Guest column: Solar is the right way to go for Cayuga County

The roof at Montezuma Winery is covered with solar panels. The Citizen file. The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board is pleased to be assisting municipalities across the region to reduce pollution and energy costs. Through an innovative inter-municipal cooperative procurement approach, our Solarize CNY program will help Cayuga County, the City of Auburn and other municipalities to develop their solar energy resources more efficiently by aggregating the collective buying power of our participating organizations. From December 2011 to December 2017, New York's solar PV market has grown over 1,000 percent, leveraging more than $2.8 billion in private investment and supporti

CESA Announces the Winners of the 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards

The Clean Energy States Alliance is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards, recognizing six state and municipal programs and projects that demonstrate leadership, effectiveness and innovation in advancing renewable energy and other clean energy technologies. Winners were chosen by an independent panel of five distinguished judges, and will be featured in an upcoming report and webinar series. The 2018 awards were given to the following organizations: Connecticut Green Bank for its “Solar for All” Partnership. The Connecticut “Solar for All” program is a ground-breaking public-private partnership between the Connecticut Green Bank and PosiGen

NYSERDA Announces $10 Million Available to Launch New Cleantech Accelerator

NYSERDA currently administers two cleantech accelerators (also known as Proof-of-Concept Centers), PowerBridgeNY in New York City and NEXUS-NY in Rochester, both launched in 2012. PowerBridgeNY works with teams of entrepreneurs and researchers affiliated with partner academic institutions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced that the state is seeking proposals from organizations to operate a new statewide cleantech accelerator to help bring cutting-edge, innovative technologies to the marketplace. Up to $10 million is available to launch an accelerator which supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's nation leading clean energy goals in reducing gree

Majorities See Government Efforts to Protect the Environment as Insufficient

Pockets of partisan agreement over renewables despite wide divides over increasing fossil fuels and effects of climate change (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Majorities of Americans say the federal government is doing too little to protect key aspects of the environment including water (69%) and air quality (64%). And two-thirds of Americans (67%) say the government is doing too little to reduce the effects of climate change. These findings come after a year of change in climate and energy regulatory policies under the Trump administration. At the same time, Americans are closely divided (52% to 48%) over whether or not it is possible to cut back on regulations while

Governor Cuomo Announces $4.2 Million Expansion of High-Speed Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Alo

Modernized Infrastructure at Thruway Service Areas and Commuter Parking Lots Enables More Widespread Electric Vehicle Use Across State Governor's Charge NY 2.0 Program and Expanded Charging Infrastructure Promotes More Zero Emission Vehicle-Capable Roadways In NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $4.2 million expansion plan to install more high-speed electric vehicle charging stations along the New York State Thruway. The plan will allow electric car owners to drive the length of the state without having to exit to recharge. The fast charging station expansion will enable more New Yorkers to take an active role in the Governor's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by

New Water-Based Battery Could Help Store Solar and Wind Energy

GETTY IMAGES/CONTRIBUTOR A group of researchers at Stanford University have developed a new type of battery using water and salt that they hope could be used to store energy produced from wind and solar farms, increasing the effectiveness of renewable energy sources. The two fastest-growing forms of energy generation in the world today are wind and solar, and both have the same fundamental limitation. They're subject to the weather, and routinely go for hours or days without generating any electricity at all. Energy companies relying on these generation methods need some sort of backup while their solar farms and wind turbines are offline. Researcher Wei Chen with a prototype of the new batt

Solar surpasses biomass to become third-most prevalent renewable electricity source

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly Electricity generation from solar resources in the United States reached 77 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively. Biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, while solar generating capacity has consistently grown. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly Annual growth in solar generation often lags annual capacity ad

NYISO says technology is rapidly changing electric grid

Visitors to the unveiling of the NYISO control center watch a video presentation at the start of the event on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in North Greenbush, N.Y. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union) The electrical grid as we know it is no longer, thanks to the rapidly changing role of technology in our lives.Officials at the New York Independent System Operator, who decades ago were focused almost exclusively on keeping the lights on, are now facing dramatic changes and emerging pressures on multiple fronts due to rapid technological changes and public policy initiatives that are reshaping how the world generates and consumes electricity. The NYISO has been embracing the challenges, according to its

New York power grid expects demand to decline through 2028

May 3 (Reuters) - New York’s power grid operator on Thursday forecast that demand for power from the system will decline over the next decade due to efficiency programs and as more homes and businesses generate their own electricity on site. The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the grid operator, projected power demand would decline at a rate of 0.14 percent per year through 2028. Annual electric usage in 2017 fell to its lowest level since 2001, according to the NYISO. In 2017, demand peaked at 29,699 megawatts (MW), which was 7.4 percent below 2016’s peak of 32,075 MW and 12.6 percent below the record peak of 33,956 in 2013. One megawatt can power about 1,000 U.S. homes. At th

Governor Cuomo Advances 'Save Our Waters' Bill to Prohibit Offshore Drilling Infrastructure

New York Moves to Protect Coastal Communities and $23 Billion Marine Economy from Environmental Disasters 'Save Our Waters' Bill Available Here and Bill Memo Available Here Voice Your Opposition to Offshore Drilling Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today advanced the 'Save Our Waters' bill to prohibit the leasing of lands, including underwater lands, for offshore drilling and exploration, and drilling infrastructure, in New York State waters. The Governor's action to protect New York's waters from oil and gas exploration was prompted by the Trump administration's plan to vastly expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. "The federal government's plan to open coastal waters

Federal Reserve: Climate Change Could Cut U.S. Economic Growth by One Third Over Century

A study recently published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond said that climate change could stunt U.S. economic growth by one third over the next century, according to the Wall Street Journal. The researchers came to this conclusion by looking at the impacts that rising temperatures have already had on the economy and extrapolated from there. For instance, above-average temperatures slow down factory output, agricultural activity and construction. Retail tends to take a hit as well, since fewer people go out to shop, and worker productivity sags too, even when air conditioning is accounted for. Beyond direct effects from heat, the paper also noted that higher temperatures mean more

Trump’s Solar Tariffs Cause a Scramble in the Industry

Assembly-line workers at a solar-panel factory in China. To be exempted from American tariffs, solar companies must show that they have a unique technology or offering. CreditChina Network, via Reuters SunPower is the nation’s No. 2 commercial solar-power company, employing thousands of workers directly and indirectly. But it makes most of its solar panels abroad, and with the tariffs recently imposed by President Trump costing it as much as $2 million a week, SunPower is fighting for an exemption. One of its rivals, SolarWorld Americas, produces panels domestically. Buffeted by foreign competition, it was behind the original push for the tariffs. Now the two American companies are merging.

New York State Parks Announces Governor Clean Energy Standard Leading State Parks to Energy Neutrali

5 State Parks to be Energy Neutral by 2019, Robert Moses is Already First Energy Neutral State Park of its Size in the Nation Clean Lighting and Photovoltaic Solar Arrays Save State Parks Nearly $1m Annually in Energy Costs The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today announced that New York State parks are drastically reducing electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions through solar and clean lighting initiatives. Since 2013, 18 state parks have installed photovoltaic systems and have replaced the less preferred traditional and conventional lighting with environmentally friendly LED lighting leading to an overall savings of nearly $1 million annually. Th


New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) on Thursday awarded Binghamton University a $400,000 economic-development grant for projects connected to its new Smart Energy Building in Vestal. (Photo provided by Binghamton University) VESTAL, N.Y. — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) has announced a $400,000 economic-development grant for Binghamton University. The funding will help support three projects at Binghamton University’s new Smart Energy Building under NYSEG’s economic development electric-infrastructure programs, the school said in a news release. The goal is to help offset electric-related infrastructure improvements as well as to research, develop and promote energy-efficient system

NYSERDA Offering $5 Million For Offshore Wind Resource Assessment

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is making up to $5 million available to support meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) data collection off the New York coast in areas with the potential for future offshore wind development. NYSERDA is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to collect more detailed metocean information about the wind resources off New York to help secure reliable and bankable data for wind farm developers to reduce uncertainty about site conditions. According to NYSERDA, metocean and other data will also be made available to the public on an ongoing basis to encourage broad usage and to inform further studies to better understand the

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