Issues: Renewable Energy

Law expands ability of businesses to sell alternative power

By NICK REISMAN | Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 6:09 pm

GREENWICH -- State Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, is touting a measure aimed at helping businesses take advantage of solar and wind energy.

Gov. David Paterson approved the measure on Tuesday that closes a loophole in a law passed in 2009 that allowed non-residential solar energy users to sell excess power back to a utility.

February 24, 2010


Senate Bill 6700, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, was unanimously adopted yesterday. The bill is an important component of  Senator Maziarz’s energy agenda, which is focused on growing our economy by encouraging innovation and the development of clean, renewable energy.

February 23, 2010

Senate Passes Net Metering Bill to Reduce Energy Costs

Aubertine bill makes clean energy investments profitable for farms/businesses, creates jobs

ALBANY (February 22, 2010)—The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine (S.6700) to amend the state’s net metering law to clear hurdles and allow farms, small businesses, municipalities and other non-residential customers to reduce their energy costs by generating clean electricity and selling it back to the grid.

February 22, 2010

State Senate Passes Bill to Expand Renewable Energy Program

The State Senate today approved legislation (S.6700) to promote the expanded use of non-residential solar and wind electric generating systems.  Senator Betty Little cosponsored the measure which amends the current “net metering” law to remove obstacles that have limited the participation of non-residential customers, including businesses, schools, municipalities and non-profits.

February 22, 2010

Powering New York's Future

“Powering New York’s Future”  is an initiative by the Legislature to develop a long term approach to using low cost power to create and sustain jobs.  In the coming weeks, the Legislature is conducting a series of hearings and roundtables focusing upon the use of low cost power for economic development purposes.

February 10, 2010

Sen. Foley Urgest Residents to Take Advantage of State Energy-Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

New Yorkers are eigible for rebates for purchasing energy-eficient appliances during president’s week, 2010  Sen. Foley

"I am pleased to announce the implementation of New York’s Great Appliance Swap Out program. The United States Department of Energy recently awarded New York State $300 million dollars, for the purpose of stimulating our economy and investing in energy efficient home appliances," Said Sen. Foley.

February 7, 2010

Senator Thompson Passes Municipal Energy Sustainable Loan Program Legislation

For Immediate Release: November 17, 2009Contact: Heather Zeisz | | 716.854.8705

Albany, NY – Yesterday, November 16, 2009, New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) along with the New York State Senate, passed his municipal energy sustainable loan program legislation Bill # S.66004-A.

November 18, 2009

CNY is Solidified as a Green Hub

For many years, Central New York has been building a national reputation as a hub of green technology and has been promoting itself as a potential home for jobs in green industries.  That promise and potential got a major boost in recent days as an effort I have been working on to attract one of the first electric car manufacturers in the country bore fruit.

October 27, 2009

Electric Car Manufacturer Selects CNY: Senators Smith and Valesky Provide Critical Financing to Attract Jobs and Economic Growth

(SYRACUSE, NY) - Bannon Automotive, LLC, today announced that it has selected Central New York as a manufacturing site for its affordable plug-in electric vehicle which is based on technology developed in the U.S.

October 23, 2009

Electric Car Plant May Open in Syracuse

Electric Car Plant May Open in Syracuse By KATE GALBRAITH

New York State appears to be close to securing one of the nation’s first assembly plants for electric cars.

Reva, an electric car company based in Bangalore, India, plans to work with Bannon Automotive, a new electric car company in Freeport, N.Y., to assemble a three-door plug-in hatchback, the NXR, at a still-to-be-determined site near Syracuse.

October 21, 2009

SolarNovar off to hot start

By DAN HEATHPress Republican Staff Writer

September 17, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — A local company is shining bright as the sun.

SolarNovar, started by Linda and Greg Brienza of Triangle Electrical Systems, held an open house this week to tout the benefits of solar power and its new tracker systems.

Three large, 30-panel arrays are in operation on the company grounds. Everything except the solar panels and power inverters are built on-site.

September 17, 2009

Senator Betty Little attends SolarNovar Open House in Plattsburgh

 State Senator Betty Little, along with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and a large crowd of  political, business and civic leaders, attended an open house in Plattsburgh on Tuesday, September 15 to see a locally conceived, designed and produced product that maximizes the ability of solar panels to capture sunlight and generate clean energy.

Triangle Electric in Plattsburgh created SolarNovar, a new solar company that has designed a tracker system that moves solar panels throughout the day at regular intervals to ensure optimum sun exposure.

September 16, 2009

Green Jobs, Green Homes, Green New York

What if you could create fourteen thousand new jobs, and save New Yorkers one billion dollars on energy bills at the same time, without additional cost to taxpayers?

A bill that I co-sponsored and which passed in the State Senate last week will do just that.

The Green Jobs/Green New York initiative will get to the heart of two of Central New York’s biggest issues—the availability of permanent, skilled jobs and high energy costs.

September 11, 2009

Aubertine Secures Bi-Partisan Support for Green Jobs/Green NY Act


Legislation for job creation, weatherization passes with broad support despite partisan rhetoric

September 11, 2009



Job creation program pays for itself through energy savings and revitalization of economically distressed communities

September 10, 2009
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