Geo News

NYISO Proposes NY Carbon Pricing October 14 2019, 0 Comments

A new study, led by energy policy and economics expert Dr. Susan Tierney of the Analysis Group, finds several key benefits of carbon pricing. Read the key findings.

The study was cited in a NYISO proposal to put a carbon charge on fossil fuel burning proving “carbon pricing helps New York meet clean energy goals faster, more reliably, and at a lower cost."

The NYISO proposal puts a carbon charge on fossil fuel burning for electricity generation but not for on-site burning for heating buildings and internal combustion engines. Thus, it increases the price of electricity used to power heat pumps and electric vehicles but not the gas, propane or oil used for heating and the gasoline for motor vehicles that contributes significantly to high greenhouse gas emissions.

This could lead to unintended consequences by retarding the beneficial electrification of the heating and transportation sectors. This issue is not addressed in the key findings document.

See the Analysis Group Summary for Policy Makers.

Thanks to Politico New York Energy (2019 10 08) for alerting us to this item.


Rep. Tonko Optimistic on Tax Credit Extensions October 14 2019, 0 Comments

From Politico New York Energy (2019 10 09):

Rep. Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing New York, says he's optimistic targeted pieces of clean energy legislation will move through Congress in the coming months, including an extension of tax credits for both solar and wind.
Here is the text of H.R.3961 - Renewable Energy Extension Act of 2019. Note that the geothermal heat pump tax credits would also be extended as part of the extension of Section 48 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Cuomo Orders National Grid to Restore Gas Service October 14 2019, 0 Comments

National Grid faces millions of dollars in fines and must immediately provide natural gas service to 1,157 customers who were denied it as part of a moratorium declared by the company as it seeks state approval for a contested new gas pipeline.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the measures on Friday afternoon as part of a preliminary finding by the state Public Service Commission, which is investigating the veracity of an impending gas shortage declared by the company and complaints by thousands of customers awaiting gas service. "National Grid has acted in bad faith throughout this process," Cuomo declared in ordering the company to restore or provide service to those deemed eligible under state public service law.

SANE Energy issued this response.


Attend PSC Meeting October 17 October 07 2019, 0 Comments

Renewable Heat Now is organizing folks to attend the October Public Service Commission meeting, where the Commission is expected to order New York's utilities to take over the heat pump incentive programs as part of the New Efficiency: New York proceeding.

Contact nygeoinfo@gmail.com or click here for more information.


Thank You Senator James Sanders! October 07 2019, 0 Comments

New York State Senator James Sanders and stakeholders from the solar and geo industries were successful in sending off a letter this week to Senator Schumer, Speaker Pelosi and others pressing them to delay the phase down on the federal renewable energy tax credits. It was signed by 49 Assembly Members and 27 Senators.

Thank you to all NY-GEO members who reached out to their local legislators.


Ngas Worse for Climate Than Oil or Propane October 07 2019, 0 Comments

New York's recently signed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) includes groundbreaking methods for valuing the impact that burning fossil fuels has on climate. The more accurate and relevant criteria in the CLCPA includes rating greenhouse gases on a 20-year time frame instead of the outdated 100-year time frame NY had been using. It also includes impacts from the production, storage and transmission of fossil fuels.

Under these criteria, natural gas is a worse actor than oil or propane per unit of heat produced, largely because of methane leaks. On September 20th, Cornell Professor Robert Howarth submitted important testimony with quantifying data in the NYSEG/RGE rate case.

You can read the testimony, the case study and two pages of key quotes from the testimony here.


Global Climate Strike Video September 30 2019, 0 Comments

Here is a 4-minute video from the New Yorker regarding last week's Global Climate Strike. Thank you to WNY climate and labor activist Roger Cook for this tip.


Dual Fuel Units Installation Being Considered September 30 2019, 0 Comments

According to the last part of an article in Gothamist, "National Grid Battle With Cuomo Strands Thousands Without Gas," a construction manager for the Fifth Avenue Committee, an affordable housing developer, is considering installing dual fuel units that can run on oil or gas to provide heating and hot water at his senior housing project in Jamaica, Queens since National Grid will not provide a gas hookup.

The article also quoted a state senator repeating the outdated claim "natural gas is a bridge fuel."

Thanks to Politico New York Energy (2019 09 24) for alerting us to this item.


Geothermal Systems College Degree Program September 30 2019, 0 Comments

Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada has announced in a press release that it is launching a Geothermal Systems College Degree Program. This Graduate Certificate program at the college, which runs two full semesters, is the first of its kind in North America. Classes begin January 6, 2020. The details of this program are in the media release from Fleming College.

This hands-on skills training program is an important milestone for the ground source heat pump (GSHP) industry that will prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation. Fleming College has fully recognized the important role that GSHP technology will play in the immediate future and we are excited and very encouraged that this educational institution has taken a true leadership role for industry training.


LI County Executives Demand Gas September 30 2019, 0 Comments

Without access to natural gas, there will be significant disruption for both the economy and the environment, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone write in the Daily News.

Thank you to City and State First Read (2019 09 27) for this.