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In "The Future We Choose," Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, who led negotiations for the United Nations during the historic Paris Agreement of 2015, have written a cautionary but optimistic book about the world's changing climate and the fate of humanity.

The authors outline two possible scenarios for our planet. In one, they describe what life on Earth will be like by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris climate targets. In the other, they lay out what it will be like to live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world.

Tom Rivett-Carnac joined us.

A group of ten mayors in Massachusetts have announced support for an ambitious initiative to fully transition the state to renewable sources of energy.

A number of local legislators want Dutchess County to reduce its use of fossil fuels. To this end, they have submitted a resolution setting specific targets, and are using a county across the river as an example.

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The town of Colonie, New York has entered a 20-year deal with Gravity Renewables to offset its energy costs with locally-produced hydroelectric power.

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The new Ulster County executive has his first executive order. It’s part of his number-one priority — implementing a Green New Deal. And he announced a new solar array project.

The New York State Public Service Commission is holding public hearings Wednesday in Westchester about a proposed public awareness campaign to encourage the use of renewable energy in the county.

Vermont's largest electric utility is upping the ante on its commitment to getting its power from renewable sources.

Basilica Hudson’s new Green Energy Fair will take place this Sunday, April 14 from noon to 5 p.m. in Hudson, New York.

Produced in partnership with pioneering environmental organizations SunCommon and CYCLEffect Regenerative Ventures, the Green Energy Fair pairs a marketplace of new energy leaders and environmental advocates with an afternoon of presentations and discussions by community leaders and alternative energy experts.

Free and open to the public, this annual program will invite attendees to come together to seek solutions for the greatest communal challenge now facing us, the climate and energy crisis.

We are joined by Melissa Auf der Maur, Co-Founder and Director of Basilica Hudson, Chris Lindstrom, Director of CYCLEffect, and Jeff Irish, VP & General Manager of SunCommon.

Congressman Delgado Plans Green Jobs Legislation

Feb 5, 2019

Ahead of tonight’s State of the Union address, New York Congressman Antonio Delgado of the 19th district has some ideas about how to add to the conversation about addressing climate change. He plans to put forth legislation concerning green jobs in the name of lowering carbon emissions and increasing investment in renewable energy sources.

Dutchess County officials have announced the formation of a Climate Smart Communities Task Force.

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The Ulster County executive has signed an executive order concerning the environment.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts is exploring a renewable energy option to bolster its energy system in the event of disaster.

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The Ulster County executive is calling on two state agencies to work on policy changes to prevent energy projects like one proposed in his county from ever taking shape. Meantime, a spokesman says the proposed project would reduce the region’s reliance on large fossil fuel power plants.

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Fenway Park already has its Green Monster — and now environmental activists want the whole ballpark to "go green."

Basilica Hudson in Hudson, New York is presenting two big events in April.

The first, taking place April 7 is the ONE Fair (presented with Virago Futures) which focuses on sustainability and how residents of the Hudson Valley can run their homes with renewable energy.

At the end of the month, the 24-Hour Drone is back. Basilica Hudson partners with Le Guess Who? Festival to present an immersive, all-encompassing event featuring an international roster of musicians and sound artists to create a full 24 hours of unbroken sound.

Basilica Hudson Co-Founder and Director Meslissa Auf der Maur joins us.

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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Clean energy advocates are holding an informational forum tonight in Albany to share the potential benefits of group-purchasing electricity.

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The Republican Policy Committee is an advisory group to GOP members in the U.S. House.  Its two task forces, law enforcement and millennials, assess policy issues that could lead to legislation.  For the past couple of years, the Millennial Task Force has been looking at young people in the workplace and how they are affecting the economy.  Chaired by northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of the 21st district, the panel held a hearing Monday on the challenges and opportunities for millennials in the hydropower industry.

Berkshire's Key Role In Renewable Energy

Jul 27, 2017

Berkshire County could play a key economic role in renewable energy efforts in Massachusetts. 

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New York's three state-owned ski resorts are pledging to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2030.

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Vermont's new Republican governor says he is sticking with his Democratic predecessor's goal of getting 90 percent of the energy needed in the state from renewable sources by 2050.

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In April 2014, the Vermont Legislature required the Vermont Public Service Board establish a revised net-metering program for consumers using renewable energy.  Since November of that year the Board has been gathering input and drafting rules.  The revisions, released at the beginning of this month, are raising concerns from environmental and energy advocates in Vermont.

Linda Ziolo questions representatives about Vermont Green Line installation plans
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The Vermont Green Line is a proposed project that supporters say will bring 400 megawatts of renewable energy from northern New York to the southern New England utility market.  Developers held an informational meeting with the public in Beekmantown last night.

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Vermont lawmakers sustained Governor Peter Shumlin's veto of a bill that some believed would have slowed renewable energy development in Vermont, but then replaced it with one that's more to the Democratic governor's liking.

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Student-led teams from three upstate New York colleges have been awarded $1 million each for their proposals to harness renewable energy to power their campuses. One winner is a team from a Hudson Valley college.

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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.

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There’s a new partnership weighing in with a proposal for changing the compensation model for solar net metering. It includes a number of New York utilities and national solar companies.

One conclusion in a new report from Vermont Law School finds that Vermont gets zero percent of its power from renewable energy.

Joe Rossignoli leads meeting on Vermont Green Line Project
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A proposed project to bring 400 megawatts of renewable energy to New England was explained to residents of the region where the power would be obtained last night.  The Vermont Green Line is the latest energy project that plans to run an electric transmission cable along the floor of Lake Champlain to bring renewable energy from northern New York and Canada to New England markets.

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Congress has extended a federal tax credit for solar installations that was set to expire at the end of 2016.  Industry operatives in the region say it will provide stability in a growth  sector that could have stalled.

New York Wants More Renewable Energy By 2030

Nov 30, 2015
National Resources Defense Council

The Cuomo Administration has set a goal of New York obtaining 50 percent of its energy needs through renewable sources such as wind and solar by the year 2030. That’s only 15 years away, so can that goal be met? Kit Kennedy is the Director of the Energy and Transportation Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. She worked for Andrew Cuomo when he was state attorney general and says the goal of 2030 can be met.

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