Hudson Valley clean energy leaders to be recognized Saturday at 100% Awards
This Saturday, The Solutions Project is recognizing residents and business owners in New York’s Hudson Valley who are leading the way in the promotion and use of renewable energy. This recognition comes in the form of the first-ever 100% Awards, put on as part of The Solutions Project’s recently launched clean energy-focused 100% campaign.
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In its pursuit of more widespread and accessible renewable energy use, the 100% campaign has awarded over $200,000 in grants to community-based organizations promoting renewable energy use. According to a press release from the foundation, The Solutions Project chose Hudson Valley as the site of its inaugural 100% Awards for its leadership on a national level in the field. The 100% Awards will be honoring the following award winners for their various efforts and work in advancing the renewable energy cause:
- The Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN)
- Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)
- Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative
- Catskill Mountainkeeper
- New York State Sustainable Business Council (NYSSBC)
- People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)
"Our award winners are just a few of the many people and groups across the state working to make clean energy accessible and affordable for all," said The Solutions Project Executive Director Sarah Shanley Hope in the foundation’s press release. "They are accelerating the growth of homegrown, efficient, renewable energy, and making New York a better place to live."
The release also offers words from Mark Ruffalo, co-founder of The Solutions Project and host of the upcoming 100% Awards (and the most recent incarnation of Bruce Banner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). "Talk about making clean energy accessible – the Hudson Valley leads New York and the nation in making clean energy accessible!" said Ruffalo. "I am excited to celebrate energy pioneers."
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The 100% Awards will be held at The Catskill Brewery, a LEED Platinum brewery also dedicated to green practices, on August 8 at 4PM. Admission is free with an online RSVP, and half of the proceeds from food and beverage sales during the event will go to the 100% Leadership Fund to further the campaign’s support of local organizations working toward clean energy access goals.
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The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.