Issues: Energy

Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Final Weeks of Legislative Session Agenda on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, I talk about the bills and policy measures that will be negotiated during the final three weeks of Legislative Session. I also explain my efforts to ensure that the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan will provide ratepayers with safe, reliable energy.

Finally on the program, I provide more details about legislation that would allow pension service credit buyback for certain veterans.

 

 

June 2, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Room 124 CAP

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME, DATE, AND LOCATION OF MEETING. THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SESSION.

June 3, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair  1:30 PM, Tuesday, June 2, 2015  Room 611 LOB

The committee will consider the following nomination.  Anthony J. Picente, Jr. as a Trustee of the Power Authority of the State of New York.

June 2, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Hoylman Bill to Promote Use of Energy Efficient Appliances Passes Senate

Legislation requires organizations receiving state funds from NYS Dormitory Authority and/or the Urban Development Corporation to purchase “Energy Star” certified appliances when available 

Hoylman: “I’m very pleased the Senate passed my legislation to promote energy efficient products that combat climate change while also lowering utility bills for New York families and businesses”

May 28, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, May 28, 2015  Room 611 LOB

May 28, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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SENATORS GRIFFO, DeFRANCISCO CONDUCT SENATE HEARING TO QUESTION ENERGY OFFICIALS

ALBANY – State senators Joseph Griffo and John DeFrancisco are urging the Governor’s energy policy makers and regulators to seriously consider the concerns of private sector businesses, clean and renewable energy generation developers and labor interests as the State moves forward with its energy sector modernization initiatives.

May 20, 2015
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Senators launch inquiry into Indian Point explosion, fuel spill

ALBANY, NY - At least two state lawmakers want Entergy to more thoroughly explain how the recent explosion at Indian Point could have led to over a thousand gallons of liquid to spill into the Hudson River. State Senator Joe Griffo, chairman of the Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee, and Senator Terrence Murphy, who represents the Buchanan based plant, today began a formal investigation of the incident with a letter to Entergy executives.

May 13, 2015
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Statement from Senator Carlucci on Indian Point Oil Spill

If this had been a more serious incident, there is no way the millions of people who were home celebrating Mother's Day with their families would have been able to evacuate in a safe, timely manner,” said Senator David Carlucci. “Just last week one part of Indian Point was shut down to repair a water leak. This week a transformer fire. How many more wake-up calls do we need before we start seriously exploring new options for replacing an aging facility that has been operating without a renewed license for two years? Under no circumstances should the Nuclear Regulatory Commission renew Indian Point's license and I support Governor Cuomo’s call for an investigation.”

May 12, 2015
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Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
Chair: Senator Joseph Griffo
and Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John DeFrancisco
Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Contact: Anne Tarpinian (518) 455-3334
Media Contact: Rocco LaDucca (315) 793-9072
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
Chair: Senator Joseph Griffo
and Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John DeFrancisco
Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Contact: Anne Tarpinian (518) 455-3334
Media Contact: Rocco LaDucca (315) 793-9072
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Sen. Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt talks about the events he took part in during Earth Week and the environmentally-friendly bills he sponsored that passed in the Senate on Earth Day. He also talks about the Equal Pay bill for women that is awaiting the governor's signature. Sen. Ortt talks about other stops he made throughout his district.

May 1, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH NYS RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION

Senator Bonacic  met with members of the New York State Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NYSRECA) today in Albany, as part of NYSRECA’s lobby day. Among those in attendance at the meeting were representatives from the Delaware County Electric Co-op. An electric co-op provides essential services to rural communities, like those in Delaware County, and supply low cost reliable energy to their customers.

 

 

April 28, 2015
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Seward Calls For Swift Review Of NYSEG's Natural Gas Plan For Cobleskill

ONEONTA, 04/27/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is urging the New York State Department of Public Service to act quickly on a request from New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) to extend natural gas service within the Village of Cobleskill.

“Affordable energy can be a true game-changer when it comes to attracting new businesses and jobs to our region,” said Senator Seward.  “By extending a natural gas line within downtown Cobleskill, current employers and new businesses, along with residential customers, will all benefit.”

April 27, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: (NYISO) New York Independent System Operator

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
Chair: Senator Joseph A. Griffo
Legislative Forum: (NYISO) New York Independent System Operator
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M - 12: 00 P.M
Contact: Geraldine Purcell (518) 455-3334
Media Contact: Senate Press Office (518) 455-2264
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 1, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair  1:30 PM, Tuesday, April 28, 2015  Room 611 LOB

April 28, 1:30 PM - 1:33 PM
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In Honor Of Earth Week, Senate Passes Senator Young's Legislation To Protect And Preserve Our Environment

Comprehensive legislative package passed to protect natural resources, promote energy conservation, create green jobs, and increase ecotourism

 

ALBANY – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) to protect and preserve our natural environment were included in a comprehensive package of bills that passed the state Senate this week in honor of Earth Week.

 

April 22, 2015
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Ortt, Senate Celebrates Earth Day and Passes Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

Senator Ortt Sponsored Three Environmental Bills Passed Today 

In recognition of Earth Day, Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced three environmental bills he sponsored have passed in the New York State Senate. These bills were part of a package of bills the Senate passed today that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities.

April 22, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Fully Supports Low-Cost Hydropower for Economic Growth

A bill introduced by Senator Ortt would make low-cost hydropower automatically available to municipal housing authorities and hospitals throughout Niagara and Orleans counties. In turn, this would help spur economic growth and ensure the viability of businesses. The Senator supports making hydropower easily assessable for entities that are not eligible for the power allotment.  Canada-based Pride Pak recently received hydropower at a 40 percent discount compared to the region’s wholesale electricity market. The Senator would like that same opportunity offered for hospitals and housing authorities in his district. Read the full article from The Daily News.

April 8, 2015
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Ortt Introduces Bill to Make Low-Cost Hydropower More Accessible

Bill Would Make Hydropower Available for Housing Authorities and Hospitals in Specific Counties

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I–North Tonawanda) has introduced a bill (S4414-A) that would make low-cost hydropower easily available to hospitals and municipal housing authorities located in Niagara and Orleans counties. This power would be made possible through New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project in Lewiston.

April 7, 2015
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