Temple Energy & Environment Committee


Battery Storage Steps Up to Support Renewables

From the Clean Economy Newsletter, May 7, 2020 

 Southern California Edison plans to build "an eye-popping 770 megawatts of battery storage" by 2021 via 7 lithium-ion battery storage projects in CA.

"The 300-megawatt Moss Landing project in central CA will be the largest battery storage project in the world when it opens near the end of this year, according to developers. It's being led by a different utility, Pacific Gas and Electric." And the Manatee Energy Storage Center in Florida, "scheduled to go online in late 2021, will be 409 megawatts".

"This is an important part of fighting climate change because the combination of renewable energy and battery storage can function much like a traditional power plant, capable of being dispatched when needed by grid operators during times of high demand".



100% Renewable Energy by 2030

Temple's citizens voted at our 2018 Town Meeting to adopt a Warrant Article requesting the creation of a Renewable Energy Task Force to recommend options for powering all of our municipal energy usage with 100% renewable energy by 2030.  

A volunteer task force, charged with manifesting that mission, is meeting monthly to study various cost-effective and viable paths to implementing that goal.

We are also evaluating a variety of options for establishing a Community Power Plan (CPP)

to provide more local control and cost savings for Temple's entire community. 

The CPP opportunity has arisen from the passage of NH state legislation RSA-E and Senate Bill 286, signed b5y the governor and effective as of October, 2019.



         To Sustain Civilization as We've Known it for the Last 10,000 Years,

                             the safe LIMIT for C02 in the atmosphere is  

                                                       350 parts per million.


      But that LIMIT has been severely breached. The carbon level has soared                               up to the dangerously UNSAFE measurement of

                                                           415 ppm . . .

                  "A level unseen for 3 million years!  Not since the Pliocene Epoch"                                             

  Recorded at Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography                                                                 


                                        https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/13/we-dont-know-planet-co2-levels-hit-415-ppm-first-time-3-million-years?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuuqkvKqQ5A 




                            "The Planet is Relentlessly Heating

                            with 19 of the last 20 years the warmest on record."

                                            NOAA has predicted . . . 

  "2020 is on track to be the hottest year on record", without even an El Nino event.


                  On June 20, 2020 the small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk recorded the

                  hottest temperture EVER recorded ABOVE the ARCTIC CIRCLE . . .                                                                   100.4° Fahrenheit!

  in spite of that town's highest winter temperatures typically being

MINUS 44 degrees Fahrenheit





       "One of the Highest Temperatures Ever Recorded On the Planet"-

130 degrees Fahrenheit,

occurred on 8/16/20 in Death Valley, CA

On the same day, the temperature was 120 degrees in Los Angeles .

     And it was "CA's record heat that exacerbated the region's most severe 

      drought in the last 1,200 years", according to a study by Stanford Univ.,

            fueling the unprecedented, horific wildfire season in the US West...burning                         over a staggering 5 million acres by 9/27/20.                

     CA Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection



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 In 2019, "Greenland’s Ice Sheet Melted at the Fastest Rate 

Ever Recorded” 


             Now, “the flammable peat forests along Greenland’s shorelines are                         burning, releasing long-ago-sequestered carbon into the atmosphere”.    

          And newly discovered “warm water flowing UNDER Greenland’s ice sheet

     is causing it to melt faster.” 

     “Currently, it’s the single largest driver of sea level rise globally.”  

"And it is a climate tipping point - it can no longer be stopped .


      "Observations from 11 satellite missions monitoring the Greenland and 

              Antarctic ice sheets have revealed that the regions are losing ice

  six times faster than they were in the 1990s."

              And the discovery of warm water flowing below the Antarctic glaciers,                    as in Greenland. lead to the 5th IPPC's Assessment Report prediction 

that global sea levels would rise by 28 inches by 2100 - 

its worst case scenario.




The Regulation of Global Temperatures Nears a Crisis In the Ocean


The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), is "a conveyor belt

    of ocean water that loops the planet, regulates global temperatures and could 

 be heading for a tipping point.” 

"Changes in the conveyor belt have been responsible for some of the 

strongest and most rapid climate shifts during the past

 2.6 million years!” 

And now,“Greenland’s melting of glacial ice IS DISRUPTING that current!” 


  Glacial fresh-water melt is not as heavy as the frigid salt water that has plunged deeply into  

   the ocean depths for eons, pumping the conveyor belt of icy salt water down and pushing up 

         the southern warm water from the Gulf Stream, moderating northern hemisphere temperatures.







              The Oceans' Rate of CO2 Absorption Threatens Mass Extinctions

         "When the rate at which CO2 enters the ocean pushes passed a critical 

           threshold it can trigger a reflex of severe ocean acidification that lasts

                                                     for 10,000 years".


          "Today's oceans are absorbing CO2 at a rate faster than the worst case

                                                    in the geologic record".                                                               .

              Ocean acidification is detrimental, as well as lethal, to many species, 

          threatening marine eco-systems and significant food sources world-wide.

MIT Study, July, 2019




AIRS instrument on NASA’s Aqua spacecraft shows

 high carbon dioxide concentrations in the Northern Hemisphere