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NYSERDA and Onyx Renewable Partners Complete Solar Landfill Installation

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Onyx Renewable Partners completed the 2.6- megawatt solar installation at the City of Saratoga Springs’ former landfill. The project will help New York meet Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard requiring 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, by 2030. “Congratulations to the City of Saratoga Springs for having the vision to turn an under-utilized site like its landfill into an environmental and economic success story,” Alicia Barton, president and CEO, NYSERDA, said in a statement. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, local communities are leading the

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES 74 PERCENT INCREASE IN ELECTRIC CAR SALES SINCE LAUNCH OF DRIVE CLEAN REBAT

State Approves More than 2,000 Consumer Rebates Across the State Supports Governor's Clean Energy Goals to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Combat Climate Change Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York has seen a 74 percent increase in electric car sales over the same time period last year, resulting from the Drive Clean Rebate initiative launched on March 21, 2017. The Drive Clean Rebate provides New York residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase of a new electric car from participating dealers. The initiative supports Governor Cuomo's aggressive goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 by encouraging the growth of clean and non-pollutin

British Vacuum Maker Dyson Plans Electric Car Assault

British inventor James Dyson, creator of the Dyson vacuum cleaner (Photo credit PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images) Is this the blind-siding nightmare the traditional auto industry has been fearing? British vacuum cleaner maker Dyson announced Tuesday that it is working on what it calls a “premium” electric car that will go on sale in 2020. This will be the first in a line of battery vehicles, it said. The company behind the Dyson vacuum cleaner and hand dryers has been working on electric battery technology for almost two decades. “We know this is a crowded market,” said Dyson founder Sir James Dyson as he announced the company would spend $2.7 billion on the car and battery technology, and predic

IKEA just unveiled a massive bet on electric cars

From solar panel systems to wind power, Ikea wants to make itself known as sustainability champion. It's latest pet project could be its most audacious to date: electric vehicles. Ikea’s acting Head of Sustainability Pia Heidenmark-Cook revealed the Swedish furniture chain’s global bet on EV’s at an event at the New York Climate Week. In practice, it means that 355 Ikea stores on 30 different markets will switch entirely to electric car transportation and infrastructure. “The initiative concerns our own vehicles at the department stores and offices, but it also includes the partners who take care of our home deliveries. Moreover, we will install charging pods at all department stores to enco

GOVERNOR CUOMO AND U.S. CLIMATE ALLIANCE ANNOUNCE STATES ARE ON TRACK TO MEET OR EXCEED TARGETS OF P

North Carolina Joins Climate Alliance, Bringing Total Membership to 14 States and Puerto Rico Alliance Represents 41% of American GDP and 117 Million Americans, Enough to Be World's Third Largest Economy Independent Report Shows that Economies of Climate Alliance States Are Growing Faster than Non-Alliance States, Demonstrating that Fighting Climate Change and Creating Jobs Go Hand-in-Hand Report Available Here and Executive Summary Available Here Governor Cuomo Announces Ambitious Expansion of NY Green Bank to Grow Sustainable Infrastructure Financing and Combat Climate Change Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the members of the U.S. Climate Alliance - a growing coal

NYSERDA AWARDS ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY MORE THAN $112K TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL’S ENERGY MASTER PLAN

The state has awarded St. Lawrence University more than $112,000 to support the school’s “first ever” energy master plan. (Photo credit: St. Lawrence University website / Tara Freeman) CANTON, N.Y. — St. Lawrence University will use more than $112,000 in state funding to support the school’s “first ever” energy master plan. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded the funding, the school said in a news release. The new energy master plan will allow St. Lawrence’s Office of Sustainability to establish “broad” institutional goals to “efficiently” meet utility-services requirements, address sustainability strategies, and provide a “foundation for continuous

De Blasio Vows to Cut Emissions in New York’s Larger Buildings

A day after Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared with his wife, Chirlane McCray, at a campaign event, he announced a plan to reduce emissions in many of New York City’s older, larger buildings. Credit Holly Pickett for The New York Times Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said that he wants to force landlords to retrofit old buildings — including apartment houses, office buildings and warehouses, with more than 25,000 square feet of space — to make them more energy efficient. The plan, which could affect as many as 23,000 buildings in New York City, called for strict standards in place by 2030, as part of a push to fight global warming. But as the mayor began to field questions about the proposal, it

Anheuser-Busch Announces Renewable Energy Partnership

Anheuser-Busch and Enel Green Power (EGP), the Enel Group’s renewables division, announced today that they have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA), whereby Anheuser-Busch will purchase the energy delivered to the grid and renewable electricity credits from a portion of EGP’s Thunder Ranch wind project in the amount of 152.5 MW. The wind energy partnership between EGP and Anheuser-Busch will be the beer company’s first contracted utility-scale project to start operations in the world, once the Thunder Ranch wind farm becomes operational, which is expected by the end of 2017. This partnership marks a step in delivering on the global commitment by Anheuser-Busch’s parent company to secure

Cornell researcher: Melting Arctic helped make monster Houston hurricane

In the wake of heavy rains from Storm Harvey, the National Weather Service added a color to its precipitation map to include accumulations of more than 30 inches. This is the map before the addition. Photo: National Weather Service ALBANY — While the Arctic is a long way from Houston, the continuing loss of polar ice from man-made climate change likely helped make Hurricane Harvey into a record-setting killer that dumped trillions of gallons of rain, according to a researcher from Cornell University. "What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic," said Charles Greene, a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences. He said the loss of Arctic sea ice is weakening high-altitude jet st

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