Cape & Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative (CIRenew)
CIRenew chapter meetings, open to the public, are held at varying locations, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. These events bring community members together around a specific topic while providing opportunities to share experiences and learn about local energy programs, projects, and activities.
7 to 9 pm
This forum will feature several speakers addressing how homeowners and local contractors can take advantage of state and federal programs that incentivize investments in energy efficiency.
Patrick will discuss his proposed Property Assessed Clean Energy Bond
legislation, an approach that many cities and regions with progressive
energy policies have adopted for helping homeowners increase the efficiency
of their homes without breaking their budgets. Then, representatives from
Cape Light Compact and National Grid will describe the generous new rebates
available to residents through the state's revamped energy efficiency
programs. Compact and NGrid speakers will also address how local contractors
can quality to provide building performance, weatherization, and efficiency
services to residents though these programs. Fianally, a local accountant
will help illuminate the federal tax credit of up to $1500 available for
home energy improvements, as well as other efficiency and renewable energy
incentives. All speakers will be available to answer questions.
The meeting will conclude with Q&A and time for conversation and networking. Information will be available on CIRenew membership and on local clean energy programs and activities.
Coordinating Committee Meetings
CIRenew Events & Chapter Meetings
Dave McGlinchey, Vineyard Power
Dan Wolf, Jim Wolf & Bob Doane, Cape Air
Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Rep. Matt Patrick, industry experts, and other invited guests will discuss the Canal Generating Plants economic, environmental, and social impacts at the January 2009 CIRenew meeting. The event is free and open to the public.
Speakers are expected to address the Canal plant's operations and its contributions to electric rates and reliability, its pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions, and its status as the largest taxpayer in the town of Sandwich. Invitees include additional elected officials as well as representatives from Mirant, the plants owner; NStar, the local distribution company; and ISO-NE, the entity charged with ensuring grid reliability throughout New England.
At present, ratepayers on the Cape, Marthas Vineyard, and Nantucket are paying the highest electric rates in the continental United States. One contributor is a so-called uplift charge associated with the Canal plant, which has been designated by ISO-NE as a must-run unit in order for southeastern Massachusetts (SEMA) to meet federal electric reliability standards. The Canal plant thus operates when it normally would not, burning fuel oil to generate electricity even if the price of its power exceeds the market rate.
Legislators contend that SEMA ratepayers have absorbed extra costs of about $17 million per month due to the out-of-merit operation of the Canal plant. They have been working toward a plan that would bring relief to the areas ratepayers and renegotiate how the Canal Electric plant runs in the future. The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy is planning to hold a hearing investigating ISO-NEs decision to designate Canal as a must-run unit.
Its irrational to throw over $200 million a year at a supposed reliability problem because there is a very slight risk that two NStar transmission lines will be lost at the same time, says Patrick. What we have is a baseload plant acting as a peak demand plant. We cant afford to support Canals out-of-merit operation and should instead be investing in energy efficiency and other areas.
At the Jan. 21 forum, invited industry representatives will describe additional solutions. NStar is implementing several grid reinforcement projects to improve reliability in SEMA, while Mirant is evaluating generation-based alternatives at the Canal plant site. ISO-NE is scheduled to release a report later this month outlining a full range of long-term options, including efficiency, demand response, fossil generation, and both distributed and large-scale renewable generation.
In a letter
submitted to the Joint Committee, Patrick, Sen. Rob OLeary, and
other members of the state delegation wrote that it is critical for local
residents and businesses to understand and voice their opinions on both
near- and long-term solutions. Ratepayers on the Cape and Islands
should be given an opportunity to weigh the risks against the potential
benefits of shutting off the Canal plant when it is too costly to operate.
The stakes are extremely high and the level of wasted revenue is impossible
John Kennedy of Cape Rail, Inc. and Dan Wahle of Massachusetts Coastal Railroad are featured speakers at November's CIRenew chapter meeting. They will discuss the economic, energy, and environmental issues associated with revitalizing Cape Cod's rail system and strengthening its connections to transit and shipping corridors serving Boston and other cities, as well as the rest of the United States.
John Kennedy is President and CEO of Cape Rail. He supervises both Cape Cod Central Railroad, which provides scenic excursions from Hyannis to Bourne, and the Massachusetts Coastal Railroad, which provides freight transportation services to SE Mass and the Cape. A major route is the "Energy Train," formerly known as the trash train, delivering municipal solid waste from many local communities to the waste-to-energy plant in Rochester, MA.
is vice president of marketing for Mass Coastal. He has more than 15 years
of experience in rail short line marketing and customer service, including
stints in New York and Pennyslvannia as well as with Bay Colony and the
Cape Cod & Hyannis railroad. He is a resident of Sandwich.
This event is sponsored by CIRenew; WCAI, the Cape & Islands NPR station; and the Environmental Technology Program at Cape Cod Community College.
WCAIs Mindy Todd moderate a candidate forum focused on energy issues,
from affordability to economic development, from national security to
climate change. The forum is intended to feature the energy-related positions
of candidates at all levels; invitations have been sent to incumbents
and challengers in the races for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, State
Senator, State Representative, and Barnstable County Commissioner.
The meeting will conclude with Q&A and time for conversation and networking. Information will be available on CIRenew membership and on local clean energy programs and activities.
Rising energy costs make efficient and affordable housing an imperative. See what Cape and Islands innovators are up to at the annual meeting of NESEA, hosted by Cape & Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative (CIRenew). The event features a panel discussion, moderated by John Abrams of South Mountain Company, highlighting Gulls Nest Condominiums in Provincetown, the first affordable housing to achieve a LEED-H Platinum rating; Jenney Way on Marthas Vineyard, the first single-family affordable housing units to hit that mark; and Danas Fields, an affordable development planned for Sandwich that will provide green housing and additional amenities for formerly homeless people, other residents, and energy-related businesses and organizations.
Dean Corren, director of marine current technology for Verdant Power, will describe his experiences leading the worlds first grid-connected demonstration of low-impact tidal energy technology. Possible local applications of advanced tidal energy systems also will be discussed. This forum, free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 pm; light refreshments will be served, and information will be available on local energy programs and opportunities.
For Verdant Power, Mr. Corren plays key roles in the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project, which for more than a year has been generating clean energy in New Yorks East River while examining the ecological impacts of kinetic hydro energy conversion devices, which are analogous to underwater wind turbines. Pending the success of this pioneering demonstration, his company plans a larger project supplying the New York City grid, and it already is developing projects elsewhere in North America. Two other companies and the community of Edgartown are pursuing tidal energy initiatives in the Cape & Islands region.
The Cape & Islands region has the best tidal energy resource in the state, says Chris Powicki, CIRenew president. As planning for local projects proceeds, this forum gives residents and decision-makers the opportunity to hear one of the nations leading experts speak about the benefits and issues associated with harnessing tidal energy.
For Verdant Power, Mr. Corren leads efforts to design, fabricate, test, and deploy hydrokinetic energy conversion devices in marine environments and in rivers. He also coordinates development of intellectual property and interfaces with the companys work in resource analysis and regulatory affairs. He holds a masters degree from New York University in Energy Science and a bachelors in philosophy from Middlebury College and was a research scientist in the NYU Department of Applied Science, where he worked on wind, hydrogen, solar, biomass, and kinetic hydropower technologies. He patented the Turbine for Kinetic Hydro Energy Conversion (USPTO No. 4,613,279) in 1984. He also served four terms as a Vermont state representative, chaired the Burlington Electric Commission, and held a number of other government and organizational leadership positions.
Dr. Peter Frumhoff, Director of Science and Policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, is featured speaker at a special event organized by CIRenew, Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and Cape Cod Community College. The event also will include a green building tour, vendor expo, and, after Dr. Frumhoff's presentation, a panel featuring major regional decision-makers.
The general public is invited to begin the evening at 6:15 by learning about the green features of the college's Lorusso Applied Technology Center. At 6:30, local businesses and organizations involved in energy and environmental issues will be available to offer information on local energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental programs and opportunities.
At 7:00, the formal program will begin with a presentation on "Confronting Climate Change on Cape Cod and in New England." Dr. Frumhoff will present the findings of the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA), a 3-year collaboration between the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a multi-disciplinary team of more than 50 independent scientists and economists from across the region. The talk will highlight the projected impacts of climate change on Cape Cod's natural resources, public health, and economy and highlight how the energy choices we make today - in local communities and across the nation - will greatly determine the climate that our children and grandchildren will inherit. Copies of the NECIA Synthesis Report and a summary of projected impacts in Massachusetts are available at www.climatechoices.org/ne.
After the presentation, a panel of decision-makers will discuss how this region, local communities, and residents and businesses can respond to address the economic, environmental, and social impacts of climate change. The panel will feature Kathy Schatzberg, president of Cape Cod Community College, Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Paul Niedzwiecki, executive director of the Cape Cod Commission, and Bob Prescott, director of Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Members of the audience will be given the opportunity to direct questions to the panel, which will also include Dr. Frumhoff.
Frumhoff is Chief Scientist of the UCS Climate Campaign and the Chair
of the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment. He has published and lectured
widely on topics including climate change impacts, climate science and
policy, tropical forest conservation and management, and biological diversity.
He is a lead author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change
Watson, a senior member of Governor Deval Patricks energy team,
will be featured speaker at the CIRenew May chapter meeting. Watson is
senior advisor for Clean Energy Technology with the Massachusetts Executive
Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Vice President for Sustainable
Development with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
Biofuels expert Curt Felix is featured speaker at the April meeting of CIRenew. He will discuss latest scientific understanding of the impacts of current and future biofuel usage on energy security, food production, and climate change challenges. His talk will reflect his recent efforts in Argentina and Brazil working with farmers, cooperatives, and agricultural firms to explore the feasibility of supplying biofuels to the Northeast U.S. on a sustainable basis. The forum, cosponsored by the Cape Cod Renewable Fuels Partnership, is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
Mr. Felix has over 25 years experience in the global energy industry. While working with the World Bank, he developed international energy conservation programs and innovative approaches for factoring environmental externalities into system planning and operations and environmental and economic considerations into fuel switching decisions. His career also includes development of a compressed natural gas vehicle facility at Logan Airport and 10 years in the petroleum exploration, refining, and production industry. Recently, he has been building an integrated team focused on supplying 50 to 150 million gallons of biodiesel from South America to the New England and Mid-Atlantic region.
Brian Hayden of HeatSpring Energy is featured speaker at the March meeting of CIRenew. He will discuss geothermal heating and cooling systems for residential and commercial applications, addressing the technology's economic and environmental advantages as well as local deployment options. His presentation will be complemented by a profile and tour of the deep-well geothermal system that helps heat and cool the award-winning green building of the Woods Hole Research Center. The forum is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
Brian is founder of HeatSpring Energy, a company providing independent education and training for the building trades and the construction industry with a focus on geothermal heating and cooling. HeatSpring Energy, based on Cambridge, Mass., brings in experts from around the country to conduct workshops and certification programs supporting high-quality geothermal energy installations within New England. He has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Babson College, and is an accredited geothermal installer. Brian lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife Laura and six month old son, Luke.
Jeff Rogers of the New England Green Building Center will discuss the design and construction of his family's home in Truro, the first single-family residence in Massachusetts to achieve a Platinum rating under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. He will review the home's green features and discuss the costs, benefits, and payback periods associated with specific choices.
Taber Allison, Vice President for Conservation Science for Mass Audubon, will discuss the latest understanding on wind power and wildlife, highlight remaining information gaps, and provide perspective on avian mortality and future threats associated with other sources of electricity generation. Lucy Vlietstra, Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), will present her findings on the potential impact of the MMA's wind turbine on common and roseate terns.
Matt Patrick, energy innovator and state policymaker, is featured
speaker at the October 17 CIREC meeting. He will provide an insiders
perspective on the status of proposed energy policies aimed at increasing
reliance on renewable resources in Massachusetts. His presentation will
lead in to a panel discussion on existing green power options and novel
products that may become available in the future.
Lynn Benander of CoopPower is the featured speaker at CIREC's chapter meeting in September. As members of CoopPower, residents and businesses in western Massachusetts, upstate New York, and elsewhere are joining together to get a better deal on clean energy products and services, to invest in renewable energy facilities, and to take control of their energy future. Lynn will compare and contrast CoopPower with other cooperative models, including the proposed Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, a structure being pursued by the Cape Light Compact.
In conjunction with the Wellfleet Bay Audubon "Bayside Talk" Series, CIREC is pleased to present Dr. Gordon Hamilton of University of Maines Climate Change Institute, who will review some of the science that is changing the way we think about polar ice sheets.
Shrinking ice sheets have the potential to cause a rapid rise in global sea level. The Greenland Ice Sheet is particularly vulnerable to collapse, as are coastal portions of West Antarctica. Most scientists do not consider the total disintegration of both ice sheets very likely in the foreseeable future, but much attention is being paid to partial collapses and more modest, though still catastrophic, rises in sea level of 1-2 m in the next century or so.
CIREC is proud to welcome back Ian Woofenden for a special presentation about home-scale wind turbines, giving local audiences an opportunity to hear and meet one of the nations most knowledgeable people in the small wind industry.
Ian is the Senior Editor of Home Power Magazine and Northwest Coordinator for Solar Energy International. He has lived off-grid with wind and solar energy for over 20 years with his family on Guemes Island, Washington. Ian will be discussing The Anatomy of a Home-Scale Wind-Electric System in a free presentation that is open to the public. The talk will focus on the details of system design and installation, as well as the people who have chosen to use wind energy and why.
A brief tour of Cape Techs residential-scale wind turbine will occur after the presentation. Ian is on the Cape for the week of June 18-23 as an instructor for a residential wind turbine installation workshop being coordinated by Cape & Islands Self-Reliance.
CIREC and Cape Light Compact are cosponsoring a program on Staying Cool & Saving Energy This Summer on Wednesday, May 16, from 7 to 9 pm at Yarmouth Senior Center. The event, open to the public, includes a light-bulb giveaway for the first 50 attendees who agree to join the EnergyStar® Change a Light, Change the World campaign.
Kevin Galligan of Cape Light Compact is featured speaker at this event. He will provide energy-saving tips for those who cool naturally, as well as for residents, businesses, and other consumers who rely on air conditioning units. He will discuss the energy savings and economic and environmental benefits associated with EnergyStar® air conditioners, and he will highlight local turn-in programs for inefficient air conditioners and dehumidifiers, rebates for the purchase of energy-efficient equipment, and a new tune-up program for central air conditioning systems.
Kevin is the energy efficiency program manager for the Cape Light Compact and adjunct instructor at Cape Cod Community College, where he teaches energy efficiency and conservation classes. He also is board member of the National Energy Education Development Project and water commissioner for the town of Orleans, and he formerly served as chair of the towns Wind Energy Committee. He has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry.
CIREC and Cape Cod Community College's Students for Sustainability Club are pleased to host Randy Udall for a presentation on Thursday, April 26, from 7 to 9 pm at Lecture Hall A at Cape Cod Community College. The event is free and open to the public.
Randy Udall, director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) in western Colorado, is one of the nation's leading activists and innovators in promoting energy sustainability at the local level. CORE's partnerships with individuals, governments, and businesses have led to some remarkable accomplishments, including the nations first solar energy incentive program, the world's first Renewable Energy Mitigation Program, and some of the most aggressive and progressive green power purchasing programs in the country. Click here for information.
As CIRECs featured speaker on April 26, he reviewed the current energy situation around the globe and in the United Statesaddressing issues such as energy security, peak oil and gas, and climate change. Randy also provided perspective on the importance of energy-related action at the local level, given the absence of effective leadership in Washington, DC.
Falmouth Academy and CIREC are cosponsoring a tour of the schools renovated building and addition on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 pm. The event, open to the public, also will feature a case study on the use of the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) checklist for building green homes.
Richard Sperduto of Falmouth Academy will share lessons learned from undertaking the schools project as well as tips on where to find rebates and grants to help finance green buildings. The tour of the three-story addition will feature its advanced energy management system, energy recovery ventilators that recover 60-70% of the heat to warm incoming cool air, daylighting, radiant floor heat, highly efficient lighting that paid for itself in 1.5 years, as well as other features. Mr. Sperduto will also discuss the 10-kW wind turbine that will be going up at the school this spring.
Mark Harding of Wamp Worx, a consulting firm and building contractor based in Mashpee, will relate his experiences using the new LEED for Homes checklist. His new home will feature a 3.5-kW photovoltaic system to generate electricity, a solar thermal hot water system, energy- and resource-saving appliances and fixtures, and materials specifically chosen to minimize environmental impact.
Biofuels expert and advocate Allen Giles will speak at a February 21 meeting cosponsored by CIREC and the Cape Cod Renewable Fuels Partnership (CCRFP). The meeting will take place from 7 9 pm at the Harwich Community Center, 100 Oak Street. The meeting is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
Mr. Giles is President of Amelot Holdings, Inc., a diversified company focused on supply and distribution opportunities in the renewable fuels sector. He will offer perspective on the growing national interest in fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol as options for reducing dependence on foreign oil, as well as emissions of greenhouse gases. He also will discuss the emerging New England biofuels sector, current local applications for biodiesel as a home heating and transportation fuel, and future opportunities.
The meeting is targeted for members of the general publicas well as municipal officialsinterested in exploring sustainable energy options and addressing climate change. Representatives from stakeholder groups and local communities participating in CIREC and the CCRFP will be on hand to answer questions.
Dr. Cutler Cleveland, Professor of Geography and Environment at Boston University, will speak on energy trends, peak oil, and other burning issues at the Woods Hole Research Center at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 17. The meeting is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Dr. Cutler looks at energy from an interdisciplinary and historical perspective. He pioneered the concept of "energy return on investment" for comparative analysis of energy supply and use options and their economic, environmental, and social implications. His research focuses on how energy and other resources are used to meet human needs, considering issues such as oil and gas supply, energy policy, energy quality, and energy transitions. He devotes significant effort to illuminating energy's central role in human society, to improving energy literacy, and to increasing understanding of relations between humanity and its natural surroundings.
In 2006, he received the Adelman/Frankel Award from the United States Association for Energy Economics in "recognition of his unique and innovative contributions to the field." In addition to serving as a professor at BU, he is director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, fellow with the Pardee Center for the Study of Longer-Range Future, and faculty associate in the Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology. He also is Editor-in-Chief of theEncyclopedia of Energy (Elsevier Science, 2004), theDictionary of Energy (Elsevier Science, 2005), theJournal of Ecological Economics, and theEncyclopedia of Earth (http://www.eoearth.org). He holds a B.S. in Ecology and Systematics from Cornell University, a M.S. in Marine Science from Louisiana State University, and a Ph. D. in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
For more information on Dr. Cleveland, visit http://www.bu.edu/cees/people/faculty/cutler/index.html.
A joint CIREC/NESEA chapter meeting and networking event for the Cape Cod High-Performance Building Group
includes a tour of the newly renovated Nature Center at Wellfleet Bay
Audubon Sanctuary, followed by presentations from Bob Prescott,
sanctuary manager, and Andrew Miao, lead architect and principal
of Architectural Design Inc. in Orleans. The former will share lessons
learned from undertaking this ambitious project, while the latter will
discuss the vision that went into the design of the building.
Malcolm Brown, board member of the Hull Municipal Light Plant and president of Citizen Advocates for Renewable Energy, will speak at a meeting of CIREC at the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Bourne at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 18. For almost a decade, Mr. Brown has been a leader in community-based efforts to harness wind energy resources within Hulls borders. His presentation will describe cost savings, emissions reductions, and other positive impressions associated with two precedent-setting land-based turbines: Hull Wind I, the first modern, utility-scale turbine in Massachusetts; and Hull Wind II, the first installed on a closed landfill. As of early October 2006, Hulls 660-kW and 1.8-MW turbines had generated more than 8 million kWh of green power while reducing the energy bills and emissions footprints of both the town and local consumers. Mr. Brown also will describe the town's plans to move offshore, with the goals being to meet 100% of the community's electricity demand (on a net basis) while hosting the first ocean-based installation in the United States. The meeting should be of particular relevance to citizens and officials interested in community-based renewable energy initiatives. For more information about Hulls wind projects, visit www.hullwind.org.
Strong, President of Solar Design Associates, will speak at the September
21 meeting of CIREC at the new Lorusso Applied Technology Building at
Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) in West Barnstable. From 6:30
7 pm, CCCC staff will lead a tour of this high-performance green
building. At 7 pm, Steven Strong will give a visual presentationSunlight
is Life: The Path Toward a Sustainable Future. He will give a world overview
of solar photovoltaic (PV) architecture using the best examples of residential
and commercial-scale buildings from Europe, Japan and the US. Sunlight
is Life weaves technology, politics and social policy together with humor
and compelling graphics to demonstrate that the end of cheap oil is upon
us and that renewable energy is ready here and now to help define the
path to a sustainable future in the post-petroleum world. According
to Mr. Strong, todays PV-powered buildings provide a window into
a coming era of environmentally responsive, energy-producing structures
where elegant, life-affirming technologies become commonplace as integral
parts of the built environment.
Jim Owens, miller of the Eastham Windmill, will give a tour of this historic site at 7 pm. At 7:30, Dan Lombardo, author of Windmills of New England: Their Genius, Madness, History and Future, will offer a slide presentation on the history of wind energy on Cape Cod.
John Abrams, successful businessman and acclaimed author, will speak at the June 21 CIREC meeting, which is offered in conjunction with the Barnstable County Economic Development Council and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Abrams is founder and president of South Mountain Company, a community-oriented design/build firm on Marthas Vineyard. For more than 30 years, the company has partnered with clients to plan, design, construct, furnish, and care for high-quality homes, residential developments, and affordable housing. In 1987, the company became a worker-owned cooperative, creating an institutional foundation for additional growth and deeper community involvement.
Today, just as many businesses are mirroring South Mountain Companys longstanding commitment to resource-conscious endeavors, they can learn from Mr. Abrams book, The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community, and Place, which was published in 2005. According to business and opinion leaders, the book gives entrepreneurs proof that sustainable business works, and it communicates a great message that should be relevant to virtually any company that cares about more than making money. At the June 21 meeting, Mr. Abrams will discuss social entrepreneurship, employee empowerment, environmental awareness, and community commitment as means for growing and sustaining businesses in the Cape & Islands region and beyond. Following his presentation, refreshments will be served, and time for book-signing and networking will be provided.
Senior Editor of Home Power magazine, will speak at Upper Cape
Cod Regional Technical High School at 7 pm. From 6:30 - 7, Tom Wineman
of Clean Energy Design will provide an up-close tour of the wind turbine
that will be raised on campus later on in the week as part of a 5-day
installers workshop. Upper Cape Techs new wind turbine is
an AIRCon 10, manufactured in Germany, to be mounted on an 80-foot, counter-balanced,
tilt-up tower designed by Clean Energy Design. This grid-tied, 10-kW
turbinerepresentative of a large residential or small business applicationis
being installed in support of CIRECs workforce development activities,
which expose students, builders, architects, electricians, plumbers, and
other practitioners to renewable energy and green building technologies.Students
from Upper Cape Tech and Cape Cod Tech in Harwich will be among those
participating in the wind turbine installers workshop, which runs
from May 15-19.
Jack Todd will give a reading from her book, A Safe & Sustainable
World: The Promise of Ecological Design (download poster).
book provides an experiential account of the work of the New Alchemy Insitute
in Hatchville in
This series of free workshops focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the home and in small business settings. For your convenience, the workshops will be offered in two locations on the same day, once in Eastham and once in Falmouth; each one will feature expert speakers and take-home information designed to help you improve your quality of life, save money, and help protect the Cape's natural resources.
1: "Shocked & Confused? Your Energy Bill Exposed" -
Chris Powicki, Water Energy & Ecology Information Services;
John Burns and Debbie Fitton, Cape Light Compact
This free event will focus on responding to the threats posed by climate change in ways that make economic and environmental sense. Chris Powicki of Water Energy & Ecology Information Services will review the unique attributes of the climate challenge, the current climate policy situation, and possible implications for future action by the federal government and within the Cape & Islands region. Chuck Kleekamp of Cape Clean Air and Clean Power Now will provide insight on the emissions footprint of the Canal Station in Sandwich, in advance of a hearing scheduled for February 16 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). David Anthony of the Town of Barnstable will discuss the climate policy commitment made by the Town Council in 2002 and highlight the actions taken by the Barnstable Green Team and municipal agencies to reduce both energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.
This free event will focus on efficient and green solutions for harnessing natural energy flows to heat indoor environments. Solar thermal, geothermal, and bioheat systems will be discussed by Tom Wineman of Clean Energy Design, Joe Hackler of Woods Hole Research Center, and Richard Lawrence of Cape & Islands Self-Reliance, including local case studies and testimonials. A tour of WHRC's award-winning green building will be provided.
This free event will begin with a presentation from the Cape Cod National Seashore detailing the measures it has taken to reduce its consumption of fossil fuels and to improve air quality in Barnstable County. The meeting will feature an airing of The Power of the Sun, a new documentary describing the history of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, its current and future applications, and its potential for meeting the worlds energy needs. This film, narrated by John Cleese and developed with input from two Nobel Prize winners, presents a morality tale about how science works and about why the time for PV technology has come. After the film's airing, Megan Amsler of Cape & Islands Self-Reliance and Tom Wineman of Clean Energy Design will give an overview on local applications of PV and solar thermal systems. The presentation and Q&A session will address the site assessment and installation process; costs, including incentives, rebates, and financing options; and the experiences of system owners.
This event will feature Bruce Torrey of Building Diagnostics in Sandwich. Based on more than 5,000 home energy audits and extensive experiences with new construction, renovation, and retrofit projects, Bruce will identify the "low-hanging" fruit - the energy efficiency opportunities that have not yet been exploited in most buildings. He will provide practical tips for helping homeowners reduce drafts, heat losses, and other problems. Information will be provided on local efficiency programs and services offered by the Cape Light Compact and other organizations.
Updated February 2008