David Gahl
Director of Strategic Engagement

Recent Albany Statehouse Political Shifts May Improve Prospects for Clean Energy in 2015

Energy Efficiency

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. 

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Emissions World Cup Final

Climate

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

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Andrea Cerbin
Staff Attorney

PSC orders new contract terms for RPS.

Renewable Energy
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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.

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World Cup Emissions By Group: Group G!

ClimateEnergy EfficiencyRenewable Energy

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.

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Knee-deep in Oil with Nowhere to Go

ClimateFuels & Transportation

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.

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World Cup Emissions By Group: Group A

ClimateRenewable Energy

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.

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Brazil Aims to Host the Greenest World Cup Ever

ClimateEnergy EfficiencyRenewable Energy

As the 2014 FIFA World Cup gets underway this week in Brazil, all eyes turn toward the pitch in breathless anticipation of several weeks of world class sport. Eyes are also on Brazil itself: the country has made it their mission to make this the greenest World Cup ever. “We want to score green goals,” said Izabella Teixeira, the Brazilian Environment Minister at a recent press conference highlighting the country’s multiple initiatives to reduce the sporting event’s carbon footprint.

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David Gahl
Director of Strategic Engagement

NY-Sun Petition Approved: More Solar for New York

ClimateRenewable Energy

As part of New York State Earth Week festivities, the New York Public
Service Commission (PSC) today approved a petition from the New York State
Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to enhance and expand
the successful NY-Sun Initiative until 2023.
 
The expanded program will fund a 3,000-megawatt (MW) statewide solar
deployment goal and transition the NY-Sun incentive program to a
market-based MW block structure. That 3,000 MW of new solar power is

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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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