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    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are:
WAMC’s Alan Chartock
Judith Enck - Former EPA Regional Administrator, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, President of Beyond Plastics
Jeff Goodell - long-time contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where he has been writing about climate change for more than a decade. His most recent book is The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. In 2020 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship
Elizabeth Kolbert - staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999 and won a Pulitzer Prize for her book, "The Sixth Extinction." Her latest book “Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future” came out in February

Enviros Say Cuomo's Green Energy Plans Are Promising

Jan 14, 2021
PCBs Not Elevated after Floods
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In part three of his four-part State of the State, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined plans to grow the green energy economy. Naturally, that’s welcome news for environmentalists, who want to see actions meet words.

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The town of Egremont, Massachusetts has been recognized on the state level for its commitment to reducing the cost and environmental impact of energy. The municipality in southern Berkshire County was one of eight recipients of the state’s 14th Leading by Example Awards in 2020. Town Select Board Chair George McGurn spoke with WAMC about the recognition – and why the community trash compactor is the place to be for gossip.

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.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

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
Congressman Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado, official portrait, 116th Congress / public domain

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.
WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

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. 

Snowgun near Whiteface ski lodge
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

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.

WAMC News Intern Paulina Phelps / WAMC

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.