Category: Sustainability

New York State Takes Giant Step Towards Clean Energy

New York State On Green Environmental Conservation and Nature Icon Pattern

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.

The Duck Curve


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.

New Yorker’s For Clean Energy Launch

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.

Million Solar Strong


The “Million Solar Strong Campaign”  has kicked into high gear!  With the millionth solar system being installed in the United States,  SEIA has decided to try for a whole lot more by starting the “Million Solar Strong Campaign”  this week.  Environmental Entrepreneurs as well  our company EarthKind Energy has signed onto SEIA’s Solar Energy Declaration which clearly states that  the solar transformation is here to stay, no doubt of that.

Mark Ruffalo, Energy Experts, Leading Environmental and Business Groups Launch Major ‘New Yorkers 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.

Read the full press release here.

Sail Van Nostrand & Energy By Choice


San Francisco Solar

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.

San Francisco Solar

Earth Day 2016. What’s Your Carbon Footprint?


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 Fund  or  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


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.

World Wide Renewable Energy Development Outpaced Any Other Energies

UN report on renewables 2015

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.