Posts Tagged ‘clean energy’

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Tracking 30-by-30 progress

OSI’s West Mountain Property in Saratoga County

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One of our takeaways from the state Legislature’s joint environmental conservation budget hearing earlier this month, was land trusts’ concern over the backlog of properties they are holding for state acquisition.

Kathy Moser, chief conservation officer of the Open Space Institute, told lawmakers that over 90 land trusts are currently holding 100,000 acres with a fair market value of $150 million for the state. In 2022, New York protected just over 5,000 acres. It has more than 3 million acres left to protect to meet its conservation goals of 30-percent by 2030.

Read more about the issue here.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Clean Energy Funding Webinar set for Feb. 29

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Regional organizations aim to increase communities’ access to $25 million in State funds

Saranac Lake, NY-  Municipal leaders, staff and community members are invited to a free webinar designed to help communities benefit from $25 million in new funding now available through the New York Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program. The CEC Program recognizes local clean energy leadership, provides match-free grants, helps reduce municipal energy use, lowers costs, and offers additional support for projects located in disadvantaged communities.

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Saturday, October 14, 2023

NYSERDA Designates Town Of Jay A Clean Energy Community

Three converted Prius Plug-In Hybrids charging at San Francisco City Hall

NYSERDA has designated the Town of Jay a Clean Energy Community, which over time will help the community transition to cleanly produced electricity and become less reliant on fossil fuels.

 

To become a Clean Energy Community, the town met several state benchmarks, such as installing more efficient LED lighting, attending energy code enforcement training, adopting the NYS unified solar permit and adopting an energy benchmarking policy for municipal buildings.

 

NYSERDA, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority, rewarded the town with a $5,000 grant to be applied toward green-energy projects. The town will continue to work toward short- and long-term goals, including a community campaign to sign 10 residents up for community solar and encourage five residents to install air source heat pumps.

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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Empowering North Country Homes: Energy Efficiency Presentation set for Sept. 26

North Country Clean Energy Hub logo

Learn about energy efficiency and available funding opportunities

Saranac Lake, NY — On September 26 at 6 p.m., Nolan Rishe, Energy Advisor for the North Country Clean Energy Hub, will be giving a community presentation at the Harrietstown Town Hall Auditorium in Saranac Lake. Nolan will help local residents learn about energy efficiency and how to access funding and incentive programs for energy efficient improvements.

“One of our main goals is to help North Country residents make their homes more comfortable, safe, and affordable,” said Energy Advisor Nolan Rishe. “With programs such as EmPower+, local residents can access funding and incentives to help cover all or some of the costs for their energy efficiency upgrades.” » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 6, 2023

Launching a North Country Clean Energy Hub; and bringing back a Clean Energy Conference

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By Craig Basford, ANCA Clean Energy Communications Coordinator

Earth Day is a time for new beginnings, a chance to start fresh and make positive changes in our relationship with the planet. 

New beginnings can feel risky or uncertain as we venture into new habits, technologies and experiences, but they also offer new and exciting opportunities to learn and grow.

Can you remember the feeling of moving into your first new home or apartment? Of starting a new job? You tried to play it cool, but inside, you were buzzing with excitement.

That’s how our team feels right now — because ANCA is embarking on our own new beginnings. This Earth Week, ANCA and our clean energy partners are celebrating the launch of the new North Country Clean Energy Hub. And we are so excited to share it with you!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Paul Smith’s College Clean Energy Certificate Approved by NYS Education Dept.

Paul Smith's College campus.

PAUL SMITHS, NY – The New York State Education Department recently approved Paul Smith’s College’s certificate in Clean Energy. The new 30-credit certificate trains and educates students in the rapidly growing fields of conservation and sustainable development, green construction, green business practices, conservation design, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

In preparation for careers in these sectors, students will be provided with a program of study that integrates the natural, social, and management sciences. The certificate is firmly rooted in the core principles experiential learning promoted at Paul Smith’s College, ensuring that students will not only develop the theoretical underpinning necessary for a successful career in this field, but will also have hands-on experience of the realities of managing resources sustainably. Courses include effective college writing, introduction to nature and culture, renewable energy, and conservation design: green communities. The Clean Energy Certificate could be completed in only two full-time semesters.

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

ANCA Selected by NYSERDA to Establish Clean Energy Hub for the North Country

Adirondack North Country Association logo.

SARANAC LAKE, NY — The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced that the regional nonprofit has been selected by the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to establish its new Regional Clean Energy Hubs Program in the North Country. ANCA will work closely with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties and SUNY Canton Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) to administer the $4,099,404 award and bring clean energy programs and workforce development opportunities to North Country residents, homeowners, and businesses.

 

The project supports Governor Kathy Hochul’s nation-leading climate goals outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, as well as the State’s commitment to deliver at least 35 percent of the benefits from clean energy investments, with a goal of 40 percent, to disadvantaged communities and help advance an equitable clean energy transition for all New Yorkers.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

North Country transmission line upgrade project hits milestone

 

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the New York Power Authority’s Smart Path transmission project in the North Country is two-thirds complete. Smart Path, an upgrade of 78 miles of transmission lines which span from Massena in St. Lawrence County to Croghan in Lewis County, is one of New York State’s leading transmission projects designed to strengthen transmission lines against weather events and enable the reliable transmission of clean energy from northern New York into the state’s electric power grid. The project will help advance New York’s clean energy goals, as outlined in New York’s nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Construction on Smart Path upgrades began in early 2020 and are on track to be completed next year. 

“By reinforcing the backbone of our energy system, New York is helping ensure a clean energy future for our children and grandchildren,” Governor Hochul said. “Smart Path is a leading project in a comprehensive buildout of our transmission system across the state that will deliver clean energy to New Yorkers across the state, advance our climate goals, and supercharge our economy by creating green jobs.” 

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Orgs Release “Toolkit” for New Yorkers Fighting Climate Change

solar panels stock photoFree, Easy-to-Use Guide Provides Resources to Build Support for Local Wind and Solar Projects to Reap Community Benefits

To help community members who want to build support for local clean energy projects, The Nature Conservancy in New York and New Yorkers for Clean Power have published a toolkit to support their efforts. Entitled Building Out a Clean Energy Future, the free, online toolkit provides background, strategies and resources for New Yorkers regardless of prior knowledge about clean energy.

Identifying common barriers and outlining actions to manage and overcome them, the toolkit shares steps that community members can take to support renewable energy projects in their city, town, or village and help bring about the many benefits of clean energy including cleaner air to breathe, a stronger economy with good-paying local jobs, and less carbon pollution, the driver of climate change.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Local power: Paul Smith’s electricity now 100% from nearby sources

Azure Mountain Power in St Regis FallsPaul Smith’s College electricity accounts are now 100%  sourced from local hydroelectric power stations, effectively transitioning over 40% of the colleges energy needs to renewable sources. That’s according to a recent news release from Northern Power and Lights (NP&L) and the college.

NP&L began supplying power to Paul Smith’s College in March after the college subscribed to electricity from the Azure Mountain Power Facility in St. Regis Falls. An addition of electricity from the Sissonville hydro station on the Raquette River allowed them to move to all-locally generated power.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Green Power and more of the week’s top stories

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GREEN POWER, GREEN PARK: All this week on Adirondack Explorer’s website we’ve been digging into renewable/clean energy issues, highlighting recent Explorer stories. Each day focused on a different topic:

Here’ a look a those and more of the week’s recent stories:

Note: A version of this post first appeared in my weekly “Adk News Briefing” email. Click here to sign up.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Green Power week of discussion around renewable/clean energy

Join a conversation about clean energy initiatives across the region.

The Explorer’s Policy Reporter Gwendolyn Craig will serve as moderator with the following panelists: Noah Shaw, partner and co-chair, Renewable Energy Practice, Hodgson Russ LLP; Conrad Karsten, project developer for Sunvestment Energy Group (Saranac Lake Community Solar); Emmett Smith, founder of Northern Power & Light.

The webinar is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, October 20 on ZoomClick here to register

All this week we’re digging into renewable/clean energy issues, highlighting recent Explorer stories. Each day will focus on a different topic:

  • Monday: Key takeaways from New York State’s groundbreaking climate legislation
  • Tuesday: Our live event and discussion
  • Wednesday: Recent park projects
  • Thursday: Renewables and the APA
  • Friday: Wood/biomass

Join us for ongoing conversations about the future of renewable energy in the park.


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Green Power, Green Park

Join a conversation about clean energy initiatives across the region. 

The Explorer’s Policy Reporter Gwendolyn Craig will serve as moderator with the following panelists: Noah Shaw, partner and co-chair, Renewable Energy Practice, Hodgson Russ LLP; Conrad Karsten, project developer for Sunvestment Energy Group (Saranac Lake Community Solar); Emmett Smith, founder of Northern Power & Light.

The webinar is set for 9 a.m. October 20 on Zoom. Click here to register

Adirondack Almanack file photo of solar panels in Tupper Lake.


Saturday, September 5, 2020

New York’s Climate Act Sets Nation’s Most Comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Limits

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos released proposed regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emission statewide and implement the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The proposed regulations mark a milestone in realizing New York’s nation-leading clean energy and climate agenda.

The announcement demonstrates New York’s leadership on climate by taking a new and ambitious approach to the accounting of harmful emissions from fossil fuels – within and outside of the state – and for potent, short-lived pollutants such as methane. Additionally, the proposed regulations enable New York State to apply a flexible, stakeholder-driven approach for the annual accounting of net emissions.

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Friday, July 3, 2020

The whale oil of our generation

Verkhoyansk, a small town in the Arctic Circle reported a temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit on June 20, 2020, setting an all-time record. Indeed, the last 5 years have been the hottest in recorded history. We are also seeing, in the wake of COVID-19, that the consequences of profligate production and consumption of fossil fuels are causing more trouble than just rising temperatures and massive climate disruption.

The New York Times reported on June 18 that, “Pregnant women exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have children who are premature, underweight or stillborn, and African-American mothers and babies are harmed at a much higher rate than the population at large, according to sweeping new research examining  more than 32 million births in the United States.”

A Harvard study in 2018 reports that, “Student fixed effects models using 10 million PSAT-takers show that hotter school days in the year prior to the test reduce learning, with extreme heat being particularly damaging and larger effects for low income and minority students.”

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