Bill McKibben writes in Politico on Climate Change and the Presidential Race. "For three decades in American politics, climate change has been the issue that wasn't," but that's not the case this time, so the question now is not whether the candidates are going to talk about global warming, but how.
Read more here.
The Family Resource Center of Peekskill is looking to install geothermal heat pumps in small multifamily buildings—some retrofits, some new builds—located at the following addresses: 150, 158 and 164 North Division Street and 244 Washington Street in Peekskill.
Please contact Elizabeth McCorvey 914-384-6278, email@example.com to follow up on this opportunity. Peekskill is in Westchester County but outside the gas moratorium area.
Legislation introduced by State Senator Jen Metzger and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic would ban the development of new natural gas plants or pipelines and direct state energy officials to create a plan for moving the electrical grid entirely off fossil fuels by 2040, according to the Daily News. The legislation is known as the "Freedom From Fossil Fuels Act," S5200 / A7479.
See the video of State Senator Harckham's endorsement here.
On Earth Day 2019, Colgate University announced it has completed a 10-year plan to become the first university in New York to reach carbon neutrality. The efforts, which resulted in a 46 percent reduction in GHG emissions, included a $1.25 million self-sustaining fund for energy and carbon-reduction projects as well as solar arrays and geothermal heating and cooling systems.
See the 14-minute radio broadcast, slides and article here.
New York City has passed the most aggressive climate bill in the nation in April, and the city "got it done in a truly New York way," writes City Lab. The Climate Mobilization Act is the city's effort to abide by the Paris climate-change agreement even after the Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the global accords.
It is an effort to make the road by walking—it's not something anyone knows how to do until everyone commits to doing it, and the fact that this legislation is sweeping in its scope is why City Lab believes it stands a chance of succeeding.
Renewable Heat Now will be delivering signed postcards to Governor Cuomo on May 13th thanking him for "responding to the Westchester gas moratorium with efficiency and renewable heating," and urging him to scale up efforts to decarbonize the heating sector.
Please sign the online postcard here.
On April 24, 2019 Con Edison announced an agreement with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, the owner and operator of the interstate natural gas transmission pipeline system, to provide additional natural gas to the utility's Westchester County service area. This could end Westchester's natural-gas moratorium, but not until late 2023, according to Crain's New York Business reports.
In order to be prepared for this, two compressor stations in New Jersey and one in Pennsylvania would be upgraded to increase the gas supply to southern Westchester County by 110,000 dekatherms per day, according to public filings.
National Grid plans to file new natural gas related proposals with the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) to alleviate constraints on the system. Their proposals focus on renewable natural gas, but also include a pilot program on utility ownership of geothermal loops.
Extending its June 2018 Northeast 80x50 Pathway, National Grid is on the verge of filing proposals for the future of heat with the PSC to help provide a greater platform for methods of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and combatting climate change by decarbonizing the gas network.
Read more about it at Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire.
A press release from Grassroots Environmental Education reported on the April 24th New York Sustainable Energy Conference & Trade Show in Tarrytown, NY.
Hundreds of Westchester builders, developers, architects, engineers and municipal officials packed the Tarrytown Hilton DoubleTree hotel ballroom on Wednesday to hear experts from around the country describe how modern commercial and residential projects are being constructed to provide year round comfort and cost-savings while completely eliminating the use of fossil fuels.
Read more about it.
Plans approved on April 18, 2019 by the City Council of New York are expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions from large buildings by 40% compared to 2005 levels by 2030. Buildings account for two-thirds of the city’s emissions.
Read more about it at Inside Climate News.
Thank you to Green Energy Times for alerting us to this news.