New York State has taken another giant step toward creating a modern, 21st Century electric system with additional orders from the NYS Public Service Commission.
Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) aims to provide the means for all NYS electric users to become more active and engaged CONsumers of cleaner – and less expensive – energy; and to provide the ability for everyone to become PROsumers, generating clean energy and selling it back into an interactive electric grid.
Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman says it best: “New York is taking a new direction today by creating the most-advanced and forward-thinking business model for electric utility rates anywhere in the country…By aligning utility profits with market-enabling activities, residential and business customers can lower their energy bills through advances in digital technology and power-saving systems built for private homes and apartments, as well as entire neighborhoods.”
The new REV order provide utilities with the means to recover their infrastructure costs, while incentivizing them to increase customer engagement, improve energy efficiency and system utilization, and make it easier to interconnect distributed solar & other clean energy generation.
Greentech Media produced a good summary of all the key points for further information.
Are you familiar with the “Duck Curve”? Remember the “Bell Curve” in collage statistics? The Duck Curve is basically a concern over the availability of solar in the day time, but going down as the sun goes down. This concern has turned into something of a urban myth of late according to Robbie Orvis, Michael O’Boyle, and Hallie Kennan of Energy Innovation. The authors propose that by using common sense, smart rate design, and regional sharing/coordination we can minimize the impact of the Duck. Read the article here.
The video from the May 2, 2016 New Yorker’s for Clean Power is finally out! Mark Ruffalo, Ron Kamen and others spoke at the event held in New York City. Ron, representing E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) spoke about the recently published New York Clean Jobs report and the launching of the New Yorker’s for Clean Power campaign.
On May 2 Mark Ruffalo, energy expert Ron Kamen, leading environmental and business groups launched “New Yorkers for Clean Power” Campaign. A press event was held in New York City in which Ruffalo and others presented the “Clean Jobs New York Report” to the public. “Clean Jobs New York” report showing that more than 85,000 New Yorkers already work in the clean energy sector and underscoring the potential for substantial clean energy job growth. There are 7,500 business establishments across all 62 counties. The comprehensive new analysis is from the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, the New York State Sustainable Business Council and New Yorkers for Clean Power.
Sail started his company- Energy By Choice in 2005, the same year we started EarthKind Energy. Growing up together in the solar energy business Sail and EarthKind became good friends and partners in many projects. Sail and his company have integrity and competency beyond measure. We congratulate them on their 10th year of providing the best of solar energy products to Long Island!
San Francisco has always been one of those cities that seems to be on the cutting edge of just about everything. So it is no surprise that San Francisco has become the first city in the USA to require all new buildings be required to have solar panels. Let’s see if this catches on. Read more about it here.
Happy Earth Day! This is a significant day every year but today in 2016 – 160 world leaders will join together at the United Nations to officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement. What is your carbon footprint? Take one of these quizes and find out! Carbon Fundor Carbon Footprint. You may be surprised to see what it actually is. Then after you get finished gagging on what you found get out there and change it today! Make sure you are doing the three “Rs” – Reuse, Recycle, Renew every where in your life! Join a community solar group, get solar for your home and/or business, divest (retirement funds, stocks…) from fossil fuel companies, talk to your town boards about doing the same….
The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, first introduced by Senators Murkowski and Maria Cantwell in 2012, may be finally getting passed. The last energy act passed by Congress was back in 2007. We are long over due for change. However, we still have to wait and see until it is finally passed to see what is really going to happen. The NRDC and 9 other major environmental organizations have expressed concern over the act as it now stands in a letter dated yesterday. This is a bi-partisan bill in an arena where playing nicely together generally does not occur. At this time Congress is debating the many amendments which fall on all sides of the issue. See a brief summary from today’s Utility Dive.
This is a momentous announcement: that world wide renewable energy accounted for the majority of new development in 2015. And that’s in the world! Clearly renewables have come into their own. We are on the right path. Read about it a report from the United Nations.