Issues: Going Green

Solid Cell, Inc. Awarded NYSERDA Grant

On Tuesday, November 22nd, I had the opportunity to speak at a ceremony to announce a $200,000 NYSERDA grant to Solid Cell, Inc for product development and manufacture of its proprietary modified planar solid oxide fuel cell technology. The grant specifically targets manufacture of the Company’s patent-pending ceramic interconnect. Solid Cell was one of only a handful of companies selected under the highly competitive “Environmentally Preferred Power Systems Technologies” program. For more information on Solid Cell, visit their website at http://solidcell.com/.

November 22, 2011
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Trees planted in Astoria using money from Con Edison

Times Ledger reported on City Park Foundation's project to plant 850 new trees in Western Queens, funded by Con Edison. Senator Gianaris participated in this green intiative by planting trees on 27th Street.

Representatives of the City Parks Foundation and other nonprofits planted trees on and near the corner of 27th Street and 20th Avenue in Astoria Monday as part of an initiative to bring 850 new trees to western Queens in the next three years.

The trees are being paid for with $2 million of a larger settlement from the electric utility Con Edison as restitution for a major blackout in 2006 that left some residents in Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside without power for as long as 10 days.

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November 22, 2011
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The Reboot

The Capitol reported on the support for repowering power plants in order to reduce pollution, and also of the financial issue that still remains at hand. Senator Gianaris calls for an aggressive approach for this initiative in order to reduce more megawattage and also reduce pollution dramatically.

NRG Energy is ready to tear down its power plant in Astoria and build a new one that’s cleaner, more efficient and more productive.

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Many of the plant’s neighbors back the idea, the state’s Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead, and now Gov. Andrew Cuomo is citing repowering projects like NRG’s as a source of replacement energy if he succeeds in shutting down the nuclear reactors at Indian Point.

November 15, 2011
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Senator Gianaris discusses Budget Cuts, Tax, Science Campus At Bd. 1

The Queens Gazette wrote on the October Community Board 1 meeting, where questions were raised on how the state deficit will be handled this year. Senator Gianaris, as the keynote speaker, spoke about a range of topics including ways in which we can boost our economy and maintain community members' rights to services they need.

New York state faces a projected budget deficit of $2.4 billion next year and after closing a gap of $10 billion, largely through cuts to health care and education, the question raised at the October meeting of Community Board 1 was how the state will handle the deficit this year.

November 1, 2011
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Please Be Seated!

The Queens Gazette wrote about the installment of new benches along Steinway Street, for which Senator Gianaris attended the ribboncutting event and thanked the Steinway Astoria Partnership for continuing to improve the experiences of shoppers and visitors through these eco-friendly additions.

Members of the Steinway Astoria Partnership, elected officials and local community leaders attended a ribboncutting celebrating the new benches now lining Steinway Street.

 

September 22, 2011
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2011 Greentopia Festival

On Saturday, September 17th, Senator Robach had the honor to help kick-off the inaugural Greentopia Festival at High Falls in downtown Rochester. Businesses and organizations showcased products and programs that help restore the planet, promote green living – even save consumers some money. Greentopia is a festival of ideas that empowers everybody to create positive change on the planet we call home. Senator Robach was also proud to sponsor the essay contest, which awarded scholarships to four local students. For more information on the festival, visit http://greentopiafestival.com/.

September 20, 2011
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Kids can learn and grow in new garden

Queens Courier wrote about the unveiling of the 'Learning Garden' at P.S. 84:

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Senator Michael Gianaris, who attended P.S. 84 as a child, secured funding for the original garden, which was renovated to create the modernized “Learning Garden.”

“This garden is an excellent tool for students to learn in a more hands-on capacity and enhances their understanding of the environment,” said Gianaris, who attended the unveiling. “It is a great example of community members, advocacy groups and government pulling together to make productive use of this space. We are always in need of more avenues to teach children about the environment, how it works and how we can benefit from it.”

September 19, 2011
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"Learning Garden" Teaches Queens Kids About Rainwater Collection

NY1 did a feature story on the opening of a new outdoor classroom for P.S.84 in Astoria. Senator Gianaris, who attended theschool when he was young, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Watch the video here.

September 13, 2011
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Senator Robach's Legislative Update September 2011

Senator Robach was a guest on Legislative Update on Wednesday, September 7th. During the broadcast, Senator Robach discussed job development and previewed the upcoming Greentopia Festival in Rochester.

September 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: BIOMASS COULD FUEL 140,000 UPSTATE JOBS

Attends hearing on proposals to grow energy jobs

September 6, 2011
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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
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SENATOR RITCHIE TALKS JOBS WITH "GREEN" ENERGY PLANT DEVELOPERS

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

September 1, 2011
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Protect Your Identity Days for Niagara County businesses and residents

Our events on September 10 in North Tonawanda and September 24 in Lockport feature FREE on-site document shredding and electronics recycling. Read here for more details.

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Protect Your Identity Day.pdf

August 30, 2011
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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
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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.

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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
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