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1. New York City Bans Fossil Fuels in New Construciton
2. Ithaca Council Unanimously Votes to Decarbonize its Buildings by 2030
3. Draft Climate Action Council Scoping Plan
4. 2022 Legislative Initiative

1. New York City Bans Fossil Fuels in New Construction

On Wednesday, December 15th, the New York City Council passed a bill that effectively bans fossil fuels in new construction of buildings 7 stories or less by 12/31/2023 and larger buildings by 7/1/27.  Click here for Associated Press coverage of the Council Action.  The vote was 40 affirmative to 7 negative,  For the language of the bill see - Proposed Int. No. 2317-A - 12/9/21  The City becomes the largest of 66 jurisdictions across 7 states have adopted building electrification policies (or policies for pollution-free homes and buildings)


Ithaca Council Unanimously Votes to Decarbonize its Buildings by 2030

“The city of about 30,000 people consists of some 6,000 homes and buildings. Decarbonization would involve looking at everything from how a building is heated to what appliances it uses, with the aim of moving away from the consumption of fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas… researchers are working on modeling to help inform what buildings to tackle first. But the program is broadly slated to unfold in two phases — the first covering 1,600 buildings and then another 4,400.”    Washington Post article here.  Here’s a more in-depth article from the Ithaca Voice


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Draft NY Climate Action Council Scoping Plan

Draft NY Climate Action Council Scoping Plan Uploaded – Under NY’s Climate Law (CLCPA - Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act) the 22-member Climate Action Council is tasked with adopting a Scoping Plan by year’s end designed to meet the mandates of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and an 85% reduction by 2050 in ways that will boost employment and investments in New York’s disadvantaged communities.  For the Council’s December 20th meeting a 340-page draft of the scoping plan was filed.  Once the Scoping Plan is adopted by the Council it will go out for a series of public hearings.  The 30-page Buildings section includes the following recommendation, among others, that are of interest to the geothermal industry:

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4. 2022 Legislative Initiative

The Renewable Heat Now Campaign is organizing to win funding and policies that will get fossil fuels out of our buildings affordably and equitably The legislative package includes a geothermal tax credit (S3864/A7493) and sales tax exemption (S642a/A8147) as well as the All-Electric Building Act (S6843a/A8431) that would sunset fossil fuels in new construction starting January 1, 2024 .  It also includes the Advanced building codes, appliance and equipment efficiency standards act of 2021 (S7176/A8143

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Timely Payments for Contractors

NY-GEO is getting reports from some contractors that payments have become more timely, while they’ve remained atrociously slow for others, causing crippling cash flow problems.  We continue to be available to help with these issues at nygeoinfo@gmail.com.  We’d like to reiterate the process that we’ve set up below.  Please do call the utility program manager if ICF is not responding in a timely and responsive manner.  Please don’t hesitate to let us know when, after making these contacts, things are still not working and you’d like help. 

To prevent delays in rebate payments, NY-GEO and the Clean Heat Joint Management Committee (JMC) are targeting a 3-business day limit for responses to contractor applications and any subsequent revisions.

NY-GEO urges contractors to take the following steps if they don’t hear back on their submission to ICF within 3 business days.  ICF is the contractor the JMC has hired to process applications.  ICF has recently hired a half dozen new employees to speed up its operation.

  • If ICF does not respond or if you have a problem with their response, contact the utility Program Manager as listed below.
  • If the Program Manager is not available or not able to help resolve the issue in a timely fashion, email NY-GEO at nygeoinfo@gmail.com or call us at 716-316-7674.

Central Hudson

Ray Cotto, Associate Energy Efficiency Program Manager
Phone: (845) 486-5750, Email: RCotto@cenhud.com

Con Edison

Steven Coulter, Program Manager
Phone: 646-899-1917  Email: Jcoulters@coned.com,

National Grid

Jennifer Cross, Senior Program Manager
Phone: 518-475-8022  Email: Jennifer.cross@nationalgrid.com



Nicole Williams - Program Manager, Conservation and Load Management
Phone: 585-484-6592, Email: nicole.williams@nyseg.com

 Orange & Rockland

Mark Maloney, Program Administrator:                  Phone: (845) 577-2368                                             Email: Maloneym@oru.com

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