Issues: Energy

ARRC scores victory for solar energy as PSC kills job-killing regs

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) today issued a stay on new regulations it approved back in December which had lawmakers and clean energy advocates up in arms over new requirements which denied net metering credits to solar development projects currently underway.State Senator Terrence Murphy and his colleagues, Senators Joseph Griffo and George Amedore, recognizing the importance of large-scale solar projects, had sent a letter of opposition to the PSC regarding that provision of the PSC's order to raise net metering minimum caps and revision tariffs.

February 27, 2015

Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Room 611 LOB

March 3, 1:30 PM - 1:36 PM


Senator led local Senate Delegation in calling on the NYPSC to correct an oversight omitting Rochester in its public hearing schedule; Local hearing to be held February 11

Senator Rich Funke today announced the Rochester area will host a New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) public hearing as the result of a joint effort advanced by Monroe County’s Senate Delegation. The hearing, part of the NYPSC’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) initiative, will allow residents to make their voices heard on important changes to New York’s energy regulations that will impact local ratepayers, taxpayers, and jobs.

January 30, 2015

O'Mara welcomes DEC decision to lift decades-long ban on development of LNG for transportation, but says delayed decision arrives too late for one Southern Tier manufacturer (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., January 28— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, welcomed today’s action by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to adopt regulations authorizing the construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities for transportation purposes.

January 28, 2015

Griffo Named Senate Energy Committee Chairman

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, was today appointed chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. He replaces former retired Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, in the position.

January 23, 2015

Cuomo's Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing Will Perpetuate Rural Poverty

For Release: Immediate, December 17, 2014

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) following todays announcement by Governor Cuomo:

Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban exploration of our natural gas resources is a punch in the gut to the Southern Tier. The governor has a moral obligation to explain to the people of our region how he will alleviate rural poverty. Families desperately need jobs and economic opportunity, not government handouts. Our young people are leaving in droves because they feel they don’t have a future here. Our rural communities are dying a slow, painful, poverty-stricken death and hope is scarce.

December 18, 2014

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014

Griffo, Brindisi Write To Feds Regarding Delta Lake Hydropower Project


ROME – Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Senator Joseph A. Griffo recently wrote a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expressing concerns about the environmental and economic impact of a proposed hydropower project at the Delta Dam.

The City of Watervliet is proposing to build a $12 million, 7.4 megawatt hydroelectric plant at the dam, which is now more than a century old. The proposal includes a 9,920 horsepower turbine and a 17,000 foot underground cable extension to the National Grid substation in Rome.

November 3, 2014

Senator Bonacic Provides Opening Remarks at Sullivan County Get-Set Energy Symposium

Senator Bonacic presented opening remarks at the Sullivan County Get-Set Energy Symposium in Loch Sheldrake on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.  This event, organized by RUPCO, an independent contractor for NYSERDA, includes organizations that are working to promote products or services related to energy efficiency, sustainable construction, or alternative energy.  Senator Bonacic visited with the many vendors who exhibited their “energy smart” products and services, and congratulated all those who put this event together.    

October 23, 2014

URGENT ALERT: NRG Repowering in Danger of Derailment by Outside Groups

For Release: Immediate, October 16, 2014

Public Service Commission to Meet October 23 to Review Repowering Pipeline

            With radical outside groups trying to derail the NRG repowering project, Senator Catharine Young is urging the community to come together once again to save our schools, city, and taxpayers. A Public Service Commission (PSC) forum will be held on the gas pipeline that will service the repowered NRG plant in Dunkirk, and taxpayers and residents are urged to show up and show their strong support for repowering.

October 16, 2014

Sen. Krueger in the Daily News: "The evidence is in, so ban fracking"

On Monday, the Daily News published an op-ed from Sen. Krueger on fracking! The conclusion:

New York finds itself at a crossroads. We know that, with the technology and engineering methods currently in use, fracking is inherently dangerous and would result in irreversible harm to New Yorkers; health, our natural resources and our billion-dollar agricultural industry.

Yet the Cuomo administration is still officially reviewing how fracking impacts people’s health.

The state’s highest court recently upheld the rights of cities and towns to ban fracking within their borders. This is a step in the right direction, but pollutants caused by fracking will not conform to municipal boundaries. As elected officials, it is our job to weigh the facts and science, and then act to protect New Yorkers.

It is time for both houses of the state Legislature to pass a bill banning fracking — and for Gov. Cuomo to sign it.

September 3, 2014

What’s Your Opinion on Hydrofracking Waste in New York?

Earlier this year, I held a public forum in Albany on the issue of hydrofracking waste disposal, focusing on the health and environmental risks posed by the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.  Hydrofracking waste is being brought into New York from Pennsylvania, and we know that this waste contains toxins that can contaminate drinking water. Some of this waste is being disposed of in New York landfills – but  is not being regulated as hazardous waste. I will continue fighting to protect New Yorkers from the dangerous waste products of hydrofracking. 

I’d like to hear the views of my constituents on these important issues. Please take a moment to answer these opinion questions below. Thank you for your participation.

August 18, 2014

Energy chair pushes Cuomo on Finger Lakes propane storage

By Scott Waldman 3:13 p.m. | Jul. 1, 2014 - Capital NY


ALBANY—The chair of the State Senate's energy committee is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make a decision on propane storage facility in the Finger Lakes after five years of delay.

July 1, 2014

Senators to NYPA: Get back to the table

State Senators Patty Ritchie, Joe Griffo and George Maziarz, the Chair ofthe State Senate’s Energy Committee,  today joined together to call on the

June 30, 2014


Trio Urges Power Agency to Restart Talks on Benefits to Local Communities

June 30, 2014

Seward Plugs In Funding For SUNY Cobleskill Energy Savings Project

ONEONTA, 06/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that $2 million in capital funding he secured will be used for SUNY Cobleskill’s energy savings project.  

“SUNY Cobleskill offers innovative student programs on a campus that is continually evolving to meet changing needs,” said Senator Seward.  “This funding will help the school go even further by backing new green energy improvements that will lead to a more efficient, environmentally friendly campus – saving money and our natural resources.”

June 27, 2014

Diversified Manufacturing in Lockport benefits from Power Proceeds

Today we announced the completion of an expansion project by Diversified Manufacturing, a manufacturing and engineering services firm in Lockport, which will facilitate the retention of 130 jobs. The nearly $5 million project was supported by $450,000 in funding from the New York Power Authority (NYPA).Diversified Manufacturing, which provides a full range of engineering services for the power generation, aerospace, medical and pharmaceutical sectors, among other industries, completed a 45,000-square-foot high bay addition to its 120,000-square-foot Lockport plant.

June 26, 2014

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014

Confirmed Nominees for the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Sherburne B. Abbott of Cazenovia

Kenneth D. Daly of Manhasset

John McAvoy of Brewster

Elizabeth W. Thorndike of Pittsford

Mark A. Willis of Manhattan

Charles Bell of Ossining

Jay Koh of Manhattan

Jigar Shah of Manhattan

June 17, 2014
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