In this week's Newsletter: No more Arctic drilling: not now, not never, what's blooming in Stuyvesant Cove Park, Ice Solar combines ultility-level solar photovoltaics and thermal energy storage and much more!
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US Interior Department Cancels Oil Drilling Leases in the Arctic Ocean


I'm sure everyone remembers the dramatic demonstrations in Portland this summer, when environmental activists hung from a bridge, and Seattle, where hundreds of kayakers blocked shipping lanes, to prevent the Royal Dutch Shell company from beginning drilling operations in the Arctic Ocean. Now there efforts seem to have paid off, with the Interior Department canceling leases to Shell and Statoil that would have allowed further exploration and eventual drilling in the region.

Arctic drilling is worrying environmentally for multiple reasons. One is climate change: the Arctic is already warming twice as rapidly as the rest of the world is, and that warming — and the ice melt it’s caused — is opening up the Arctic to drilling that wasn’t before possible. But burning the oil developed from the Arctic will only lead to more warming: One study estimates that a third of the globe’s oil reserves must stay in the ground if the world is to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Environmentalists praised the Interior Department’s announcement as a major step forward towards protecting the Arctic from oil and gas development.

“This is a historic decision to keep Arctic oil in the ground that will be felt for years to come. It’s great news for the Arctic and for everyone fighting against extreme fossil fuel projects,” Greenpeace spokesperson Travis Nichols said in a statement. “This is the right move for President Obama to secure his climate legacy through one of the most vulnerable places on Earth, but he can still do more by using his authority to withdraw the Arctic Ocean from future offshore oil drilling.”

You can read the whole story on ThinkProgress.org here.

What's Blooming in Stuyvesant Cove Park: Fall Edition

Incredibly, it's almost the end of October. It seems like it was only yesterday that we were talking about the first spring blooms in the Park! Now we've been through the whole annual cycle and it's time to put the Park to bed until next year. Wanna help? Then come to our last Stuyvesant Cove Park Association volunteer day on Halloween morning,m Saturday October 31st from 10am-1pm. RSVP to dina@solar1.org if you're planning to come!

However even if you can;t come volunteer, there are still plenty of flowers blooming for the next couple of weeks. We've even seen some late Monarch butterflies!

Keep an eye out for Blue-Stemmed Goldenrod, New England Aster, Baccharis and Blue Mist Flower. And you can check out the full list on our blog here.

Ice Energy Launches Solar + Ice: Solar Electricity with Thermal Energy Storage

Energy storage plays a big part in the transition from last-century fuels to renewables, and some consider it a kind of Holy Grail when it comes to a sustainable energy future. People got very excited lat spring when Tesla unveiled their new battery storage system, the Tesla Powerwall. But aside form lead acid or lithium ion batteries, what other options are there for storing power when more is being generated than used?

Ice energy, a company that provides thermal energy storage solutions, is now offering utility-scale solar PV that will freeze water when power needs are lowest and then use the ice to cool air instead of powering A/C compressors, making for a much more efficient system. 

“Currently available batteries are expensive, wear out and their chemicals create disposal issues,” Mike Hopkins, Ice Energy CEO, said. “In contrast, energy storage using ice is the greenest, most cost-effective method to integrate renewables into the grid and is truly worthy of solar.”

Deployments of solar-plus-storage nationwide are expected to jump from 4 megawatts in 2014 to 22 megawatts this year, according to research conducted by Greentech Media. By 2020, the market is projected to be worth $3.1 billion with deployments of 769 megawatts.

You can read the whole story from Global Energy World here.

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Upcoming Events at Solar 1

10/31
Park Volunteer Day
Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-1pm, free
Help us put the Park to bed for the winter. Pizza lunch provided by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association. RSVP to dina@solar1.org.

Other Events


10/24
Bronx Farm & Haunted Garden Tour
The Opera House Hotel, 436 East 149th Street bet , Bronx

10/25
Park Slope Civic Council Fall Sweep
In front of Washington/Bryne Park, 5th Ave and 4th Street, Brooklyn, 10am-2pm, free

Paths to Pier 42 Fall Waterfront Celebration
Pier 42, East River Bikeway near Jackson Street (cross the FDR Drive at Cherry St), Manhattan, 1-5pm, free

10/27
What Gets Measured Gets Done: Beyond M&V
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street bet Elk & Centre Sts, Suite 609, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $10 non-members/$5 members

10/28
NY/NJ Baykeeper Annual Fall Awards Reception
Keyport Yacht Club, 115 1st Street bet Atlantic St & Green Grove Ave, Keyport, New Jersey, 6:30-9pm, tickets start at $125 non-members/$100 members

10/29
Sustainability and Climate Change in the 2016 Presidential Race
Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, 420 W. 118th Street bet Amsterdam Ave & Morningside Drive, Manhattan, 6-8pm, free

Impacts of Climate Change on Women in Developing Countries
Center for Global Affairs, NYU School of Professional Studies, Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street, 4th floor, Manhattan, 6-8pm, free
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