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1. What's NYSERDA's Chair Thinking?
2. Gas Companies Abandoning Their Wells
3. Marbletown Future is All-Renewable
4. Career Corner

1. What's NYSERDA's Chair Thinking?

From POLITICO Weekly NY & NJ Energy (2020 09 14):

Former Cuomo energy czar [and current Chair of the NYSERDA board] Richard Kauffman co-authored a report touting New York's approach to energy programs as a road map for other states to leverage limited financing.

Thanks to Jonathan Tham of PSEG-Long Island for this tip.

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2. Gas Companies Are Abandoning Their Wells

From Bloomberg Green, "Gas Companies Are Abandoning Their Wells, Leaving Them to Leak Methane Forever":

Just one orphaned site in California could have emitted more than 30 tons of methane. There are millions more like it...

In the past five years, 207 oil and gas businesses have failed. As natural gas prices crater, the fiscal burden on states forced to plug wells could skyrocket…

...190 more companies could file for bankruptcy by the end of 2022. Many oil and gas companies are idling their wells by capping them in the hope prices will rise again…

"It's cheaper to idle them than to clean them up," says Joshua Macey, an assistant professor of law at the University of Chicago, who's spent years studying fossil fuel bankruptcies. "Once prices increase, they could be profitable to operate again. It gives them a strong reason to not do cleanup now. It’s not orphaned yet, although for all intents and purposes it is."

Thanks to NY-GEO member Jens Ponikau for this tip.

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Gas well No. 095-20708, 4 miles north of Rio Vista, Calif., in 2017 Photographer: Lisa Vielstädte

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3. Marbletown, NY Commits to All-Renewable Future

The Banner reported on Marbletown's Environmental Conservation Commission stating:

Environmental Conservation Commission Invites "Champions" to Lead Community's Shift from Fossil Fuels

On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Marbletown's Town Board unanimously adopted a plan to shift local energy use to renewables for power, heating, cooling and transportation. In addition to protecting the climate, the plan would save residents money, according to Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission (ECC) Chair Tom Konrad. In Marbletown, full electrification and renewables could cut residents' energy expenses by about 40%, or $6.5 million annually, Konrad told the Board while presenting the plan.

Created by the Marbletown ECC in collaboration with Sustainable Hudson Valley (SHV), the plan offers specific strategies and tools to assist residents and businesses in making voluntary changes. The plan focuses on educating the community about renewably powered alternatives to older equipment and vehicles, when they are ready to be replaced. It also encourages local policies that can make the switch easier while saving people money.

See some background on Marbletown's energy outlook in Green Technica's "A Small New York Town Plans a Profitable, 100% Renewable Energy Future."

You can read the whole Banner article, saved as a PDF, and the ECC Action Plan.

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