Thomas G. Bourgeois
Deputy Director

Accounting for the Value of Energy Resiliency in Buildings

ClimateEnergy EfficiencyFuels & Transportation

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are fresh in our minds. We read of the homes, businesses, healthcare facilities the customers numbering in the millions who were without power. Although unpleasant for most, not having power, heating and cooling can be fatal for some.

 

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Geordi Taylor
Geordi Taylor
Energy Policy Analyst

RGGI States Announce Additional 30% Reductions in Emissions

Climate

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the United States’ first market-based cap and trade mechanism to reduce emissions within the nine states that participate. RGGI only applies to power generators greater than 25MW of installed capacity, and membership is optional.

Announcement

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Radina Valova
Staff Attorney

New York Public Service Commission “REVs” Up Utility Reform in Consolidated Edison Rate Case

  • New York Public Service Commission adopted a three-year rate plan for Consolidated Edison, including several key Reforming the Energy Vision initiatives.
  • The Pace Energy and Climate Center and Earthjustice partnered on our fifth New York rate case and scored a number of REV wins, including on standby rate reforms, energy efficiency, and REV-aligned rate design.
  • This is the first "post-REV" rate case and is a significant milestone in New York's path to grid modernization.

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Kwamboka Kiangoi
Student Researcher

New York’s Community Distributed Generation Ten-Member Minimum Eligibility is Counteractive in Achieving its Objectives

New York’s Community Distributed Generation (CDG) program is a promising resource in the toolbox for helping low- and moderate-income customers tap into renewable energy, but the program has some limitations. In its present form, residential CDG projects must have a minimum of ten members in order to qualify under the program, which leaves out many New York buildings with fewer than ten units.

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Nick Martin
Energy Policy Associate

The State of Grid Interconnection in the Northeast

Renewable Energy

This article is crossposted on the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition website.

The Pace Energy and Climate Center is a non-profit energy and environmental research and advocacy organization based at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains, New York.

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Meg Ferreira Cirilo
Student Researcher

Cuomo Commits to Develop Up To 2,400 Megawatts of Offshore Wind Capacity by 2030 in New York

ClimateRenewable Energy
One day after announcing that the Indian Point nuclear power plant will close by 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York’s commitment to develop up to 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030–enough to power 1.25 million homes, which will help New York meet its Clean Energy Standard goal of obtaining 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.

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Radina Valova
Staff Attorney

Cuomo Delivers on Promise to Shut Down Indian Point, Supports New York’s Clean Energy Future

  • The plant will close 14 years earlier than expected, without busting New York’s carbon budget.
  • The agreement between the State and Entergy includes support for displaced employees and $15 million fund for community and environmental benefit.
  • Indian Point’s closure is supported by the clean energy foundation laid by Governor Cuomo through the Reforming the Energy Vision process and other energy efficiency and renewables programs and investments.

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Radina Valova
Staff Attorney

New York Closes the Regulatory Gap on Small Distributed Generators

New York State recently adopted long-awaited air pollution regulations aimed at small distributed generators. The emissions rules, found in Part 222 of Title 6 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations (commonly known as “Part 222”), will help to reduce the negative health impacts of nitrous oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions, and will cover small generators that were previously unregulated thanks to a “regulatory gap” in the existing air pollution rules.  

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Pearl Gray
Energy Policy Analyst

UN Environment Guide for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Laws

Energy Efficiency

Richard Ottinger, Karl Rabago, John Bowie and a greater team contributed to the recently completed the UN Environemtnal Guide for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy laws.

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