, the utilities operated as a monopoly- after all, they built the grid infrastructure and maintained it, while also buying the coal, oil and natural gas that fueled their power plants. In the 90s, the industry was deregulated to allow for market competition in the supply of fuel, while allowing the utilities to maintain control of equipment like power lines, steam pipes and transformers.

Now another, potentially bigger change is coming. With the increasing demand for solar systems, the need for billions in infrastructure improvements, the ever-burgeoning population of the city and the challenges of climate change making storms stronger, winters colder and summers hotter, now is the perfect time to really look hard at all the opportunities and challenges inherent in turning a top-down, one-way system into a multi-stream system where the utility buys and sells energy, and the end user can be either a buyer, a seller or both.

The series, produced in collaboration with NYC ACRE and Greentech Media, will kick off on Wednesday March 11 at 7pm at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC in Tribeca. Tickets are available here, and are $25 general admission and $10 for students. The topic is "Models for the Future Utility: Examining New York state's Distributed Service Platform Provider Vision", and you can learn more about it here.

Sea Levels in the Northeast Rose 5 Inches in Just Two Years

New York has set a terrifying new record: In the years 2009 and 2010- years when , it must be pointed out, we did not have any hurricanes- Northeast sea levels jumped by five inches, setting a new high rate for tide gauge records! 

According to Mashable, researchers published a study in the journal Nature Communications that linked the unprecedented rise to a slowdown in the Gulf Stream current which moves warm Gulf of Mexico waters into the colder Atlantic waters of the Eastern seaboard. Combined with the predictions from the recent study by the New York City Panel on Climate Change, these studies seem to indicate more frequent and more destructive changes to our normal weather patterns- 5 inches of extra water may not seem like a lot, but consider this: It represents 40% of the total change in sea levels since 1900!

Tips for Staying Warm While the Weather Stays Cold

Even though this is the last week of February, the freezing temperatures and Arctic winds don't seem to want to give us even the tiniest hint of a break. While we all love to complain about the weather, for some people it really can be life-threatening. Here are some great tips from The Epoch Times on how to stay safe and warm when the wind chill is 10 below:

Stay indoors as much as possible, and if you must go outside, keep as much of your skin covered as possible. Fingers, toes and nose are some of the body parts that will get frostbitten first.

If you think someone may be suffering from frostbite or hypothermia, get them indoors, call 911 and remove any wet clothing and cover them with blankets. 

And perhaps most importantly, if you see a homeless person or family sitting out in the cold, call 311. Their dispatchers will send a team to help, and you could save someone's life.

Stay warm and safe, everyone!
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Other Events


2/27-3/1
FOOD+ENTERPRISE Summit
Industry City, 220 36th Street bet 2nd & 3rd Aves, Brooklyn,12-8pm, $49 and up
Complete registration information is available here.

2/28
21st Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up
Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd W bet Goulden & Paul Aves, Bronx, 11am-5pm, free

3/2
The Green Sanctuary Committee Book Group Discussion
The Gallery, 28 East 35th Street bet Park & Madison Aves, Manhattan, 6:30-8am, free

3/3
Eco-Logic, WBAI's Environmentalism Radio Show with Ken Gale
On The Radio: WBAI-FM (99.5 NYC), 8-8:30pm
For more information, please contact Ken Gale at kengale@comicbookradioshow.com.

3/5
New York City Safe Energy Coalition Meeting
New York Environmental and Justice Law Project, 11 Park Place, Suite 701, near Broadway and City Hall, Manhattan, 6:30-9pm, free

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