Issues: Energy

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

May 1, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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



Senator Serino’s Statement on the New State Budget 2015-16


ALBANY, NY— Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) proudly announced today that the new State Budget for 2015-16 includes major wins for residents of the 41st Senate District. The new budget’s emphasis on cutting spending and creating real, tangible jobs will provide a much needed boost to local economies and countless new opportunities for residents.

March 31, 2015

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
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