Empire State Plaza Pushback July 15 2019, 0 Comments

The Times Union's Rick Karlin wrote about an exciting new plan to power the Empire Plaza microgrid using only renewable energy.

A coalition of individuals, experts, organizations, and environmental justice advocates formed Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy (SHARE Albany) to explore alternatives to a proposed Combined Heat and Power (CHP) cogeneration plant in Sheridan Hollow that is part of the microgrid plan.

They believe plans to revamp the massive heating and cooling, as well as power, system for the state Capitol building and adjacent Empire State Plaza microgrid should rely on renewables rather than natural gas, as currently proposed.

And on Thursday, July 11, 2019, SHARE released a detailed report, "Meeting Energy Needs of the Empire State Plaza Without Fossil Fuels," on how that could be done. “We've done more homework,” said Keith Schue, a member of SHARE. “We know there is a better way to do this.” The organization has sent the report to state agencies as well as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

Not only may this plan prove useful in Albany, but in all communities that are contemplating microgrids, especially those competing in NY Prize, a first-in-the-nation competition to help communities create microgrids, standalone energy systems that can operate independently in the event of a power outage.

Thank you to Politico New York Energy newsletter (2019 06 27) for alerting us to this news item.