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.
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.
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.