Legally, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) cannot take effect until a companion Environmental Justice Working Group bill (A1564/S2385) is signed by Governor Cuomo. There has been concern that if he signed the legislation after the New Year, the effective date of the CLCPA would be delayed a year.
Last night, December 20th, the Environmental Justice bill was sent to the governor's desk for his signature. Having called it to his desk, by law he now has 10 days to take action. So that, hopefully positive, action will occur in 2019 and the CLCPA would then take effect January 1, 2020.
Thank you to Brian Eden of Solar Tompkins for this tip.
According to Ryan Dougherty of the GeoExchange Organization (GEO):
Unfortunately, extending the residential geothermal tax credit [as is] did not make it into the end of the year fiscal package. So, the residential geothermal credits do fall to 26% on Jan 1. However, pay attention to the last portions of the this article from Utility Dive. We are going into 2020 with a strong position, bipartisan support and solid odds for achieving success on an extension.
On December 19th, the Senate passed the bill that extends EPAct 179D retroactively back to January 1, 2018 and forward through December 31, 2020. The President signed it on the 20th.
EPAct 179D allows commercial building property owners to accelerate depreciation on the cost of qualified energy efficiency measures on their income taxes. In addition, the extension keeps the 2007 ASHRAE standard for this tax deduction on commercial energy efficiency projects, including heat pumps.
Geothermal stakeholders may want to start gathering project data for all energy efficiency projects completed since January 1st, 2018.
Thanks to Charles Goulding of Energy Tax Savers for this tip.
Beneficial electrification comes to Brooklyn! The residential portion of 100 Flatbush Avenue, the first tower of Alloy Development’s planned massive 80 Flatbush project in Downtown Brooklyn, will be 100% electric. This 38-story building combines passive house principles with heat pumps for heating, cooling and clothes drying and induction cooking.
"The recent moratorium from National Grid on new gas connections provides an opportunity: like steam and fuel oil before it, it’s time for gas to go,” said Alloy CEO Jared Della Valle. “We encourage others to move away from fossil fuel technologies and toward renewable, healthy environments, and to do it now."
Thanks to NY-GEO member Bob Wyman for this tip.
The New York Times posted an interactive video using a highly specialized infrared camera that shows methane escaping from the DCP Pegasus gas processing plant in West Texas.
Although not seen by the naked eye, immense amounts of methane gas are escaping from oil and gas sites nationwide and the Trump administration plans to weaken restrictions on offenders, even though the emissions, vastly underreported, are worsening global warming.
Speaking of gas leaks, the Times Union reported that in Albany workers and National Grid crews spent three hours Thursday trying to seal a massive gas leak that shut down parts of two main roads in the city and forced hundreds of workers to temporarily evacuate.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and environmental group Sane Energy Project urged the state to reject the plan, the Daily News reports. Stringer said that a proposed boost in Con Edison’s electric and gas prices would "dig us deeper into the climate crisis."
Here is an in-depth look at the press conference from artist, photographer and activist Erik McGregor. NY-GEO has signed onto the plan for its negotiated advances, while recognizing its limitations.
Thanks to Green Energy Times (2019 12 12) for alerting us to this item.
IGSHPA Trainer Peter Tavino with be teaching the 3-day IGSHPA Accredited Installer geothermal course in West Nyack January 21st to 23rd. NYSERDA funding will allow New York workers to attend this course for half price. Certification from this training is necessary for companies wishing to participate in the NYSERDA geothermal rebate program.
Click here for information about the training. To register, or seek more information, contact Peter Tavino at Pete@LitchfieldGeothermal.com or text him at 860-459-8279.
From Politico New York Energy (2019 12 02), an opinion piece in the Times-Union by Laura Shindell, an organizer with Food & Water Watch Action:
Regarding energy, we have to change what we think is possible. We need leaders who can see the future, not "experts" who are stuck in the past. While the dirty energy industry gives us two horrible options in pipelines or fracked gas trucks, New Yorkers choose option C: sensible efficiency policies and a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy so that we can finally get off fossil fuels.
From Politico New York Energy (2019 12 02) by Samantha Maldonado:
Williams Companies last week withdrew the final permit it had submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for construction of a pipeline that would supply natural gas to New York City and Long Island. The freshwater wetlands permit was the only permit remaining with the DEP after the company withdrew three permit applications in October. Williams is awaiting approval from New York. The Department of Environmental Conservation has indicated it will make a decision on the new application by May 17. The project has been the subject of intense opposition from environmentalists and a public dispute between National Grid, the utility that will purchase the gas, and New York regulators.
The New England Journal of Medicine gives a physician’s perspective on natural gas in "The False Promise of Natural Gas." The article provides an in-depth look at the health impacts of this fossil fuel as well as some serious prescriptions for policy action. It says, in part: "But beneath this rosy narrative lies a more complex story. Gas is associated with health and environmental hazards and reduced social welfare at every stage of its life cycle."
Thanks to Barbara Sattler at the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments for this tip.