KEY SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

“Assessing and Developing Wind Energy in Jefferson County”

Terry Meyer, P.E

Cascade Community Wind Project, Bellingham WA

Tuesday, June 19th at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center

The available wind energy resources throughout Jefferson County are not easily understood. Less tangible and far more intermittent than the visible solar energy in the county, local wind can provide an important – and at times far more concentrated – supply of non-polluting, locally produced county energy.

The Key Speaker at June’s Energy Lunch, Terry Meyer, a principal in the Cascade Community Wind Company (CCWC) of Bellingham in Whatcom County, has made many assessments of county wind resources in Whatcom, Kittitas, Skagit and other counties along the Cascade Mountains. CCWC has successfully organized the development of several community wind projects where local subscriptions from businesses and residents help fund local installation and operation of a wind turbine that, in feeding green energy into the local grid provides monthly revenue from the electric utility that is used to make monthly payments to subscriber’s electric bills up to 100% of any particular bill with any excess payment refunded to the subscriber.

For particulars on the subscriber relationship that is used by CCWC to create individual community wind projects, see: http://cascadecommunitywind.com/subscriptions/qa/

As Mr. Meyer will be the first Key Speaker in the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program to address wind resources within the county, he will address the fundamentals of wind energy and of wind energy assessment as a basis for determining the economic viability of wind energy projects. Mr. Meyer expects to be able to counter the commonly held local belief that Jefferson County has no significant wind energy resources – none that would be worth developing.

The Key Speaker presentation by Mr. Meyer on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 is intended for members of the public or for business, government, development, and energy professionals who are interested in opportunities in Jefferson County for developing the use of county wind energy resources.

Power Trip Energy, Sunshine Propane, Huber’s INN, and the Alaska Power & Telephone Company are Local Sponsors of the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program. 

See previous Key Speaker videos at: http://www.porttownsendmedia.com/energy/


Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

“Fundamental Strengths of Solar Energy for Local Development”

Justin Davis, Design and Development Team Member

Grow Community Project, Bainbridge WA

Tuesday, May 15th at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center

A disconnect is becoming apparent among programs to develop and use more solar energy. Growing local use of solar collectors and of local solar energy is occurring alongside high profile failures of large solar projects. The widely publicized failure of Solyndra last year and the bankruptcy of the immense Millennium Solar project in California last month seem to cast dark clouds over the entire solar enterprise. Continued local investment in solar energy faces fluctuating government incentives and record low prices for natural gas raise questions of whether such solar energy investment is a reasonable move at this time.

The Key Speaker at May’s Energy Lunch, Justin Davis, is a member of the Design and Development Team of Grow Community, a Bainbridge residential development project announced last year that is designing a neighborhood of 87 rental apartments and 50 single family homes on eight acres in an infill location within walking distance to the Bainbridge ferry terminal.  The project is the second endorsed One Planet Community in the US, designed with the goal of reaching Zero Carbon buildings by 2020.  One Planet is currently working with developers in United Kingdom, Portugal, France, South Africa, China and Australia and has supported the Sonoma Mountain Village development in San Francisco.

Among a variety of strategies for achieving the Zero Carbon goals of the One Planet program, the Grow Community development on Bainbridge Island is looking closely at how to use the solar energy that arrives on its eight acres each year.

This approach of directly developing local energy is important. Everyone has known for some time that great quantities of solar energy arrive on local land each year. The Vashon Island study of 2005 established that hundreds of times as much solar energy arrives as is needed to sustain the surrounding community. New technology is needed such as (i) solar collectors for generating heat and electricity and (ii) means of storing of excess energy for later use. Local investment is also needed based on the long-term fundamentals of solar. These fundamentals are local to the county and separate from large centralized government solar projects or the current price of natural gas.

The Key Speaker presentation by Mr. Davis on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 is intended for members of the public or for business, government, development, and energy professionals who are interested in specific opportunities in Jefferson County for increasing use of county solar energy resources.

Power Trip Energy, Sunshine Propane, Huber’s INN, and the Alaska Power & Telephone Company are Local Sponsors of the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program. 

See previous Key Speaker videos at: http://www.porttownsendmedia.com/energy/



Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

“Making a Local Transition to Non-Carbon Fuels”

Dr. John H. Holbrook, CEO

NHThree LLC., Richland WA

Tuesday, April 17th at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center

There is growing public awareness of the problems attached to the dominant carbon-based fuels of today – coal, fuel oil, gasoline and diesel. Tons of local carbon-dioxide emissions result from their use, extensive amounts of fresh water are consumed in their production, and they are beginning to cost way too much. There is also growing awareness that the large international industrial powers behind these dominant fuels continue to improperly influence public understanding and consideration of the different energy futures and energy choices we all face.

The Key Speaker at April’s Energy Lunch, John Holbrook, is a director of NHThree LLC, a Washington state start-up that has developed a patented process for efficient manufacture of anhydrous ammonia (NH3) from simply air, water, and electricity.  This ammonia can then be used in numerous high-value applications, including fertilizer, refrigeration, fuel and energy storage.   Dr. Holbrook is also one of the founders and the Executive Director of the NH3 Fuel Association (See: http://www.nh3fuelassociation.org).   Dr. Holbrook will present a view of an energy future for people and organizations in Jefferson County that is not available from mainstream media sources.

Cleaner, more available propane and natural gas are immediate alternatives for transitioning away from gasoline and diesel fuels. These immediate choices set up subsequent moves away from carbon fuels into emission-free hydrogen fuels.  Regular attendees of the Energy Lunch Program will remember both (i) Ted Hollinger’s Key Speaker presentation last June on how modifications to internal combustion engines permit moving from propane and natural gas to non-carbon hydrogen and ammonia fuels and (ii) Jack Robertson’s presentation in October 2010 on the creation of “Hydrogen Hubs” to produce hydrogen-based ammonia fuels from intermittent green energy sources such as wind and hydropower.

The transition to alternative fuels presented by Dr. Holbrook represents a fundamental energy choice for people and organizations in Jefferson County affecting transportation fuels, building energy, and electric power. The transition leads to locally produced energy away from imported energy, toward collection of natural local energy away from extracted foreign energy, and toward better local water supplies and air quality. The transition represents a direct local response to the energy challenges set down by Jim Hansen’s Key Speaker presentation in January 2011 on global Peak Oil.

The Key Speaker presentation by John Holbrook in April 2012 is intended for members of the public or for business, government, transportation, and energy professionals who are interested in specific opportunities in Jefferson County for moving away from dependence on carbon-based gasoline and diesel fuels to cleaner burning carbon fuels and to locally-produced non-carbon fuels.

Power Trip Energy, Sunshine Propane, Huber’s INN, and the Alaska Power & Telephone Company are Local Sponsors of the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program. 

See previous Key Speaker videos at: http://www.porttownsendmedia.com/energy/



Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

“How Washington State Influences Jefferson County Energy Projects”

Tim Stearns, State Energy Office, Washington Department of Commerce

Seattle WA

Tuesday, March 20th at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center

While Jefferson County residents, businesses and other groups are actively pursuing a wide variety of new energy projects within the county - from public operation of the electric grid, to implementing public plans for climate action and energy efficiency, to increasing the already large base of private solar energy installations – other businesses and groups are actively pursuing interrelated energy and environmental policies and regulation at the state level through the executive agencies and legislature of Washington State.

Tim Stearns, a Senior Energy Policy Specialist with the Washington State Energy Office and the Key Speaker at the Energy Lunch in March, is at the center of many state level policies and programs on energy issues – in the Department of Commerce, within the Environment Committee of the State Legislature, at the Energy Program of Washington State University Extension, and elsewhere.

Mr. Stearns will highlight the 2012 Washington State Energy Strategy document released by the State Energy Office last December and will also discuss the “Energy Independence Act,” state law that became part of the Revised Code of Washington as Chapter 19.285 RCW following the passage of Public Initiative 937 in 2006. 

The Key Speaker presentation in March 2012 is intended for members of the public or for business, government, and energy professionals in Jefferson County who are interested in keeping up to date with state level energy and environmental policies and programs. Come hear March’s Key Speaker and learn more about current Washington State energy and environmental influences on energy projects in the county

Power Trip Energy, Sunshine Propane, Huber’s INN, and the Alaska Power & Telephone Company are Local Sponsors of the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program for 2012. 

Previous Key Speaker videos can be seen at: http://www.porttownsendmedia.com/energy/



Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

“A New 21st Century Mosquito Fleet for Puget Sound Ports”

Pete DeBoer, Commissioner

Port of Kingston, Kingston WA

Tuesday, February 21st at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center

There was a time that most passenger traffic and freight shipments to and from the Olympic Peninsula were handled by a large “mosquito fleet” of ferries and barges operating between dozens of active ports on Puget Sound.  Roadways, cars, and truck transport changed that to the point where most people and goods now come and go over land routes. However, this system of Puget Sound transportation may be about to move back in the direction of a new 21st century mosquito fleet because of the efficiency of bulk water transport, because of local limits on road construction and maintenance, and because of car/truck congestion at key Puget Sound ports like Seattle, Bainbridge, Tacoma and Bellingham.

The Key Speaker at February’s Energy Lunch is Pete DeBoer, one of three present commissioners for the Port of Kingston in Kitsap County. The Port of Kingston is in its first full year of Soundrunner ferry service from Kingston to Seattle and back twice daily for commuters and couriers and is experimenting with special mid-day service and private charter sailings. Soundrunner is presently operating two boats under a detailed 2010 business plan for gradual service expansion through 2014 and there have been - and continue to be - many uncertainties. However, justification for the Puget Sound service remains solid because of the direct connection seen between this marine transportation service and a variety of economic development opportunities envisioned for the area in Kitsap County served by the Port of Kingston.

As an experienced sailor with more than twenty years of global experience in the United States Coast Guard - both shipboard operations and shore commands, Commissioner DeBoer is a key person in a nearby Kitsap County effort to create a new 21st century mosquito fleet for Puget Sound ports. He has been a local business owner, has been involved in many of the various committees that serve the greater Kingston area, and sees his goal as being to keep the Port of Kingston as a vibrant asset for the surrounding community.

The Key Speaker presentation in February 2012 is intended for members of the public or for business, government, transportation, and energy professionals who are interested in identifying, planning and/or implementing opportunities attached to increased use of local water-based transportation of both passengers and freight on Puget Sound.

Come hear February’s Key Speaker and learn more about a currently operating element of a new 21st century mosquito fleet on Puget Sound.

Power Trip Energy, Sunshine Propane, Huber’s INN, and the Alaska Power & Telephone Company are Local Sponsors of the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program for 2012. 

See previous Key Speaker videos at: http://www.porttownsendmedia.com/energy/



Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

“Real Time Monitoring of Electric Energy Supply and Use”

Eric Rehm, Participant, Island Energy Dashboard Project

Bainbridge Alliance for Clean Power • City of Bainbridge Island, Washington

Tuesday, January 17th at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center

There is growing public awareness in Jefferson County that energy plays a key role in local economic activity. The Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program exists to help build such local energy awareness so it is fitting that the Key Speaker for the first Energy Luncheon of 2012 is at the center of an internet project that displays the variation in local electrical energy supplies and levels of use continuously throughout each day, that is, in real time.

According to Grist, an environmental publication in Seattle, in 2009 residents of Bainbridge responded to Puget Sound Energy’s proposed construction of a new electric substation on the island with “‘Can we just use less?’” and “’Can we see the [electric grid] load data? Can we have that data in real time?'"

The idea was that by publicly monitoring the real time electric load for each of the three existing substations (Murden Cove, Winslow, and Port Madison), community action to reduce electric use at peak times would eliminate the need for the additional (fourth) substation.

With substation capacity and real time load data from PSE, an “Island Energy Dashboard” is now available on the Positive Energy web site of the Bainbridge Alliance for Clean Power.

See: http://www.positiveenergybi.org/dashboard/

Eric Rehm, an active participant in this nearby Island Energy Dashboard project, will be the Key Speaker at the January Energy Lunch at the Port Townsend Community Center. He will describe the development of the Energy Dashboard web site, its public access in recent months, the placement of dashboards in local businesses and ferries, and specific community actions taken with real time awareness of electric load to encourage reduction of electricity consumption and to shift consumption from times of peak loading to non-peak hours.

Real time access to local energy capacity and use is developing rapidly. Our Key Speaker in November, Randy Cornelius of OPALCO, spoke about real time measurement of power use by co-op members; Reno, Nevada posts real time wind speed (and energy) data from dozens of nearby anemometers; the City of Ames, Iowa provides “Power Watch” data in real time; and the Nucleus energy manager product offered by the General Electric Company is a small home computer peripheral (about the size of a phone charger) that provides what is called an “odometer or dashboard” for real time monitoring of building energy use.

Come hear Eric Rehm in January and learn more about the practical community effects of real time information about local energy use.

Power Trip Energy, Sunshine Propane and Huber’s INN are Local Sponsors of the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program. 

See Key Speaker videos at: http://www.porttownsendmedia.com/energy/

Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program for 2012

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The 21st century will be a time of transition from a global energy supply to a county energy supply

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