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NYSERDA Launches State’s First Community Campaigns to Install Clean Heating and Cooling Systems in N

Campaigns to Support Workforce Development and Installations in Low-Income Households $2 Million Now Available in Second Round of Funding Under This Initiative Supports Governor Cuomo’s Ambitious Clean Energy Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030 The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the launch of the state’s first community campaigns designed to install clean heating and cooling systems for residents and businesses. Eight organizations will operate the campaigns, which will play a major role in achieving Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. Alicia Barton, Pres

Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

Usually frozen waters open up twice this year in phenomenon scientists described as scary Scientists say thinning of the sea ice has reached even the coldest parts of the Arctic. Photograph: Nick Cobbing/Greenpeace The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-change driven heatwave in the northern hemisphere. One meteorologist described the loss of ice as “scary”. Others said it could force scientists to revise their theories about which part of the Arctic will withstand warm

1927 SCHOOL—DEAD FOR A DECADE—REBORN AS A $15M SOLAR-POWERED BUFFALO COMMUNITY HUB

On July 19, 2018, the $14.8 million repurposing and renewal of the former School 77 on the West Side of Buffalo, New York was completed. It’s now a solar-powered community hub that will go a long way towards revitalizing the neighborhood. NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “The School 77 project is a great example of how to create much needed housing, revitalize communities and preserve local heritage by reinvesting in core communities. With the assistance of the Historic Tax Credit program, New York State is leading the nation breathing new life into previously underutilized buildings. Since the Governor signed legislation to bolster the state’s u

Syracuse lawmakers approve $38M plan to buy city streetlights

Streetlights along North Salina Street in Syracuse. The city will borrow $38 million to purchase 17,507 of the city's lights from National Grid. (Tim Knauss | tknauss@syracuse.com) SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Common Council today approved borrowing $38 million to purchase 17,507 city streetlights from National Grid and convert them to energy-efficient lights on a smart grid. City officials estimate the plan will save $3 million a year on energy and maintenance costs, which would more than cover the debt service on the $38 million bond. Officials from the city and the New York Power Authority presented the plan to the council's public works committee last week. The up-front cost includes a $7 milli

NY GREEN BANK ANNOUNCES STRONG SECOND QUARTER WITH COMMITMENTS NOW TOTALING OVER $522 MILLION IN SUP

Six New Transactions Closed – Including Two Community Solar Investments – Resulting in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Equivalent to Removing Up to 89,000 Cars from the Road Supports New York State’s Nation-leading Clean Energy Standard of 50% of Electricity to Come from Renewable Sources by 2030 August 15, 2018 – NY Green Bank yesterday issued its Quarterly Metrics Report showing strong results for the second fiscal quarter of 2018, including the closing of six new transactions totaling $64.9 million, bringing overall investments to date to $522.3 million. These investments are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7.3 – 9.3 million metric tons and further Governor Andrew M.

Plug Power opening a production plant in Saratoga County

Plug Power is expanding into a new 38,400-square-foot building in Saratoga County to increase the production of its hydrogen fuel cell technology. DONNA ABBOTT-VLAHOS Plug Power is expanding into a new 38,400-square-foot building in Saratoga County to help increase the production of its hydrogen fuel cell technology. The building, at 620 Van Patten Dr. in Clifton Park, is off of I-87 North at exit 10, about 15 minutes from Plug Power's headquarters in Latham. The company is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new space on Friday with U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko, who was a vocal supporter of reinstating a fuel cell tax credit that is crucial to Plug Power's business. Plug Power (Nasdaq:

World Reaches 1,000GW of Wind and Solar, Keeps Going

Bloomberg NEF data indicate that the world has attained the landmark figure of 1TW of wind and solar generation capacity installed. We estimate that the second terawatt of wind and solar will arrive by mid-2023 and cost 46% less than the first. New output from the BNEF database shows that there were 1,013GW of wind and solar PV generating capacity installed worldwide as of June 30, 2018. The 1TW milestone would have been passed sometime just before this date. The total is finely balanced between wind (54%) and solar (46%). Looking back on the first terawatt of wind and solar reveals just how far these two sectors have come. Total installed capacity has grown 65-fold since the year 2000, and

City of Syracuse Named Clean Energy Community for Commitment to Cut Costs and Reduce Energy Consumpt

The City of Syracuse today announced it has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), recognizing the city’s leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs, and driving clean energy locally. Announced by Governor Cuomo in August 2016, the $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local government leaders across the state by providing grants to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. Clean Energy Communities advances the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy by demonstrating the importance of comm

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