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NY Pushing Renewables Siting to Fight Climate Change (Ind. Report)
New York Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-02-24
In Albany, the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) reports the Governor is advancing a 30-day budget amendment to dramatically speed up the permitting and construction of renewable energy projects as part of its effort to combat climate change. If adopted, the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act will create a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting to improve and streamline the process for environmentally responsible and cost-effective siting of large-scale renewable energy projects statewide.

The new structure created by the Act centralizes renewable energy siting and permitting activities within the Department of Economic Development. The structure also creates, separately, a new program through which the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will collaborate with the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Public Service to develop build-ready sites for renewable energy projects. Under its Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the Empire State has mandated 70 pct of its electricity come from renewable sources. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, PR, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Press Office, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, Press.Office@exec.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Andrew Cuomo,  


NY Easing Renewables Permitting, Siting Process (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-02-24
In Albany, the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) reports the Governor is advancing a 30-day budget amendment to dramatically speed up the permitting and construction of renewable energy projects as part of its effort to combat climate change. If adopted, the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act will create a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting to improve and streamline the process for environmentally responsible and cost-effective siting of large-scale renewable energy projects statewide.

The new structure created by the Act centralizes renewable energy siting and permitting activities within the Department of Economic Development. The structure also creates, separately, a new program through which the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will collaborate with the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Public Service to develop build-ready sites for renewable energy projects. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Press Office, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, Press.Office@exec.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Siting,  Cuomo,  


Cuomo Announces $1.5Bn in Energy Efficiency Funding (Ind. Report)
BuildSmartNY ,New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Date: 2019-12-20
In Albany, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees reports approval of $1.5 billion over seven years in additional program funding for energy efficiency as part of the Governor's BuildSmartNY program.

The funding will support a wide variety of energy technology and renewable energy services, including energy audits, project engineering, design, installation and construction management. This strategic support will ensure that NYPA continues to meets its goal of substantially reducing energy usage by investing $300 million annually on energy efficiency and renewable measures at public facilities.

BuildSmartNY energy efficiency projects include high efficiency lighting retrofits, occupancy and day-lighting and lighting sensors, building and energy management systems, boilers, chillers, air-handling systems, thermal storage, micro-grids, solar photovoltaic systems, digester gas systems, and emerging energy technologies.

Over the last 20 years, the NYPA has approved nearly $4 billion in spending on energy efficiency and energy saving projects statewide. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, RE Mag., 19 Dec., 2019)Contact: NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, CEO , Pres., www.nypa.gov; BuildSmartNY, www.buildsmart.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News BuildSmartNY,  NYPA,  Cuomo,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  Energy Efficiency,  


Biodiesel Fueling Specialist Wins $1Mn 76West Prize (Ind Report)
Optimus Technologies,NYSERDA
Date: 2019-09-27
The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reports Pittsburgh--based truck biodiesel fueling systems manufacturer Optimus Technologies is the $1,000,000 first prize winner in the 76West Clean Energy Competition. The 76West competition supports growing clean energy businesses to foster economic development, according to the release.

A total of $2.5 million was competitively awarded to six companies. A $500,000 winner and four $250,000 winners were also named as part of the competition, which is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Other winners included: Radical Plastics of Marblehead, Massachusetts; Buffalo NY-based CleanFiber; Cambridge Crops of Somerville, Massachusetts; Carbon Upcycling Technologies of Calgary, Alberta; and ProsumerGrid of Atlanta, Georgia. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Business Journal News Network, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: 76West, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All Programs/Programs/76west; Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, Ian Winner, (412) 727-8228x6, ian.winner@optimustec.com, www.optimustec.com; Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), www.governor.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form; NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Optimus Technologies,  Biodiesel,  


Gov. Cuomo's "Green New Deal of New York" Adopted (Reg & Leg)
Green New Deal,New York State
Date: 2019-08-16
New York State has adopted Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Green New Deal of New York" -- the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) -- an aggressive carbon-emissions-reduction plan for the Empire State to derive 100 pct of its electricity from zero-carbon emissions sources by 2040.

The CLCPA also commits New York to net-zero carbon emissions, economy-wide, by 2050, with an interim target of slashing emissions 40 pct below the state's 1990 emission levels by 2030. The Act also requires the state and industry to reduce their emissions by 85 pct , with the remaining 15 percent of the net-zero goal coming from carbon offsets.

For oversight and administration, the act will create a 22 member commission a various advisory panels to deal with buildings and construction, industry, land use and zoning, local governments, transportation, and more. These advisory panels are required to consult with a climate justice working group composed of representatives from low-income communities and environmental justice groups. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Heartland Institute, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), www.governor.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Green New Deal,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


Equinor Considering Brooklyn Marine Terminal Lease (Ind. Report)
Equinor
Date: 2019-07-24
Crain's New York Business is reporting Norwegian energy giant Equinor is considering a lease of the vacant 65-acre South Brooklyn Marine Terminal for the logistics and fabrication of offshore wind turbines for its 816-MW Empire Wind offshore wind farm off the coast of Long Island.

Equinor's Empire Wind offshore wind project would supply electric power to New York City as is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recently announced 1,700-MW renewable energy commitment. (Source: Equinor, Connect New York, 23 July, 2019) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  


New York's "Green New Deal" Awaits Cuomo's Signature (Reg & Leg)
Clean New Deal,Cuomo
Date: 2019-07-10
In Albany, the New York State legislature is reporting the passage of SB 6599/AB 8429, the Climate Leadership And Community Protection Act (CCPA) requiring the Empire State to source 100 pct carbon-free electricity by the year 2040 and reach net-zero carbon emissions across the state's entire economy by 2050.

Under the CCPA, electric utilities will be forced to purchase around 9,000-megawatts of clean energy by 2035. The capital development and construction work related to converting the existing capacity to wind, solar and other clean and renewable sources will fall under the regulatory purview of the act which will make it illegal for hydroelectric power to receive subsidies because wind and energy will not be able to compete if long-term savings and reliability are taken into account..

"The [bill] will virtually eliminate New York's greenhouse gasses, foster renewable energy production, create green jobs, invest in lower-income communities, and protect our planet," according to the bill's sponsor and chair of the NY Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D). Both chambers of the state Legislature passed CCPA and it now awaits the expected signature of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Source: Various Media, Post Journal, 7 July, 2019) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Clean New Deal,  Renewable Energy,  Cuomo,  


Albany Adds $55Mn to Long Island Energy Storage Push (Funding)
NYSERDA,PSEG-LI
Date: 2019-07-08
In the Empire State, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo having previously committing $400 million for energy-storage technologies, the Governor has added $55 million over the next five years in support of cutting-edge energy-storage efforts specifically on Long Island.

The funding -- essentially, a collaboration between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and PSEG-LI -- is intended to promote the deployment of "solar-plus-storage" technologies while also supporting the governor's comprehensive energy plan which includes statewide storage of 3,000 MW -- enough to power 40 pct of statewide residences -- by 2030.

The first $15 million tranche is now available to residential and commercial customers who install standalone energy-storage systems or systems paired with solar power technologies.

For commercial customers, the funds will support new grid-connected energy-storage systems holding up to 5 MW. Eligible energy-storage systems include chemical, thermal or mechanical systems, to be compensated under a PSEG-LI tariff or load-relief program, according to the release. (Source: NYSERDA, 8 July, 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo; PSEG-LI, www.psegliny.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG-LI,  Energy Storage,  NYSERDA,  Cuomo,  


Aggreko Delivers Energy Storage for National Grid US (Ind. Report)
Aggreko,National Grid US
Date: 2019-06-05
Glasagow, Scotland-based Aggreko reports the installation of a 2MW/3.8MWh battery storage system for National Grid US in Pulaski, New York. The system, which is the first of its kind in National Grid's U.S. service area, will provide supplementary electricity load relief at peak demand times, lower customer energy costs and enhance grid stability in the upstate New York area.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pledged to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. (Source: Aggreko, National Grid US, Smart Energy, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Aggreko, www.aggreko.com; National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com

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NYSERDA Open for Clinton Community Solar Subscribers (Ind, Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2019-04-29
In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports its Solar for Al program is seeking community solar subscribers in Clinton County. The Solar for All program offers eligible homeowners and renters the opportunity to access and subscribe to a community solar project in their area without any upfront costs or participation fees.

Under the program, energy is delivered through the participant's regular electric provider, while the power produced from the community solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid. As a result, the grid is supplied with clean renewable energy while subscribers get credit on their electric bills, according to a NYSERDA release.

Solar for All is administered by NYSERDA under NY-Sun, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $1 billion initiative to advance the scale up of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable self sufficient solar industry. Since 2011, solar in New York state has increased more than 1,500 pct and leveraged nearly $3.5 billion in private investments, the release added. (Source: NYSERDA, Press Republican, 27 April, 2019) Contact: NYSERDA Solar for All, www.nyserda.ny.gov/solarforall; Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


NY State Offers Farmers $2.3 Mn to Address Cimate Change (Funding)
Climate Change Mitigation
Date: 2019-03-13
In Albany, the Empire State dovernor Andrew Cuomo (D) has announced the availability of $2.3 million in funding to help New York farmers deal with climate change impacts to their businesses.

Eligible projects may focus on reducing carbon footprints, saving energy, improving soil health, increasing irrigation capacity and emphasizing water management to mitigate the effects of drought, as well as heavy rainfall and flooding, on crops and livestock, according to a news release from Cuomo's office.

The funding is available through the New York Climate Resilient Farming grant program, via the state's Environmental Protection Fund. Cuomo's office is calling for an additional $5 million for Climate Resilient Farming program projects. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Times Herald, 12 Mar., 2019)Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,   Climate Change Mitigation,  Andrew Cuomo,  Climate Change,  


Gov. Raises New York Offshore Wind, Solar Targets (Ind. Report)
NY Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-01-18
In his just released 2019 Justice Agenda, Empire State governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is proposing a 9-GW offshore wind goal by 2035, a 6-GW distributed solar target by 2025, and 3 GW of energy storage capacity by 2030. The new goals are part of the governor's plan for New York State to achieve carbon neutrality.

Cuomo's plan also calls for New York's Clean Energy Standard mandate to be increased from its present 50 pct to 70 pct renewable electricity by 2030. To that end, the state plans to invest approximately $200 million to facilitate the development of an offshore wind transmission grid. Governor Cuomo will also direct the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Department of Public Service to expand their Solar For All programme. Cuomo is also calling for roughly $1.5 billion in competitive awards that will support 20 large-scale solar, wind and energy storage projects totaling 1.65 GW in upstate New York. These projects could enter construction as early as August, while the overall capacity is planned to be operational by 2022. (Source: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Renewable, Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Renewable Energy,  Andrew Cuomo,  


NY Investing $40Mn in Solar Energy Storage Tech (Ind. Report)
Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Date: 2018-10-12
In Albany, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reports the Empire State will invest $40 million to support solar power storage projects statewide.

New York State has set a goal to generate half of its power from renewable energy sources by 2030. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, AP, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

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SUNY Offers Sustainable Bldg. Courses, Certificates (Ind. Report)
State University of New York College at Oneonta
Date: 2018-09-26
In the Empire State, the State University of New York College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta) reports it will offer a program to train students in sustainable and environmentally-friendly building design and construction.

Oneonta is partnering with SUNY Polytechnic Institute and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to establish goals and best practices for the program, which is supported by a two-year grant of $900,000, part of nearly $6 million awarded to SUNY campuses by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to train more workers in the state's clean-energy sector.

The initiative will also develop an in-house capacity of LEED associated professionals to certify new and existing campus buildings across the State University system. After the three-year pilot program, a SUNY Green Building Technology Learning Center will be developed to expand training SUNY-wide.

The specialized courses will lead to a new Sustainable Building Design certificate offered through the Geography and Environmental Sustainability department.

As previously reported, SUNY College at Brockport, New York, offers a similar program. (Source: State University of New York College at Oneonta , Daily Star, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: State University of New York College at Oneonta, (607) 436-3500, https://suny.oneonta.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


NY Municipalities Earn Clean Energy Designation (Ind. Report)
NY State,Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Date: 2018-09-19
In the Empire State, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has announced that more than 200 communities statewide have earned the Clean Energy Community designation and, as such, are eligible to seek grant funds for energy efficiency projects.

To qualify for funding, a community must complete at least four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions to earn the designation, which recognizes community leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy. Local governments holding the designation can seek up to $250,000 to finance additional clean projects, or up to $100,000 if the community has fewer than 40,000 residents.

The high-impact actions municipalities can complete include:

  • Benchmarking energy use at municipal and large privately-owned buildings;

  • Performing energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to municipal buildings;

  • Replacing street lights with energy-efficient LED lighting;

  • Streamlining local approval processes for solar projects through the adoption of the state Unified Solar Permit;

  • Undertaking a community-based Solarize campaign to reduce solar project costs through joint purchasing;

  • Providing energy code enforcement training to code officers;

  • Earning Climate Smart Communities Certification by reducing the community's impact on the environment;

  • Passing a local law to allow aggregation of residents to gain greater choice and control over energy use as a group, called Community Choice Aggregation;

  • Installing electric vehicle charging stations and using alternative fuel vehicles for municipal business; and:

  • Establishing an Energize NY Finance Program that enables long-term, affordable Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at commercial buildings and not-for-profits.

    To date, approximately 450 New York state local governments representing more than 86 pct of the state's population in 60 counties and all 10 Economic Development Council regions, have completed more than 1,250 high-impact actions. The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects. The state's clean energy goal aims to supply 50 pct of its electricity from renewable energy resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The Recorder, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: NY Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Clean Energy Community,  Energy Efficiency,  Gov. Andrew Cuomo ,  


  • NY to Scupper Last Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2020 (Ind. Report)
    Andrew Cuomo,
    Date: 2018-05-23
    In Albany, an announcement from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (Dem) has tagged coal as "a relec of the past" and proposed strict new carbon dioxide standards that spell the doom of the Empire State' two remaining coal-fired power plants.

    The initiative part of Governor Cuomo's target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 40 pct by 2030. The state also aims to source 50 pct of its power from renewable energy by 2030. It also follows through on a pledge he made in 2016 to restrict coal use across the state.

    The new rulings limit all coal plants to producing no more than 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour of electricity generated. The regulations remain open to consultation for the next two months and three public hearings on the matter. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Various Media, 23 May, 2018) Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Coal,  Climate Change,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Empire State Launches 2nd Utility-Scale Renewables RfP (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-04-30
    In Albany, the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) last Thursday issued another request for proposals (RfP) for large-scale renewable energy projects in support of its goal of sourcing 50 pct of its electricity from renewables by 2030.

    The solicitation, which is expected to attract as much as $1.5 billion in private investment, is for up to 20 projects that will add capacity capable of producing 1.5 million MWh per year of renewable electricity. The proposals could be paired with energy storage facilities, in line with a goal for the state to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025.

    New York State's first large-scale renewables solicitation chose 26 proposals totaling 1,383.09 MW and pledged to provide a $1.4 billion investment package to back the schemes. Twenty-two of the proposals are for utility-scale solar parks, with the rest being wind and hydro projects. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, April, 2018)Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  NYSERDA,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  


    NY Funding to Help Farms Reduce Climate Change Impact (Funding)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-04-30
    On Friday in Albany, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reported that the Empire State will spend $2.2 million on a program to help farms curb carbon emissions and prepare for climate change.

    The program, now in its fourth year, is intended to support energy efficiency, water management and to help farms prepare for droughts or severe weather resulting from climate change.

    Some of the fund recipient farms will use the funding for cover crops to prevent erosion and to absorb carbon or to capture methane from manure. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, AP, Others, April, 2018) Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Gov. Andrew Cuomo,  


    Empire State Announces Large-Scale Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-03-16
    New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is reporting approval of 26 large-scale renewable energy projects totaling $1.4 billion -- reportedly the single-largest commitment to renewable energy by any US state.

    The 26 statewide projects are the awarded winners of the Governor's Clean Energy Standard mandate and include 22 solar farms, a hydroelectric project, three wind farms worth 339.78 MW, 272 MW, and 121.8 MW respectively, the latter of which will include 6.2 MW of energy storage capacity. Together, the projects are projected to generate sufficient electric power for more than 430,000 homes. (Source: Office of NY Governor, CleanTechnica, Others, 13 Mar., 2018)Contact: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Renewable Energy,  NY Renewable Energy,  


    PSC Expands New York's Energy Storage Resources (Ind. Report)
    New York Public Service Commission
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Furthher to our December 8, 2017 report, the New York PSC last week approved two measures aimed at growing energy storage resources in the Empire State and helping to meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 1,500 MW energy storage target by 2025.

    Regulators approved a plan for Consolidated Edison Co. to significantly expand the use of battery storage systems in its service territory by simplifying the process for private owners. The PSC also allowed larger storage projects to participate in the state's clean-energy program. The decision raises the maximum rated capacity for projects from 2 MW to 5 MW. The new rules crafted a more straightforward process to allow private energy storage systems to export electricity to ConEd's distribution system. (Source: New York Public Service Commission, Various Media, Utility Dive, 26 Feb., 2018)Contact: New York Public Service Commission, www.dps.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Public Service Commission,  Energy Storage,  


    NY State Offshore Wind Master Plan -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-02-05
    In the Empire State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is touting the comprehensive New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, guide the responsible and cost-effective development of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, enough to power up to 1.2 million homes with clean energy.

    To spur the development of renewable resources, Governor Cuomo announced the state will issue solicitations in 2018 and in 2019 for a combined total of at least 800 MW of offshore wind power, a critical component of the Governor's mandate to generate 50 pct of the state's electricity requirements from renewables by 2030.

    Download the full report HERE. Source: NYSERDA, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Andrew Cuomo,  


    SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development, Commercialization Center Prototype Awarded $6.6Mn (Funding)
    SUNY Alfred
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Following on our June 19, 2017 coverage, Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a further $6.6 million in grant funding for the proposed SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The $14.2 million project previously received about $6.1 million in the form of four grants, from Empire State Development, the state Dormitory Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission and the federal Economic Development Administration.

    The grant funding will enable construction to begin on the biorefinery prototype, which could be operational within 24 months. The prototype will utilize a patented hot water extraction process to separate chemical byproducts from regionally sourced low-grade wood, biomass crops and agricultural residuals. In addition to acting as a training center, the BDCC will focus on forest conservation, industrial development and environmental preservation.

    Almost one-quarter of the facility's end product contains marketable sugars and chemicals that can be used as animal feed or turned into ethanol, methanol or acetic acid. The remaining thee-quarters is chipped wood with a superior cellulose quality that can be turned into high-end pellets for home heating, composite lumber, or other products such as biodegradable plastic, cellulosic nano materials, platform bio-chemicals, food additives, advanced technology biomaterials, biofuels and acetic acid. (Source: SUNY Alfred, Oleans Time Herald, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alfred State Univ., SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center , (800)425-3733, www.alfredstate.edu; Appalachian Regional Commission, (202) 884-7700, www.arc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Alfred State College,  SUNY,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  Bioproducts,  


    Empire State Unveils $200Mn Energy Storage Plan (Ind. Report)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-01-05
    Following up on our Dec. 8, 2017 coverage, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2018 State of the State address has re-committed the Empire State to invest $200 million from the New York Green Bank in energy-storage research and to deploy 1.5 GW of energy storage by 2025.

    Cuomo claims the commitment to energy storage is the largest per-capita of any state. The investment follows passage of legislation in Albany in December that established an energy storage mandate that will be met by 2030. (Source: Office of Gov, Cuomo, Various Media, PV Mag, 3 Jan., 2018)Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar,  Gov. Cuomo,  


    Gov. Cuomo Commits $12Mn to Increase Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2017-11-17
    In Albany, Empire State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced $12 million to enhance energy efficiency in industrial and multifamily buildings. The funding expands the 2016 Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) initiative to improve efficiency in commercial buildings, including office buildings, hotels, universities, hospitals and retail stores.

    The current expansion brings the total RTEM program to more than $40 million in investments supported by the state's Clean Energy Fund. The additional funding for the expanded RTEM initiative includes: $5.7 million in direct incentives for RTEM projects in the industrial sector; $830,000 for multifamily RTEM projects;$6 million for commercial RTEM projects that include cloud-based controls.

    NYSERDA offers a 30 pct project cost share program to support both the installation of RTEM systems as well as ongoing RTEM consulting services. NYSERDA estimates that RTEM projects save more than 5 pct on building energy costs, as well as reduce maintenance costs, improve building occupant comfort and increase operational reliability. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NYSERDA, LongIsland.com, 14 Nov., 2017) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, President and CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  NYSERDA,  Andrew Cuomo,  


    NY Seeks $1.6Bn for Renewable Energy Development (Ind. Report)
    New York State
    Date: 2017-06-09
    In Albany, Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state is seeking $1.5 billion dollars of private investment to increase the state's renewable energy production, create economic opportunities statewide, and increase clean energy infrastructure and jobs by 2020.

    The state's Clean Climate Careers initiative calls for the creation of 40,000 new jobs in the clean energy sector by 2020. The New York initiative is the largest renewable energy pledge of any state in U.S. history, according to the governor's release. (Source: Office of the Gov, WAER Syracuse Univ., 6 June, 2017) Contact: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; NY State Clean Energy Fund, www.nyserda.ny.gov/About/Clean-Energy-Fund

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Governor Cuomo,  Renewable Energy,  


    Cuomo Holds Fast on Paris Accord (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2017-06-05
    On June 1st in Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an immediate respose to Trump's announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, ordered that all government agencies and all public benefit corporations and authorities with government-appointed heads will remain consistent with the greenhouse gas emission-reducing policies in the 2015 State Energy Plan. The 2015 State Energy Plan calls for a 40 pct reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 to 2030, a commitment to source 50 pct of New York's electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, and a 23 pct increase in energy efficiency by 2030.

    Under Cuomo's executive order, every affected entity will also need to adopt a plan for activities and programs to help reduce New York State's greenhouse gas emissions by March 31, 2018. The agencies are also directed to implement measures including no- and low-cost operational improvements, retro-commissioning, capital energy efficiency retrofits, and onsite renewable and high-efficiency heat and power projects. The state DEC and NYSERDA have also been directed to develop an approach to emissions reduction measurement for the affected entities to adopt.

    According to Governor Cuomo, the White House's decision to abandon the Paris accord was "reckless”, with repercussions for the United States and the planet." "This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change. We (NeweYork) will not ignore the science and reality of climate change." (Source: WIVB.com, 1 June, 2017)Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

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    Empire State Moves to Cut Methane-Gas Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo
    Date: 2017-05-26
    In Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has introduced 25 actions meant to reduce methane-gas emissions by 2020. The Governor's initiate is part of the state's effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 40 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. Methane accounts for approximately 10 pct of New York's total greenhouse-gas emissions.

    The plan, which establishes a strict monitoring system, will limit methane emissions from new and existing oil and gas infrastructure, support energy production or capture and combustion of methane at landfills and farms, and provide incentives to address methane leaks in pipelines. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Engineering News-Record, JM Eagle, 24 May, 2017) Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


    NY State's Methane Emissions Oversight Stiffened (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-05-22
    In the Empire State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the state will increase its oversight of the greenhouse gas methane released by landfills, farms the oil and gas industry and other sources.

    Landfills account for more than half of the state's known methane emissions. Farms account for 22 pct of methane emissions, oil and gas facilities account for another 11 pct, while the industrial and transportation sectors account for the balance. Methane is about 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, but much shorter-lived in the atmosphere.

    Under the state methane plans, the state would help local landfills divert more organic waste away from disposal and improve gas collection systems that can harvest methane and burn it to generate electricity. Of the top 30 methane sources in New York, 27 are landfills, according to EPA figures. (Source: New York State, Office of the Gov, May 19, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  


    $15.5Mn Available for Empire State Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2017-04-28
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of $15.5 million in funding for energy storage projects supporting renewable energy technology and peak electric demand. The initiative is part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision program for the state.

    Funding will be awarded to projects that demonstrate how energy storage can provide multiple benefits and increase revenue while delivering a cleaner, more flexible energy system. Systems should use readily available technology and must be installable statewide. Concept papers will be accepted through March 1, 2020, or until all available funds are committed. (Source: NYSERDA, Long Island News, Power Engineering, 26 April, 2017) Contact: NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    Governors Reaffirm Commitment to Clean Power Plan Targets (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2017-03-31
    With the Trump administration's announcement that the U.S. will begin to dismantle Obama's Clean Power Plan, California Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo have issued issued the following statement reaffirming their ongoing commitment to exceed the targets of the Clean Power Plan and curb carbon pollution:

    "Dismantling the Clean Power Plan and other critical climate programs is profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science. With this move, the Administration will endanger public health, our environment and our economic prosperity.

    "Climate change is real and will not be wished away by rhetoric or denial. We stand together with a majority of the American people in supporting bold actions to protect our communities from the dire consequences of climate change.

    "Together, California and New York represent approximately 60 million people and 20 percent of the nation's GDP . With or without Washington, we will work with our partners throughout the world to aggressively fight climate change and protect our future."

    California and New York lead the nation in ground-breaking policies to combat climate change. Both states -- which account for roughly 10 pct of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in the United States -- have adopted advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to meet and exceed the requirements of the Clean Power Plan and have set some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America -- 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. California and New York will continue to work closely together and with other states to help fill the void left by the federal government. These efforts complement California and New York's ongoing efforts to broaden collaboration among sub-national leaders on climate change, including through the Under2 Coalition -- a pact among cities, states and countries around the world to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius in order to avoid potentially catastrophic consequences. California and New York are among the Under2 Coalition's 167 jurisdictions representing more than one billion people and $25.9 trillion in combined GDP -- more than one-third of the global economy. (Source: Office of Gov. Jerry Brown, PR, 28 Mar., 2017)Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov; N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  Jerry Brown,  Andrew Cuomo,  

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