When solar PV panels generate electricity, what are the actual environmental benefits produced? A key component to answering this question is understanding the impact the solar panel has on the rest of the electric system. Since the panels are supplying electricity, a power plant somewhere else no longer needs to generate as much electricity to fulfill demand. If this power plant uses coal—which generally has a higher carbon content than other fuels—to generate electricity, then the solar panels are reducing relatively dirty electric generation.
New York State’s energy world is responding to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal in the New York Times today. The Governor has proposed to obtain 50% of the state’s electricity by 2030 from renewable resources such as wind and solar power. What's new today is that the Governor wants the New York State Public Service Commission to issue an order locking down this committment for the future.
With leaders from the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States gathering on Tuesday, November 17th in New York City to discuss the future of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), my colleagues and I at the Pace Energy and Climate Center (Pace) published the following paper entitled, "The Clean Power Plan Puzzle: The Future of Efforts to Control Climate Pollution in the Northeast".
As has been reported by Bloomberg BNA and other outlets, Pace’s analysis also shows that the base RGGI cap in 2020, is slightly lower than the collective 2030 mass-based targets established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Clean Power Plan (CPP).
But features of the RGGI program design need revisions to ensure compliance with the CPP.
New York Announces NY Prize Stage 1 Awardees, Pace Energy and Climate Center to Assist Nine Communities in Evaluating Microgrid Feasibility
On July 8, 2015 New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the NY Prize Community Microgrid Competition Stage 1 winners. NY Prize is a $40 million competition to help communities create microgrids - standalone energy systems that can operate independently in the event of a power outage. In Stage 1 of the competition 83 communities across New York State have received awards of approximately $100,000 to study the feasibility of developing a community microgrid.
New York continued making waves in energy policy with the release of the new Clean Energy Fund (CEF) proposal last week. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) published the document late on Thursday, June 25th, shortly after publishing the State Energy Plan.
The State Energy Planning Board approved the Final State Energy Plan at a meeting in Albany today, outlining ambitious targets for reducing climate pollution, and encouraging renewable energy and energy efficiency. The State Energy Plan announced new targets for the reduction of climate pollution and set a 40% reduction goal from 1990 levels by 2030. This ambitious goal puts New York among states leading the fight against climate change.
The New York Public Service Commission adopted several orders on Wednesday that implement new policies resulting from the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding. As one of the only non-governmental organizations at the table in all of these proceedings, the Pace Energy and Climate Center (Pace) is making sure REV stays on the right track in New York.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan, promulgated under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating plants in the United States. All states will need to meet EPA’s final rule.
The Pace Energy and Climate Center presents the following report on New York State’s progress in meeting its energy efficiency savings goals under the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS). Entitled "Charting a New Course for Energy Efficiency in New York: Lessons from Existing Programs" the report examines the performance of the existing suite of energy efficiency efforts run by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the state’s investor owned utilities.