Posts Tagged ‘Cuomo’

Where Will Latest NY-Sun-Financed PV Projects Be Located?

That’s a good question. The announcement from Gov. Cuomo’s office about the latest round of NY-Sun grants – $46 million for 76 large-scale projects totally 52 MW of power – just states they installations will be in 33 counties, which covers more than half the state. It’s a little difficult to tell how many, if any, will be built in New York City based on that.

An even better question might be why so many of the grants are going to companies based outside the state. Just nine of the 28 companies listed are based in New York, although an additional six at least have an office in the state.

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Cuomo Sets Renewable Agenda

Last month, Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address spoke boldly about renewable energy and other environmental initiatives. One major proposal is the creation of a $1 billion Green Bank for investment in clean energy. Renewable energy projects in New York City tend to have higher price tags than elsewhere in the state, just as a cost of doing business, so any additional help such systems can get will be welcome. However, if the Green Bank will be partially funded by the Renewable Portfolio Standards and System Benefit Charge, it is likely the City will contribute more than it gets back.

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NYC and the New York Energy Highway

Last week, I wrote about Gov. Cuomo’s plans for wind power and how it might affect New York City in his New York Energy Highway Blueprint. The plan also details other ways that the City might benefit from the state’s energy updates. First off, it predicts that developing electricity transmission within the state will improve air quality in New York City, presumably by negating the need for City residents to use pollution-spewing generators during peak hours in the summer.

In addition, the blueprint considers the possibility of the Indian Point nuclear plant shutting down. A Request for Information brought in proposed projects totaling over 6,000 MW of energy that could be located in the New York City region or the Hudson Valley. However, there is no indication how many of those proposals involve renewable energy. Moreover, Indian Point has applied for an extension of its operating licenses, so the plans may never move forward.

Wind Power Could Be Great for NYC, Someday

Gov. Cuomo’s recently released New York Energy Highway Blueprint involves big plans for wind power – and how wind could benefit New York City. The plan examines a future where upstate wind farms and offshore turbines help to power the state’s biggest energy consumer. However, that future is still years away from becoming reality.

Significant upgrades must be made to New York’s electricity transmission in order for the City to benefit from upstate wind energy. Of the 6,000 megawatts of existing and proposed land-based wind farms in the state, none are in New York City, or even on Long Island or in the other counties immediately surrounding the City.

While the Blueprint calls for studies to examine the potential for offshore wind and how initial investments of such projects can be recuperated, those studies will not be completed until at least the end of 2014. The plan points to the failed proposals for offshore farms in the Great Lakes and off Jones Beach on Long Island. While offshore wind clearly shows promise, the governor’s Task Force advises proceeding with caution.

Survey Finds New Yorkers Want Renewables

A recent survey by Public Policy Polling found that most New York residents support the increased use of renewable energy over other energy sources and would be willing to pay more each month to support it. According to the poll, 87 percent of respondents support the expanded use of alternative energy, and 84 percent say it is important for New York to meet its goal of getting 30 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2015. Another 84 percent say it is important for that renewable energy to come from sources within the state rather than purchasing the power from alternative sources in other states.

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The Week in NYC Renewable: 8/26/12

After a brief hiatus from this blog, there’s an abundance of clean energy news coming out of New York:

The Week in NYC Renewable: 8/5/12

New York continues to get excited about the idea of sustainable energy, but it still has a long way to go – especially when compared to a certain neighbor. Here’s some news you should know: