NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces $1 Billion for Clean Energy

by Kiley Kroh.

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New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has allocated $1 billion dollars for clean energy in the state. Image by reneweconomy.com.au

Originally published on ClimateProgress

New York governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address on Wednesday and announced an even greater commitment to clean energy, including $1 billion in new funding for solar energy projects.

Launched in 2012, Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative has already been a tremendous success, with almost 300 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic capacity installed or under development, more than was installed in the entire decade prior to the program.

Now with another major financial boost, Cuomo aims to install 3,000 (MW) of solar across New York.

“That’s enough solar to power 465,000 New York homes, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2.3 million tons annually — the equivalent of taking almost 435,000 cars off the road — and create more than 13,000 new solar jobs,” according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

In addition to the ten-year financial boost for NY-Sun, Cuomo announced a new program entitled K-Solar, which will incentivize the deployment of solar energy by using the state’s 5,000 schools as “demonstration hubs” to increase the number of solar energy projects in their surrounding communities.

The governor also unveiled the $40 million NY Prize competition, which will bolster community microgrids in the state, helping to make the electrical grid more resilient in the face of increasing extreme weather like Superstorm Sandy. Additionally, Renewable Heat NY will seek to utilize private sector investment to boost biomass heating as a cheaper, renewable alternative to home heating oil.

As Cuomo’s impressive commitment to clean energy pays off in the state’s rapidly growing solar industry, NRDC notes that not only is NY-Sun expanding the marketplace, it has also served to “to drive down the cost of installed solar power by establishing new, cost-effective and efficient practices and technologies.”

Thanks to this suite of forward-thinking policies, New York has skyrocketed through the U.S. solar rankings.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, “with enough solar to power more than 30,900 homes, New York currently ranks 12th in the country for installed solar capacity. There are more than 411 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in New York, employing more than 3,300 people.”

And those figures are on the rise. An analysis of clean energy jobs created in the third quarter of 2013 ranked New York third in the U.S., behind only California and Nevada.

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Decentralised Power To The People Energy Revolution In UK

by Cynthia Shahan

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London Bridge, London, UK. Photo Credit: Anirudh Koul / CC BY-NC

Greg Barker, the UK’s Energy and Climate Change minister, recently expressed that a “decentralized power to the people energy revolution” is doable. He understands that this developing sector, now half a million local energy systems in UK homes and businesses, will be able to reinvent the power structure of energy.

Instead of “the Big Six,” he believes it is possible for millions of individual consumers and smaller businesses to become producers in the energy network. His vision is authentic power to the people via an energy transition that breaks through the status quo. Everyone can develop into a generator of energy by adopting renewable energy.

BusinessGreen’s Will Nichols shares highlights of a recent Conservative Party conference and Barker’s words:

“I want to unleash a completely new model of competition and enterprise. I want to encourage a vast new army of disruptive new energy players to challenge the Big Six,” Barker said.

From individual consumers to community groups, entrepreneurs, SMEs and FTSE giants, I want them all to consider generating their own energy at real scale, as well as starting to sell their excess energy on a commercial basis. A decentralised power to the people energy revolution – not just a few exemplars but tens of thousands of them. The Big Six need to become the Big 60,000.”

As Barker and others addressed the Conservative Party conference, he expressed his vision of accentuating solar energy, pointing out that the falling costs of solar – as well as technologies such as combined heat and power, geothermal, biomass, energy from waste and hydro power – were driving jobs and growth. The article continues:

…. But Barker added that the government needs to do more to “cut red tape” and eradicate over-complicated policy to drive further growth of the green economy.

“We must also look to do far more to integrate our new policies that help families produce their own renewable electricity with our new incentives to help families generate renewable heat, and make sure they work hand in glove with the range of new Green Deal energy efficiency measures which help hardworking families keep their homes warmer for less,” he said.

Other speakers, highlights, and opinions in this Nichol’s article find Barker in a polarity with Chancellor George Osborne, who has been criticized for his lack of interest in a progressive movement towards a healthier environment and clean energy jobs.

His words contrasted greatly with Chancellor George Osborne, who said prior to the conference that he did not want the UK to be a world-leader in fighting climate change, as environmental commitments damage the country’s competitiveness.

Beyond renewable energy, the topic of high-speed rail — a hot topic in England these days — was also discussed. While acknowledging rising costs, the UK’s Transport Secretary highlighted the tremendous need for the controversial new high-speed rail line:

Also today, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin reiterated his “proud” support for the much-criticized HS2 high-speed rail line. Costs are spiraling for the £42bn project, but McLoughlin insisted the link from London to Birmingham and then to Manchester and Leeds, is “an essential heart bypass to the clogged arteries of our current transport system” and attacked the “London commentators” deriding the scheme.

“Our current rail system is almost full — there just isn’t the space we need for the future,” he said. “The new line will make more room for freight on rail and take the strain off our roads. And it will have the same capacity as a new 12-lane motorway.

“Now I promise you — I hear the critics. Boy, do I hear the critics. But the truth is we need a new north-south line to make our country stronger.”

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Cynthia Shahan is an Organic Farmer, Classical Homeopath, Art Teacher, Creative Writer, Anthropologist, Natural Medicine Activist, Journalist, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings who have lit the way for me for decades.

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