Issues: Energy

Daily Mail: Tkaczyk urges Senate to oppose wholesale energy pricing plan

June 11, 2014 1:15 am

By Kyle Adams Columbia-Greene Media |

 CATSKILL — In a letter last week, New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk urged senate leaders to take action against a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that is raising utility rates in the Hudson Valley this month.

The decision, made in August 2013, created a “new capacity zone” for wholesale energy pricing that groups Hudson Valley counties, including Greene, with New York City counties. The change took effect May 1 and is expected to raise local electric prices by six to 10 percent a year, according to a press release from Tkaczyk’s office.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Tax Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed seven bills that would provide tax relief to businesses, expand exemptions from the job-killing MTA payroll tax, encourage historic preservation projects, reduce energy taxes, protect forestland, and provide tax benefits to disabled veterans, as well as teachers who purchase school supplies. “Providing additional tax relief to encourage job creation is an end-of-session priority for Senate Republicans,” Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos said.  “The measures we passed today build on the major tax relief initiatives Senate Republicans successfully fought for in the state budget to help make small businesses and manufacturers more competitive.” The bills approved by the Senate today include the following measures:

June 10, 2014
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Times Union: Empower users with advocate

Times Union Commentary By Derrick Holmes

Monday, June 9, 2014

 Still reeling from huge spikes in their utility bills this past winter and already facing the highest average residential electric rates in the continental United States, New Yorkers don't believe there's anything they can do about the seemingly endless increase in the cost of energy.

They're feeling that strain in their kitchen table economies.

They don't think they're adequately represented when utility companies push for rate hikes.

And they don't think their elected officials are doing enough to keep utility costs from spiraling ever upward.

June 10, 2014
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Senator Tkaczyk calls for Action to Mitigate Electric Rate Hike

 State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has called on Senate leaders to “bring the force of the State Senate to bear” to mitigate a recent decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which will increase utility rates in the lower Hudson Valley by six to 10 percent a year.

June 3, 2014
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SQUADRON, SILVER, NADLER, CHIN ANNOUNCE ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS AT GATEWAY PLAZA

Electeds, Community Continue Push for Added Energy Efficiency at Gateway

NEW YORK—Today, after advocacy efforts by Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilmember Margaret Chin, and the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association (GPTA),  Gateway Residential Management LLC announced plans to replace the remaining 3,100 individual packaged terminal air conditioners which provide cooling and heating to apartments at Gateway Plaza.  Gateway Residential Management has also pledged to upgrade the 1,700 electrical sub meters, used to measure tenant electricity use, which have not been replaced since the construction of the 33-year-old building. Gateway Plaza residents were forced to endure freezing conditions and sky-high electric bills this past winter.

June 2, 2014
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Actions Hurting Hudson Valley Ratepayers

ALBANY, NY – New York State Senators Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam), George Latimer (D-Rye) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) today urged Governor Cuomo to issue an executive order to protect Hudson Valley families and businesses from increased energy costs. The senators asked that the Governor direct the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to use funds from the System Benefits Charge (SBC) to mitigate the rate increase from the federally mandated energy capacity zone.

May 30, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair  10:00 AM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 709 LOB

May 28, 10:00 AM - 10:04 AM
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Senator Gianaris Announces Major Step Forward in Poletti Power Plant Deconstruction

 (Astoria, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris took pride in announcing a major step forward in the deconstruction of the Charles Poletti Power Plant in Astoria. For the first time in recent memory, smokestacks have been eliminated from western Queens after the New York Power Authority (NYPA) has removed the second of the power plant’s two smokestacks, as deconstruction of the entire facility continues. The deconstruction of the aging, inefficient and less clean power plant, which used outdated technology from the 1970s, is the result of an agreement between the community and NYPA reached after years of tireless work by Senator Gianaris, Queens leaders and community groups.

“The smokestacks of the Poletti power plant were symbols of the pollution that haunted our neighborhood for too long, and I am happy to see them go,” said Senator Gianaris. “The progress we have made improving our air quality is a key reason so many New Yorkers are coming to western Queens to live and work. More remains to be done in terms of rooting out pollution, but the deconstruction of the Poletti plant is a major milestone in taking our neighborhoods from being plagued by smokestacks to the family-friendly communities full of green space and parks to which we aspire.”

May 19, 2014
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National Fuel customers in WNY to enjoy rate freeze

Today the Public Service Commission approved a joint proposal that includes a rate freeze for Western New York customers of the National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation starting immediately through September 30, 2015. The customer-friendly joint proposal also requires the utility to refund $5.5 million to customers and provide $2 million to fund home-weatherization projects and a furnace replacement program for low-income customers in the Buffalo region.

May 8, 2014
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"Your Voice" with Senator Griffo

On this week's episode, Senator Griffo breaks down the budget - taxes, spending, education, Common Core, higher ed, health care, agriculture, transporation and ethics.

With I Love My Parks Day upcoming, Griffo explains what state legislators are doing for the environment and for state parks. And finally, the senator recaps a forum on heroin and opioid abuse that he recently hosted in Utica.

"Your Voice" is hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

 

April 29, 2014
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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, April 29, 2014 Room 709 LOB

April 29, 1:30 PM - 1:38 PM
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Maziarz and Ceretto work to protect public health in Wheatfield and beyond; Legislators call for the revocation of DEC permits for Quasar

State Sen. George Maziarz (R,C,I-Newfane) and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,C,I-Lewiston) are working to protect the health of Wheatfield residents and the surrounding communities by asking the DEC to revoke permits that allow the Quasar Energy Group to dump an industrial byproduct called equate on land in Western New York. Residents have raised serious concerns about the practice and their voices need to be taken into consideration. Ceretto has joined with State Sen.

April 9, 2014
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OP-ED FROM SENATOR MAZIARZ: What can you do to lower utility bill? Consider an ESCO.

While this bitter winter is hopefully behind us, there is no doubt that one of its most harmful effects still lingers—high energy bills.

April 8, 2014
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Senator Maziarz meets with Thurman Thomas and others to discuss solar energy

Senator George Maziarz, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, met this morning in his district office with Thurman Thomas, John Mariacher, and Stephen Lynch about some exciting solar energy projects in the works.  The Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame running back has a real interest in helping people lower their bills and promoting renewable resources.  We look forward to good things to come and great partnerships!

April 4, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: GOVERNOR MUST HELP REVERSE DECISIONS ALLOWING PSEG-LONG ISLAND TO COLLECT UNNECESSARY TAXES FROM OVERBURDENED RATEPAYERS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to help reverse rules which allow the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and PSEG-Long Island to collect over $32 million in unnecessary taxes and fees from overburdened Long Island ratepayers. 

March 28, 2014
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With Electricity Bills Soaring, Senator Kennedy Pushes for Independent Watchdog to Protect Western New York Utility Consumers

Residential utility customers in New York pay some of the highest electricity rates in the nation – over 50 percent higher than the national average.

Kennedy pushes legislation that will ensure homeowners and small businesses have a strong voice and forceful advocate fighting for them during rate-setting proceedings.

Kennedy: As electricity bills surge ever higher, New York needs a Utility Consumer Advocate fighting hard every day to protect the interests of working families, senior citizens and small businesses.

March 8, 2014
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GALLIVAN INVITES ERIE COUNTY AREA BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS TO TAKE PART IN SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT IN SPRINGVILLE

ERIE COUNTY - New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Economic Development, announced today that he is partnering with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce to host a Small Business Summit for business owners, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs in the southern Erie County area.

The seminar will take place on Friday, May 2nd from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM at Springville Country Club on Cascade Drive in Springville.

The program will feature an update on small business and economic growth initiatives being undertaken by Senator Gallivan in Albany and a presentation by professional business development consultant Frank Swiatek entitled “What Businesses Can Do For Themselves.”

March 2, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, February 27, 2014  Room 709 LOB

February 27, 9:30 AM - 9:34 AM
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