Why the ACE NY Fall Conference Is Especially Important This Year

Why the ACE NY Fall Conference Is Especially Important This Year

ACE NY’s 13th Annual Fall Conference kicks off next Thursday, Sept. 19th, with an open meeting for members, a renewable siting workshop and a reception. On Friday the 20th, we have a full day of speakers and panels addressing critical issues facing New York. Registration for the conference, Clean Energy Now – Defining Climate Leadership, is open and we invite you to join us.

Hello NYS? To Get to 100% Renewables, Start with the Renewables You Have

Hello NYS? To Get to 100% Renewables, Start with the Renewables You Have

During NY’s latest legislative session, the big energy news was the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), and with good reason. it is a sweeping, ambitious, economy-wide call to action for NYS to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Among other important goals, it sets a 70% by 2030 renewable electricity mandate.

The Fortune in Wind for Upstate New Yorkers

The Fortune in Wind for Upstate New Yorkers

New support for Upstate NY wind power has arrived just in time. With the historic signing of the Climate and Community Protection Act on July 18th by Governor Cuomo, witnessed by climate champion and former Vice President Al Gore, New York has just taken world-leading climate action.  One week previously, on July 10th, ACE NY and New Yorkers for Clean Power (NYCLP) launched Friends of Upstate NY Wind, a website and resource center that fits perfectly with the new climate bill plans.

Time to Get to Work

Time to Get to Work

I’ve had a long career in the environmental arena. I’ve worked in the legislature, at the Adirondack Park Agency, the Open Space Institute and at the helm of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. I have helped craft and witnessed the passage of lots of progressive environmental laws. But passage of the “Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act” has me speechless.

On the Shoulders of Giants — Keep NY’s Clean Energy Assets in NY

On the Shoulders of Giants — Keep NY’s Clean Energy Assets in NY

What’s the best and most cost-effective way to reach our 50% Clean Energy Standard?  To chart a path to where we need to go, let’s first understand where we are today.  Sounds easy right?   Well, maybe it’s not so easy after all…What is the Clean Energy Standard (CES)? The CES is a NYS framework that requires a certain amount of electricity to be produced from renewable energy resources. Today, the New York Public Service Commission has approved the CES stating that, by 2030, 50% of electricity consumed must be generated from renewable energy resources.

Reynolds/Martens Letter Raises Concern about de Blasio Clean Energy Strategy

Reynolds/Martens Letter Raises Concern about de Blasio Clean Energy Strategy

After a five-year wait for details, Mayor de Blasio's Earth Day announcement that New York City would achieve its clean energy goals through a contract with Hydro-Quebec left a lot to be desired. ACENY Executive Director Anne Reynolds and NYOWA Director Joe Martens responded to the mayor's announcement with a letter of concern, noting a number of flaws in the plan.

Wind + Us: ACE NY has Been Out of Town

Wind + Us: ACE NY has Been Out of Town

Half of the ACE NY staff spent this past week in Houston, Texas, at the annual AWEA WINDPOWER2019 conference, which had a theme of Wind +. Between tacos and baseball games, we did find the time to listen, learn, and talk about all of the exciting trends in wind power across the United States. There were many moments of inspiration and some great advice about how to better do our work in New York.

Hey Elected Leaders: The #Climate Kids Have a Message for You  

Hey Elected Leaders: The #Climate Kids Have a Message for You  

As legislators in Albany enter the final days of budget negotations – including at least some negotiation on climate change policy – we can all be inspired by young climate change activists. On March 15th, more than 1.4 million young people in more than 120 countries skipped classes and took to the streets to protest the lack of governmental action when it comes to climate change. The Climate Kids are demanding that politicians treat the climate crisis as a global emergency.