Squeezed in between a successful and substantive conference (see pictures here); a buzzing reception and release of NYLCVs report; and a first-ever Roundtable for renewable energy project supporters, ACE also held its 13th annual Members Meeting on September 19th. The Members Meeting had great attendance this year – 68 individuals RSVPed positively – and so these annual strategy sessions, while still pretty informal -- continue to grow in scope and importance.
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.
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.
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.
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!