Issues: Energy

Gianaris Blasts Easing Regs For W. Queens Power Plants

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' vote against the S.191 bill that would fast-track the construction of new power plants.

State Senator Michael Gianaris has voted against legislation that establishes a fast-track process for the siting of new electric generating facilities without providing enough safeguards for overburdened communities.

The bill, S191, allows for the placement of new power plants without properly considering the cumulative effect of new plant construction on neighborhoods that already house numerous power plants.

May 11, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO VOTES TO HELP SCHOOLS, MUNICIPALITIES, AND BUSINESSES REDUCE THEIR OVERALL ENERGY COSTS

Legislation Would Ensure Schools, Municipalities, and Businesses Can Take Full Advantage of Net Metering Cost Savings

May 11, 2011
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Pols' bid to zap rate hike

The Post wrote about legislation that Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg are introducing to resolve the FERC rate hike issue. Senator Gianaris is proud to be one of the first people to stand up and fight against this outrageous rate hike.

ALBANY -- Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg announced legislation yesterday that will head off a threatened 12 percent rate hike for New York City electric customers.

The legislation, first reported by The Post last month, guarantees permanent property-tax abatements to local electric-generating companies, removing the basis for a little-noticed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision in January that could hike city electric rates by $500 million a year.

May 11, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO BOOST INVESTMENT IN CONSUMER-GENERATED RENEWABLE ENERGY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill on May 9th that builds upon existing net metering laws to allow certain electricity customer-generators to receive credit for off-site energy production. The legislation (S.3407A) enables small producers to plan for their long-term energy use and would increase participation in alternative energy investment.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Golden Share's Con Edison's Cool Cash Program

Company Offers $30 to Buyers of Energy Star Room A/Cs

NEW YORK – New York City and Westchester County residents are eligible to pocket $30 rebates from Con Edison when they buy Energy Star room air conditioners, the company announced today at a P.C. Richard & Son Superstore in Manhattan.

Home and business owners can cash in as part of the company’s wide variety of energy-savings programs by visiting www.conEd.com/greenteam. Applications for the $30 a/c rebate can be downloaded at www.conEd.com/roomacrebates/.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Blasts Bill Easing Regulations For Power Plants In Western Queens

Votes Against Bill To Fast-Track New Plant Construction

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris has voted against legislation that establishes a fast-track process for the siting of new electric generating facilities without providing enough safeguards for overburdened communities.

The bill, S191, allows for the placement of new power plants without properly considering the cumulative effect of new plant construction on neighborhoods that already house numerous power plants.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaks on Senate Bill S.191

Senator Gianaris speaks on the floor of the Senate against a bill that eases regulations for the placement of power plants throughout New York State. We need more power supply but must do it in a responsible and safe manner.

May 10, 2011
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Senate moves energy policy forward with passage of Article X and remote net metering bills

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) announced that two key bills relating to New York’s energy future were approved today in the State Senate: legislation establishing a process for the siting of electric generation facilities (S.191) and legislation to permit remote net metering (S.3407-A).  As Chairman of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee, Senator Maziarz sponsored both bills and helped advance them through his committee.

May 9, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Room 709 LOB

May 10, 1:30 PM - 1:33 PM
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Time For Solar

The following is a Letter to the Editor Published in Our Town Newspaper.

To The Editor

It seems like Albany has been talking about clean energy and its potential to create jobs for a very long time. Fortunately, Senator Liz Krueger is doing something about it, and we’d like to thank her for real leadership on this issue. Right now, the state Legislature is examining a major initiative to revitalize New York’s economy by adding an impressive 5,000 megawatts of solar power capacity. As a co-sponsor of the so-called “New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act,” Senator Krueger is playing an important role, helping blaze the trail toward a greener, stronger New York.

May 5, 2011
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Sen. Maziarz pushes for Niagara County representative to the Power Authority

Assemblyman John Ceretto and Senator George Maziarz met recently with the governor’s appointment secretary, Judge Leslie Leach, to discuss filling a current vacancy on the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Board of Trustees with a Niagara County resident. The meeting was held in the governor’s Capitol office.

May 4, 2011
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LaValle Bills Provide Full Public Service Commission Authority Over LIPA and Authorizes NYPA to Acquire LIPA as a Subsidiary.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle introduced two bills in the New York State Senate on Tuesday. The first places the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) under the “full oversight” of the Public Service Commission (PSC). LaValle’s  second bill allows the New York Power Authority (NYPA)  to acquire LIPA as a subsidiary.

May 4, 2011
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Gianaris Pledges To Continue Fighting For A Greener New York

The Queens Gazette wrote an article on my participation in Earth Day this year. Senator Gianaris is committed to protecting and conserving our environment.

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) celebrated Earth Day on April 22, by continuing his advocacy for stronger environmental laws to better protect and conserve our environment.

Gianaris is a longtime leader in the effort to clean the environment. Recently, he introduced a series of legislative proposals to ensure better environmental policies in New York state.

April 27, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Recognizes Earth Day

Pledges to Continue Fighting for Greener New York

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris celebrates Earth Day on April 22 by continuing his advocacy for stronger environmental laws to better protect and conserve our environment.

Senator Gianaris is a longtime leader in the effort to clean our environment. Recently, he introduced a series of legislative proposals to ensure better environmental policies in New York State.

“Earth Day serves as an important reminder of our responsibility to the planet,” Senator Gianaris said. “We cannot continue to take a reactive approach to environmental protection. My proposals would take proactive steps to safeguard our environment and prevent further damage.”

April 21, 2011
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Senator Krueger Speaks on Future of Indian Point

To voice your opinion on Indian Point, please fill out Senator Krueger's online petition, "Where Do You Stand on Indian Point."

April 19, 2011
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Strong Push Against Fracking

By Tom Casey

On the day of a large rally outside the Capitol, Senate Democrats introduced the first significant legislation against hydraulic fracturing since the 2010 moratorium imposed by former Gov. David Paterson and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Sens. Tony Avella, D-Whitestone, Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, and Joseph Addabbo, D-Queens, introduced a package of bills April 11 that includes three bills for tighter regulations and transparency for oil and gas drilling and a bill by Avella to ban hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, in New York state.

April 19, 2011
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Schumer $hocking 'gougers'

The Post reported that following the announcement of Governor Cuomo's proposal regarding tax abatements for power companies, Senator Schumer has sent a letter to energy companies around the state asking "why the firms believe their tax breaks are in danger and how much of their windfall would go to stockholders. " I have also written similar legislation to the Governor's bill.

Sen. Chuck Schumer yesterday posed four tough questions to operators of the state's private power generating plants -- as consumers and politicians battle shocking rate increases the companies are planning for this summer.

April 15, 2011
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RECHARGE NEW YORK WILL BENEFIT CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

Expands Eligibility, Provides Long Term Stability To Job Creators State Senator Patty Ritchie says the “Recharge New York” she cosponsored in the Senate will help employers across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County reduce their electricity costs to help them put more people to work.“I am very pleased to see the program I supported as a member of the Energy Committee and voted for on the floor of the Senate was included in the final budget and signed by the governor,” Senator Ritchie said. “This program is a dramatic improvement over the old Power for Jobs program that failed to offer any long term continuity to businesses that wanted to invest in our communities. Over and over again, businesses told me that electricity costs are too high and they need to know what their future costs will be before they’ll invest in modernizing and expanding their operations.”

April 14, 2011
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Recharge New York program launched in North Tonawanda

Governor Cuomo was joined today by lawmakers in North Tonawanda where he toured Ascension Industries' factory and signed the 'Recharge New York' bill which was approved in the 2011-2012 budget. Ascension is a family-owned business that has employed western New Yorkers for decades. Ascension has been able to take advantage of the Power for Jobs program by receiving low-cost power, making it able to grow to more than 135 employees.

April 14, 2011
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