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Electric Rates in the Hudson Valley Part 2

Written by Natara Feller Thursday, 03 July 2014 21:25

Electric Rates in the Hudson Valley Part 2

 

By Benjamin Falber

As we left off in Part I, the fight over the Hudson Valley’s energy future has gone to federal court. NYISO’s new capacity zone is going to raise prices for ratepayers by $70 million this summer just as the sting from this past winter’s polar vortex price spikes are beginning to wear off. When this sort of danger strikes who are you going to call? The NYPSC and the CHG&E (expecting someone else?) each filed separate, now consolidated, petitions at the Federal CourtRead more

 

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Hudson Valley’s Energy Future.

Written by Natara Feller Tuesday, 01 July 2014 13:06

Hudson Valley’s Energy Future.

Electricity rates are expected to rise $280 million per year with $70 million of that coming just this summer across the Mid-Hudson Valley. There is a serious reliability problem in the region because there just is not enough energy available to consumers. To solve this problem, the federal government recently approved a new capacity zone for the Hudson Valley, which means that local ratepayers are going to have to front the money to build new generation.

This comes just as New York State is bRead more

   

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Hudson Valley & NYC Brace As Imminent Changes to New York’s Energy Markets Approach

Written by Natara Feller Friday, 11 April 2014 13:27

Hudson Valley & NYC Brace As Imminent Changes to New York’s Energy Markets Approach

The race to solve New York’s energy future is on and competing solutions have hit a new threshold of controversy.  In one corner, Governor Cuomo wants to build new transmission lines to bring power from update resources to serve downstate demand.  In the other corner, FERC has approved the New York Independent System Operator’s (a regional transmission organization operating under FERC’s umbrella) solution to create of a new downstate capacity zone  made up of the Lower Hudson Valley aRead more

   

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The Fix For Energy Sticker Shock

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00

The Fix For Energy Sticker Shock

Opened you energy bill this week? Sticker shock got you down?  

Out of crisis comes opportunity. This is the year to remedy the cold spots in your home and reclaim your interior real estate from Winter.

Let the State of New York help you with funding for services from qualified energy efficiency professionals.  They'll help you make a punch list of actions you can take to make your home more comfortable. You can use this information to do it yourself or you can choose to take advantagRead more

   

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SWEAC Something Brilliant Streetlight Forum

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Friday, 22 November 2013 16:13

SWEAC Something Brilliant Streetlight Forum

Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium's Energy Efficient Street Light Forum shared Yonkers, Eastchester and Dobbs Ferry’s success’s in LED Street Light Retrofitting and connect with thought leaders who can help keep your municipality bright and in the black. 

SWEAC, in collaboration with Abundant Efficiency LLC, organized an Energy Efficient Streetlight Forum generously hosted by Pace Land Use Law Center on November 7th, 2013.   29 local governments were registered for this eveRead more

   

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15 Questions to Ask the Reference Your Energy Audit Contractor Gave

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:30

15 Questions to Ask the Reference  Your Energy Audit Contractor Gave

Getting your free home energy audit is a brilliant financial move!  Getting references from at least 3 of your potential auditor's  satisfied customers is critical to saving money and your sanity! This Contractor Reference Check Script will help. Feel free to add more questions. If you do please send them to us so we can update this script for others!

Reference Interview Questions:

1. How did you meet this contractor?

Take note of answers like: "He's my cousin's friend etc.."  NoRead more

   

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How Do I Choose a NYSERDA Free Energy Audit Contractor

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

How Do I Choose a NYSERDA Free Energy Audit Contractor

Financial incentives for energy efficiency, solar and wind are a moving target in New York state.  Looking to save money and have a more comfortable home? Energy efficiency is the fisrt step.  Combining incentives, tax breaks and outright free services can save you enough to pay for the kids college.   

How to begin?

Be prepared. Get a Free Certified Energy Audit.This will determine where you are really loosing heat and money (It's some times not the obvious!) and the best ReRead more

   

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CRREO Brief Released on Energy Action Consortia

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 11 September 2013 06:43

CRREO Brief Released on Energy Action Consortia

 

The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz has released its tenth discussion brief, “Energy Action Consortia: Moving Municipalities Toward Collective Sustainability.”

This is a case study of how the national economic crisis in 2008 produced local opportunity for a collaborative group of municipalities in Westchester County, N.Y.

From a founding membership of 12 municipalities in April 2009, the original group of collaborating towns and villages has gRead more

   

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Solar Install Tax Eliminated. Thanks Catherine Borgia and Westchester County Board of Legislators

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

Solar Install Tax Eliminated. Thanks Catherine Borgia and Westchester County Board of Legislators


Yonkers Green Policy Task Force salutes

Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining)

for Initiating County-Wide Green Legislation  




The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) unanimously approved an Act last week to amend the Westchester County Sales and Compensating Use Tax to exempt the sale and installation of commercial solar energy systems equipment from existing county sales tax. The vote for approval took place at the BOL's regular meeting. Passage of the new Act began whenRead more

   

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$30 Million in First Round of Grants to Implement Projects for Smart Grown, Improved Energy Efficiency, Green Jobs and Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:50

$30 Million in First Round of Grants to Implement Projects for Smart Grown, Improved Energy Efficiency, Green Jobs and Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $30 million in the first round of funding for the implementation of regional sustainability plans, including the plan recently endorsed by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council. The plans were developed under the governor’s $100 million Cleaner, Greener Communities program, a major statewide initiative to invest in smart growth and sustainability. "This first round of funding will put each region’s sustainability plans to action," Governor CuoRead more

   

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NYC Sees Exponential Solar Growth, Poised to Add Resiliency to City

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Saturday, 08 June 2013 07:14

NYC Sees Exponential Solar Growth, Poised to Add Resiliency to City

CUNY Expands Solar Efforts State-Wide


Solar Summit Presentations & Agenda



NYC Resilient Inverter Workshop Technical Presentations 

At the 7th annual NYC Solar Summit the City University of New York (CUNY) convened New York's power leaders to discuss market growth strategies and the role solar can play in emergencies, grid resiliency and demand response. In 2012, the NYC solar market grew by 85% over the previous year and is projected to continue on a rapid upward trajectory based on the sRead more

   

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