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1. State Budget Analysis
2. Grid Halts N B'lyn Pipeline Construction
3. Refrigerants 101
4. Career Corner

1. State Budget Analysis

Here are Governor Cuomo’s Highlights of the FY 2021 Budget.

From Politico New York Energy's Marie J. French (2020 04 02) summary:

ENVIRONMENTAL WINS ABOUND: Despite a global pandemic and dire financial pronouncements, the state's budget includes significant funding and lots of policies backed by environmental advocacy groups. The renewable siting changes [link requires subscription] could have a significant impact in accelerating construction over objections from local communities and beefed up transmission planning could enable more renewable electricity bottled upstate to get to New York City. ...The Environmental Protection Fund gets $300 million once again. There's no redirection of the fund to pay staff to administer it. ...Fracking [link requires subscription] and foam food packaging will be statutorily banned.

..."This budget reflects tremendous leadership and resolve even in the face of so much uncertainty," said Natural Resources Defense Council's Rich Schrader in a statement, citing the fracking ban, renewable siting and bond act.
Here is a blog about the budget's Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth & Community Benefit Act from Cullen Howe of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Here is an analysis from the Sierra Club.

Of note: the $3 billion environmental bond act authorized in the budget includes $350 million for Green Buildings Projects.

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2. National Grid Halts North Brooklyn Pipeline Construction

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on March 27, 2020 in its article, "Coronavirus: National Grid halts North Brooklyn Pipeline construction after outcry":

Construction on National Grid's North Brooklyn Pipeline was halted on Thursday afternoon after residents, activists and elected officials complained that the utility company was endangering its employees by sending them to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the city and state's orders for residents to stay at home as much as possible, and aggressive measures put in place to encourage social distancing, work on the controversial project had proceeded with employees in close contact, according to witnesses.
Thanks to Politico New York Energy (2020 03 30) for alerting us to this item.

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For Our Readers


NY-GEO offers its readers a link to Business Hibernation Strategies to help you weather the economic challenges we are facing.

See the new Heat Pump Incentive Table here.

NOTE: LIPA/PSEG-LI rebates are not included in this table, but can be found here, under the section "Higher Rebates."

NYSERDA Ground Source Heat Pump video

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3. Refrigerants 101

If you didn't get a chance to see this webinar from New Yorkers for Clean Power, the recording is now available online.

Most refrigerants used in heat pumps are very powerful greenhouse gases. Does that make heat pumps a poor choice for our heating needs? Hear from experts in the field to learn the facts about refrigerants, how to safely manage them, and how heat pumps measure up.

Slides from the presentation can be downloaded here.

Thanks to Betta Broad and Michaela Ciovacco from New Yorkers for Clean Power for organizing this program.

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4. Career Corner

NOTE: International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) Accredited Installer (AI) Certification is necessary for companies wishing to participate in the NYSERDA geothermal rebate program.

Online IGSHPA AI Training

NEW! Ongoing Set-Your-Own-Pace Training with IGSHPA Trainer Peter Tavino PE, CGD. Peter is working with IGSHPA and NYSERDA to arrange for $1250 tuition to be reduced to $625 for NY workers, thanks to NYSERDA funding. See Accredited Installer flyer.

To register or to seek more information, contact Peter at Pete@LitchfieldGeothermal.com or text him at 860-459-8279.

IGSHPA Trainer Garen Ewbank CEM, CGD, CRM, CEA, CBEP, CSDP will be teaching the 3-day IGSHPA Accredited Installer geothermal course online due to NYS on PAUSE on April 21-23, 2020. PSEG Long Island funding will allow New York workers to attend this course for half price.

This workshop offers 24 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for Professional Engineers and Architects or equivalent Professional Development Elective (PDE) hours may be obtained for Code Professional Officials.

Click here for information about the training. To register, see Farmingdale Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center.

Please comment here on your training experience.


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