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August 2018 was 5th hottest August on record for the globe

Image: An annotated map of the world showing notable climate events that occurred in August 2018. For details, see the bulleted list below in our story and on the Web at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2018/08. (CREDIT: NOAA NCEI) Besides ushering in the fifth hottest August, steady heat through the first eight months of 2018 made it the fourth warmest year to date for the planet. Here’s a breakdown of NOAA’s latest monthly global climate analysis: Climate by the numbers August 2018 The average global temperature in August was 1.33 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.1 degrees. This was the fifth highest global temperature for August in the 139-year record (1880–2018). Last m

Governor Cuomo Launches First Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation Rebate Initiative for P

$5 Million Available for Installations at Apartment Buildings, Workplaces, Malls and Other Public Locations Under Charge Ready NY Charging station installed at the Village of Jordan's municipal building Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $5 million is available as part of the first rebate designed specifically for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces, office buildings, multi-family apartment buildings, and public locations such as theaters, malls, parks and retail locations. The installation of charging stations for public use supports the Governor's ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. "New York cont

New York’s Energy Storage Roadmap: It’s Not Easy Getting from Here to There

Provided by Rob Byron/Shutterstock.com New York has won praise for setting a goal to attract 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. But now comes the tricky part — deciding specific routes to take on energy storage roadmap. The complexity of the journey is apparent in comments recently filed by utilities, energy storage companies, microgrid developers, solar developers, advocates and other stakeholders before the New York Public Service Commission. Proposed in June by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the roadmap sets a goal of 500 MW of storage in each of three categories: the bulk power market, the distribution system and customer sites. The state would achieve the goal with the help of a $350 million bridg

One in three U.S. households faces a challenge in meeting energy needs

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Survey 2015 Nearly one-third of U.S. households (31%) reported facing a challenge in paying energy bills or sustaining adequate heating and cooling in their homes in 2015. According to the most recent results from EIA’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), about one in five households reported reducing or forgoing necessities such as food and medicine to pay an energy bill, and 14% reported receiving a disconnection notice for energy service. Households may also use less energy than they would prefer; 11% of households surveyed reported keeping their home at an unhealthy or unsafe temperature. The 2015 RE

Governor Cuomo Announces the Completion of the Largest Community Solar Project in Tompkins County

373 Households Benefit from Town of Enfield's 2.3-Megawatt Solar Array Supports Governor Cuomo's Mandate to Have Half of the State's Electricity Come from Renewable Resources by 2030 Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the largest community solar project in Tompkins County has been completed and is fully operational. Located in the Town of Enfield, 373 households, as well as a local church, are benefitting from the 2.3-megawatt solar array which supports Governor Cuomo's mandate for half of all electricity consumed to come from renewable energy sources by 2030. T

Weedsport makes clean energy vote to save more than $300,000 tax dollars

The village of Weedsport's offices are located at 8892 South St. in Weedsport. The Citizen file WEEDSPORT — The village of Weedsport became a clean energy community and voted to save more than $300,000 in a regular village board meeting on Wednesday. For the past few months, the village has been working with Amanda Mazzoni of the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board to make a decision on converting the streetlights in the village, about 200, to LED lights. Based on the 205 lights eligible to be transformed into LED streetlights by NYSEG, Mazzoni presented the village with two different ways to go about the update. The village could opt for a utility purchase option that w

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 200 Communities Have Earned Clean Energy Community Designation

Central New York Communities Designated or Participating in NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities Program More Than 200 Communities Across the State Have Completed More Than 1,250 Clean Energy Actions Clean Energy Communities Initiative Recognized by Clean Energy States Alliance with the 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award Supports New York's Goal of 50 Percent of Electricity from Renewable Sources and 40 Percent Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than 200 communities across the state have earned the Clean Energy Community designation, completing more than 1,250 total high-impact clean energy actions. The designation recognizes co

New York to invest $127.7 million Volkswagen settlement in clean vehicles

PHOTO COURTESY OF SHUTTERSTOCK New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York will utilize the $127.7 million received from the 2016 Volkswagen settlement to significantly increase the number of electric vehicles and other clean vehicles in the state. Covered vehicles include new buses, trucks, locomotives, ferries, tug boats, and cargo handling equipment, as well as the availability of electric vehicle charging equipment statewide. At the Governor’s direction, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in concert with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, New York Power Authority, state Department of Transportation, the Port Authority of New

Governor Cuomo Announces $15 Million Investment in SUNY Clean Energy Workforce Development & Tra

Nearly $6 Million Awarded to Campuses to Train More Clean Energy Workers as Part of Governor Cuomo's Climate Jobs NY More Than $9 Million Available to SUNY Campuses Through RFP for Apprenticeships, Internships and Educational Programs with Industry Partners Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $15 million is available to fund two initiatives that will promote clean energy workforce development and training programs on SUNY campuses. Nearly $6 million was awarded to SUNY campuses to train more workers in the clean energy sector. In addition, a request for proposals was made available to all SUNY campuses for grants totaling $9 million to provide apprenticeships, internships, and educat

Solar energy advocates want Cuomo to reinstate net metering for compensation

Solar array in the town of Clay that provides electricity to the town office building. ELLEN ABBOTT / WRVO PUBLIC MEDIA Solar energy advocates are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to change the way the state determines compensation for solar projects. The problems began about a year ago, when the Public Service Commission replaced net metering with a policy called the Value of Distributed Energy Resources, or VDER for short. Chris Carrick, the Energy Program Manager at the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board said the new policy ultimately reduces the worth of solar power. "The outcome of this is driving solar development towards very limited areas of the state where the VDER

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