Issues: Electricity

Power station to build new unit

Western Queens already produces the majority of New York City's power. We should not have to live in a community whose air is becoming increasingly polluted.

From Queens Chronicle:

U.S. Power Generating Co. plans to expand its Astoria station by building a new 500-MW unit some 2,400 feet away from its existing site in northwest Queens. The plan, called the Luyster Creek Energy Project, has raised fears that total emissions from the station could rise.

The project involves retiring one of four old units at the station in addition to building the new one, and is undergoing a formal community review period until Dec. 9, as required by the Department of Environmental Conservation, according to John Reese, senior vice president of U.S. Power Generating.

September 2, 2011
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Meeting Demand

The Capitol transcribed parts of the energy panel Senator Gianaris participated in earlier this month.

All the pieces are in place to develop a sustainable and efficient energy supply in New York State except one: leadership.

That was the consensus from a panel of experts, advocates and government officials who said New York has the capacity to grow its wind, solar and natural-gas energy production, while also conserving more power and improving the electric grid—as long as there’s a plan for doing so.

August 19, 2011
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New York’s Energy Policy Lacks Leadership, Experts Say

City Hall News hosted an energy panel to discuss New York State's energy future. Senator Gianaris was invited to participate in the panel since his Senate district is home to more than 60% of New York City's power generating plants.

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Moving forward will require a range of new initiatives, panelists said – including conservation measures such as retrofitting buildings to be more efficient, and installing smart meters to let electric customers monitor and control their power use more closely.

“We have to balance all of these resources,” said Sergej Mahnovski, senior advisor and director of the Office of Energy Policy and Infrastructure at the city Department of Environmental Protection. “There is no magic bullet, so we have to be careful.”

August 16, 2011
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Montgomery Applauds Enactment of "Power NY Act of 2011"

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law this week an omnibus energy package that encourages new investments in electric generating facilities across New York and creates the nation's first statewide "on-bill" recovery program to increase energy efficiency for homeowners and businesses.

Senator Montgomery is a sponsor of the new Power NY Act of 2011 that will create thousands of jobs and set New York on a course of reliable, cleaner energy while strengthening environmental protections.

August 6, 2011
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Seward Joins In Historic Announcement For Remington Arms & Ilion

ILION, 07/27/11 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta) today joined the Village of Ilion and Remington Arms, LLC in announcing that Remington Arms is now a full requirements retail electric customer of the Village of Ilion municipal electric system. Earlier this year the village received an allocation of additional hydropower from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to support this provision of electric service and Remington Arms' recent project expansion and job retention in Ilion.

July 27, 2011
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‘Let’s get back to the table’

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I,-Pulaski), Ken Blankenbush (R,C,-Black River), Bob Oaks (R,C,-Macedon) and State Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C, - Heuvelton) urged Constellation and its Union leadership to return to the negotiating table.

“I think we all would like to see resolution to the situation so that people get back to work. The only way this can happen is by bringing the parties back to the bargaining table and work on a compromise,” said Assemblyman Barclay. “I have expressed this both to Constellation and to Union Leadership during talks this week. It is my hope that this meeting will take place soon.”

July 18, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Tips to Stay Cool and Save Money This Summer

New York is already gearing up for a hot summer, leading New Yorkers to take refuge inside, where the temperatures are cooler. But lower temperatures inside often lead to higher energy costs. To help you save both energy and money, Senator Krueger recommends you take the following steps to make your home more energy-efficient:

Use Energy Star Products

Energy-efficient products may be more expensive to purchase but over time you can save about 30% on your energy bill. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50% less electricity than standard models. Go to http://www.energysavers.gov to get tips on how to save energy and which energy efficient products you can buy.

June 28, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LANDMARK “POWER NY” LEGISLATION

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate gave final legislative passage to the “Power NY Act” on June 22 to secure the state’s energy future by expanding the availability of affordable, clean and reliable electricity, while also creating jobs and boosting the economy.

June 23, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LANDMARK “POWER NY” LEGISLATION Renews and Enhances Article X, Increases Energy Efficiency Investments and Explores Solar Power Potential

    The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to the “Power NY Act” to secure the state’s energy future by expanding the availability of affordable, clean and reliable electricity, while also creating jobs and boosting the economy. Power NY (S.5844), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), has three main components: it reauthorizes and modernizes the licensing process for major electric generating facilities (also known as Article X), provides incentives to consumers for energy efficiency investments, and explores the potential for additional solar power generation in the state.

June 23, 2011
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LaValle: LIPA/PSC Bill Passes Assembly; Long Island Power Authority Must Get Public Service Commission Approval Before Hiking Rates.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said his legislation that would make rates fair, just and transparent by requiring the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to seek approval by the Public Service Commission (PSC) if LIPA seeks a rate increase by more than two and a half percent per year has been passed by the Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  If enacted, the PSC would be required to review and approve LIPA's rate increase requests before they are passed on to Long Island ratepayers. The bill was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Sweeney.

LaValle introduced similar legislation in 2008 that passed both houses of the legislature but was vetoed by then Governor David Paterson.

June 16, 2011
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Gianaris Stands Up For Energy Consumers

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' participation in introducing an energy alternatives package of bills.

State Senator Michael Gianaris is continuing his efforts to increase energy affordability for consumers while enhancing energy efficiency and protecting the environment throughout the state. On May 25, Gianaris, along with various senate colleagues including fellow state Senator Jose Peralta unveiled a package of alternative energy bills aimed at making energy affordable.

June 8, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Stands Up For Energy Consumers

Senate Unveils Alternative Energy Package

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris continues his efforts to increase energy affordability for consumers while enhancing energy efficiency and protecting the environment in New York State. On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, he, along with various Senate colleagues including fellow Queens Senator Jose Perlata unveiled a package of alternative energy bills aimed at making energy affordable.

May 27, 2011
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Electric rate hikes zapped after law passed

Queens Times Ledger wrote about the rescinded FERC rate increase and quoted Senator Gianaris in the article.

The threat of a spike in electrical rates died a two-pronged death last week.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had come under fire for its January decision to allow city power generators to enact a large increase for their rates during peak electrical times. The agency believed the power companies faced steep property taxes when in actuality they received significant abatements. The FERC ruling could have caused city residents’ electrical rates to shoot up by 12 percent.

Days after the state Legislature passed a law last week to prevent the planned hike from being passed to those residents, FERC undid its decision.

May 26, 2011
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Feds nix electric over'charge'

The Post wrote about FERC's rescinded rate hike for ratepayers' electric bills. In a formal statement, Senator Gianaris said, "I'm glad this misguided rate hike has been reversed and proud that the State took swift action to save ratepayers millions of dollars. Governor Cuomo deserves thanks for working closely with those of us who were alarmed by the FERC decision to resolve the problem."

Charges reversed!

Federal regulators yesterday officially overturned an order that would have zapped the city by boosting residential electric bills by 10 to 12 percent.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted barely 24 hours after Albany lawmakers passed a law making property-tax breaks for electricity generators permanent.

May 20, 2011
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Statement from Senator Gianaris on Reversed FERC Decision

Following the announcement that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has reversed its decision to allow power generating companies to massively increase their electric rates, Senator Gianaris said, "I'm glad this misguided rate hike has been reversed and proud that the State took swift action to save ratepayers millions of dollars. Governor Cuomo deserves thanks for working closely with those of us who were alarmed by the FERC decision to resolve the problem."

May 19, 2011
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Gianaris: No tax help for Big Electric

This article in the Times Ledger was written just after tax abatement legislation that hurt ratepayers passed in the Senate on Monday. On Wednesday, however, legislation that helps prevent drastic rate hikes was passed by the Senate. I am happy my fellow Senators and I were able to stand up for ratepayers across the state.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) condemned a bill passed in the Senate Monday to give tax abatements to power generators, saying it would provide them with an unfair tax benefit.

May 19, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Blasts Gop Tax Abatement Legislation Aiding Power Plants

Votes Against Bill Giving Windfall to Power-Generating Industry

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris continues to stand up for electricity ratepayers by voting against legislation that expands existing tax abatements for electric-generating companies. The legislation, S5367, permits tax abatements for all power-generating plants and does not offer provisions to offset electricity rate increases for ratepayers, such as the increase passed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in January.

May 18, 2011
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Senator Gianaris opposes tax abatement legislation for energy generating facilites

The Senate GOP passed tax breaks for large energy companies rather than protect local ratepayers. Senator Gianaris stands up for ratepayers and spoke on the Senate floor in opposition of the bill.

 

May 17, 2011
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