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PACE Financing Cited as Strategy to Meet New York’s Ambitious Energy Efficiency Target

Broad coalition applauds recommendations for statewide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs for homes and commercial buildings to meet Gov. Cuomo’s energy-climate goals PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y., April 27 – Today, New York State announced its support for residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), recommendations to strengthen the State’s existing Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) administered commercial PACE program, and support for a new, New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) administered C-PACE program. A broad coalition of energy and environmental groups and businesses today applauded the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) a

Wind, solar deliver stunning 98 percent of new U.S. power capacity in January, February

Renewables to provide 69 percent of new capacity by March 2021, as dozens of coal plants are retired WIND TURBINES AND SOLAR PANELS IN CALIFORNIA, 2013. CREDIT: KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/GETTY IMAGES Solar and wind power was responsible for a remarkable 98 percent of all new U.S. power generation capacity that came online in the first two months of 2018. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) latest “Energy Infrastructure Update,” the overwhelming majority of new power plants set up in January and February were renewable energy projects. As FERC reports, during these two months, 1,568 Megawatts of wind and 565 MW of solar power capacity were put into service — along with just

NYSERDA Announces Village of East Syracuse Earns the Clean Energy Community Designation

West Manlius Street, Village of East Syracuse before (left) and after (right) LED streetlight conversion Village is recognized for its commitment to reduce energy consumption, cut costs and drive clean energy in its communities The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that the Village of East Syracuse has been designated a Clean Energy Community, recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy in its communities. This announcement complements Central NY Rising, the regional economic blueprint aimed at attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Announced by Governor Cuomo

India Beats North America, Europe, & Japan In 2017 Solar Additions

Those aggressive auction timelines by the central and several state governments in India have finally resulted in the Asian giant taking the limelight in the global solar power market. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), India overtook the continents of North America and Europe, as well as Japan, in terms of solar power capacity added during 2017. This is no mean feat given these continents and countries have several times India’s installed solar power capacity. India added 9,628 megawatts of solar power capacity in 2017, up from 4,251 megawatts in 2016. The United States added 8,173 megawatts of solar power capacity last year compared to 11,274 megawatts in 2016.

Lyft pledges to offset its carbon emissions, commits to carbon-neutral rides

Getting the people of the United States from Point A to Point B is no small task, and it can take its toll on the environment. While Lyft has figured out how to effectively transport its passengers in an efficient and rather cost-effective manner, it remains the case that this convenience comes at quite an ecological cost. But now, the ridesharing giant is doing what it can to offset those costs — literally. This week, Lyft launched a program to “immediately offset the carbon emissions from all rides globally.” As a result, moving forward, the company has committed to ensuring that “any Lyft ride … will be carbon neutral.” As it stands, there are approximately 1.4 million cars that drive for

Electrify America maps out charging network to rival Tesla Superchargers

Electrify America chargers by BTC Power Mark 2018 as the year that practical, widespread electric-car charging really started coming to America. We've had a lot of news about new charging networks coming to the U.S., and it doesn't look like it will be slowing down any time soon. Following the announcement last week that 100 Walmart stores would get electric car fast chargers, Electrify America has announced that it will install 2,000 additional fast-charging stations at 484 locations across the country. The locations will include Target and Alltown stores, Casey's General Stores, Sheetz gas stations and travel centers, as well as shopping centers owned by real-estate conglomerates Brixmor a

DEC Announces City of Geneva is New York's 18th Certified Climate Smart Community

The Geneva's vibrant farmer's market (above) is just one example of how the city earned points toward CSC Certification. City of Geneva Recognized as Model Municipality for Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Build Climate Resiliency Supports Governor Cuomo's Goal to Reduce Statewide Emissions 40 Percent by 2030 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today recognized the city of Geneva as New York's 18th local government to be designated a Certified Climate Smart Community. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said "Geneva's achievement of Climate Smart Communities certification is an expression of its commitment to clean energy and respon

New York agencies propose shifting EV fast chargers to non-demand charges

Dive Brief: The New York Power Authority and other state agencies have asked New York regulators to make changes to the rate structures of public electric vehicle DC fast charging stations to eliminate demand charges aimed at developing these stations. According to NYPA, the stations' low utilization rates combined with the use of demand charges "renders any business model for DCFCs infeasible." Other state agencies joining NYPA on the proposal are: the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; New York State Department of Transportation; and the New York State Thruway Authority. The New York agencies have also asked the Public Service Commission to direct direct utilities to

Governor Cuomo Announces New Energy Efficiency Target to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Combat Cli

New Energy Efficiency 2025 Target is Equivalent to Energy Used by 1.8 Million Homes Energy Efficiency Strategies Will Deliver Nearly One Third of State's 2030 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal $36.5 Million in Investments Will Prepare up to 19,500 New Yorkers for New Jobs New Strategies Will Increase Annual Electricity Savings to Over 3% by 2025 Positioning New York as a National Leader in Energy Efficiency Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an ambitious acceleration of energy efficiency in New York, including a comprehensive plan to achieve a new target for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, decrease consumer energy costs and create job opportunities. Meeting the new energy

Sunshine could power all of Cayuga County's municipal buildings

Deposit Photos A solar array large enough to power all of Cayuga County's municipal buildings could be up within the next year or so, pending power purchase agreements and other logistics. The solar panels would likely be installed on County House Road in Sennett behind the public safety complex. The array would generate five megawatts, enough to cover all of the county government's electricity needs with plenty of power leftover for local residents to purchase at a low rate, said Cayuga County Administrator J. Justin Woods. The project is part of the Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board's initiative called Solarize CNY. The five-county program is helping municipalities poo

NYSERDA, City of Troy, and Monolith Solar Announce Completion of Landfill Solar Project

Solar array is part of a suite of projects that will provide about 20 percent of Troy’s municipal energy needs Supports Governor Cuomo’s goal to have 50 percent of the State’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030 The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the City of Troy, and Monolith Solar today announced the completion of a 603-kilowatt solar array at the city’s former landfill. This array completes the City’s solar project that included six installations and supports Governor Andrew Cuomo’s goal to have 50 percent of the State’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. This suite of six solar projects, in locations inside and outside of Tro

Delaware River Solar and Ampion Launch New York’s Largest Community Solar Project

Over 350 locals will save money with clean energy. Delaware River Solar (“DRS”) and Ampion have completed the largest community distributed generation (“CDG”) solar project in New York State. Serving over 350 customers, the 2.7 MW array will supply clean and affordable power to residents in rural New York. Under CDG, solar projects feed energy directly into the electric grid, and customers receive dollar credits for that energy on their utility bill. For the Callicoon project, DRS customers will save 10% on their annual electric costs through their contract. “We are excited that our first community solar array is in our home town of Callicoon, New York. And we are very gratified by all the l

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