Currently in Boston — December 1st, 2022

The weather, currently.

Blustery and cold for Thursday

As you read this it's likely there have been or is continuing to be showers and windy conditions. This will be the case up till as late as midnight over Cape Ann but for all of us clearing will be the trend by morning. The winds will continue to be very strong overnight and could produce a few scattered power outages. Tomorrow temperatures will only be in the lower 40s and with the wind it will feel in the 20s the entire day. This is also the first day of climatological winter, the coldest 3 months of the year. Seasonable and sunny weather without any wind is on tap for Friday before more showers arrive Saturday.

Dave Epstein

What you need to know, currently.

Solar-powered microgrids add climate resilience in rural Vermont communities
Green Mountain Power’s new “resiliency zone” initiative is using outage and other data to pinpoint places in need of local grid upgrades. Its first projects consist of microgrids that will power remote villages during outages.

Tropical Storm Irene caused widespread devastation when it roared into Vermont in the summer of 2011. And few communities fared worse than the remote mountain town of Rochester.

Tucked between the two main ranges of the Green Mountains, Rochester was cut off in every direction for days after flood waters destroyed access roads and other infrastructure. The town’s 1,000-or-so residents, stuck on what had essentially become an island, had no power, internet or phone service.

“People had to queue up in front of the grocery store and be escorted in with flashlights,” recalled Jeffrey Gephart, the town’s energy coordinator. “And somebody had to round up a pump and generator, cordon off the gas station and pump people their 5- or 10-gallon allotment.”

Such extremes promise to get worse in the face of climate change, especially for a town that, because of its valley location, is especially prone to “significant weather,” Gephart said. With that in mind, the local utility, Green Mountain Power, is building a microgrid that will power the central village during outages.

Read the full story by Lisa Prevost from Energy News Network here.

What you can do, currently.

We are ramping up efforts to finish building Project Mushroom asap — a safe platform to promote connection, mutual aid, and transformative action at a critical moment in history. ​​We need your help.

Several community members have committed to a matching fund of $8,815 that will be used to match dollar-for-dollar all Kickstarter pledges made using this link through December 2nd.