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.
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.
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.
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.
April 29. 2019 was Legislative Earth Day here in Albany, NY! As the voice of New York's clean energy industry, our mission is to promote the use of clean, renewable electricity technologies and energy efficiency in New York State. To celebrate, we created a special Clean Energy NY newsletter. Check it out!
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.
New York State has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change and increasing use of renewable energy is a central component of this plan.
New Yorkers for Clean Power hosted an online teach-in February 21 to teach New Yorkers about the importance of community renewables and what they can do to support them.