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Updated Bioheat® Mandates Demonstrate Value of Biodiesel (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2021-07-16
The National Biodiesel Board reports Governors from Connecticut and Rhode Island signed graduated approaches to tackling carbon emissions into law this week through mandates requiring increased use of biomass-based heating oil (Bioheat®) over the next decade. A similar bill in New York awaits Governor Cuomo's signature, highlighting the growing momentum Bioheat fuel is experiencing in the region.

Each of the mandates differ slightly. Yet, each result in elevated blend levels of Bioheat® fuel, including two of the mandates reaching B50 (50 pct biodiesel, 50 pct petroleum diesel): Connecticut's mandate requires B5 by 2022, B10 by 2025, B15 by 2030, B20 by 2034 and B50 by 2035. The Rhode Island mandate expands the B5 mandate to B10 by 2023, B20 by 2025 and B50 by 2030. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: NBB, Floyd Vergara, Gov. Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Bioheat,  Biodiesel,  


NY Offers $12.5m for Energy Storage, Green Hydrogen (Funding)
Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Date: 2021-07-12
In Albany, the Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reports the state will make $12.5 million in state funding available to long-duration energy storage technologies and pilot projects exploring the potential for green hydrogen production.

The financing will be awarded through a three-stage competition through June 2022, and is in line with the Empire State's pledge to cut its carbon footprint by 85 pct by 2050. (Source; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Press Office, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, Press.Office@exec.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov, twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo,  Energy STorage,  Green Hydrogen ,  


NY Offers Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2021-06-28
In the Empire State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) has announced more than $9 million is available to establish the Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program to support breakthrough innovations to contribute to building New York as a hub for carbon-to-value technology. The new program will provide technical expertise that bridges research and development with the commercialization of products, grow entrepreneurial training for scientists, expand the State's innovation ecosystem, and accelerate economy-wide deep decarbonization.

The Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program will be administered and funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which is seeking proposals for an organization to run the Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program.

Carbontech describes a family of technologies that can convert different forms of carbon into a diverse array of valued products and services in a climate-beneficial way. These technologies include but are not limited to: low-embodied carbon cement, sustainable building materials, LED lighting systems, energy efficient home appliances, longer-lasting batteries, and more efficient heating-and-cooling systems, and others.

Through its entrepreneurial support programs, the State has invested more than $28 million since 2009 through NYSERDA, supporting nearly 349 companies and generating more $780 million in private investments and $200 million in project finance capital have been created while supporting more than 440 new and improved clean and energy efficient products to market. (Source: NYSERDA, June, 2021) Contact: NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


$3.5 Mn Available to NY Climate Leadership Coordinators (Funding)
NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Date: 2021-05-24
In Albany, NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a new initiative designed to accelerate action on climate change by making $3.5 million available for contractors to provide technical assistance to municipalities working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. Selected contractors, called Climate Leadership Coordinators, will support climate action at the local level through outreach, education, planning, capacity-building, and assistance with project implementation.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking proposals for Climate Leadership Coordinators to serve as strategic planning agents to guide local governments in the development of successful local climate action programs. Using the State's Climate Smart Communities Certification program -- which recognizes municipalities for taking climate action by offering technical assistance, grants, and rebates for electric vehicles -- as a roadmap, the coordinators will provide technical support to communities to help reduce harmful emissions, build resilience to climate change, and thrive in the new green economy.

The Climate Leadership Coordinators funding is part of New York State's multi-faceted Climate Smart Communities program, which is jointly sponsored by seven state agencies: DEC, NYSERDA, New York Power Authority, Department of State, Department of Health, Department of Transportation, and Department of Public Service. (Source: State of New York, PR, 21 May, 2021) Contact: NY Climate Smart Communities, www.climatesmart.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  Solar,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


$4Mn Helps NY Farms Address Climate Change Impacts (Funding)
NY Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program
Date: 2021-02-19
In Albany, the New York State Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program has awarded $4 million in funding to help 80 farms throughout the Empire State focus on best management practices to reduce greenhouse emissions, enhance soil health, promote energy savings, reduce their environmental footprints, prepare for extreme weather events resulting from climate change, and reduce CO2 greenhouse gases by an estimated 90,000 metric tpy.

"Extreme weather caused by climate change is becoming the new normal, and the results can be devastating to New York's farmers and the entire agriculture industry. Farmers need the resources to adapt to this new normal while continuing to make a living, and the Climate Resilient Farming Program is an important piece of that puzzle. This funding will help our farmers continue to care for their land, implement measures to reduce their carbon footprints and protect crops and livestock from extreme weather damage, while furthering our strongest-in-the-nation program to combat climate change," Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) noted in announcing the funding. (Source: NY Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: NY Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program, www.agriculture.ny.gov/soil-and-water/climate-resilient-farming

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Impact,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


Equinor Advancing Offshore Empire Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Equinor
Date: 2021-02-10
Further to our 18the Jan. coverage, in Oslo, the Norwegian government owned energy developer Equinor Equinor plans to advance the Empire Wind Farm One project off of Long Beach -- the "largest offshore wind program in the country" according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Construction on the Empire Wind Farm project is scheduled to begin in 2023.

The company also reports approval in January for two additional projects in Long Island waters, including the Empire Wind Farm Two, for a combined project capacity of 2,000 MW.

Equinor's 1,230 MW, Beason Point offshore wind farm roughly 50 miles off of Montauk Point, New York, was also approved. (Source: Equinor, PR, WSHU Public Radio, 9 Feb., 2021) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  


Equinor Contracted for NY Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Equinor
Date: 2021-01-18
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) state will contract with Equinor Wind for the $8.9 billion development of two new offshore wind farms totaling 2,490 MW more than 20 miles off the shore of Long Island

Under the award, Equinor and incoming strategic partner BP will provide generation capacity of 1,260 MW renewable offshore wind power from Empire Wind 2, and another 1,230 MW of power from Beacon Wind 1 -- adding to the existing commitment to provide New York with 816 MW of renewable power from Empire Wind 1 -- totaling 3.3 GW of power to the state.

As part of the award by NYSERDA, the companies will partner with the state to transform the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) and the Port of Albany into large-scale offshore wind working industrial facilities that position New York to become an offshore wind industry hub. (Source: NYDERDA, Equinor, Renewable Energy Mag., 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  NYSERDA,  


NY Investing $1Bn in Residential Energy Conservation (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2020-08-05
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports it is collaborating with the region's investor-owned utilities to provide clean and energy-efficient solutions to more than 350,000 low-to-moderate income households throughout the Empire State.

The statewide plan will invest $1 billion through 2025, half of which will be used to "improve energy efficiency in affordable multifamily buildings". More then $300 million has been earmarked to "reduce energy burdens by increasing access to energy efficiency for low and moderate income homeowners and renters" and $45 million has been allocated for "community-level engagement and capacity building with community-based organizations."

The new $1 billion initiative complements other efforts statewide to blunt the impact of high utility costs, including NYC's recently announced $70 million initiative to assist residents with their utility bills as well as the gifting of 74,000 free air conditioning units to the city's low-income seniors. (Source: NYSERDA, Grist, 4 Aug., 2020) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Press Office, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, Press.Office@exec.ny.gov; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


NY Launches 2.5-GW Offshore Wind Solicitation (Ind. Report)
New York State
Date: 2020-07-24
In the Empire State, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have launched the largest combined clean energy solicitation ever issued in the US, seeking up to 4.0 GW of capacity, including the state's second offshore wind solicitation for up to 2.4 GW of projects.

The solicitation includes a multi-port strategy and requirement for offshore wind generators to partner with any of the 11 pre-qualified New York ports to stage, construct, manufacture key components or co-ordinate operations and maintenance activity. The solicitation has the potential to bring New York State halfway toward its goal of 9.0 GW of offshore wind by 2035.

Funding for port investment will include $400 million in public and private funding. NYSERDA will accept offshore wind bids between 400 MW and up to 2,500 MW. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NYSERDA, Riviera, 23 July, 2020) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Press Office, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, Press.Office@exec.ny.gov; NYSERDA , Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


NYSERDA Earns 15th ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA, ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-04-22
In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports it has been awarded the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award for the 15th consecutive year by the U.S. DOE and the EPA. NYSERDA is being recognized for demonstrating commitment and dedication to leadership in energy efficiency and the Energy Star program.

The U.S. DOE and EPA recognized NYSERDA's Home Performance with ENERGY program, including its low-income EmPower New York (EmPower) component serving households with incomes at or below 60 pct of the State Median Income. The NYSERDA programs offer low-cost financing, no-cost or reduced energy assessments incentives for completed energy efficiency improvements.Since 2001, over 250,000 homeowners and renters have participated, reducing their energy costs and increasing comfort of their homes.

This award demonstrates NYSERDA's continued efforts to advance Governor Cuomo's (D) New Efficiency: New York 2025 energy efficiency target to reduce energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs below forecasted energy use in 2025 -- a level of savings equivalent to fueling and powering over 1.8 million New York homes. (Source: NYSERDA, NYREJ, 21 April, 2020) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


NY Announces 21 Commercial-Scale Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2020-03-23
In the Empire State, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are reporting the awarding of 21 large-scale solar, wind and energy storage projects across upstate New York.

According to a release from the governor's office, the 21 projects will spur more than $2.5 billion in direct, private investments toward their development, construction and operation and create more than 2,000 short-term and long-term jobs. Several of the projects are expected to break ground as soon as late 2020, and all projects are expected to be operational by 2024.

NYSERDA payments under these awards will not begin until projects have obtained all the required permits and local approvals, and begin commercial operation. The projects are expected to generate more than 2.5 million MWh of renewable energy annually, enough to provide power to more than 350,000 homes.(Source: NNY 360, Watertown Daily Times, 21 Mar., 2020) Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, www.governor.ny.gov; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Cuomo,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


NYPA-Israeli Clean Energy Tech Competition Announced (Ind Report)
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Date: 2020-03-09
In Albany, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York Power Authority (NYPA)--Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to submit proposals to collaborate with New York's public utility on new clean energy technologies. NYPA is collaborating with the Israel Smart Energy Association on the project aimed at attracting Israeli companies that will advance power grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

The competition will focus on research areas centered around meeting digital utility challenges such as electric vehicle charging, distributed energy solutions, grid modernization, energy storage, microgrids, cybersecurity, blockchain and energy trading, buildings/campus energy management, data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and use of drones/autonomous robots in power systems.

Interested companies may apply and submit their proposals to the NYPA/Israel Smart Energy Challenge online. The deadline for submissions is April 20. A pre-bid conference for parties interested in applying to the Challenge is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at: Ha-Umanim Street 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Register on Eventbrite or meetup.

Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal climate and clean energy initiative puts the Empire State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 MW of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 pct growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates the Green New Deal's clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 pct of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities. (Source: New York State Governor's Office, PR, Google News, 6 Mar., 2020)Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; Israel Smart Energy Association, www.isea.org.il; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  New York Power Authority,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


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,  


Kingston, NY Opts for 2,400 LED Streetlights (Ind. Report)
New York Power Authority
Date: 2020-01-15
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the City of Kingston recently announced the start of installation of LED streetlights throughout the city as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Smart Street Lighting NY program. The project will save the city more than $200,000 annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 570 tons per year. Smart Street Lighting NY is a statewide program that calls for at least 500,000 streetlights throughout the state to be replaced with LED technology by 2025.

The nearly $1.4 million upgrade, financed and implemented by NYPA, includes the replacement of 2,400 streetlights throughout the city with energy-saving LED fixtures, improving lighting quality and neighborhood safety while reducing energy and maintenance costs. Installation will begin next week and is expected to complete during the summer. (Source: NYPA, Environment Energy Leader, 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: City of Kingston, John Schultheis, Engineering Office, (845) 334-3967, www.kingston-ny.gov; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, CEO , Pres., www.nypa.gov; BuildSmartNY, www.buildsmart.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News BuildSmartNY,  New York Power Authority,  Energy Efficient Light,  LED Streetlight,  


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,  


New York Woody Biomass Heating System Commissioned (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2019-11-22
In the Empire State, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Agency, and New York State Police are reporting the commissioning of a woody biomass pellet-fired heating system at the State Office Campus in Ray Brook.

The $3 million project, developed in partnership with DEC, State Police, APA, the New York Power Authority and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's (D) BuildSmart NY program, which calls for a 20 pct reduction in energy consumption by all state agencies by 2020. The installation is also expected to cut annual energy costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 391 tpy.

NYSERDA provided more than $500,000 for the project with the balance split by the three benefiting state agencies. (Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, NYSERDA, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, www.dec.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Biomass Heat,  Woody Biomass,  


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,  


NYPA Announces Battery Energy Storage Demo (Ind. Report)
NYPA
Date: 2019-08-02
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports approval and authorization of a $22.6 million, 20-MW, one-hour lithium-ion battery storage demonstration facility to be constructed next to an existing electricity transmission substation in Chateaugay, New York.

According to a NYPA release, the facility will be NYPA's first large-scale energy storage project and part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's renewable energy and energy storage mandates targeting 3000 MW of Energy Storage in NYS by 2030.

NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the U.S., operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. (Source: NYPA, NNY 360, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, CEO , Pres., www.nypa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYPA,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion,  


Lake Erie Wind Developers Meet the Opposition (Reg & Leg)
Chautauqua County Legislature
Date: 2019-07-26
In the Empire State, the Chautauqua County Legislature didn't pull its punches in passing two motions in unanimous opposition to the construct of wind farms on Lake Erie and its shores.

Councilor Robert Bankoski(D-Dunkirk) cut right to the chase -- "We're not interested and you're not welcome here." County Executive George Borrell echoed his colleagues disdain -- "Wind turbines are destroying the economy and would destroy the lake. (Gov. Andrew) Cuomo's Green Energy Standard calling for more renewable energy is just partisan politics. (Wind farms) support a bogus political agenda. That's all it is. It is a horrible idea that has risen from the dead, again."

The resolutions as passed read that the construction of wind turbines on the lake could negatively impact migratory birds, impact fishing waters through the destruction of spawning grounds; possible leaks from turbine hydraulic systems create pollution and the turbines could present physical barriers to fishing vessels, as if that wasn't enough. . (Source: Chautauqua County Legislature, Observer, 25July, 2019) Contact: Chautauqua County Legislature, 716-673-1704 www.chautauqua.ny.us/396/Legislature

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Lake Erie Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


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,  


Empire State Passes Carbon-Neutral 2050 Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
New York State
Date: 2019-06-24
Last Thursday in Albany, New York state legislators passed the Climate and Community Protection Act, one of the nation's most ambitious plans to slow climate change by reducing GHG emissions to zero by 2050. If signed into law by Governor Cuomo, the legislation would make New York the nation's second state -- after California -- to pass carbon-neutral economy legislation.

The New York act mandates reducing emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050, and offsetting the remaining 15 pct , making the state carbon neutral. The Act calls for reducing emissions by 40 pct by 2030 and using only carbon-free sources such as solar and wind to generate electricity by 2040. (Source: Business Day, Various Media, Reuters, 20 June, 2019)

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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

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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

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NYSERDA Awards $1.5Bn for NY Large-Scale Wind, Solar (Funding)
NYSERDA
Date: 2019-01-21
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation, is reporting details of the $1.5 billion in NY State competitive awards to support large-scale solar, wind energy and storage projects across the Empire State.

The 20 funded projects are expected to generate $4 billion in direct investment in the clean energy sector, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate sufficient clean energy for nearly 550,000 homes. Combined with the renewable energy projects previously announced under democratic Governor Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard, New York has now awarded 46 projects worth more than $2.9 billion.

The awards also propel New York toward the Governor's ramped up mandate for 70 pct of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 -- up from 50 pct -- and helps guide the state toward achieving carbon neutrality across all sectors of its economy as quickly as possible including a 100 pct carbon-free electricity sector by 2040.

The 20 large-scale renewable energy projects include: Hannacroix Solar Facility - Greene County; Stillwater Solar - Saratoga County: Clay Solar - Onondaga County; Dog Corners Solar - Cayuga County; Excelsior Energy Center - Genesee County; Heritage Wind - Orleans County; Horseshoe Solar - Livingston County; Manchester Solar - Ontario County; Morris Ridge Solar - Livingston County; North Light Energy Center - Seneca County; Silver Lake Solar - Wyoming County; Hills Solar - Herkimer County; Mohawk Solar - Montgomery County; Skyline Solar - Oneida County; Watkins Road Solar I - Herkimer County; Roaring Brook Wind - Lewis County; Canisteo Wind - Steuben County; High Bridge Wind - Chenango County; Bakerstand Solar I - Cattaraugus County: and the Watkins Glen Solar Energy Center - Schuyler County.

All projects are expected to be operational by 2022, adding over 1,654 megawatts of renewable capacity in New York and generating over 3,800,000 megawatt hours of energy annually.The projects are expected to generate enough clean, renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions by more than 2 million metric tons, the equivalent to taking nearly 437,000 cars off the road.

NYSERDA will issue the next solicitation for large-scale renewable energy under the Clean Energy Standard on April 22, 2019. (Source: NYSERDA, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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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

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$27.5Mn for NY Clean, Energy Efficiency Workforce Training (Funding)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-10-17
In Albany, the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is reporting the availability of $27.5 million in new funding and incentives for clean energy and energy efficiency workforce development. According the 2018 New York Clean Energy Industry Report by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), more than 151,000 workers are now employed statewide in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors.

NYSERDA is making $27.5 million available in workforce development hiring and training incentives to assist clean energy businesses with recruiting and training new employees, upskilling existing workers, and establishing a talent pipeline to reduce businesses cost of attracting and hiring new workers.

Workforce funding includes: $7 million for Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training, $10 million for on-the-job training: and $10.5 million for a clean energy internship program. The Empire State ranks 3rd nationally both for energy efficiency employment and solar jobs, and other sectors such as grid modernization and energy storage are growing at a fast pace. The energy efficiency is the largest clean energy technology category in terms of jobs and investments -- employing 117,300 workers in 2017 with firms receiving over $4.1 billion in investments since 2011. (Source: NYSERDA, LongIsland.com, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Cuomo's Renewavle Energy Vision New York, www.rev.ny.gov; Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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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

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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

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