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Made in NY: What Will It Take for Corporates to Buy NY Renewables?

Made in NY: What Will It Take for Corporates to Buy NY Renewables?

--ACE NY at Climate Week NYC

Corporate voluntary purchasing of wind and solar power has been so hot in 2018; it seems a new deal is announced weekly. Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported a record-breaking 7.2 GW of global renewable energy purchasing so far in 2018, already well above 2017 levels.

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ACE NY Excited to be Part of Million Solar Strong New York Coalition

ACE NY Excited to be Part of Million Solar Strong New York Coalition

 

ACE NY is excited to be part of the Million Solar Strong New York Coalition, a diverse mix of industry, environmental, justice and community organizations all united by the vision of a strong clean energy economy that works for all New Yorkers. We are committed to giving everyone a voice in energy decision-making.

Together, we are calling on Governor Cuomo to build a #SolarStrongNY by powering one million New York homes by 2023, which must include serving at least 100,000 low income households with affordable local solar, as well as renters and others who can’t otherwise go solar on their own rooftop.

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Feds Should Align with NYS on Offshore Wind Areas

Feds Should Align with NYS on Offshore Wind Areas


By Joe Martens

New York State filed extensive comments with the federal Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) late last month and Gov. Cuomo personally called on US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to “play a significant role in the success story.” (read cleantechnica.com story here).

 New York’s comments, which were echoed by NYOWA, urge BOEM to look closely at the extensive data and information submitted by New York State and to adjust the boundaries of the proposed Call Area to more closely align with New York’s “Area for Consideration.”


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2018 American Wind Week

2018 American Wind Week

Posted on August 7, 2018

By Erin Landy

Sunday kicked off the 2nd Annual American Wind Week (August 5-11)! Supporters of wind energy across the U.S. launched American Wind Week last year when wind power became the country’s largest source of renewable energy capacity. Today, that leadership is growing with a record amount of wind power under construction at wind farms across America.

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How to Make Progress on Electric Vehicles

How to Make Progress on Electric Vehicles

By Anne Reynolds

This Week in New York: How to Make Progress on Electric Vehicles

The last day of New York’s 2018 legislative session is next Wednesday, June 20th. State lawmakers have less than a week to wrap up their unfinished business, and any bills still stuck in committee when Legislators go home will be tabled until next January.

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How to Return NY to "Top Three" for Energy Efficiency

How to Return NY to "Top Three" for Energy Efficiency New Year, New Energy

Posted on April 9, 2018

Re-posted from E4TheFuture Blog

By Steve Cowell

New York was once among the top three states–and can be again. Gov. Cuomo has called for ambitious new energy efficiency targets, and New Yorkers are urging the governor to present a statewide EE goal later this month that will help restore New York’s once-held status as a national leader.

Losing Ground: ACEEE Scorecard
Back in 2012, the ACEEE scorecard ranked New York #3 for public and utility programs among all states. By 2017 New York fell to #13. New York’s nose dive was the largest drop of any state for this performance category. See the 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.



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NY Anti-Wind Bill Could Hurt Clean Energy Economy

NY Anti-Wind Bill Could Hurt Clean Energy Economy

Posted on March 20, 2018

Re-posted from the NRDC Expert Blog

By Sneha Ayyagari and Jackson Morris

The New York State Assembly should reject Assembly Bill A.9053A, which would unfairly prohibit state funding for wind power facilities in six large areas near the Fort Drum military reservation in Jefferson County, New York. This bill is completely unnecessary to protecting national security and guaranteeing the continued vitality of the Fort Drum military base. If passed, A.9053A would hinder progress on clean energy goals, and kill clean energy jobs, without providing any benefits. A group of veterans have submitted a letter urging the Assembly to reject the bill, which is currently in Assembly Committee.

The bill is completely unnecessary

The asserted purpose of A. 9053A is to prevent wind projects from conflicting with military operations at Fort Drum. But there are already robust federal and state procedures to ensure that wind projects are appropriately sited to align with the secure operation and mission readiness at military bases like Fort Drum. The Department of Defense (DoD), through its Siting Clearinghouse, rigorously evaluates the risks of projects. By law, the Department of Defense has the authority to determine whether a project poses a risk to national security, either in isolation or cumulatively with other projects. So far, no wind projects have been built over the objection of the DoD. As the Department of Defense stated to  Congress in 2015, “generic standoff distance are not useful” and “due to the wide variety of missions and variability of impacts on different types of obstructions, it is not possible to apply a ‘one-size-fits-all’ standoff distance between DOD military readiness activities and development projects.”




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Just for the record...

Just for the record…

Posted on February 26, 2018


By Joe Martens, Director of 
New York Offshore Wind Alliance

Some of you may have seen the recent missive in the New York Post from conservative writer and punditRobert Bryce regarding Gov. Cuomo’s ambitious and smart plans for offshore wind in New York. (Read NYOWA’s statement on that here, but finish reading this blog post first!).

Last week I sent the newspaper a letter to the editor, which I’m guessing they’ve decided not to run. So we’re putting it here on the blog so that Bryce’s comments don’t go unaddressed. Here’s what we sent the Post:



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49 Groups' (Energy Efficiency) Love Letter to Gov. Cuomo

49 Groups’ (Energy Efficiency) Love Letter to Gov. Cuomo

Re-posted from the NRDC Expert Blog

By Sneha Ayyagari and Jackson Morris

This Valentine’s day, NRDC, along with 48 organizations, sent a letter to Governor Cuomo expressing support for energy efficiency and urging him to show his love for clean energy jobs and fighting climate change by adopting a nation-leading energy efficiency plan that is as ambitious and equitable as possible. In his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo promised to release a “comprehensive and far reaching energy efficiency initiative by Earth Day, April 22,” including a new 2025 energy efficiency target. The letter signatories, which included environmental organizations, labor organizations, building industry companies and advocates, and environmental justice groups, expressed support for the Governor’s vision and urged him to follow through with aggressive actions to boost energy efficiency in the State.



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New Year, New Energy

New Year, New Energy

By Jeff Jones

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State address featured his Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda, a plan that will keep New York moving forward as a national leader on energy and climate policy. Let’s welcome in the New Year by taking a moment to look broadly – both nationally and in New York - at where the electricity sector stands. 

First, the market: In large parts of the US, it is cheaper to build new wind and solar than new coal, and in some cases cheaper than natural gas. In a recent survey published in Utility Dive, Energy Innovation’s policy expert Sonia Aggarwal reached the conclusion that the industry’s competitive dynamic “completely flipped” in 2017.  Merchant coal plants in Texas and Massachusetts are retiring, unable to compete with natural gas and renewables, she reports, while utilities in Missouri, Wisconsin, and Minnesota are planning early shutdowns of coal. And in spite of the federal government’s actions to shut down the Clean Power Plan, three-quarters of the states will meet their CPP targets.

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Slanted GateHouse Media Story Omits Most People's Experience of Life Near Wind Farms

Slanted GateHouse Media story omits most people’s experience of life near wind farms

Re-posted from In to the Wind: The AWEA Blog 

If all you knew about the beach was what you saw in the movie “Jaws,” you’d never go. Yet 58 million Americans a year go to the shore. 

Context matters. And that’s exactly what is lacking in a recent report by GateHouse Media (In the Shadow of Wind Farms) that amplifies the complaints of a small number of the millions of Americans living near wind farms, while downplaying the vast majority who welcome the benefits of a new cash crop for rural America. 

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In the Shadow of Wind Farms

In the Shadow of Wind Farms

Words can fuel perceived health impacts of wind turbines

Re-posted from Into the Wind: The AWEA Blog

Do you have sores on your feet? Is your hair turning grey? You may live near a wind turbine. Or at least that’s what certain stories you can find on the Internet would have you believe – that wind turbines cause health problems. In reality, tens of millions of people comfortably live near wind projects around the globe with no ill effects, as shown in testimonials which can also be seen online.

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How Clean Energy Standards Are Shaping Up in NY

How Clean Energy Standards Are Shaping Up in NY


At a recent gathering of the Public Utility Law section of the New York State Bar Association, ACE NY Executive Director Anne Reynolds spoke on the renewable energy panel, along with John Williams of NYSERDA and Gavin Donahue of the Independent Power Producers. Anne’s role to was to provide the renewable energy developers’ perspective on the Clean Energy Standard and how it is shaping up in New York.

As enthusiastic supporters of New York’s 50% Renewable Energy Standard, ACE NY highlights the jobs creation, the economic investment, and climate change benefits of new renewable energy development, and the great potential in NY for wind, solar, and offshore wind development. ACE NY members are optimistic about development opportunities in NYS and are following the State’s procurement processes with keen interest.  At the same time, Anne discussed the risky development process and the challenges to project development: a lengthy and uncertain Article 10 process; an equally lengthy and expensive interconnection process at the NYISO; and the need for local tax agreements and community support.

 

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Making the Case for Energy Efficiency

Making the Case for Energy Efficiency

It can be tough to get the ear of a policymaker. One of the best ways is by sharing stories of how their work can affect real people. Our “Faces of EE” initiative collects photos and testimonials of energy efficiency workers across the U.S. Faces of EE promotes the fact that “EE” means more than clean air and a stable grid; it means jobs and economic growth.

 

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Equitable Access to Clean Energy in New York at Climate Week

Equitable Access to Clean Energy in New York at Climate Week

Re-posted from the NRDC Expert Blog

By Samantha Wilt, Energy Policy Analyst Energy and Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

As our country and others throughout the hemisphere reel from this record-breaking hurricane season, United Nations Climate Week that took place last month in New York City was never more timely or important. NRDC along with our partner groups, New Yorkers for Clean PowerEnvironmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, hosted a forum titled Clean Energy for All: Access and Equity in New York’s Clean Energy Transition, featuring speakers from the Association for Energy AffordabilityBlocPowerCon EdisonSolar One, and WE ACT. There were also introductory remarks from John Rhodes, Chairman of the New York Public Service Commission and former president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), outlining many of the broad efforts the state has underway to meet our ambitious clean energy goals, such as the requirement that 50% of New York’s electric needs be met by renewable resources by 2030.

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2017 Legislative Session: Recap

2017 Legislative Session: Recap

The 2017 NYS legislative session officially concluded in June and legislators have headed home to their districts. With the Legislature on an extended break, this is a good time to catch our breath and report on what turned out to be a busy 2017 Legislative Session for ACE NY.

 

Coupled with advocating on a number of budget and legislative issues, ACE NY issued 10 memos of support and five memos of opposition on bills over the course of the legislative session. We are happy to report that two of the bills we worked on passed both houses and will soon be headed for the Governor’s desk. ACE NY will work directly with our partners and other stakeholders to weigh-in with the Governor in support of these measures.

 

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50% Renewable Energy: Things Just Got Real

50% Renewable Energy: Things Just Got Real


By Anne Reynolds, Executive Director

It can be a long road from the announcement of any exciting new policy — like New York’s 50% by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard — to on-the-ground results. In this case, the results will look like new wind turbines spinning and new grid-scale solar projects generating power.

New York took a big step down that road today when the State released its first call for projects under the new 50% goal, soliciting 2.5 million MWhs of renewable energy generation. For the folks trying to develop and build wind and solar projects in our state, things just got real.




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ACE NY Clean Energy Advocacy Day

ACE NY Clean Energy Advocacy Day

ACE NY member companies and organizations spread across the Capitol last Tuesday for our annual Clean Energy Advocacy Day, completing sixty-seven visits with legislative offices and meeting with the Governor’s Assistant Secretary for Energy, Peter Olmsted, on just his second day on the job.

So much of NY’s energy policymaking happens at the Public Service Commission, or at another of the Governor’s agencies. Still, the Legislature has an important role to play, and can wield a strong voice on new ideas and policy issues. ACE NY needs to spread our message that investment from clean energy companies will bring New York cleaner electricity, new jobs, cleaner air, and climate action.

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