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Orange and Rockland Utilities has filed a rate increase request with the New York state Public Service Commission to take on a number of projects. The company wants to invest in improvements for its electric, gas and clean energy delivery.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a plan to bring more green energy and what the Democrat says will be thousands of jobs to New York. Plans include new solar farms, offshore wind turbines and more transmission lines across the state.

Ben Downing: Time To Double Down

Jan 16, 2020

In 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC) was created to help develop the solutions, markets and companies to help solve climate change. The hope was Mass would capture the economic benefits of reducing our impact on climate change. The CEC has done just that, supporting the growth of the clean energy industry to 111,836 jobs and helping Mass begin to meet its climate goals. Despite these successes, the future of the CEC is in question, while its mission is more important than ever. 

SUNY New Paltz Hosts Climate Solutions Summit

Sep 21, 2019

A climate solutions summit takes place Saturday at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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      Environmental advocates and community leaders are highlighting steps cities and towns in western Massachusetts have taken toward a goal of 100 percent renewable energy.

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New York state is moving forward with a Clean Energy Action Plan for Westchester County. It’s meant provide immediate relief to the county’s businesses and residents impacted by Con Edison’s moratorium on natural gas hookups.

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An environmental group gathered Berkshire community leaders in Pittsfield, Massachusetts this week to detail their respective efforts at promoting renewable energy.

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In mid-March, President Donald Trump told an audience in Detroit that he would roll back vehicle emissions standards established by President Barack Obama’s executive order on fuel mandates. This week Trump made good on his promise.

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A manufacturing business in Schenectady County is celebrating a new $1.9 million rooftop solar project. Meanwhile, New York state leaders used the occasion to mark the launch of a new program aimed at getting more businesses to embrace solar power.

NYSERDA Declares Kingston A Clean Energy Community

Jan 29, 2017
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A New York state agency has designated Kingston a Clean Energy Community, the first city in the state to earn the title. The initiative is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision. 

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
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New York state is helping colleges and universities around the state cut carbon emissions and become more energy efficient.

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A new state report finds that Vermont continues to lead the nation in per capita clean energy jobs.

Bard College Project Wins NYS Clean Energy Competition

May 18, 2016
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the state is awarding $1 million each to three colleges whose student-led teams won a competition to develop clean energy projects. As Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, one of the winning teams is from Bard College in Dutchess County.

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The Halfmoon Community Solar Project, expected to be completed by late summer, will feature more than 1,700 panels and will generate enough electricity to power about 103 average-sized homes.

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
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Some 112,000 homes, hospitals, schools and commercial buildings in New York state have completed or begun energy efficiency projects through state programs intended to encourage clean energy.

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Renewable energy is taking center stage in New York, as the state forges ahead in its quest to develop and expand solar, wind and hydropower.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that $160 million of invested funds will go to support large scale renewable energy projects around the state. 

The money will be awarded competitively by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Cuomo's office says that for every $1 invested in such projects, the state realizes $3 in economic benefits.

Cuomo says the funding is a "crucial resource" for the development of cleaner and more sustainable energy.

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Clean Energy Projects In NY Receive Funding

Nov 13, 2014
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Four renewable energy projects in New York have been awarded funding, and one is in the Hudson Valley.

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  Coal-producing states are often loath to discuss a move away from fossil fuels.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his bipartisan bill with a West Virginia lawmaker.

Skidmore College has entered a new agreement to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through hydroelectric power.

Skidmore has entered a 20-year operating agreement with company Gravity Renewables and National Grid to meet 18 percent of its energy needs with power generated at the historic Chittenden Falls Hydroelectric Facility in Columbia County, 60 miles away.

Gravity Renewables CEO Ted Rose said “mini-hydro” reutilizes existing decommissioned dams in New York and could change the way electricity is generated.

Hudson Valley County Launches Clean Energy Program

Jul 12, 2014
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A county executive in the Hudson Valley says his county is the first in New York State to adopt a certain clean energy program.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhuas says his county is the first to launch Energize NY. He also announced during an Orange County Chamber of Commerce breakfast that a recently received grant will go toward a solar farm at the county’s 9-1-1 center.

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The 2014 Clean Energy Conference is being held this week in the Adirondacks.

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This week, the Cuomo administration announced $4.3 million in grants for projects that would reduce the environmental impact of transportation in New York.

The 17 awards, administered through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority – or NYSERDA – are focused on technologies that would reduce dependence on fossil fuels, cut down on pollution, and promote healthier lifestyles.

Spokeswoman Kate Muller said NYSERDA’s focus on technology is an aspect of reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

The New York Executive Clean Energy Leadership Insitute- or NY EXCEL - is a new program launched by Skidmore College focused on training business professionals in the Empire State about renewable energy and the opportunities surrounding clean energy investment.

The college will partner with the Syracuse Center of Excellence, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, and the Pace Energy and Climate Center.

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This week, officials from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs proposed a ban on commercial food waste beginning in July 2014 that would aim to divert food and organic waste from landfills and support disposal through anaerobic digestion, a process that can transform the discarded material to energy.

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The recently released 2013 Clean Tech Leadership Index published by Clean Edge Incorporated, has ranked Massachusetts second behind only California in an overall ranking that scores states on measures to promote energy efficiency, industry policy, technology development and capital investment.

New York also made the top 10 and was ranked 4th.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials announced yesterday a new target for solar energy installation in the commonwealth.

In his first term, Governor Patrick set a goal of reaching 250 megawatts of solar energy installed statewide by 2017. That goal has been reached four years early, prompting the Patrick-Murray Administration to set a new target of 1.6 gigwatts of solar power by 2020. 

Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan said that the rate of solar installation is increasing rapidly.

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On Monday, in the western Massachusetts town of Greenfield, state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan announced a new statewide grant program that will assist communities in investing in electric vehicles and infrastructure.

WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Secretary Sullivan about the new strategy to reduce the state's reliance on fossil fuels.

Secretary Sullivan and other state officials will also join residents in the town of Chelmsford to mark the launch of the program.

The town council of Greenfield, Massachusetts has voted to approve a 14-month moratorium on industrial biomass power generators and all waste-to-energy projects until September, 2014.

It’s believed that the 14 month moratorium on industrial size biomass burning and all waste to energy projects in Greenfield is the first of its kind in Massachusetts.   Eleven members of the 12-member town council approved the moratorium, with one member abstaining.

The vote came after a petition was submitted to the town council with a large amount of support from town residents.

Residents of several Western Massachusetts communities will be able to participate in two separate initiatives designed to encourage energy efficiency.

Open discussions will be held in Lenox and North Adams this week for the public to offer ideas and gain more understanding of the area’s energy goals and of where the future of clean energy is headed.

That’s the goal of a collaborative effort between two organizations, the non-profit Western Massachusetts-based Center for Eco Technology, and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.

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