“We have fought long and hard to repower the NRG Dunkirk plant because Dunkirk's future depends on it. Unfortunately, the repowering project has been delayed by the Entergy lawsuit. Our commitment is as strong as ever to move ahead, and we're working to find solutions. I've been in touch with the governor's office and the Public Service Commission to find a positive pathway forward. The specter of possible layoffs is a terrible hardship for affected workers, and our hearts go out to them and their families. We are hoping that layoffs at Dunkirk can be mitigated by action before the end of this year. I will not stop fighting for repowering. Our jobs, economy, tax base, school system and quality of life are at stake.”
New York – Today, State Senator Liz Krueger was joined by Senators Breslin, Dilan, Hamilton, Hoylman, Latimer, Parker, Perkins and Serrano in submitting comments to the state Public Service Commission opposing the ratepayer-funded bailout and repowering of the Cayuga Lake coal power plant in Lansing, NY, in favor of transmission upgrades.
from The Chronicle-Express, "Greenidge Generation announced Aug. 12 that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has published for public comment a Draft Title V Permit approving the facility’s application to restart the power plant by firing biomass and natural gas, without the use of coal. The facility will subsequently convert its generating operations to natural gas as the primary fuel."
Howard Beach, NY (July 27, 2015): State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. is proud to be one of many New Yorkers supporting the city’s “Shut the Front Door” initiative aimed at conserving energy and protecting the environment, especially at small businesses. Created by the City Department of Consumer Affairs, the program encourages businesses to keep their front door closed whenever the air conditioning is running. This simple action has major incentives that include saving money and preserving energy resources while also helping New Yorkers beat the heat during the summer.
UTICA -- Recently I have received numerous calls from constituents concerned about water levels at the Hinckley Reservoir. This prompted me to contact the Mohawk Valley Water Authority, which confirmed that water levels had indeed been dropping due to a faster-than-normal rate of outflow. I further determined that water was being released from the reservoir at about two to three times the normal rate, which led me to contact the New York State Canal Corporation to explain this significant increase in outflow.
VALHALLA, NY - Six local municipalities from the Hudson Valley's 40th Senate District have been awarded approximately $100,000 each to support innovative microgrid projects. Announced earlier today, the Village of Sleepy Hollow, Town of Mt. Kisco, Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Town of Cortlandt, the Town of Somers and the Westchester County Valhalla Campus are Stage 1 Winners.
Legislative Leaders Pass Bill To Provide Tax Credit For Geothermal Energy Systems – Bipartisan Legislation Now Heads To Governor Cuomo’s Desk For Approval
BUFFALO – During a press event on Buffalo’s West Side today, New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D – Buffalo) urged Governor Cuomo to sign a bill into law that establishes a state tax credit for homeowners who install geothermal energy systems. The legislation (S.2905/A.2177) recently passed in both houses of the state Legislature.
ALBANY– The New York State Legislature this week passed a bill authored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would give municipalities greater leverage in purchasing streetlights from a utility company and making them more energy efficient.
The bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.
As municipalities across the state look to save money by utilizing more energy efficient technology, Griffo’s legislation could have significant implications for many communities across the state, including Utica, Rome and Watertown.
New York's utility regulator, the Public Service Commission, is considering a plan to change the current 315 Area Code region, splitting the region in two or creating an "overlay" code that would be assigned to new phones and digital devices.
ALBANY– Legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo and passed by the New York State Senate this week would help further prevent accidents involving underground gas and electric utility lines.
Griffo’s bill (S4862B) would require any municipality or underground facility operator to make sure that any excavator it hires for work will have completed the training and education programs provided by the one-call notification systems. The one-call notification system was established by the state in 2000 to enable excavators to determine the location of all underground utilities in an area where they plan to dig.
As session winds down, Senator Ortt discusses his recent bills that passed in the Senate, and also talks about Amanda Lynn's Law and two geothermal bills that have just passed in both houses of the state legislature. Sen. Ortt concludes the interview with priority bills he's hoping to take up before session ends.
State funding secured by Klein will provide new natural gas fueled generators, energy efficient lighting, surveillance cameras, security room and additional storage
WESTCHESTER, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Mayor Michael Volpe of the Village of Pelham, Pelham Town Supervisor Pete DiPaola, Pelham Deputy Supervisor Councilman Dan McLaughlin, Judge John Gardner, Judge John DeChiaro, and Town Council Member Blake Bell, today announced $195,000 in state funding for security and energy efficiency upgrades to Pelham Town Hall and the Daronco Town House at Pelham’s annual Block Party.
Senator Ortt’s Bill Would Create Jobs in Green Industry, Lower Energy Costs for Consumers
State Senator Rob Ortt’s (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) Green Development Neighborhood Tax Exemption bill (S5013) unanimously passed in the Senate yesterday with overwhelming support. This tax incentive is meant to encourage more homeowners to build “green” homes. Ortt’s bill would allow local municipalities across the state to offer a real property tax exemption of 35 percent for up to 20 years.
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.
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.
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.