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$10.3Mn in Offshore Wind R&D Grants Announced (Ind. Report)
National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
Date: 2020-06-08
The not-for-profit National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (the Consortium) is reporting the selection of 12 projects for contract negotiation, completing its first solicitation for offshore wind research and development technology projects.

The 12 awards totaling $10.3 million will support a variety of research areas, including comprehensive U.S. supply chain analyses, studying the impacts of offshore wind on the electric grid system and innovations in anchoring structures. The awarded projects include:

  • Demonstration of Shallow-Water Mooring Components for FOWTs (ShallowFloat)-- Principle Power Inc.;

  • Design and Certification of Taut-synthetic Moorings for Floating Wind Turbines -- University of Maine;

  • Dual-Functional Tuned Inerter Damper for Enhanced Semi-Sub Offshore Wind Turbine -- Virginia Tech University;

  • Innovative Anchoring System for Floating Offshore Wind, Triton Systems Inc.:

  • Techno-Economic Mooring Configuration and Design for Floating Offshore Wind -- University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    As the first federally-funded public-private partnership focused on advancing offshore wind technology in the U.S., the Consortium supports the cost-effective and responsible development of offshore wind to maximize the economic benefit to the country.

    Virginia, Massachusetts and Maryland also contribute to the Consortium's funding. NYSERDA administered the initial solicitation on behalf of the Consortium. (Source: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, PR, JUne, 2020) Contact: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, Carrie Cullen Hitt, Exec. Dir., www.nationaloffshorewind.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


  • NYC Building Energy Conservation Code Updated (Ind. Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Empire State, the Big Apple is reporting the updating its New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) which will be current with the New York State 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code.

    The State code is based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016. The 2020 NYCECC will become effective May 12, 2020, the same effective date as the state's energy code which aligns the code with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) NYStretch Energy Code-2020, as adopted by the New York City Council on March 29, 2020.

    The 2020 New York City Energy Code includes energy efficiency requirements help to improve overall building envelope performance through installation of better performing and more energy efficient windows and other initiatives.

    Access the 2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code HERE (Source: NYC City Council, Door & Window Market, 8 May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Eficiency,  Energy Management,  Energy Conservation,  ASHRAE,  NYSERDA,  


    City of Beacon Adopts NYStretch Energy Code (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2020-04-27
    In the Empire State, the City of Beacon (pop. 14,800 +-) reports it is the first municipality in New York State outside New York City to adopt the New York State Stretch Energy Code that ensures cost-effective energy efficiency in building construction.

    The NYStretch Energy Code-2020 Version 1.0 was adopted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and calls for incrementally higher efficiency standards in new and renovated buildings.

    According to NYSERDA, adopting NYStretch will provide savings of roughly 11 pct over the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State when that energy code is released by the state department of state.

    Download NY Stretch Energy Code details HERE. (Source: City of Beacon, MidHudson News, 26 April, 2020) Contact; City of Beacon, 845-838-5020, www.cityofbeacon.org; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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,  


    Energy Savings "GridRewards" Campaign Launched (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Westchester, Logical Buildings
    Date: 2020-04-08
    In the Empire State, Sustainable Westchester, a nonprofit consortium of Westchester municipalities, reports it has partnered with Livingston, New Jersey-based smart building software and solutions specialist Logical Buildings to launch the first-of-its-kind GridRewards campaign.

    Logical Buildings SmartKit AI is a NYSERDA qualified Real Time Energy Management system and service platform that reduces energy and operating costs by 10 to 20 pct and optimizes performance of building systems, according to the company website.

    GridRewards provides a cash-back incentive for energy saving actions such as dimming lights, avoiding electric hot water heating, energy efficient lighting, shifting dish washing and laundry activities to low electric power demand periods, and others.

    GridRewards complements Sustainable Westchester's portfolio of energy solutions which includes the Westchester Power Program, the New York State model for Community Choice Aggregation, Community Solar for residents and municipalities and HeatSmart, efficient clean heating & cooling solutions for commercial and residential properties. (Source: Sustainable Westchester, April, 2020) Contact: Sustainable Westchester, Maria Genovesi, Director of Marketing, Communication & Outreach, (914) 242-4725 x104, maria@SustainableWestchester.org, www.sustainablewestchester.org; Green Button Initiative, www.greenbuttondata.org; Logical Buildings, Jeff Hendler, CEO, 908 517 3730 , www.logicalbuildings.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable WestchesterEnergy Efficiency,  


    NYC Upgrades Energy Efficiency, Conservation Codes (Ind Report)
    New York City, Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-04-03
    In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio is reporting passage of a new and updated 2020 Energy Conservation Code aimed at improving energy efficiency for new and existing buildings as part of New York City's Green New Deal.

    The 2020 Energy Conservation Code was modeled after the 2020 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) NYStretch Energy Code, requires new and existing buildings meet the following, effective 12 May:

  • Improve the building thermal envelope by requiring better performing walls and windows;

  • Minimize and control air leakage by sealing and testing the building envelope;

  • Balconies and parapets must be continuously insulated;

  • Meet minimum energy efficiency requirements for heating and cooling systems;

  • More efficient interior lighting and additional lighting controls;

  • Perform commissioning on more HVAC alteration projects;

  • Efficiency measures on new elevators and commercial kitchen equipment;

  • Create the infrastructure for the future installation of electric vehicle chargers in one- and two-family homes;

  • Require whole building metering for new buildings greater than 25,000 square fee;

  • Allow source energy as a metric, instead of energy cost, for buildings choosing to comply with energy modeling;

  • Additional thermal envelope performance requirements for buildings choosing to comply with energy modeling. (Source: Office of Mayor Bill de Basio, NY Law School, City Land, 2 April, 2020) Contact: Office of Mayor Bill de Basio, Mark Chambers, Director of Sustainability, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Bill de Blasio ,  


  • 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,  


    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,  


    GlidePath Advances NY Energy Storage Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    GlidePath Power Solutions ,NYSERDA
    Date: 2020-02-05
    Elmhurst, Illinois-headquartered energy storage specialist GlideParth Power Solutions (GlidePath) is reporting it will complete development and construction readiness this year on one of the largest portfolios of standalone battery energy storage projects to date in the Empire State.

    The New York portfolio consists of four 20 MW battery storage projects located in the Lower Hudson Valley near the towns of Catskill, Highland, New Windsor and Ulster. New York currently has only 62.2 MW of battery storage facilities in operation statewide.

    The GlidePath project is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under the Market Acceleration Bridge Incentive program for energy storage.

    The portfolio represents at least 320 MWhs of new battery storage capacity in New York State and a total capital investment of approximately $120 million in the Hudson Valley. (Source: GlidePath Power Solutions, PR, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: GlidePath Power Solutions, Dan Foley, Founder, 630-501-0162, www.glidepath.net; Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, www.quinbrook.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy STorage,  NYSERDA,  GlidePath Power Solutions ,  


    Empire State Sets New Energy Efficiency Targets (Ind. Report)
    New York State Public Service Commission
    Date: 2020-01-20
    In the Big Apple, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) reports approval of new energy efficiency and electric heat pump targets aimed at dramatically reducing energy consumption in the state.

    The new targets for investor-owned utilities are expected to attract roughly $2 billion in market-enabling investments to help transform the way New York residents and businesses heat and cool their homes and offices and move towards cleaner and healthier buildings and communities statewide.

    Combined with other State initiatives, the new targets are expected to deliver a 3 pct reduction in annual electric usage and a 1.3 pct cut in annual natural gas usage by 2025.

    Together with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and a previous PSC order on efficiency, New York State in energy efficiency and clean heat investments from 2020 through 2025 will total $6.8 billion. (Source: New York State Public Service Commission, BigNews Network, 17 Jan., 2020) Contact: New York State Public Service Commission, 518-474-7080, www.dps.ny.gov; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov; LIPA, Tom Falcone, CEO, (631) 755-6900, www.lipower.org

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


    Bronx Bldg, N.A.'s Largest Certified Passive House (Ind. Report)
    Passive House Institute,Bright Power
    Date: 2019-12-18
    Bright Power, a provider of energy and water management services for real estate owners, investors, and operators, along with its partner Omni New York, LLC, was recognized by Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) for the $48.4 million, 15-story, 154-unit mixed-income community development in the South Bronx. Park Avenue Green, the largest certified Passive House in North America, also received honorable mention recognition in the Multifamily category.

    Bright Power's work on Park Avenue Green included: 34 kW solar photovoltaic design & installation; Passive House Certification (PHIUS+); Passive House Verifier; Enterprise Green Communities Certification; energy efficiency and cogeneration consulting; commissioning and qualifying for $138,000 anticipated NYSERDA MPP NC incentives.

    Park Avenue Green is also is the recipient of the 2019 Downstate Project of the Year from the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) Awards for Excellence and is a 2019 New York Energy Consumers Council (NYECC) Energy New York Award (ENYA) honoree. (Source: Passive House Institute, Env. & Energy Leader, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Bright Power Inc., Andrea Mancino, Dir. New Construction, 212.803.5868, 415.914.7171, www.brightpower.com; Passive House Institute US, (312) 561-4588, info@phius.org, www.phius.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bright Power,  Passive House Institute,  


    $2M Invested in NY ANCA Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    Adirondack North Country Association
    Date: 2019-11-25
    In the Empire State, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is touting completion of two New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) programs -- the Cleaner Greener Communities (CGC) One Stop Shop (OSS) Program and the Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program, both of which are designed to help municipalities reduce costs and increase energy efficiency. Together, the CEC and OSS programs provided over $2M in energy efficiency project funding to the region, according to the ANCA release.

    The OSS program included the creation of four Energy Circuit Rider (ECR) positions and the development of tools and resources. ANCA was awarded the OSS grant in 2015 as part of NYSERDA's Cleaner Greener Communities Program which has assisted 195 North Country communities in completing a variety of clean energy projects including: LED lighting upgrades; building envelope improvements; battery energy storage feasibility studies; net zero design; pellet boiler installations; LED streetlight conversions; electric vehicle charging station installation; solar siting and solar installations.

    Starting in 2016, ANCA's ECRs led an outreach campaign through the CEC program, providing technical and financial support for 35 North Country communities and assisted each in the adoption of at least four of ten "high impact action items" determined by the State as important first steps in achieving its clean energy goals.

    The first 18 communities to achieve CEC designation were awarded $50K-$250 to complete clean energy projects. To date, 19 North Country municipalities have been designated CEC Communities. (Source: ANCA, Adirondack Almanac, 24 Nov., 2019) Contact: ANCA, (518) 891-6200 , energy@adirondack.org, www.adirondack.org; NYSERDA Designated Clean Energy Communities, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities/Designated-Clean-Energy-Communities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  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,  


    NYSERDA Announces HVAC Systems Innovation Funding (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-10-21
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced up to $4 million in Next Generation Innovation Challenge funding for building HVAC innovation R&D including:
  • Advanced Heat Pumps -- Proposals should focus on developing and commercializing new classes of heat pumps that will operate efficiently in cold climates.

  • Efficient Thermal Distribution -- Proposals should focus on innovative solutions to improve the performance of forced air, hydronic distribution, and steam distribution systems, split-system heat pumps, or new innovative solutions for efficient thermal distribution.

  • Technology Transfer to the New York Market -- Proposals should identify advanced HVAC products commercially available outside the US that could be transferred to the New York State market.

  • Energy Pods -- Proposals should focus on integrating the heating, cooling, ventilation, dehumidification and domestic hot water needs of a dwelling unit into a compact form and designed to serve individual units.

    NYSERDA will accept concept papers focusing on any of the four innovation challenges through December 12, 2019. This is the fourth round of NYSERDA's Next Generation HVAC Challenges since launch in 2017.

    The funding is intended to bring new HVAC systems to the market to help the state save more energy, increase energy efficiency and meet sustainability goals of reducing energy use by 185TBtus by 2025. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 19 Oct., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


  • NYStretch Energy Code -- 2020 Released in Albany (Ind Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-10-21
    In Albany, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is touting the release of it new NYStretch Energy Code -- 2020 to advance the development of energy-efficient buildings.

    The new code will help both consumers and municipalities interested in voluntarily adopting higher efficiency standards for new and renovated building construction projects.

    NYStretch is expected to deliver roughly 11 pct in energy savings over the model energy codes that will be the basis for the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (2020 ECCC-NYS), with ROI ranging from 6to 12 years. (Source: NYSERDA, 11 Oct., 2019)Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


    Lyonsdale Biomass Facility Demolition Behind Schedule (Ind Report)
    ReEnergy
    Date: 2019-10-09
    Following up on our March 13th report of the closure of ReEnergy's former 22-mw woody biomass-to-electricity facility due to the loss of a contract to sell renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), the 46-acre site and plant are still not completely demolished in preparation for the hand-over to the area development authority.

    ReEnergy was recently granted an extension until Dec. 31 for completing the demolition and site cleanup, transferring the property and paying $22,000 in lieu of taxes. Two solar companies and a company that uses the pyrolysis high temperature process to turn wood into other products, have reportedly shown interest in the property.

    ReEnergy owns and operates a biomass facility in Fort Drum, New York. (Source: Watertown Daily, NNY360, 7 Oct., 2019) Contact: ReEnergy Holdings, Sarah Boggess, Communications and Governmental Affairs, (518) 810-0200, sboggess@reenergyholdings.com, www.reenergyholdings.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ReEnergy,  Lyonsdale,  Biomass,  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,  


    Consortium Funds Offshore Wind Anchorage Study (R&D, Funding)
    National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
    Date: 2019-09-13
    The new federally-funded U.S. National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium reports awarding its first contract to the U.S. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The $300,000 award will support NREL's work on the economic feasibility of shared mooring lines to cut deep-water floating wind farm costs by connecting adjacent turbine platforms and distributing load, resulting in fewer anchors and considerable savings.

    The DOE-created consortium is funded with $20 million to conduct research and development to address technological barriers and lower the costs and risks of offshore wind in the United States. To that end, DOE and Department of the Interior (DOI) identified the following research areas to facilitate the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry: wind plant technology advancement; wind resource and physical site characterization, and; installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain technology solutions.

    The Consortium is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA). (Source: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, ENR, 11 Sept., 2019)Contact: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, www.energy.gov › eere › national-offshore-wind-rd-consortium; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind R&D,  NYSERDA,  


    SSHA, Common Energy Partner for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Common Energy
    Date: 2019-09-13
    In the Empire State, the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority (SSHA) reports it is partnering with community solar energy specialist Common Energy to increase use of clean energy and use the saving to fund more then $100,000 in energy efficiency investments at SSHA facilities.

    This partnership is supported by NYSERDA through its NY-Sun Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program, which provides funding to address resource gaps and solve market barriers preventing the development of solar installations serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households.

    Common Energy works with businesses and households to connect their existing utility account to local, clean energy projects. (Source: Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, PR, NewsWire, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, Malcolm Bliss, www.saratogaspringspha.org; Common Energy, www.commonenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NYSERDA Launches Second Phase of Home Energy Efficiency Rating Pilot (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Following up on our March 4th coverage, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the launch of the second phase of its multi-year Home Energy Rating Pilot (Pilot), the first phase of which was launched in February, 2019.

    Under the programme, licensed home inspectors will deliver home energy ratings to home buyers as part of the pre-purchase inspection -- an independent third-party examination report detailing the condition of a home. The aim is to help purchasers understand the efficiency, comfort, and value of the home they are considering purchasing.

    Home energy ratings are similar to vehicle miles per-gallon ratings, providing easy-to-understand visual reports that provide insight into how a home performs in areas like insulation, air sealing, heating and cooling efficiency, and water heating efficiency. With nearly 60 pct of home buyers considering a property that needs renovating, a home energy rating can provide a roadmap of energy efficiency opportunities that can be made after the purchase is complete.

    Under the NYSERDA program, two home energy rating systems will be piloted: the US DOE Home Energy Score and the Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. The pilot is being implemented in four phases through 2020.

    Programme funding is from the state's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Pearl Home Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557-5543, www.pearlcertification.com; US DOE Home Energy Score, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/home-energy-score

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pearl Home Certification,  NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NYSERDA Funding NYPA Energy Efficiency, Infrastructure Costs Research (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA,NYPA
    Date: 2019-08-16
    The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is reporting a series of research projects aimed at improving the efficiency of power systems and removing potential transmission obstacles that can be faced by New York State utilities. The following research projects will be funded with $1.5 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) :
  • Underground Cable Advanced Monitoring and Diagnostic System Demonstration. In an effort to reduce the potential for underground cable leakage and prevent fault problems, this project will demonstrate and evaluate a real-time system that will monitor cathodic protection and assess dissolved gas analysis (DGA) of high pressure fluid-filled (HPFF) cables. About 14 monitoring sensors will be installed in NYPA Westchester County manholes and the DGA analyzer will be installed at the Eastern Garden City substation on Long Island;

  • Optimized Forecasting Solution for Advanced Overhead Line Demonstration. A new technology that predicts how much power a transmission line can carry will be demonstrated and evaluated for its potential in reducing transmission bottleneck challenges. About 15 weather sensors will be installed on NYPA lines along the 70-mile Moses-Wills-Plattsburgh transmission circuit and the WindSim Power Line Optimization Solution (WPLS) system will be demonstrated on a NYPA server;

  • DeepGrid: A Deep Learning Computing System for Resilient Grid Operations. This project proposes to develop a Deep Learning (DL)-based tool capable of identifying and predicting system issues, alerting operators and recommending possible solutions. Working with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NYPA will combine model-based power system simulation with early warnings from data and applications to improve timely decision making;

  • Low Frequency Alternative Current Transmission Line. This project will investigate the possibility of deploying low frequency AC (LFAC) transmission lines to increase power transfer capability. LFAC significantly improves stability, reduces voltage drop along the line, and offers the possibility to reroute power from congested to underutilized transmission corridors. The approach also has competitive advantages for collection of energy from off-shore wind generators using an underground multi-terminal system with a single point of interface to the main grid. (Source: NYPA, Clarion, 16 Aug., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, CEO , Pres., www.nypa.gov

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


  • 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

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    Nautilus Nails Orange County Community Solar Project (Ind Report)
    Nautilus Solar Energy
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Summit, NJ-based solar energy developer Nautilus Solar Energy LLC has announced the ribbon cutting for its first of three community solar projects serving Orange and Rockland's utility service territory. Located in the hamlet of Westtown in Orange County, New York, the 2.83 MW community solar garden will provide energy cost savings to 300 homes while advancing New York's nation-leading renewable energy goals.

    Utilizing its full-service platform, Nautilus will be responsible for the project management, long-term asset management and maintenance services for the projects. The energy generated by the Westtown solar project will directly benefit qualified residential community solar subscribers who are situated within the Orange and Rockland utility service territory. A limited number of residential subscriptions to the system are currently available through a partnership with Onesta Solar at www.chooseonestasolar.com. The project reached commercial operation May 8, 2019. Nautilus's other solar projects in the towns of Greenville and Chester are scheduled to open by 3Q 2019. This project received over $1 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through NY-Sun. (Source: Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Nautilus Solar, Jim Rice, CEO, www.nautilussolar.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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    NYSERDA Investing $280Mn in NY Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-04-26
    Reporting from Albany, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced a total $280 million in funding for commercial-scale energy storage projects and systems in the Empire State.

    According to NYSERDA, nearly 100 energy storage companies in New York are designing and constructing energy storage systems. (Source: NYSERDA, News Observer, 25 April, 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    REBNY Offers Energy-Efficiency, Sustainability Program (Ind Report)
    Real Estate Board of New York
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In th Big Apple, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) trade association reports it will launch an energy efficiency and sustainability education program designed specifically for licensed real estate agents and salespeople. Attendees will learn about market demand for sustainability, financial benefits of energy-efficient buildings for landlords and tenants, and how environmental policies impact commercial transactions.

    The $40 continuing education program will be taught by trained instructors from the Institute for Market Transformation in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, the state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Environmental Defense Fund and other groups. Agents can learn (Source: REBNY, Crain's New York Business, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Real Estate Board of New York, John Banks, Pres., (212) 532-3100, www.rebny.com

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    Net-Zero Energy Apt Community Opens in Schenectady (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA,New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting completion of the first phase of the 248-unit Solara Apartments complex in Schenectady County. The multifamily project is built to net-zero construction standards and will benefit tenants with energy-efficient technologies and affordable, predictable living costs and services that include:
  • networked smart building controls;

  • solar carports to cover residents’ vehicles and charge them too (free of charge):

  • solar thermal panels that use the sun's energy to heat water for the domestic hot water system;

  • solar shades on the windows and larger windows on the southern facing sides of the buildings to capture more solar energy;

  • smart home technologies such as keyless entry, control of locks, lights and other compatible devices;

  • premium GE EnergyStar appliances, all LED lighting, EPA Indoor Air Plus certification which requires use of low/no VOC materials and finishes, continuous fresh-air ventilation with smart controls that regulate humidity and monitor carbon dioxide and VOC levels.

    According to a New Buildings Institute report, New York State leads the Northeast in net-zero buildings, with 27 documented ongoing and completed net-zero building projects and a total of 132 net-zero, high-performance and passive house building projects.

    To facilitate the construction of similar projects, NYSERDA will provide $15 million through the next round of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process to expand the state's Net-Zero Energy for Economic Development program. (Source: NYSERDA, Multi Housing News, 19 April, 2019)Contact: New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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  • NYSERDA Unveils Energy Storage Proposals Incentives (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-03-15
    On Monday, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) filed an energy storage implementation plan outlining initiatives that should help the state achieve about two-thirds of its previously announced goal of having 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025 rising to 3,000 MW of energy storage by the end of next decade.

    The NYSERDA implementation plan includes a retail storage incentive targeting projects of up to 5 MW that are either interconnected behind a customer's electric meter or directly into the distribution system. The plan also includes a bulk storage incentive that backs projects exceeding 5 MW and are interconnected directly into the transmission, sub-transmission or distribution systems.

    The primary purpose of such projects is to provide wholesale market energy, ancillary services and/or capacity services. The state will allocate $150 million for this incentive. NYSERDA is seeking regulatory approval to set aside $70 million for opportunities that have the greatest potential to build a self-sustaining storage market. At the same time, NYSERDA's board of directors has approved an additional $53 million in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) funds for retail and bulk storage deployment incentives on Long Island.beginning in Q2, 2019. (Source: NYSERDA, Renewables, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    Empire State Touting $1Mn Home Energy Rating Pilot (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-03-04
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of $1 million to qualified home energy contractors and home inspectors through a four-phase, multi-year Home Energy Rating Pilot. The Pilot is targeted to four homes and homeowners looking for independent, trustworthy energy performance information. Once approved, qualified contractors and home inspectors will provide the pilot homeowners with home energy performance ratings, including opportunities for improving their energy performance.

    Two home energy rating systems will be piloted, one by the U.S. DOE Home Energy Score and the other by Pearl Home Certification, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm.

    The pilot program is part of the state's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund, a core component of New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy. (Source: NYSERDA, T&D World, 28 Feb., 2019)Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    Vineyard Wind Proposes 1,200MW NY Offshore Project (Ind. Report)
    Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2019-02-20
    US offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind is reporting a new "Liberty Wind", 1,200 MW offshore wind project proposal in response to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) solicitation of offshore wind project proposals.

    The new proposal includes project size options of 400 MW, 800 MW, and 1,200 MW -- with the 1,200 MW project described by the company as "the most cost-effective option for New York ratepayers and one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world."

    The proposed project would be sited 85 miles offshore from the nearest New York shoreline and be sub-sea connected to an existing Long Island substation. Vineyard Wind is collaborating with Wakefield, Massachusetts-based transmission developer Anbaric Development Partners.

    Vineyard Wind is an offshore wind development company 50 pct owned by funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and 50 pct owned by Avangrid Renewables, part of the IBERDROLA Group. (Source: CleanTechnica, 15 Feb., 2019) Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO ,(508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; Anbaric, Ed Krapels, CEO, (781) 683 0711, www.anbaric.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    EMPEQ Energy Efficiency Startup Selected for Veteran Founder Lab Program (Ind. Report)
    EMPEQ
    Date: 2019-02-11
    In the Empire State, Ithaca-based energy efficiency project investment and asset management startup Empower Equity (EMPEQ) reports it has been selected to join the Veteran Founder Lab program of the Founder Institute, a Palo Alto, California-based pre-seed startup accelerator.

    Through Veteran Founder Lab, EMPEQ, a NYSERDA and LaunchNY portfolio company, will receive help funding its energy efficient project financing business globally.

    The Founder Lab is a virtual advisory program that helps early-stage startups raise seed funding, improve their "pitch" materials, build an investor pipeline, negotiate terms, and generate strong investor interest. Veteran-led startups also gain access to the combined global networks of the Founder Institute and Vet-Tech to scale their companies using corporate partnerships, customer introductions, and a network of startup talent as part of the initiative's global network.

    EMPEQ helps businesses access commercial energy efficiency equipment, such as LED lighting, air source heat pump systems and related equipment without upfront costs. (Source: EMPEQ, Business Journal News Network, 9 Feb., 2019) Contact: EMPEQ, Herbert Dwyer, CEO, 347-903-6737, empeq.co

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    NY Offers $15.5Mn for Value Stack Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of as much as $15.5 million in funding for commercial projects that show the benefits of value stacking -- capturing several different revenue streams from one project -- distributed energy storage for retail electric customers and the grid.

    The solicitation seeks real-world commercial projects that offer approaches to value stacking that are scalable and are replicable. The projects may provide value to retail electric customers, distributed generation, utilities, and the New York State Independent System Operator. Funding will be available for feasibility studies and proposals.

    The projects must support New York State's goals for Reforming the Energy Vision policies, renewable generation and greenhouse gas reduction. More specifically, NYSERDA seeks proposals that: reduce the intermittency of solar and wind energy; avoid or delay the need for new electric system infrastructure; increase system efficiency and resiliency; reduce the requirement for fossil fuel plants to meet periods of peak electric demand; or compliment demand response and energy efficiency measures within buildings. The RFP is available on NYSERDA's website. (Source: NYSERDA, Microgrid Knowledge, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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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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    Cayuga Eyes Mothballed Landfill Gas Cogen Plant (Ind Report)
    Landfill Gas
    Date: 2019-01-18
    ERROR CORRECTION: The City of Auburn has not released an RFP for consultants and has no plans to do so.

    As reported Wed. 16 Jan.-- In the Empire State, the Cayuga County Public Utility Service Agency (CCPUSA) reports it is moving toward brokering electricity throughout the county, including an effort to line up a private operator for a shuttered, city owned landfill gas CHP generation facility.

    To that end, the city has released an RfP for consultants to develop a strategic development plan for the proposed landfill gas project.

    The RFP was made as part of a $250,000 Clean Energy Community grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), $80,000 of which is earmarked for the strategic development plan. Any contract with a consultant would need NYSERDA approval, as well as an authorizing resolution from the Legislature before a plan could be developed. (Source: auburnpub.com, 15 Jan., 2019) Contact: Cayuga County Public Utility Service Agency, (315) 253-1327, www.cayugacounty.us; City of Auburn, Jeff Dygert, City Manager, (315) 255-4100, www.auburnny.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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    NYC's Largest Community Solar Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-12-21
    The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the largest community solar project in New York City is now operational.

    The 1.3 MW array in Brooklyn will generate sufficient energy for approximately 200 households and businesses. The solar array, which was developed by Daroga Solar, is fully subscribed with 196 total customers -- 70 pct residential, 20 pct small commercial customers and 10 pct low- to moderate-income customers. The project received more than $850,000 from NYSERDA through the state's NY-Sun program. The array incorporates 3,325 panels on the rooftops of two Brooklyn locations. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    NYSERDA Offers Bldg. Net-Zero Energy Performance Funds (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-10-26
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of $10 million for clean energy projects to reduce carbon emissions at commercial and industrial buildings statewide. The funding is part of the Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge to determine whether flexible uses of funding for clean energy projects is more cost-effective and reduces more carbon emissions than traditional state-supported programs.

    The Carbon Challenge will offer awards ranging from $2 million to $5 million to help offset the development costs of clean energy projects at large-scale buildings. The projects should demonstrate the highest potential for lowering carbon emissions in buildings with an aggregate 12-month average demand of 10 MW or greater, and achieve this in a cost-effective way. Projects can involve energy efficiency or distributed energy resources that provide increased flexibility for commercial and industrial customers to achieve carbon reductions. All proposals must include a three-year carbon emissions reduction target and identify the path to achieving the target.

    Awards will be made to proposals demonstrating the highest potential for cost-effectively implementing carbon-reducing clean energy actions, which must be completed by 2021, according to NYSERDA. (Source: NYSERDA, 25 Oct., 2018)Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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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 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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  • NY Commits $15Mn to Clean Energy Workforce Programs (Funding)
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In the Empire State, democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's, office has announced $15 million in support of two initiatives that will promote clean energy workforce development and training programs on State University of New York (SUNY) campuses.

    Nearly $6 million was awarded to SUNY campuses to train more workers in the clean energy sector. In addition, a request for proposals (RFP) was made available to all SUNY campuses for grants totaling $9 million to provide apprenticeships, internships, and educational programs and support through industry partnerships.

    Of the awarded proposals, SUNY Canton will enhance its Solar Ready Vets program on-site at Fort Drum. Its training provides a micro-credential program in renewable energy specifically for veterans transitioning to civilian life. In another award, the SUNY Maritime Offshore Energy Center will develop a wind operations technician training program. As part of the $9 million RFP for additional grants, the SUNY system will explore opportunities for partnerships with state and local agencies, including the Department of Labor, NYSERDA, Empire State Development and Industrial Development Agencies. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Windpower , Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, www.ny.gov/agencies/office-governor; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu

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    NYSERDA Releases Municipal Solar Development Toolkit (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-08-24
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has released the newest chapter of the New York Solar Guidebook with the Municipal Solar Procurement Toolkit.

    The Toolkit provides guidance and resources for communities seeking to develop solar projects on underutilized properties such as landfills and brownfields and supports recent revisions to the NY-Sun Megawatt Block Program which provides financial incentives for developing solar projects in those areas.

    The New York Solar Guidebook is designed to help municipalities and officials engage in informed decision making about the potential benefits, effects and impact on the community's character that renewable energy projects may bring. It contains tools, step-by-step instructions, and information about solar project permitting, inspection, property taxes, land leases and more. Aditionally, NYSERDA offers free technical assistance to help municipalities implement the policies and practices for becoming solar-ready communities.

    The Empire State presently has more than 1,300 MW of installed and operating solar capacity, or enough to power approximately 229,000 homes, and is rapidly adding more every day.

    Download the New York Solar guide book details HERE. (Source: NYSERDA, Aug., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    NYSERDA Recognizes Westport for Cutting Energy Consumption, Increasing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA,Clean Energy Community
    Date: 2018-06-11
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has designated the Town of Westport as a Clean Energy Community in recognition of its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.

    The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative provides grant funding to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, The Town of Westport:

  • Adopted a Benchmarking policy to track and report the energy use of the town's municipal buildings.
  • Streamlined the local approval processes for solar projects through adoption of the New York State Unified Solar Permit.
  • Completed energy code enforcement training on best practices in energy code enforcement for the town's code officer:
  • Installed an electric vehicle charging station at Westport Town Hall, and other upgrades and initiatives.

    Program funds are provided through the NY Clean Energy Fund and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: NYSERDA, Town of Westport, June, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec: Town of Westport, www.westportny.net

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  • Cadenza Funded for NY Grid Energy Storage Demo (Funding)
    Cadenza Innovation,NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Wilton, Conn.-based energy storage specialist Cadenza Innovation is reporting receipt of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) funding for a demonstration project to further the Empie State's clean energy goals and support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's energy storage target of 1500 MW by 2025.

    The demonstration, which will be located at the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) headquarters in White Plains, will be a stand-alone system that includes a rack-mounted 200kWh, 50kW battery storage unit featuring Cadenza Innovation's Li-ion supercell technology. The project is expected to be completed by fall, 2019.

    Cadenza Innovation plans to initially license its technology platform to utility/grid storage and electric vehicle (EV) markets. The company's recently patented multicore Li-ion battery cell structure provides unparalleled simplification in battery pack design, reduces production and manufacturing costs, overcomes safety issues and improves the energy density of Li-ion batteries.

    , Cadenza Innovation is backed by more than $10 million in oversubscribed Series A funding led by Golden Seeds with additional funding from the U.S. DOE and the states of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. (Source: Cadenza Innovation, PR, June, 2018) Contact: Cadenza Innovation, Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud,CEO, Founder, www.cadenzainnovation.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    Blue Pillar Joins NYSERDA Energy Mgm't Program (Ind. Report)
    Blue Pillar, NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-05-23
    Frederick, Maryland-based Blue Pillar, the leading Internet of Things (IoT) provider to connect Energy Things®, reports it has been accepted as a Qualified Vendor for Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.

    NYSERDA's RTEM Program prequalifies vendors who can help commercial customers analyze energy usage data and provide, enable, and/or implement actionable items on the basis of the data. Blue Pillar's Aurora® Energy Network of Things® platform provides real-time energy data that helps keep major C&I energy systems within NYSERDA's operating region online with greater resiliency and energy efficiency.

    Aurora's greatest competitive advantage has been its ability to utilize a cloud-based and/or local network approach to connecting any Distributed Energy Resource (DER) or legacy asset that generates, stores, consumes, switches or measures electricity. These devices include energy storage, solar panels, building automation systems, and others. (Source: Blue Pillar Inc., PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Blue Pillar, Tom Willie, CEO, (317) 723-6136, www.bluepillar.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    NYSERDA Offers Carbon Emissions Reduction Funding (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-05-18
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced the availability of $10 million in funding for projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions at commercial and industrial buildings in the Empire State.

    The funds are being made available through the Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge, a pilot program testing the effectiveness of flexible funding for clean energy projects as opposed to traditional state-supported programs.

    The initiative will provide awards of $2 million to $5 million to partially offset the development costs of projects that implement carbon-reducing clean energy actions in buildings with an aggregate 12-month average demand of 10 mw or more. Projects could include energy efficiency or distributed energy resources that help commercial and industrial customers to achieve carbon emissions reductions.

    Proposals for the initiative must identify a three-year carbon emissions reduction target and a plan for achieving that target. Interested parties must submit proposals by July 10. Funding is provided through the State's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund. Commercial and industrial buildings account for 33 percent of the energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, according to NYSERDA. (Source: NYSERDA, 17 May, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    Elmira Joining NY Clean Energy Communities Program (Ind. Report)
    NY Clean Energy Community
    Date: 2018-05-02
    In the Empire State, the Town of Elmira board has unanimously pass two resolutions that would see the community join the New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Community program.

    Under the program, municipalities or towns can implement ten impact items to promote energy efficiency or renewable energy. Recently, the town of Elmira passed resolutions on solar energy permitting and on building energy benchmarking. The town is also considering the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and the conversion of city street lighting to LED.

    Building a more sustainable New York starts with building more sustainable communities. Local governments affect energy choices in their communities, from government operations to homes, businesses, and community institutions. Local governments in New York State can use the Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects, according to the program website. (Source: Town of Elmira, WENY, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Benchmarking,  LED,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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

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    Municipalities Join NYSERDA Clean Communities Program (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In the Empire State, the community councils of Hanover and Silver Creek are reporting participation in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities Program . The program aims to incentivize municipalities to adopt various efficiency "impact actions." Municipalities that complete four of the 10 available impact actions will receive a $5,000 grant and be eligible for future NYSERDA grants.

    The first and major resolution passed by both Hanover and Silver Creek involves establishing building energy benchmarking using the EPA's internet-based Energy Star Portfolio Manager to track and assess the relative energy consumption and performance of community owned buildings of 1,000 square feet or larger. The aim is to identify energy consumption and cost cutting opportunities.

    Other approved resolutions include the New York State Unified Solar Permit program; energy and building code upgrades, training and enforcement; and electric vehicle charging stations. (Source: NYSERDA, Observer, 2 April, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities

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    Softtek Named NY Real Time Energy Management Retailer (Ind. Report)
    Softtek
    Date: 2018-03-07
    Mexican IT services provider Softtek reports it has been named a qualified Real Time Energy Management Program (RTEM) vendor for large residential and commercial customers by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

    NYSERDA's RTEM program offers cost-share incentives to support qualified RTEM projects throughout New York and also evaluates and qualifies vendors to ensure these projects are high-quality.

    NY State has committed to a 23 pct reduction in energy consumption in buildings from 2012 levels, which is equal to more energy than 3.8 million average households use in six months. NYSERDA estimates that RTEM projects save more than 5 pct on a building's energy costs, as well as reduce maintenance costs, improve building occupant comfort and increase operational reliability. (Source: Softtek, Pr, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Softtek, Marcos Jimenez, CEO US and Canada, (917)475-1426, info.usa@softtek.com, www.softtek.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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