Monday, 26 January 2015

This Wednesday, we're at the Guv'nor Pub

Well, it appears that Bitters is hosting a private event, and it's not us.  So we'll meet at the Guv'nor Pub at 389 Elizabeth Avenue instead.  It's still at 7 pm.  If you can, please RSVP on our facebook event.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Happy New Year First Green Drinks of 2015!! Wednesday January 28th @ 7:00pm ALL ARE WELCOME

Snow Dumping Not Going To Be A Good Thing

Harbour snow dumping 2:10

Crews in St. John's have been busy clearing snow from roads across the city, but a biologist warns dumping all the cleared snow into the harbour poses a danger to the marine environment.
The city has always dumped its cleared snow in the harbour, but increased traffic and security measures — along with concerns about the environmental impact — has the city looking for other solutions about where to put the snow.
Biologist Ian Jones said when snow gets cleared from the roads, there's plenty of litter going along with it.
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Biologist Ian Jones says garbage being dumped along with the city's snow is a danger to the marine life in the harbour. (CBC)
"Just walking along, you see enormous quantities of plastic material in the street, [and] in the snow banks," he said.
"When it gets into the ocean…it's about the same density as sea water, so it's floating around down there either in the water column, or on the surface. [Marine animals] just swim along, and if they see anything that looks like food, they eat it."
Jones conducted autopsies on 243 dead birds collected near Holyrood this time last year, and discovered plastic build-up in their bodies.
"It's an example of marine animals picking up plastic debris. It's not digestible, blocks their gut and they die," he said.
According to Jones, the snow should be dumped at the Robin Hood Bay facility along with the city's garbage to avoid these scenarios.
St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe said the city is looking into other options to save money amid concerns about the environmental impact.
"We have to recognize the reality of how long we will be able to dump snow in the harbour from an environmental standpoint," he said.
O'Keefe said St. John's will continue to dump the snow into the harbour until the city comes up with a better solution to the problem of where to put all the snow.....

Land For Sale?

Net Metering

We will not give up until we are heard!

http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/nr/1211n06.aspx

All the juicy updates from The Department of Natural Resources Website showing what and where they are with respect to our Net Metering Wishes !

Net Metering

Net metering allows utility customers to generate power from small scale renewable sources for their own use and supply surplus power to the utility if available. To inform the development of a provincial net metering policy in collaboration with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power, Navigant Consulting Limited was retained to research relevant standard industry practices and provide guidance on developing a proposed net metering policy which will allow small-scale renewable energy sources to be fed into the province’s electricity grid. To view Navigant’s final report, please click “Net Metering Standard Industry Practices Study." PDF

Reports can be found on the website as they have been researching the potential cost and benefit of approving Net Metering in our province.
http://www.nr.gov.nl.ca/nr/energy/electricity/index.html


Supporting the Diversification of Renewable Energy Sources
Net Metering Report Available on the Provincial Government’s Website
The Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced that Navigant Consulting Limited’s final report on net metering has now been released. The report is available on the Provincial Government’s website.
“The Provincial Government, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power have reviewed the report to inform the development of a net metering policy for Newfoundland and Labrador. It is important that any net metering policy put in place involve input from the provincial energy regulator and industry stakeholders, and provides value while protecting ratepayers. Officials with my department will now meet with the Public Utilities Board and industry stakeholders including Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association over the coming weeks to discuss the outcomes in the report and the framework of a net metering policy.”
- The Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources
The Provincial Government selected Navigant Consulting Limited to research relevant standard industry practices and provide guidance on developing a net metering policy which will offer customers with an option to displace their electricity requirements with their own renewable energy sources.
QUICK FACTS
  • The Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced that Navigant Consulting Limited’s final report on net metering has now been released. The report is available athttp://www.nr.gov.nl.ca/nr/energy/electricity/index.html.
  • The Provincial Government selected Navigant Consulting Limited to research relevant standard industry practices and provide guidance on developing a net metering policy which will provide customers with an option to displace their electricity requirements with their own renewable energy sources.
  • Officials with the Department of Natural Resources will now meet with the Public Utilities Board and industry stakeholders including Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association over the coming weeks to discuss the outcomes in the report and next steps.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Happy holidays!

Seasons Greetings Green Drinkers! Wishing you a joyous and relaxing holiday season. A reminder that our next Green Drinks takes place the evening of January 28 at Bitters. Hope to see everyone there.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Happy Environmental November News Green Drinkers St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador


Hello,

Our next meeting will be held at Bitters 7:00pm on Wednesday November 26th, 2014.

I thought it would be AWESOME to finally post some awesome news just encase some have not heard.

http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/nr/0902n04.aspx

Biogas and Net Metering Initiatives Fulfill Energy Plan Commitments

Our province has FINALLY decided to jump on board with using the Methane from our St. John's Landfill to power homes in the St. Johns area. The Methane has been collected previously but was being burned off. NOW the province has agreed to use the power instead of wasting it... GOOD START!! 

We all know that it is crucial to take GIANT leaps instead of baby steps...... but progress is always a good thing when in the right direction !


“This work is the next logical step in developing a net metering policy that reflects best practices and lessons learned from other jurisdictions. We have been working with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power on a framework for the net metering policy and have also met with staff of the Public Utilities Board to discuss implementation issues. Any policy put in place will provide value for ratepayers, and will be designed to meet the needs of the majority of homeowners in Newfoundland and Labrador.” 
- Minister Dalley

http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/nr/0902n04.aspx

r of the St. Johns Robin Hood Bay Landfill anytime Tuesday to Saturday. Book yourself or a group/school/organization and learn something new!
You can get a free tou