Roni Epstein
Director of Strategic Engagement

NYPSC Institutes Moratorium on ESCO Activity to Protect Low-Income Consumers

Community EnergyRenewable Energy

The Energy Service Company (ESCO) program for low and moderate-income households has long been a source of concern. After consumers filed numerous complaints, the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) in Case 12-M-0476, instituted proceedings to investigate the ESCO market.

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Alex Cirra
Student Researcher

Vermont Addresses Renewable Energy Siting Concerns

Renewable Energy

On Monday, June 13, 2016 Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed into law Senate Bill 260 (Act 174). This bill addresses regional and town energy planning improvements that will enhance community input into the siting of energy projects.   Legislators finalized S.260, after Gov.

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Jordan Gerow
Energy and Climate Law Advisor

Pace Applauds Publication of Clean Energy Standard Cost Study

Renewable Energy

April 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pace Energy and Climate Center Applauds Issuance of Clean Energy Standard

Cost Study, Demonstration of Net Program Benefits

 

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Matt Farnworth
Research Intern

Northeast, Not Afraid to Show Report Card at Home

Renewable Energy

It is no secret that the future of our energy markets revolves around renewables. The old system of large centralized fossil fuel power plants is not conducive to the environment or the future of our economic growth. Increasingly, energy consumers are taking matters into their own hands and installing rooftop solar and other distributed generation at their homes and businesses—simultaneously reducing their dependence on fossil fuels and lowering their energy costs.

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Nick Martin
Energy Policy Associate

New Report Describes Pathway to RGGI States' Carbon Reduction Goals

ClimateEnergy EfficiencyFuels & TransportationRenewable Energy

The Northeast has long been a leader in clean energy and climate action. The New York State Energy Plan establishes an aggressive goal to reduce the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030, and other states in the region have committed to similarly strong GHG emission reductions.

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David Gahl
Director of Strategic Engagement

In 2016 State of the State Governor Cuomo Adds Planks to His Climate Platform

ClimateCommunity Energy

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his policy priorities and Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget proposal yesterday in Albany. I was struck by the number of times the Governor mentioned the importance of tackling climate change. And he stressed the importance of New York State’s continued leadership on this critical issue. This is great news and bodes well for the future.

I was also struck by the number of energy and climate proposals the Governor mentioned that staff at the Pace Energy and Climate Center (Pace) are working on in some way.

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Radina Valova
Staff Attorney

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision Proceeding Continues to Make Strides Toward the Utility of the Future

As the end of the year approaches, New York's energy revolution continues to gain momentum. Pace recently filed comments on two matters critical to the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding: Track Two, which will determine the form of utility ratemaking and business models under REV, and the Department of Public Service’s guidance paper on utility Distributed System Implementation Plans (DSIPs), which will define the utilities’ new roles and responsibilities in REV. In addition, Pace intervened in Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.'s most recent rate case and commends the New York Public Service Commission for including two important REV-related initiatives in its 2015 O&R rate order.

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Nick Martin
Energy Policy Associate

New Report: Carbon-Tuning New York's Electricity System

ClimateEnergy EfficiencyRenewable Energy

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.

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David Gahl
Director of Strategic Engagement

New York to Obtain 50% of the State’s Electricity from Renewable Resources by 2030

Climate

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.

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David Gahl
Director of Strategic Engagement

The Clean Power Plan Puzzle: The Future of Efforts to Control Climate Pollution in the Northeast

Climate

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.

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