David Gahl
Director of Strategic Engagement

Proposed Legislative Budgets Mean Bad News for NY Clean Energy

ClimateCommunity EnergyEnergy EfficiencyFuels & TransportationRenewable Energy

As New York State budget negotiations kick into high-gear this week at the State Capitol, lawmakers should reject several bad ideas advanced on the energy and climate front.

First, the majority coalition that runs the State Senate advanced a plan that would cut all of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) operating appropriations.

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Wasteful Games

Climate

Though the Olympics are supposed to instill feelings of hope, unity, and awe, the ongoing 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia have been overshadowed by many negative issues.  Some of these problems have been widely publicized, i.e. the human rights controversies, especially those involving the LGBT community, also the killing of stray dogs, the poor construction of accommodations, and other safety issues like possible terrorist threats.

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The Adaptation Problem: Ocean Acidification Management

Climate

“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.” – Arthur C. Clarke

The Evil Twin

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NYPrize, Building Community Microgrids in New York.

Community EnergyRenewable Energy

With his $40 million dollar project to develop 10 community microgrids in areas with approximately 40,000 residents in 2014, Governor Cuomo has solidified a brighter future for energy in New York State.

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A UN Report: An Important First Step to Helping Corporations Understand their Role in Climate Change

Climate

On November 14, the United Nations Global Compact released their “Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Change Policy.”  In a nod to the role corporations play in climate change measures, UN Executive Director, George Kell, acknowledged, “engagement by the private sector that is collaborative, serious and solutions-oriented is vital, and can help ensure widespread support for sustainability, climate action.”

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Robots Making Solar Cheaper?

Renewable Energy

There are a few complaints that exist when it comes to renewable energy sources and solar in particular, including its intermittency, but one of the greatest hurdles is the costs associated with it.   

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Benefit Corporations & Corporate Sustainability Measures

Renewable Energy

It has long been the duty of officers and directors of corporations to act in the interests of the shareholders. However, the age of transparency and instant communication has begun to drive corporations to revaluate their value propositions.

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Fracking Farmers

ClimateFuels & TransportationRenewable Energy

We’ve all seen those commercials lately, showcasing a friendly farmer named Keith enjoying his land while vocalizing his support for natural gas production (all with a heartwarming tune playing in the background).  These advertisements, paid for by America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), point to this idea that farms are struggling, especially those that are small and family owned.  For some, ANGA pushes natural gas as a

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Plugging Up the Carbon Leak: Fossil Fuel Exports and Domestic Climate Policy

ClimateFuels & Transportation

The International Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”) defines carbon leakage as the “the increase in CO2 emissions outside the countries taking domestic mitigation action divided by the reduction in the emissions of these countries.” In other words, carbon leakage is the percentage of increase in foreign emissions caused by domestic efforts to reduce emissions.

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Biofuels Credit Market Debacle

ClimateFuels & Transportation

Recent articles have revealed fuel industry suspicions that private investment firms and banks are purchasing credits known as Renewable Identification Number

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