‘Tis the season to cross items off on our holiday gift lists and knock out our year- end to-do’s. New York State policy-makers seem to be crossing items off their regulatory checklist lists too. Last week the New York State Department of Public Service took another step toward implementing the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and Clean Energy Fund (CEF) proceedings by wrapping up the comment period on their draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS).
Pace Energy and Climate Center is happy to announce a recent award from the Heising Simons Foundation supporting policy analytic work that will help guide New York’s utility market reform process. In the coming months, the Center will undertake a novel analysis of the electric market to produce a revolutionary “carbon duration curve” that more accurately captures the instantaneous emissions impacts of electric resources on the grid.
The Pace Energy and Climate Center (“Pace”) and its allies called for new forums to discuss the future of incentives for large-scale renewable energy projects (such wind farms) and energy efficiency in New York in documents filed Friday in the ongoing Reforming the Energy Vision case (“REV”).
Pace Energy and Climate Center recently weighed in on PSEG-Long Island Utility 2.0 Long Range Plan, commenting as part of a coalition with the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Advocates of New York, Renewable Energy Long Island, the National Wildlife Federation, the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, and Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
While the People’s Climate March in Manhattan drew much attention over the weekend, New York State reached a quiet milestone in the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) case underway at the Public Service Commission (Commission) late Monday. REV is a sweeping proposal that aims to completely restructure the electric utility market in New York State. It is ripe with potential to increase renewables and energy efficiency, while cutting carbon emissions.
Several recent political developments, including Monday’s shocking news that veteran lawmaker and New York State Senate Energy Chair George Maziarz (R - Newfane) will not seek reelection in November, may mean new opportunities for clean energy legislation in Albany in 2015.
In my previous blog, I discussed the emissions from each of the participant countries and determined a winner. However, encouraging emissions statistics may not be enough to make a critical save in preserving our environment. With the World Cup Final and Consolation games now upon us, I was asked to take into account some mitigation factors to determine who should really win the world cup.
Consolation: Brazil vs. Netherlands
The Pace Energy and Climate Center (Pace) is pleased to report a major victory in the fight to expand renewable energy generation in New York State.
On June 17, after years of posturing, the Canadian federal government approved the Northern Gateway Pipeline project, designed to transport more than 500,000 barrels of Alberta Tar Sands oil west to the coast of British Columbia and across the sea each day. The project had been in limbo since the Canadian energy company Enbridge filed for an environmental assessment and regulatory examination back in 2010.
With the World Cup Group Stage coming to an end, some teams will need some masterful performances and timely saves in order to advance in the knockout stage. However, how would the participant countries fare if we were to consider their environmental performance? Breaking down each of the nation’s greenhouse gas emission statistics will elucidate some interesting facts and matchups.