Renewable Energy

About Our Renewable Energy Work: Energy use—including electricity, transportation, and heating—is the most significant source of the pollution that is changing our climate and causing smog, acid rain, toxic mercury pollution, and other serious environmental problems. Environmental Advocates of New York’s Air & Energy Program is focused on reducing air pollution and promoting the clean technologies that will set New York on the path to a safe and sustainable energy future.

Our work includes promoting policies that will improve air quality and reduce global warming pollution, as well as supporting New York’s efforts to increase energy efficiency and conservation and accelerate clean energy development.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Another California city is quickly following Lancaster's footsteps, making solar mandatory on all new construction.

In March, Lancaster, California became the first city to mandate solar in the US, requiring it on all new residential construction.

Now Sebastopol is following suit and it's upping the ante by also requiring it on commercial buildings, and on major additions and renovations.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

More than 160 business leaders, elected officials, representatives from organizations and concerned citizens packed the Mount Kisco Public Library in Westchester County, NY, last night to hear nationally-recognized experts explain how New York could and should accelerate New York State’s renewable and sustainable energy future. Only one seat—reserved for Gov. Cuomo—remained empty during the forum, Renewable New York.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Offshore wind farms and tidal energy facilities harness the power of the wind and the ocean – but why should we have separate turbines for each task? Offshore technology company Mitsui is developing a hybrid wind-current power generating system that combines a floating vertical-axis wind turbine with an underwater turbine that generates power from ocean currents. The clever apparatus would cut down on material waste, and it could produce twice as much energy as a conventional wind turbine.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Amtrak is the latest train line that's converting to new generation locomotives, those that send energy back to the grid while substantially increasing their own efficiency.

70 new electric locomotives, Amtrak Cities Sprinters, will service the Northeast corridor starting this fall. They'll be added gradually until they are all in service in 2016, replacing locomotives that have operating for 25-35 years.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wind farms are a touchy subject in the North Country. As the town of Cape Vincent wrestles with a potential project, in neighboring Lewis County another wind farm has been operating for seven years. The Maple Ridge Wind Farm has brought some big changes to its community.

Boston-based Broadway Electrical, one of the largest solar developers in the northeast, just announced a $120 million deal with major financial institutions to install 37 megawatts of solar PV in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. This represents more than half of the solar capacity put in place through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Wattio SmartHome 360º is an Indigogo project that aims to help users save energy in their homes. The full system includes electrical items and components that are easy to setup around the home, and where important information and settings can be viewed and controlled in real-time via the web-based app, or on phones and tablets. According to its website, it claims to completely eliminate standby power usage.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad went out on a limb last year, bucking his party and his candidate to lobby with Democrats for extending a key federal tax credit for wind power. The credit was extended after a pitched battle in Congress, and Branstad’s gamble has just paid off in spades with the announcement of a $1.9 billion investment in new Iowa wind farms by MidAmerican Energy Company, which comes under the corporate family of wind power fan and legendary investor Warren Buffet.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Last week, the Boston City Council approved an ordinance requiring larger commercial and residential buildings to report annual energy and water usage to the city, which in turn will make this information available to the public.
As the VERGE conference begins today in Boston, it joins seven U.S. cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, as well as two states -- California and Washington -- in enacting energy reporting requirements aimed at reducing carbon emissions by cutting energy consumption.

Monday, May 13, 2013

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