NYSEG files request to raise electrical & gas rates

BUFFALO, N.Y. — NYSEG's rate plan with the State of New York expired last month. While rates will remain stable for the next year, the rate increase NYSEG is hoping to secure for electrical delivery is significant: 23.7 percent. If approved, the new rate would go into effect in May 2020. Documents filed with the state show 23.7% will amount to an additional $10.17 a month, bringing the average monthly bill to more than $53. In its submission to the Public Service Commission, NYSEG did include figures which show the average bill for their electric customer is the lowest, compared to the average bills of the other six investor-owned utilities in New York. The proposed rate hike for power deliv

90-megawatt solar farm proposed for Homer

Stock image A proposed solar farm could bring up to 90 megawatts and be based on properties in the town of Homer, if the company can find land owners to participate. “EDF Renewables plans to begin reaching out to landowners in the next two weeks,” said Jack Honor, a development manager for the company, in a statement. EDF Renewable, an international company that develops and operates renewable energy facilities, plans to build a solar farm on 300 to 400 acres of land in Homer. Some of it could potentially be where Crown City Wind Farm had been proposed to go in 2012 in Homer’s southeastern corner. “We’re in the early stages of talking to that company about us stepping into their shoes and st

Tesla’s New York Jobs Target On Track as Buffalo Factory Expands Beyond Solar

In addition to its solar roof, Tesla will begin making equipment for its energy storage and EV chargers in New York, offering clarity about the future of its Gigafactory 2. Tesla has pledged to bring 5,000 jobs to New York state within a decade of the Gigafactory 2's completion. Tesla reported Wednesday that it has exceeded its 2019 jobs target for New York state, with 632 full-time and four part-time jobs through the end of April — more than the 500 it was required to have. The electric-vehicle, solar and storage producer must meet certain jobs requirements under an agreement with New York that offered Tesla tax benefits for siting its Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo. There are now 730 full-time w


Anheuser-Busch's Largest Off-Site Installation in the Nation, Enough to Brew Over 3 Million Cases of Beverages Annually AES Distributed Energy Brings Reliable and Cost-Effective Distributed Energy System to Brewery Investment Complements "CNY Rising" - Central New York's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Supports Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal Which Calls for 70 Percent of the State's Electricity to Come from Renewable Sources by 2030 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a 2.76 megawatt solar project in Central New York. Located in the Town of Van Buren, Anheuser-Busch's Baldwinsville brewery is the sole off-taker of the com

US Surpasses 2 Million Solar Installations as Industry Looks to ‘Dominate’ the 2020s

The market’s rapid growth has “reshaped the energy conversation in this country,” says Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. Agent of the future. Photo Credit: The number of solar installations in the United States has officially surpassed 2 million, according to the latest data from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The milestone comes just three years after the industry completed its millionth installation, a feat that took 40 years to achieve. Wood Mackenzie analysts expect the U.S. to crack the 3 million mark in 2021 and 4 million in 2023. "The rapid growth in the solar indus


New York is First in Nation to Advance Regulatory Phase Out of Coal-Fired Power Plants State Will Require All Power Plants to Meet Stringent CO2 Limits - See Adopted Regulations Here Supports Governor's Nation-Leading Clean Energy Program Including the Goal to Reduce Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State is building on its nation-leading actions to ensure cleaner air for New Yorkers and reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions by banning coal-fired power plants. The Governor announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted final regulations to require all power plants in

Maid of the Mist to launch first emission-free passenger boats in U.S.

A rendering of the all-electric Maid of the Mist boats that the Niagara Falls tourism company plans to launch in September, replacing its diesel-powered boats. (Provided photo) For generations, throngs of tourists sailing the Maid of the Mist fleet beneath Niagara Falls have experienced the roar of the cataract, the splash of the river – and the fog of diesel fumes. Scratch the diesel fumes from future Maid of the Mist vessels following the venerable tour company’s Friday announcement that it will launch North America’s first all-electric passenger boats in September. Though Maid of the Mist began ferrying tourists in steam-powered vessels in 1846 and switched to diesels in 1955, the new gen

US wind power development hits record levels in first quarter

Shutterstock U.S. wind power construction and development activity hit record levels in the first quarter, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2019 Market Report. The report found that U.S. project developers announced new wind farms with a total capacity of 6,146 megawatts (MW) in the first quarter of 2019. That is more than the capacity of all the currently operational wind farms in California. This additional capacity brings the development pipeline to a record-breaking 39,161 MW, an 11 percent increase over the previous quarter. Eight states are on track to double their wind capacity. “With nearly 40,000 MW in development, America’s

Plummeting battery prices to make electric cars cheaper than gas cars in 3 years

NISSAN LEAF ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING ON A LONDON STREET. (PHOTO CREDIT: MILES WILLIS VIA GETTY IMAGES) Batteries have been getting smaller and cheaper so much faster than expected that the experts at Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) have had to revise their own projections for electric vehicles every year. BNEF projected in 2017 that “the crossover point when electric vehicles will be cheaper upfront than a combustion vehicle” would be 2026 (nine years), BNEF energy analyst Nathaniel Bullard tweeted last week. But things have changed quickly since then and the timeframe has narrowed significantly: in 2018, it was 2024 (six years), and now, in 2019, BNEF projects the crossover point will be 2022 — just thre

A Portion Of The World’s Largest Ice Shelf Is Melting At A Ridiculously High Rate

DE AGOSTINI PICTURE LIBRARY VIA GETTY IMAGES A portion of the Ross Ice Shelf is melting 10 times faster than the average ice shelf, said researchers who have been studying its temperatures, salinity, melt rates and ocean currents for the last several years. A portion of the world’s largest ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than the overall ice shelf average due to warming surface water, according to a new report that emphasizes the impact such warming has on ice melt. Researchers studying data taken at Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf over the last four years reported on Monday that warming ocean water that’s heated by the sun is causing the rapid melting that intensifies risks of long-term ri

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