Issues: Energy

State DEC issues new, updated report on the future of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry

Elmira, NY, September 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) issued the following statement today on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) release of its revised report on the future of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry:

September 7, 2011

Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senator Carl L. Marcellino Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations was joined by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. a member of the Senate's Energy & Telecommunications Committee, Senator Owen H. Johnson, Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Senator John J. Flanagan and Senator Jack M. Martins at a public hearing to look at strategies and policies that govern Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) storm preparation and restoration, and to examine the industry standards, best practices and post-event analysis of the utility.

September 22, 9:45 AM - 2:00 PM


Attends hearing on proposals to grow energy jobs

September 6, 2011

Senator Martins, Senator Skelos Visit Watt Fuel Cell in Port Washington

Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Dean Skelos were in Port Washington recently to take a tour of WATT Fuel Cell, a designer and developer of fuel cell systems.

Senator Martins and Senator Skelos met with Dr. Caine Finnerty, president of Watt Fuel Cell, as well as board member Jimmy Vilardi. Dr. Finnerty explained the technology Watt is working on that makes use of fuel through fuel cells.

“Watt Fuel Cell is on the cutting edge of developing efficient energy systems for portable power. It is a high technology business that is operating right here in Nassau County,” said Senator Martins. “It’s important that we have companies that are seeking alternate energy sources.”

September 6, 2011

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

Gianaris pulls his support for Luyster Creek

Queens Times Ledger wrote about the Luyster Creek Energy Project planned by USPowergen. Senator Gianaris cannot support power generation unless we are guaranteed an overall emissions reduction.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) withdrew his support for a new green power plant project after learning that despite an upgrade meant to reduce emissions, the company will be allowed to create pollutants at a higher rate than it had been allowed previously. 

“My issue has always been that I will not support new power generation unless we’re guaranteed an overall emissions reduction,” Gianaris said. 

September 2, 2011


Plans for $50 Million Private Sector Investment Will Create 150 Jobs

September 1, 2011

Hurricane Irene Aftermath Information

Residents may find teh following websites helpful as we recover from Hurricane Irene.

New York State

Long Island Power Authority

New York State Insurance Department

American Red Cross

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Disaster Assistance

September 1, 2011

An upgrade downer: Power plant's $750 project may allow more toxins

The Daily News wrote about the Luyster Creek power plant project that is supposed to generate energy more efficiently. There is no reason why western Queens has to be responsible for most of the city's power production.


The Luyster Creek plan would swap out one old generator for two cleaner-burning ones, and lower emissions of two other generators that are about 50 years old, Perri said.

But regulatory permits could actually allow the company to produce more pollution overall in Astoria.

For example, the plant would be allowed to increase its overall carbon monoxide output by almost 89 tons a year, Perri said. Nitrogen oxide could go up by almost 25 tons annually.

August 26, 2011

Energy Rebate Program Announced for Refrigerators and Washing Machines

State Senator Jack M. Martins wants to let residents know that there The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced is a new $3 million rebate program specifically for the purchase of high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and clothes washers. The program begins Sept. 2, 2011 under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

August 25, 2011

Senator Krueger Address Crowd & Those Testifying at Hydrofracking Hearing

Senator Krueger address the audience and those giving testimony at the hearing, Getting the Facts on Fracking.

August 24, 2011

Industry Skips Hydrofracking Hearing

By Bill Lambdin

KATONAH - With the Cuomo administration moving quickly to allow hydrofracking in parts of New York, maybe the industry doesn't think they need to court state senators.

No industry representatives chose to show up at a public hearing Tuesday chaired by a Republican Conservative, flanked by two progressive Democrats.

"Before we allow a multi-billion dollar industry that's on the gateway of New York's border to come in here and profit off of our land and air resources these questions better get answered," said Senator Greg Ball (R - Patterson).

August 24, 2011

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

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.


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



Written by: Jon Campbell

ALBANY — The natural gas industry and business groups are pushing back against a bill proposed Tuesday that would create a company-funded reserve to cover the cost of damages from any future gas-drilling accidents.

August 10, 2011

Power NY Signed Into Law

The Power NY Act that was passed by the Senate earlier this year was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The act 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.

“Power NY is a win for New York State. It encourages the development of reliable and affordable power that is better for the environment and at the same time, it supports job and business growth,” said Senator Jack M. Martins.

August 9, 2011

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 5, 2011

Senator Farley Announces Improved Power Permitting Process

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is pleased to announce Governor Cuomo signed legislation into law on August 4th that updates and improves the process for reviewing and siting electric generating facilities in New York State.

"This new law should help ensure that we have a reliable and adequate supply of electricity, which is generated by cleaner and more efficient facilities," said Senator Farley. "This is especially important to help promote economic development and jobs within the State."

August 5, 2011

Senator Maziarz comments on Power NY bill signing

Enacting the Power New York plan was a collaborative process.  I commend Governor Cuomo for his involvement in helping us advance the legislation and for signing the bill into law today.

August 4, 2011

Going Green, Let's Conserve Day!



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August 3, 2011
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