Gov. Cuomo and National Grid reach agreement, utility must pay $36 million fine

Gov. Cuomo and National Grid have reached an agreement to lift the moratorium on gas service to Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn, according to the governor’s office. Gov. Cuomo and National Grid have reached an agreement to lift the moratorium on gas service to Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn, according to the governor’s office. The deal comes after Cuomo sent a Nov. 13 letter threatening to revoke the utility's certificate to offer natural gas service in downstate New York. National Grid had denied natural gas service to over 1,100 customers since May. The company blamed New York's rejection of an application for a $1 billion pipeline bringing natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fiel

Carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere reaches record high, researchers say

A commuter walks through thick smog in New Delhi on Nov. 14, 2019. Manish Swarup / AP file The concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere has reached a record high, according to a report released Monday by the World Meteorological Organization. In 2018, global average concentrations of the greenhouse gas, which is a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, reached 407.8 parts per million, which means for every 1 million molecules of gas in the atmosphere, nearly 408 were carbon dioxide. This level is up from the global average of 405.5 parts per million in 2017. The findings follow a trend that shows the planet is continuing to warm at an alarming pace. “There is no sign of a slowdown,

Are airport installations the next big trend in solar?

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced plans to construct a 13 MW solar installation at JFK airport, accompanied by a 7.5 MWh storage system. On a larger scale, more and more airports across the country are realizing the opportunities solar brings. Image: Wikimedia Commons Don’t look now, but a new trend may be forming within the solar industry. Earlier this week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey made public plans to construct a 13 MW, 7.5 MWh solar + storage project at JFK International Airport, set to be developed by SunPower. Of those 13 MW, 6.1 MW will be used as part of a community solar project, an accomplishment which the Port Authority claims to be t

Governor Cuomo Announces $4 Million to Support Green and Clean Energy Solutions in New York Schools

P-12 Schools: Green and Clean Energy Solutions Program Helps Lower Energy Costs and Increase Energy Efficiency Program Furthers Governor's Green New Deal and State's Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 85 Percent By 2050 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $4 million is available under the P-12 Schools: Green and Clean Energy Solutions program to reduce energy use and assist with the conversion to carbon free energy solutions for schools serving Prekindergarten through Grade 12 students. The program supports the State's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050 and the Governor's Green New Deal, the most aggressive climate and clean energy program in the nation. "Ne

U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2018

Introduction U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased in 2018. Weather was one driver of this increase: the winter months were colder and the summer months were warmer than in 2017. In addition, U.S. transportation-related emissions continue to rise with gross domestic product (GDP), which has been a trend since 2012. This analysis examines economic trends and changes in fuel mix that influence energy-related CO2 emissions in the United States. As a result, most of the CO2 emissions being discussed are the result of fossil fuel combustion or their use in the petrochemical and related industries. In the short term, energy-related CO2 emissions are influenced by factors suc

'The best solution': Site of geothermal system, Auburn City Hall to host workshop

City of Auburn Superintendent of Engineering Services Bill Lupien looks over the geothermal heating system at Memorial City Hall in Auburn. Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen AUBURN — To engineer John Manning, geothermal systems were once just a good way to heat and cool buildings. But substituting conventional heating and cooling units with geothermal systems began to feel "almost mandatory" once he started to realize their benefits for the environment. Once an engineer for Carrier, Manning now operates two businesses in Auburn: Phoenix Energy Supply and Earth Sensitive Solutions. He's also behind the installation of the electric-driven geothermal system in Auburn's Memorial City Hall and on the ca

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